Top 5 things to do in Bloomington this summer

Bloomington has so much to offer, especially in the summer. It may not seem like there is a lot happening with all the students gone, but it’s still a lively community. I wanted to share the top 5 of my favorite things to do in Bloomington during the summer.

Farmer’s Market


Going to the Farmer’s Market is one of my favorite things to do. It combines me being in the sun and warmth with my love of food and support for local businesses. Plus, so many things to photograph! There is an eclectic array of people and food items. Not only can you get your produce and sometimes meat there, but you can also get flowers, and even shop some local bakeries and coffee shops. 

Lake Monroe

Not only is this something that I think you should do on the water, but also the area surrounding Lake Monroe is perfect to explore. Go hiking on a trail or even set up a tent and camp. Maybe rent a boat or a kayak and explore the water. You could even go fishing.

Bike around town

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Now with Pace bikes scattered around town, it is so easy to be able to use a bike just to get around and explore. Go on the B-Line and see what you haven’t explored yet.

Do a photo tour

This just simply means find some awesome backdrops throughout Bloomington. It’s crazy the little nooks and crannies you can find in and right out of town. Maybe you could even document it and write a blog post.

Have a picnic at Oliver Winery

I may be a little biased towards Oliver Winery because I have done some sessions there, but honestly a park or any place with some grass would be a great location for a picnic (find some shade under a tree though so you don’t melt). Get a few of your favorite bites together (you could even pick something up at a local store like Bloomingfoods) and head out for a nice day in the park.

Bloomington just has so much more to offer that I could go into. I chose these five because they have all of my favorite things combined into them. You can get creative or even check out for more ideas.

Fun Summer Session Ideas

Now that summer is here, I wanted to share some of my favorite summer session ideas with you all. This list you can use for yourself, with your significant other, or with your family.

1. Lake fun! - On the boat, at the beach, camping - All of these can be lifestyle sessions
2. At the park/playground - this one works really well with almost everyone. It brings back a lot of childhood memories and the swing set is a timeless memory.
3. Planting - Yes, planting can actually be a really fun lifestyle session.
4. Grilling/Picnic
5. Washing the car
6. Sidewalk chalk
7. Hiking/Walking on the trails

If you can think of anything else, let me know in the comments below!

How to use nature as your props: Summer Edition

Everyone wants to know what they can use as their props for their sessions. I honestly think that unless you have a specific purpose for the props (i.e. graduation caps, engagement rings, ultrasound photos) you don’t really need any other props. I have come up with a list of things you can use already in nature this summer to help so you won’t need to bring anything else with you.

Tree branches


Sand on the beach

Water on the lake/pool


These are just a few that I use for some summer photo session.

Best Ideas for Summer Sessions

I love the idea of summer sessions. However, with lifestyle portraits, I bet you are wondering what are some ideas we can do for one. Especially since it is that time of year when you are planning vacations, doing 110 things before the summer starts, and let alone trying to figure out what you need for a session. Well, have no fear. I am here to give you a few ideas.

Here is a list of some of my favorite summer session ideas:

  • Near/On the lake
  • At the park
  • Playing in the yard
  • Hiking
  • Boating
  • Going out on the town
  • Going for ice cream
  • Dog parks
  • Pool day
  • Summer camp
  • Carnivals/Fairs
  • Marathons
  • Music Festivals
  • Wineries/Breweries/Distilleries
  • Wine & Canvas
  • 4th of July/Fireworks
  • Vacations/Theme Parks
  • Cookouts/BBQs
  • Family Reunions
  • Fishing Trips
  • Philanthropy events
  • Picnics
  • Volunteer Work

...and this is just the beginning. Did I just get your mind rolling with ideas? Hopefully so. There are so many opportunities to do summer sessions that I don't want you to miss out. 

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