Back when family vacation photos were relegated to dusty albums and slide shows, getting quality pictures perhaps wasn't that critical. That's not so when you're sharing your shots with hundreds—or thousands—of Facebook fans and Twitter followers.
A growing number of Central CA Coast hotels and resorts are offering sessions with Sandprints photographers to chronicle guests' vacations. Travelers and families want to record memorable moments without ruining them stressing about focus and flash. They want more sophisticated shots to share on social media. And vacationers realize that an iPhone may not catch that perfect beach moment.
The surge in multigenerational trips—often the only time an extended family is in the same place and, hopefully, relatively relaxed—is also boosting the popularity of professional shoots.