Photo by Monica Carlson
The summer months offer up countless opportunities to infuse your lifestyle sessions — with clients or your own brood — with color, whimsy and pure joy. To help get your creative juices flowing, we’re offering up our best summer photo session ideas for at home, out and about, or wherever your adventures take you. Because, haven’t you been waiting all winter for sublime light and late bedtimes?
Cheers to late golden hours! Here are 100 summer photo session ideas to keep you busy on those long, sunny days.
Backyard photo session ideas
Conceptualizing a memorable backyard photo session doesn’t need to be complicated. Simply hand kids a fun prop or direct them to an interesting spot and let the magic happen. Summer is for getting creative! Here are some fun photo props (and photo ops) to try:
- Sidewalk chalk
- Wading pool
- Hose & sprinker
- Mud pies
- Dog wash
- Backyard campout
- Princess wands or pirate swords
- Colorful fruit
- Spray & squirt toys
- Twister game
- Hula hoop
- Water balloons
- Vintage soda bottles
- Butterfly wings
Extra Credit: Try some wish lanterns at dusk — dreamy!
Fun field trips for great photo ops:
Arrange to meet your client for a day of local adventure for the ultimate summer family photo session. Or, pack up your own kiddos and head out on the road for a welcome change of pace. Bonus points if you can plan your outings around golden hour! Here are a few fun places to try for out-and-about summer photo sessions:
- Ice cream shop
- Water park
Extra Credit: Plan a special summer photo session idea by booking a unique Airbnb for a one-night shoot.
16 More summer photo session ideas for creative mamas:
A version of this article first appeared in the July/August 2017 print issue of Click Magazine and was posted on the Click blog in July of 2017. Order print or digital single issues from the Click & Company Store. Or better yet, get a 1-year subscription so you never miss an issue!
This story was updated on June 20, 2019.