Sleeping Beauty Castle is the centerpiece of Disneyland. The castle could possibly be one of the most photographed icons in the country. I never tire of photographing it but the holidays are truly my favorite time of year to capture the castle’s beauty. Sleeping Beauty‘s Winter Castle is especially breathtaking after sunset when it glows with radiant lights, icicles and more than 2,000 dazzling ornaments. It really is a magical spectacle!
Taking unique photos of an often-visited famous place can be a challenge. Don’t get me wrong, snapping a photo of your favorite people in front of the castle will always be amazing, but I try to use perspective to capture standout photos. Here are a few of my tips to capture different snapshots of the castle.
Hold the camera from different angles. Try standing below the castle, just outside of the entrance and shoot-up for a looming look at the pentacles.
Move around the castle, take photos from the sides.
Take pictures from behind the castle and focus on other elements with the castle as the backdrop.
I also enjoy the walk through and take photos of the walkways, scenes as well as the bronze statute of princess beauty.
The castle is the oldest of all Disney castles and opened in 1955. This castle was inspired by another famous palace, the Neuschwanstein Castle in Bavaria, Germany which happens to hold a special place in my heart. It’s another famous photographic icon I visited with my (then boyfriend) husband. The castle is perched high above the Hohenschwangau village and the ultimate romantic, fairytale manor was definitely built for a king. Whenever I visit Sleeping Beauty‘s castle I think of my enchanting visit to Neuschwanstein.
Here’s a not-so good photo of us in front of the Neuschwanstein castle (see the white blob over our heads?) and a closer look at the castle.
I wish I had a digital camera back then!