Don't let the season pass you by without taking some shots that truly capture the spirit!
Beauty of Summer
While fall might boast brilliant foliage changes, summer offers an array of vivid colors that come to life with more time spent outdoors. How can you capture summer’s finest moments? Begin my making a list of overlooked simple summer pleasures and aim to snap photos of each throughout the season.
We often mistake a good picture only for one that has our child looking at the camera. If so, we’re missing so many other areas of beauty. Focus on your child’s bare sun-kissed shoulders grazed by a wind-swept pigtail and you have an image that is quintessentially summer.
What do you get when you add a baby to a pail of sidewalk chalk and a blank cement canvas? A photogenic summer dream. Try photographing the scene from above, looking down or lie close to the ground and focus on the chalk itself.
Try this at a water park or pull out a hose in your back yard and photograph your children playing with the water stream. Zoom close to capture as much detail as possible. (This photograph was taken at 1/1600 sec, ISO 200, f/3.2.)
Lemonade stands, picnics, Slip n’ Slide afternoons, hula hooping, Fourth of July parades. Grab your camera and take a few pictures to remember the occasion. Photos don’t always have to be head on symmetrical shots. Get creative and take photos from different angles.
Bubble shots make great summer photos. This side view close-up highlights the memorable way our kids pucker up to blow into the bubble wand and uses negative space on the left to keep the focus on the subject. Try colored bubbles to make your photos more vivid.
Lying in the grass is synonymous with a warm summer afternoon, and there are plenty of June days where my girls spend half their waking hours stretched out in the yard. Capture that free-spirited essence by lying in the grass level with your child and taking a side shot, including as much grass as your frame will hold.
Whether you are gardening or shopping at fruit and vegetable stands for summer produce, include your children in the process and photograph them helping. Years later, you will look back at these photos and smile, remembering that childhood summer spirit.
I adore good summer beach photography, and there are many ways to expand your creativity outside the expected photos. Think details—close-ups of shell windows in sand castles, flip flops buried next to bright towels, sand grains pasted on pink cheeks, and little feet running along the shore.
The colors of summer might be showcased best by the turquoise hues of pool water. Everything looks good against a pool’s blue ripples—bathing suits are brighter and eyes pop. Overhead shots make great pool photos because they allow the water to fill the background.
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