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Essential Photography Gear + 5 Tips For Taking Adventurously-Romantic Couple Photos (without a 3rd wheel)

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So how do we do it?! We’d love to tell you the one above was a fish, hah! But after lots of running (and swimming) back and forth for the 10-second timer (Drew nearly ran off the side of a cliff once!) + asking people who have possibly never held a camera before to try and take our next #mrandmrsadventure photo… eventually we found ourselves surrounded by an array of truly magical photography gear (more on this below), and after many hours (years) of trial and error, we have come to discover the secrets to taking adventurously-romantic couple photos without a 3rd wheel!

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Now, before we start we want to be clear, this is NOT a sponsored post. We are simply sharing our absolute favorite gear with all of you out of the goodness of our hearts, so if you find this post at all helpful, please show your thanks by sharing it with your friends and maybe even purchasing some of the mentioned gear for your own collection via the affiliate links we took the time to place in this post. Thank you for being a part of our adventure and we hope you enjoy!

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Oo! And another fun one to play with: #forcedperspective

#2. Get the right gear: iPhones are a great tool, but when it comes down to it, nothing delivers like our GoPro or our Canon 6D.

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Another benefit of GoPro time lapse mode is that we get a whole slew of photos to choose from! This allows us to select exactly which photo conveys the mood, message and look we were going for.

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So much to #begrateful for!!

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What’s a LensBaby you ask?? Besides being my favorite lens, it’s what allows us to take those super artsy tilt shift photos. By twisting and bending the lens (it’s got a ball and socket type thing going on), we are able to manually manipulate the focus and amount of blur in our photos, making for some of the most magical shots:

Realizing more and more how incredible our #greatbigworld really is🌎💕

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What truly changed the game for us, besides finally investing in a full-frame camera (thanks to a push from our beautifully talented friend at Madalynne.com), was the Vello Freewave Plus Wireless Remote Control. While we still use the built-in, 10-second timer mode now and again, having the ability to set up the frame and not have to run/swim back and forth allows us the ability to truly enjoy the process, while also having the freedom to live, love and even fly in our photos, vs. simply posing for them (bo-ring).
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Where the mountains and forest meet the sea ❤️ #romanceandadventure

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Today officially marks the end of this chapter of #VanLife and of our 9 month honeymoon 💙 We are both feeling confused about what exactly we are supposed to be feeling… •Sadness for the end of an experience that has been so completely soul changing. • Anxiety about integrating into the "real world" again (even if it's just for the next few months). • Happiness for the chance to see our friends and family again. • Motivation to manifest our dreams that had to sit on the back burner while we rolled across Europe. • Excitement for the #endlessadventures that lie ahead. • Passion for a way to weave this #freedomlifestyle into our world forever. As we leave the #howlinyoweller behind in our friend's cozy Bavarian barn, we look forward to returning to her… changed, yet again… ✨ #tobecontinued

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6 Comments

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    Kaitlyn O.

    April 29, 2017

    This is great! I love my GoPro! If you haven’t already you should definitely upgrade to the hero 5 black it’s AMAZING! I’ll for sure be grabbing that adjustable clamp.

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      mrandmrsadventure

      May 1, 2017

      Our friend actually works for GoPro and he JUST gave us the Hero 5 Black (we should add it to this post actually), the voice commands are INCREDIBLE! We are working on getting the gimbal for videos 😀

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    Rita Quinn

    March 22, 2017

    I can’t thank you enough for sharing all this amazingly helpful information!! I’m a pro photographer and my husband is a filmmaker and we’re about to pick up and hit the road here in the states for our first year #buslife adventure. And yes, all the current gear we have is a bit overwhelming to take on the road with us to capture our adventures. But I absolutely ADORE the images you’ve captured and shared. So much personality and sweet intimate moments. Maybe we’ll see you in Portugal! My husband is from there so we spend our summers there as well. I hope to take our travel road adventure over to Europe eventually. Stay awesome! <3

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      mrandmrsadventure

      March 23, 2017

      Hi Rita, what a sweet comment to receive! We are so happy that you found our post helpful and inspirational! You both have so much to look forward to, the US has so much to offer us nomads. Be sure to visit as many National Parks as you can and definitely spend some time in the Western deserts. Stay in touch, we would love to cross paths one day 🙂 Wishing you both a safe and wonderful journey ahead!

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    Sherry

    January 12, 2017

    Thanks for sharing your secrets! I’ve often wondered what goes on behind the scenes!

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      mrandmrsadventure

      January 12, 2017

      We are so glad you enjoyed it! It’s crazy what we’ll come up with to get a shot sometimes when we don’t have all our gear 😀

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