Nothing says summer quite like the beach, ice cream and fun family outings. But with high temperatures, bright sun and large crowds sometimes you have to get a little creative when it comes to finding the right spot for your summer photos.
If you’re looking for the perfect place for your next summer photo session, then our ambassadors have ideas for you! Below they’ve shared some of their favorite summer settings.
#1 – The Beach
Any session can become magical down by the beach.
Kim of Apple of Our Eye Photography says,
Let’s me start by saying water + sand + camera = not a very smart idea. I’ll be the first to admit it. I always take precautions and carry a backpack with a towel and an extra large ziplock in my camera bag just to be safe. Even if you don’t even touch the sand, it will inevitably end up somewhere. That being said, there is something about a beach, the air and the waves that will naturally bring a smile to anyone’s face. Even for those who don’t like having their picture taken, they can find comfort in the peacefulness of a sunset with the sound of the wind and waves.
#2 – The Meadow
There’s nothing more gorgeous than long grass in the Summer for a photo shoot location.
Anna of Anna Bowkis Photography says,
Make a day of it and take a picnic and rug, they also double up as fab props too! I also love balloons, keeps the children happy and another great prop to have on board, easy and cheap!
The park makes a great location due to all the wonderful hues of green around, flowers, paths and trees for shade if the sun is high in the sky. Let the kids play, run around, climb trees and capture them in their essence. Beautiful bokeh can be achieved when sunlight bursts through the trees. Keep your aperture number as low as you can go to achieve beautiful bokeh.
#3 – The Ice Cream Parlor
The bright colors and tasty props this fun summer location offers is sure to make it a hit with your younger subjects!
Maryam of Hi + Hello Photography says,
I find that the best time to photograph in an ice cream shop is right when they open. It tends to be fairly empty (unless it’s one of those hip and trendy ones with a line out the door) and it’s a great way to shoot wide without worrying about other people in your shot!
#4 – The Park
Take the family out for a stroll in the park. This location provides a great backdrops and a place for younger subjects to play!
Marie-Pierre Capistran of Pretty Please says,
We usually end up at the park sporadically in the summer and I don’t always have have my big camera with me, but my Phone is just as good to catch a nice interaction between the kids and their dad. I like to play with the light and shadows, cast a ray of light and add a filter or two with Pic tap go to spice up the colors.
#5 – The Carnival
Embrace the bright, bold colors and instant fun factor of your local carnival!
Emily of Everbranch Photography says,
Be prepared to shoot around people in full sun. Shooting with a fast shutter speed and low ISO will help with the bright sun. Pick up an ND filter for your favorite lens if you want to shoot wide open. Try experimenting with creative composition to create a focal point for your photos. And don’t be afraid to get on rides. My favorite photos are ones that I took while on rides. I love shooting with wide angles so I can capture the whole story. I take my 20mm 1.8 on rides with me. My 24 is perfect for exploring.
#6 – Out in Nature
Use nature to tell the story. Odds are, if you’re traveling in the summertime, you’ll be outside!
Monika of Internationelle says,
The summer sun can be tricky to navigate for outside photography, especially mid-day. Many will say to avoid the hours between 11AM and 3PM, but, with the right filter and settings, you can snap well-lit photos. One recommendation is a polarizing filter. Think of it as sunglasses for your camera! It’ll cut back on glare, especially during the brightest hours. A low ISO will also help, and make sure your subjects aren’t squinting into the light.