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  • On Jul 17, 2019
    Jazmine from TX Asked

    Hi there! Are you able to hire your own photographer(s) for any of the Portrait Sessions in the parks or do you have to use the Disney Fine Art Photographers?

    Hello Jazmine!

    When planning my wedding, someone gave me the wise advice that while the flowers would wilt and the cake would be eaten, the photographs would be with me for a lifetime. I took that advice then, and continue to do so. Family portrait sessions are something we like to do every so often and vacations are often the only time that the entire extended family gets together!

    While you are welcome to use your personal camera to take pictures of your family, outside commercial photography sessions on property are not allowed per the official Walt Disney World Property Rules. This ensures that all Guests have an enjoyable experience in the parks and full access to take photos at popular locations.

    Disney Fine Art Photography & Video offers multiple different packages and options for Guests. We have done both a Resort Mini Portrait Session and the Magic Kingdom Mini Session, and I highly recommend them. Even though the sessions are short, I felt we got a tremendous value. Most recently we did the Magic Kingdom Mini Session last November. I had an organized list of the photos I wanted including my children, my parents, and even individual portraits. While we wore regular clothing, I also packed holiday themed scarves, and we added them for the last few photos so I had the perfect holiday card shot. Even in just 20 minutes, we ended up with over 60 photos! You will also receive a photography release so that you can print and use your photos as you like. I had some of ours printed on canvas from an outside company to hang in my living room.

    If you’d like to set up a session, I recommend you book as soon as you can to ensure the best time for your schedule. The Cast Members can also assist you with recommendations on times, locations and outfit choices.

    Have a magical visit, Jazmine and sending you pixie dust for that perfect portrait!

    -Kate
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Meet the Panelist: Kate, Indiana

"Welcome Home!" I'm Kate, a mom and nurse from Indiana. A lifelong Disney fan, Disney Vacation Club opened a world of vacation possibilities for our family. I’ve traveled with young children and those young at heart, planned romantic trips for two and made FastPass+ reservations for an entire marching band! Whether dining with Mickey, surfing in Hawaii, or relaxing around the pool we make the most of our Disney Vacation Club Membership. For this nurse, every day is better with a little dose of Disney! Learn More About Kate

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