In October 2011, we were making our way around the World Showcase during the Food and Wine Fest and stumbled on a photographer on the platform in the middle of “St. Mark’s Square” in Italy. Since we’d never run into anyone there before, we decided to get some pictures taken. A gaggle of middle-aged ladies were in line ahead of us. When their turn arrived, they screamed “We’re baaaack!” I laughed a little at the PhotoPass stalkers but didn’t think too much of it.
When the kids were up, the photographer posed them. Different from the “stand still and say Mickey!” pose that normally happens. Ok, I thought, this will be a framer! A Disney pic and could pass as this year’s portrait. Sweet!! He snapped several shots then moved them over to another spot for a couple of poses with a different background. I was starting to see why the ladies ahead of us came back. Still, I mean, it’s a theme park photographer. It’ll be cute, and I loved the little pose, but it is what it is.
And then I uploaded our card. Oh my gosh!! This man captured the kids so perfectly. They’re little personalities really shine through in his images!! This shot did serve as their portrait that year…framed, on Christmas cards, my Facebook profile pic, etc.
Her sassy pose and smile and his little mischievous grin were exactly who they were at that time. So many pictures at PhotoPass stops are carbon copies. Don’t get me wrong, I love the quintessential family pics in front of the Castle and with the main mouse, but I also LOVE that he really played with the kids and caught them, although posed, being themselves.
Stitchy-poo and I were lucky enough to stumble across him on our “just us” trip in October 2012. This time he was snapping away in Morocco. How fabulous!! This is one of my favorite pictures spots in all of the World!!
We handed off one of our thank you cards while I was gushing to him about how much we loved the shots he’d taken the previous October and we wished we’d seen him on the trips in between. He was so humble and sweet!
We were headed back to the World again in December 2012 (I know, I know…). We were off on our first day in the parks for that trip. Since we were staying at the Boardwalk, we headed over to Epcot. Again, while wandering through Italy, we spotted him! It was all I could do not to run up to him. Haha!! He was hanging out in the Isola portion of Italy, which is a great place for photos. He recognized Stitchy-poo from the thank you card and said “Oh, my friend!” in his slight French accent. He then proceeded to parade him around the area taking pictures for about five minutes. Again, all framers and one ended up on Stitchy-poo’s Valentines.
A retired professional photographer, he seems to love his days at Epcot photographing children and families, and it’s a delight to see him in action. If you’re wandering the World Showcase and ever see Louis, our favorite PhotoPass photographer, stop and have him capture a moment or two of your day. You won’t regret it.
Update: We ran into Louis again during our spring break 2013 trip! Hoping to see him again next month!
Update: More Louis pics from May 2015!!