Photographing Summer {Seattle Family Photographer}

July 02, 2018  •  Leave a Comment

Summer. My favorite season. The weather is warm, the air smells salty, mornings are lazy, and the days stretch on and on. Summer is filled with watermelons, water fights, ice cream, sandy feet, and a feeling of ease. I love having my kids home for the summer. Our days start slowly and we can play everything by ear. You know those ads, and videos on social media about us having only 18 summers with our kids? They get me every single time and I'm always a blubbering mess by the end of them. 18 years seems long, but 18 summers? That's going to go by in a flash. These memories, these 18 summers, are worthy of being photographed. Here are my favorite tips for photographing summer:

1. Say yes to adventures

Often, we get caught up in our routine and operate on autopilot. Let this be the summer that you say yes to adventures. The more adventures, the more opportunities to photograph.

Seattle family photographer, Seattle lifestyle photographerOregon CoastOregon Coast 2. Try a new format. I love to shoot film in summer. I'm not sure why but I always feel like film and summer mix so well!
Seattle family photographer, Seattle lifestyle photographer Seattle family photographer, Seattle lifestyle photographer 3. Embrace the sun - One of the first rules you learn when you're getting into photography is that full sun is harsh light and not the best to shoot in. The days are so long in summer and shooting in the golden hour (the hour before sunset) is not always feasible with young kids. I always try to incorporate the sun as much as I can. For the image below, I lay down on the ground and shot up, making the sun as much a part of my image as my child.

Seattle family photographer, Seattle lifestyle photographer 4. Maximize cloudy days - As much as you should embrace the sun, it's also great to utilize cloudy days as much as possible. We like to head to the beach on cloudy days. Not only is it "safe" light to photograph, but beaches are often less crowded.

Seattle family photographer, Seattle lifestyle photographer 5. Capture the journey, not just the destination. Road trips are such a big part of summer. Photograph all of your vacation, including the journey.

Seattle family photographer, Seattle lifestyle photographer 6. Learn a new skill - Just for fun, one summer I tried using tools for variety in my summer images. You can use anything: a prism, a copper rod (see below), a ziplock bag around the lens. Use your imagination. 

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7. Photograph summer foods - Does anything say summer like watermelon? What about berries? Or ice cream?

Seattle family photographer, Seattle lifestyle photographer Seattle family photographer, Seattle lifestyle photographer 8. Lastly, when you can shoot during golden hour, do it! The light is divine, shadows are long and the feeling it gives you will remind you of summer all year long.

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