Why I absolutely love summer

Summer is my favorite time of year. It's warm out, you can open your windows (especially the car windows), go for walks, hikes, and actually enjoy the sun and air. Honestly just thinking about summer helps warm me when we are in the cold months.

It's time for the lake, the boats, the outdoor atmosphere. I love that I can feel comfortable and feel the heat on my skin. I live for the heat.

The main reason I love summer? Lighting. There is so much time in the day. Obviously, there is the same amount of time in winter, but it feels so much longer. It feels as if the days don't really end.

This really helps when it comes to sessions too. I have so much more time for sessions with the light being out as much as it is. I do have ideal times of the day I like to take photos in, not everyone can do those times or there are different moods for each session.

Summer is where you can also have really fun in your sessions. You can do lake photos, camping, picnic, etc. types of photographs. The possibilities are endless. (See my recent post on summer session ideas to get more).

Ultimately, summer is great. It's my favorite season. Plus, I get to celebrate my birthday during the summer.

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!

Jackie & Levi (& Soon to be baby girl)

I was so glad to be the photographer for Jackie & Levi because they made this so enjoyable. I absolutely loved the constant musical numbers they did while we were walking around to each part of the locations. It made it more fun and I really got to know them just because of that. Here are some of my favorite photos I am going to share with you from this session. Hope you enjoy!

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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