Summer is the season (most) kids live for! Flip flops, ice cream, NO SCHOOL! One thing I absolutely love doing with my girls is mini photo shoots. Just a random shoot of them being themselves and having fun. Summer is the perfect time for this.
For me, I also find it the perfect way to spend time together. Pick something that you and your kids enjoy doing together and bring along the camera. I have included a few of MY personal favorites. They are simple, cost-effective, and fun!
1. The Beach
Hey, you are most likely going to be there at some point over the summer, so why not! Bring a colorful umbrella, beach toys, and sunglasses! Take pictures of them playing in the waves, building a sand castle, and showing off their beachwear. Don’t forget to snap a few of those sandy toes! I have even done a little shoot with my girls on the beach NOT in their swimsuits. Just drop by the beach and shoot away. Equally as fun and not quite as messy!
My girls and I have picnics all the time! When I bring along the camera, I can look back and remember these summer days long after they are gone. You can get shots of the setup, your lunch/snacks, and even a selfie of you all together (if your camera doesn’t have a timer).
3. Ice Cream
Whether it’s heading to the local ice cream shop or having a popsicle in the backyard, this screams summer! Be sure to get a shot of those ice cream covered face!
4. Tea Party
Whether they are playing dress up and pouring a spot of tea for their dolls, or enjoying a cup and a snack under the sun, this is an adorable summer shoot!
Let them run and play while you shoot away!
6. Picking Flowers
Flowers are in full bloom this time of year so take advantage! Whether it’s going to a local park or garden, roadside field, or right in your own yard, flowers make for an amazing backdrop! Take time to stop and smell the
7. Sidewalk Chalk
Fun, fun, FUN! Snap while they draw and get creative! You can also have them lie down and draw around them.
8. Pool/Splash Pad/Sprinkler
Whether it’s jumping in the water or running through it, this shoot is always refreshing!
9. Arts & Crafts
Bring out the paints and markers and have at it! Shoot them while creating a masterpiece and then with the finished product. Don’t forget to snap the mess too!
10. Eating Watermelon
Take pictures as they enjoy this wonderfully messy summer fruit!