There is so much to experience on the shores of St Croix, US Virgin Islands.
Experiences made sweetest when shared with family.
Do you have plans to gather your loved ones on St Croix for a reunion, an anniversary, a vacation, a birthday? I'd like to share a few suggestions with you for family-friendly experiences during your trip to the US Virgin Islands, but first...
A friend recently contacted me to book a family beach portrait session. Each year her family travels to a different family member's home base; this year they are all coming to St Croix for their annual reunion. Searching through old images she had come to realize that for all the effort they put into these reunions she couldn't find one good picture of them all together. Many tripods and selfie sticks had been utilized, but nothing worthy of printing and hanging on the wall.
3 Reasons why you should hire a professional photographer for your family vacation:
1. Everyone gets to be in the photo.
It is possible to travel with professional camera equipment; a tripod, flash, lenses... but it takes time and effort. Time and effort that you could be spending making memories with your loved ones. Hiring a local professional photographer ensures that you won't spend hours handling pounds of expensive gear and wrangling family members into frame. I get to do the leg work for you; we decide together which beach and what time works best with your schedule. My gear and I meet you on location, snap some stunning pictures of the whole family, then you are off to enjoy dinner with your family. When you return home from your trip you get beautiful, professionally edited images delivered right to your inbox...or your door, if you order professional wall art.
2. Professional experience with local expertise.
The sun and moon's gravitational pulls are keeping our beach's topography in constant flux. A beach can change from flat sand to steep and rocky in one rain storm. The lay of the land is constantly shifting and the only way to really know which beach is safe and beautiful for pics is to have the local expertise. The best spots for photography are often hidden and always changing, you need to have a professional photographer with the inside scoop. Trust me to put you in the best outfit on the best beach at just the right time and you will have stunning images to share for a lifetime.
3. Professional art to adorn your home.
Don't let your professional images be lost to the digital realm and definitely don't let them be printed in a manner that diminishes the quality of the image. Professional family portraiture deserves professional printing. I have long-standing relationships with professional quality printing businesses that I love to work with, knowing their quality portraiture always impresses. After spending hours editing images I want to make sure that the quality is clear in any medium. There is nothing quite like a professionally designed and printed photo album, or piece of wall art. Keepsakes that will stand the test of time and can be proudly displayed for all to admire aren't limited to wall art and albums. We can make keychains, magnets, postcards... the possibilities are virtually endless.
Family-friendly experiences on St Croix - by no means a complete list, but a few of my favorite suggestions:
Charter a boat with Caribbean Sea Adventures! Not just Buck Island... Caribbean Sea Adventures will take you where you wanna go. West end to Sandy Point, or cruise under the stunning cliffs from Davis Bay to Hams Bluff, or even motor over to St John and the BVI's for tacos, painkillers, and fabulous snorkeling!
Horseback Tours with Crucian Cowgirls! Catch sunset out west from atop a happy horse. Not just a horseback tour business these badass ladies also provide horse rescue service to Crucian equine in need. Options for advanced or newbie riders, this crew knows how to ride and shows you the west end in a truly unique way.
Beach day at Rainbow! Rent jet skis, kayaks, umbrellas, beach chairs, snorkel gear and paddleboards from West End Water Sports. The brave can try their FLYBOARD! Have fresh local fish tacos for lunch from Rhythms at Rainbow Beach.
If hiking is your thing we have some truly beautiful spots. Get a great view from above at Goat Hill! Located on the far east side of the island Goat hill has stunning 360 views overlooking Point Udall. Also out east... Jack Bay and Issac Bay, more stunning south shore and east end views and great snorkeling. One of my favorites is the hike to Hams Bluff Lighthouse. Short but steep, this quick hike treats you with breathtaking views and fabulous breezes from atop the cliffs of the northwest corner of the island and a really cool old lighthouse. Each of these hikes has its own quirks and things to prepare for so make sure to check out the St. Croix Hiking Association's website for tips and directions.
Check out 'Go To St Croix' a comprehensive and up to date guide on St Croix's happenings. Scroll to the bottom of their homepage to search for events based on your interests (Culture, Art, History, Fitness, Family Fun, Adventure, Local Shopping, Food & Drink, SCUBA, and Romance)
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