Spring Break in Florida: Family Photos, Dinner Shows and Beaches – Oh My!

Nokia Lumia Icon
Taken with the Nokia Lumia Icon

On Friday, we left bitter Michigan on a plane and touched down in sunny Florida just 3 hours later. It had been a long time since we saw green grass, flowers or even a sunny day for that matter. My toddler couldn’t contain herself. As we walked to our vehicle, she went on and on about the weather. 

“Oh my gosh mom it’s warm out. It’s so warm out. I don’t even need a coat! IT’S SO WARM OUT!!”

We had big plans for this vacation but what I wasn’t prepared for was a private concert of Let it Go by 3 year old prodigy Maddilyn Tru – you better watch out ‘Adele Dazeem’! ;) Thankfully I had my new Nokia Lumia Icon on me and with some quick thinking, captured this fun video for our family.

I realized half way through this performance that I was standing right next to the water garden and quite a distance away. My heart sunk thinking her rendition wouldn’t be heard over the babbling water. Fortunately, the Nokia Lumia Icon has four mics so it picked her up just fine!  Family Beach Pictures On thursday, our family finally joined us and we started things off with some fun family photos. We’re all beach bunnies so naturally we headed there first. Early in the week I had pinned some family photo ideas to my windows live tiles for easy access. I had no problem seeing them thanks to Sunlight Readability Enhancement but getting the toddler to actually cooperate? That’s another matter entirely. We did get a few good shots though. 

The following days were spent at amusements parks and our nights at dinner shows like Medieval Times. It had been many years since I visited Medieval times so it was like seeing it for the first time. We got pretty good seats at the end of the arena, although I wish we had arrived earlier to get lower seats – it’s first come first serve. Medieval Times 1Regardless, I was still able to capture some great shots, which surprised me since it they were at action shots, in full zoom and these can be tricky under even good lighting conditions! 

Medieval TimesSurprisingly, my phone even out performed my DSLR lens thanks to it’s f/2.4 aperture. After that, I left the DSLR at home. With the Lumia Icon I didn’t find it necessary to lug it around, which will be great tomorrow because we’re headed to Cocoa Beach!   

Thank you to Nokia and Verizon for providing the Lumia Icon for purposes of this article. All opinions remain my own.

33 thoughts on “Spring Break in Florida: Family Photos, Dinner Shows and Beaches – Oh My!”

  1. We take a Florida trip at least once a year. It looks like you had a great time! I can’t wait to go again myself!

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  2. Those are fantastic pictures and it sounds like you had lots of fun! I’m going to have to check out the Nokia Lumia Icon.

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  3. Love the beach pics! How nice to have that to look back on…… And Mideivel Times is such a fun show. I actually have been wanting to go back there, but haven’t yet.

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  4. What a fun way to spend spring break with your family. I’ve been to Medieval Times and it’s such a fun place. Great photos.

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  5. What a fun family trip! Even better that you had a great camera to capture all of the special moments. I’ve never been to Medieval times, but it looks like tons of fun!

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  6. You got some great photos. I totally need to up my photography skills. It looks like you had a lot of fun on your trip!

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  7. That phone takes so great pictures. Cell phones these days takes just as good of pictures as cameras. Looks like you and your family had a great time!

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  8. Wow. I’m impressed with the light pickup and color on the camera. Did you do anything in post to the photos?

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  9. Love that Let It Go performance! And you’re right… that’s impressive that the mics were still able to pick up the entire performance, even over the water garden!

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  10. Nice pictures! The Icon is what I’ve been dreaming of lately. I love the Windows Phone. I currently have a Nokia Lumia 822.

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  11. Looks like you’re having a great time here. So glad you’re enjoying the weather! The video came out great!

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  12. Awwww the video of her singing Let It Go is too sweet! The Lumia did a great job with it and the photos too!

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  13. WOW! Does this phone ever take great photos! The low light quality is super! And no blur in the actions shots! I think this just might be my next phone when I upgrade :)

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  14. Looks like such a fun trip! It must have been so nice to get away from the freezing cold. Your family picture is so cute!

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  15. Looks like you had lots of fun! That is why I got us a dslr because trying to get shots of kids is near impossible unless you can get like tons in a roll and cross your fingers for one or two good ones.

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  16. Awww what a precious video! That is just the cutest! I live under a rock, I’ve never heard of the Lumia Icon.. but boy does it sound incredible! Really impressed with the videos and photos.. never would have guessed!

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  17. Well you certainly are having an amazing time! It sounds like the vacation of a lifetime full of wonderful new memories.

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