The keys to sucess.

One of the things I get asked all the time is how did I get so many followers, how did I get so popular, do I make money of my pictures?  I wanna be like you. I want to be instafamous.

First , All ‘Disney’ accounts are popular because of Disney, not because of who post them, and that includes me.  And people who follow are people want to experience a piece of magic, and it can be because of a memory, a pretty image, or even a friend tagging them etc.   Sadly I say this because the amount of people I have met or know of who actually think they are famous because of posting Disney pictures is pretty high, which is pretty funny if you ask me. Proof is when you look at the followers on their ‘personal’ account and compare.   This applies to all social media apps.

Next, You truly have to enjoy what you do.  For me I  really enjoy going out with a plan, taking the picture, then sitting down at the computer and trying to come up with something different. It was to get out of the house enjoy this new passion of photography.  My previous job had me flying left and right and I was out of the house many days at the time. Now in

For me, It was to get out of the house enjoy this new passion of photography.  My previous job had me flying left and right and I was out of the house many days at the time. Now in FL I was home ALL the time.  So after posting a couple of Disney pictures under my facebook and seeing the compliments, I said to myself “You know what?. These pics are almost good as the images I used to look up to”.  I should share this to the world, maybe there are others who would like to see them.  And my Instagram account started there.    It wasn’t to get famous, again this is all my opinion. If you are starting your account, blog, vblog just to get famous good luck.  I personally don’t want my hobby/passion to become a job.

So, If you are able to grab on to that passion, it will show on your pictures and comments. And that will help get your account known. Word of mouth has been for me the best promoter.   For example, no matter how good a picture is if the person running the account is an asshole will you ‘like’ their picture, or even follow their account? I don’t think so. Plus there are tons of other people shooting the same stuff also, people will just change the channel.

For example, for me that I’ve posted two to four pictures a day, every day and haven’t missed a day yet. I don’t think I’ve done that even with my checkbook.   Anything after that such as popularity, or whatever fame you want to call it is what reflects off your images.

Riding along, with enjoying what you do is, you also have to not care what others think and do your thing, be original. And that goes hand in hand with getting out there and shaking hands.  You need to get out there (See how I underlined it?), and that is done by responding to comments, following back people who comment on your pics, respond to messages etc.etc.  And while I may not post a lot of me, and maybe I should change that I’ve seen MANY very good accounts die and fall into oblivion since no one knows who they really are, and some don’t even respond to comments. Same goes with the pictures, and while we all Disney accounts are shooting the same thing, you can always mix it up by trying different angles, different filters etc.   Just don’t post 1000 pics of the same thing over and over.   Time consuming sure, but well time flies when you are having fun.

Go Live !

What’s this, even Twitter now has a LIVE button?  I can’t keep up.  And while I get requests all the time to do more live streams, which one do you use?

So far I’ve done a couple of test with mixed results.

Facebook Live

This is the one everyone recommends, first, everyone has a facebook account, and while my following here is only a couple thousand I really think it has potential to grow.  The only downside I’ve seen is there is no landscape, and compared to the others the video quality isn’t that good? But still my first choice so far.  My last video was 87 viewers.


Been on this since it first came out two years ago, I have almost 2k followers on this one, but it seems like troll city. Every time I am on you get nasty comments and you spend your time swiping away the trash.  Also quality isn’t the best, but still better than Facebooks. My last periscope had  37 viewers

Instagram Live

Fresh off the market, and this is truly live, so there is no way to save your videos. But amazing reach.  So far each video I have done has surpassed my expectations with comments from around the world and tons of viewers.  The quality for me has been the best of all of them so far.   My last one was 810 viewers.  Now I am debating between one or the other.. lol



Holidays Around The World

Last night (December 10th) I was able to finally see a couple of the storytelling at Epcot.  What a great an experience.  Was able to see Norway, Germany, USA, Italy, Japan, and the United Kingdom.   Actually, I’ve been trying to do this for while now with the family. But always something came up.    What a fun thing to do.  They usually start around 11am and go all the way to 7:30pm. So check those time maps.

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Don’t you know who I am?

Heard this comment from a blogger friend of mine. Looks like they removed someone’s post, only to receive this in a nasty email which the following.  “You can’t delete it, Don’t you know who I am?”

Wow, it’s sad how some people really let Disney photos go to their head. First and foremost you aren’t famous, Disney is. Sure you can take a nice picture but if it wasn’t Disney would you have a following?  Let me guess ,how is that ‘personal, non-Disney account’ performing?

Don’t get me wrong to take a good picture it isn’t always easy, there are steps and certain things you have to know, exposure, fstop, angles, light etc.etc.  But at the end of the day I always tell people I am very grateful for any followers, and those who ‘like’ my pictures. And at the end of the day, it wouldn’t be possible if it weren’t for Disney.


Where is everyone?

One of the most frequent questions I get, besides what camera do I use, is how do I get those empty streets pictures.    Really there is no secret to it.  Pick a day the dark closes early or a time you can stay late.  And forget Magic Hours dates, not only is the time really really late but they will push you out since they still need to do their after hour chores and since they have their time cut back they won’t waste time nudging you to get out.

What I like to do is stay in the back of the park when it closes.  Example Splash Mountain, Fantasyland, Pete’s Silly Circus etc.  Then very slowly work your way to the front .  When you arrive at the castle wait for all three ‘The Kiss Goodnight’.  After that should have burned at least a good hour and a half.

I’ve seen that you will still need to wait another 45-50 minutes to finally get your shots of the empty streets but as you walk out you can always look up Main Street and take your shots.   Also please be nice to the cast members. I am sure they want to go home also.  I do admit that sometimes you may have to photoshop cast members out, but with the ‘heal’ tool in photoshop, one person is easier to remove than 1000 ghosts.

Finally, be prepared to walk, you may find there is no more trams when you get back.

Look mom, I am on TV

Yep, so excited that my Instagram picture number 8 was requested on 11/15/16 from Walt Disney world!  Honored for sure.  Makes all the hard work worth it ten fold.  And add that to that Disney follows the account, I am more than humbled.   So without further delays here is the list of features so far.


WDW-9 requested-5 posted
DisneySprings-6 requested-5 posted
WDWBest Day Ever -3 requested-3 posted
One of the 20 accounts Disney Follows back on Instagram from 4Million base.

Universal-2 requested-1 posted

New Media Stations
Fox 8 News – Article here
CNN – Article here – New Station out of NY. Article here
Huffington Post – Dapper day review – Article here

The Unofficial Guides • Adventure Publications (Book) – Only account to have centerfold picture as well as 3 other pictures. – HERE

The Swan and Dolphin hotel-2 requested-2 posted

Radio Stations
Kiss.FM (TX) – 16 Photographers everyone should follow (Here)

Media companies/Bloggers
Experience Kissimmee, 2 FB cover page, 3+ retweets
InsideTheMagic-Top 10 accounts to follow on Instagram. Article here
Orlando Ticket Deals (Out of the UK) – Site can be found here
The Girl from Alabama – Personal blog  Article here
LivingByDisney Article – The most Instagram-worthy spots in DisneyWorld – Article here
PinnieMouse – Instagram accounts to follow, article here
The Dauntless Dreamer – Best Disney accounts to follow.  Article here – Orlando Pulse tribute site. Article here – Mickeys Very Merry Christmas party review – Article here – Images shared on site. Here
PixleDustandBlocks – Accounts to follow (Actually a Disneyland picture) article here
Travel Pulse (Canada) – Article here
Flickriver – Most Interesting dark rides picture.  Article here
Disney’s newest water show – Article here
Adictos a Disney (Spanish) – Article here

Fultons Crab House – Disney Springs on Instagram

Disney Master Photographers member  (By invitation only)- Group here
DisneyColors on Facebook

On the Explore plage 11-26-16

Yes it did happen

First, let me start and say that while I can say I’ve met a ton of great people I would have never met thanks to Disney and Instagram there are still times crappy thing happen.  I’m going to share some short stories of stuff that has happened which really have bummed me out and maybe understand a bit why I am why I am.

Meets ups
I love meeting people it’s no secret that is what its all about. And even if it’s just for a minute or two. Still, after all this time people ask me to meet and never show up.  Let me say that again ‘People ASK to meet and never show up’.

I had a person who was at MK told me to meet up at Splash Mountain, never showed up even after saying they were on their way. After various follow-ups under their live pics nothing.

I had another person who asked me to meet up at Pinocchio village after FoF , only at the last moment say they had a Fast Pass and couldn’t make it. I said no problem, we’ll meet another time. So I walk there any way to get a bite only to find the person with some friends in a corner.
Result:Unfollowed, for some reason this person still follows me today?

The back stabbing instigator, people are different and you don’t have to follow people you don’t like, That’s ok.  I don’t engage with haters, its a waste of time.  But if you go out of your way and go into another person’s account to trash someone is just low.  Skipping forward, I saw a post of a ‘friend’ trashing me and instigating this person to continue to send negative stuff my way.  Guess what, I have many accounts so make sure your account is private.  I confronted this person and they apologized with some bad excuse. Result:Unfollowed anyway.

A ‘friend’ asked to meet for the first time at Magic Kingdom. When I arrived they had the family lined up for me to take their photo.
Result:Haven’t shared the picture and never will. You should have used Photopass.

Death Threats
Yep, Some account called Disney_foot_fetish was going to have Pookie drive him down to California to knife me.  Result:Blocked. The other person who was on the email reported it but not sure what ended up with it.

I had someone say. “Here let’s take a picture so you can post it on your page since you got tons of followers and I need a few.”   Result:Till this day I haven’t shared the pic.

Gave a shoutout to a friends IG account / FB group only to find out yesterday he had left the group I had created.
Result: I left that group, and so called ‘friends’ added to the ‘restricted’ list in FB.

A friend asked if I could shoot their event I was visiting. I said sure I have the camera in my trunk. After almost 1000 pictures and hours processing (since I shoot raw and you have to touch each one of them) I ended up with around 600 pics.  Sent the link on Google drive so they can do what ever they want with them. Only later I found they shared 6 pics and gave credit to another photographer on their site.  I guess I wasn’t good enough to be mentioned.
Result:Never doing that again. I’m still friends but not getting tricked into that again.

Fake Friends
Had a person ask to shoot around the park a couple of times which I accepted, after some time we all thought it would be great to do a meetup. Having around 30k followers and meeting tons of people before. I promoted it heavily under my account. The others accounts were starters and this friend had maybe 100 followers.  When the moment arrived 99% of the people I had already met and we had a blast. Then out of the blue ‘Fake Friend’ stands up and give some speech of how he is thankful people showed up to his meetup. Fast forward, a new FB group is started and I’m sort of left in the dark. A couple of weeks in the group, the true colors come out.  The person starts trying to sell their prints in the group.  Why would a group of Disney Photographers buy a Disney print from another person really?   I admit I was tricked but that only happens once.  This is why I don’t associate myself with any Blog, Travel site etc.etc.etc.

End result: Anyway I left the group and started my own with the ‘right’ intentions. Sales are strictly forbidden as well as trying to harvest followers.  As for that other group it eventually faded into the background with all the ‘admins’ leaving.  (More of this story in the future).  What is also funny is the hate comments I got for starting one, even though there are hundreds of other Disney groups on FB.  I wonder where they are now since their admin jumped ship. I’ve seen them here and there they don’t say much.

What’s in the camera bag?

Ok here is an official breakdown of what I have in my camera bag.

Cameras:My main one is a Canon t5i and my first DSLR is a Canon t3.  One of the coolest features of my T5i is the pop out screen, allows for some really cool low shots and some acceptable 6400 ISO captures.


  • Sigma f2.8 10-55 (New for Oct 2016)
  • Canon 17-55 lens that came with the camera.
  • Canon 70-300 telephoto lens, stock version.
  • Canon 50 f1.8 – You know you need to have this prime lens.
  • Opteka 6mm Fisheye – Love this lens not only does it allow you to capture ALOT I’ll use it . And many times to crop the curved edges and use the center image.  Very wide.

Other lenses I’ve used for pictures.

Canon Wide Angle lens – Very cool, maybe my next acquisition.

Other goodies

  • 2 Spare batteries – Generic brand. 🙂
  • 1 spare 32GB memory card and 1 spare 8GB card.
  • 1 Walmart $1 poncho.
  • 10,000 mAH battery
  • Wired generic shutter remote
  • Small LED flashlight

And that is it. I wish I had more to say.

8,100,000 likes and counting.

‘Likes’ is where it’s all. Period.   I really don’t track followers numbers that much, plus those you can buy.  But if you want to buy likes you are going to be out of a lot of money.

Early this month I hit the 8 million likes mark. I still don’t believe it myself.  A simple Instagram account posting pictures of the Most happiest place on earth.  But it didn’t start like that.   Let me go back… way back.  Below we part 1.

I first learned about Instagram from a friend who went to the same gym as me.  We were both on Foursquare, battling it for mayorships.  So when I saw she mentioned Instagram I took a peek at it.  Until this day she is my 1st follower.  Now I have been taking pictures for what seems forever and I did what everyone does. Post it on Facebook and have friends and family complain that I visit too much.  At that time ‘unfollowing’ people but still remaining friends didn’t exist so many times I would just have people unfriend me.   Regardless of how Facebook size is today, for me, my personal page is more of a family picture sharing site, nothing more.

So back to Instagram, I started as a personal account using the name @lgarciattt (Now a personal account) and I started posting pics little by little, not knowing what I was doing. Sometimes post 12 pics at a time, skipping days.  Oh, what a mess.    Little by little I brought it down to around 3-4 pics a day.  Hitting ‘like’ markers was always a big thing to me! I still remember posting a gym pic and getting 5 likes on a picture? Wow! That is amazing.  Maybe people I met from non-Disney items such as  officiallyrebecca since we shared Yoga pictures. Yes, I do yoga, got a problem with that?  Little by little I met new friends, commenting on pics and sharing experiences on IG.

Little by little I grew by doing show-outs and have them done in return.  But to be honest the hard part was meeting people in person. Call me old-fashioned, but for me, nothing beats a handshake and a hi face to face.  Let me repeat that so it digs in. Nothing beats a handshake or hug.  This and for this reason alone I always try to meet up with people who follow the account.  People are always surprised when I tell them how many times I’ve been left hanging or never show up.  But one thing is true regardless of a single like or 8 million of likes,   If it weren’t for Disney and the followers of the account we wouldn’t be here.




Don’t ‘tag’ me bro…

One of the cool things of Instagram is the ability to connect with many people, doesn’t matter from where

And as you may know, I try not to post ‘crappy’ photos under my account.  In fact, if a photo doesn’t reach a number of likes in 24 hours it gets deleted.  As for today July 2016 that number is 2,200 likes.  But wait! There is always the exception.  And that is the #Friends rule.  This is when I post a picture with someone, someone who is a follower or friend.  It feels good to showcase them under an account they have been following, it really is.  And believe it or not, I think about it very hard since I get TONS of DM’s for meets and for shoutouts. My DM in Instagram is a real trashcan.  But recently I’ve been noticing that people who I thought were friends never post a photo of us under their account?  Sure I may have more followers than you but I am still human and I like to see the appreciation in return, what really hurts is when you scroll back they do post with others, so what gives?  It’s sort of that friend that you call all the time but they never call you.

I guess I need to just stop and realize I may not be good enough for them.  And to be honest that is ok, you really can’t please everyone. But don’t be offended if I don’t go out of my way to say hi . And let me make clear going out of my way is, messaging you, commenting under your pic etc.etc.  If it’s just one way I’ll save you the trouble and cut that loose end.

See you around the parks