Summer Photography: Props and Photo Ideas

Updated on August 6, 2016
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A Few Ideas for Summer Photos and Props
Infants and Newborns
Children and Families
Engagements and Couples
Maternity and Pregnancy
Weddings

This summer think about using props, backdrops, and accessories during your photography sessions. There are ideas here ranging from infant sessions to couple shoots to summer weddings with something for everyone. Don't hesitate to mix and match the different ideas that you come across in this article. There are endless possibilities for engaging, interesting sessions that will produce beautiful, timeless photos.

The beach is a classic spot for a baby's first summer photo shoot.
The beach is a classic spot for a baby's first summer photo shoot. | Source

Infants and Newborns

  • On a picnic blanket. You can keep the shoot simple with just a blanket or stage a whole picnic.
  • In a wicker basket, wagon, or other summer appropriate item.
  • In the grass. Take advantage of the warm weather and green grass to get some low profile shots.
  • On a surfboard. There are some fun photo props that will put a smile on everyone's face during a summer photo shoot with a baby.

Tips and Tricks on Baby/Infant Photography

Tip: Consider adding your dog to your family photos this year. Summer is a great time to set up shoots with pets.

Looking back on candid moments with your kids from the summer will always put a smile on your face.
Looking back on candid moments with your kids from the summer will always put a smile on your face. | Source

Children and Families

  • On the steps. Shoot at a family's home or find an iconic location in the area with beautiful steps for a group pose.
  • On the rocks. Are you taking pictures in an outdoor location with big rocks? They can serve as a wonderful backdrop or seating area.
  • In the water. End a photography session at the beach or pool by letting the kids or the whole family get their feet wet.
  • At the fountain or in the sprinkler. There are other possibilities for water shoots besides the beach that you may want to consider during the summer.
  • Engaged in outdoor recreation. What activities does this family like to do together during the summer? Get some action shots.

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Engagements and Couples

  • At the carnival. Don't be afraid to mix up your locations and take some fun shots in unexpected places, particularly places that have significance to that couple.
  • The spot of the engagement or an iconic dating spot. If the couple got engaged locally, they may enjoy having some professional photos at that location. Additionally, if you can arrange to take pictures in another special location, such as the university where they attended undergrad together, go for it.
  • Blowing bubbles or holding balloons. Engaging in childhood activities can be playful and whimsical if it's not overdone.
  • Enjoying summer food or another favorite summer experience. What will instantly remind you of summer when you look back at these photos?

Gabriel Rancourt Photography / Chicago Engagement Session / Behind the Scenes

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Maternity or Pregnancy

  • In the woods / among the trees. Even though spring is known as the season for birth and rebirth, the vibrant greens in nature will still make this message come through in your photos.
  • In a swim suit or tank top. Summer is a wonderful time of year to wear light clothing and show off your pregnancy figure.
  • Lying in the grass. Take advantage of the warm weather to get these shots in comfort.

Weddings

  • On a bridge. The leading lines provide numerous possibilities for interesting shots.
  • At a baseball stadium. Is the couple a pair of baseball fans? Take a little excursion to the local stadium between the wedding and the reception.
  • Among the flowers. Seek out locations that coordinate with the wedding colors to make them really pop in your photos.
  • In theme with the wedding. For example, if you're having a rustic themed wedding, take photos in front of an old barn or farmhouse.
  • At the playground. Plan a short playground excursion during your wedding shoot for some playful photos.

Top Tips for Wedding Photography

Photograph people doing the activities that they enjoy the most during the summer.
Photograph people doing the activities that they enjoy the most during the summer. | Source

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        Maui Photography 

        8 months ago

        Informative! Thanks for putting step by step capture ideas. It really helps.Thanks for sharing

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        Audrey Hunt 

        2 years ago from Idyllwild Ca.

        Thanks Rose for these good ideas for photo props. I'm fortunate to live in the mountains where huge rocks, trees, streams etc abound. You've inspired me to use these natural props. I need all the help I can get when it comes to photography. :)

        Thanks for your hub and I'll be sure to share and pin.

        Audrey

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        Kristen Howe 

        2 years ago from Northeast Ohio

        Rose, great ideas to take advantage of summer with your ideas and take a perfect snapshot of it. Voted up for beautiful!

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        Rose Clearfield 

        3 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

        Thanks, Marissa! I look forward to hearing about your travels.

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        Marisa Hammond Olivares 

        3 years ago from Texas

        Great tips! I'll need to give these a try when I travel next month. Voted up and sharing

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        Rose Clearfield 

        5 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

        Thanks, vertualit! I appreciate the feedback.

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        Abdus Salam 

        5 years ago from Bangladesh

        Excellent Ideas!! thanks for sharing...

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        Rose Clearfield 

        5 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

        Thanks so much, photo-medic!

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        photo-medic 

        5 years ago

        Cracking advice, well done.

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        Rose Clearfield 

        5 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

        That's great, Gordon! Best of luck with all of your endeavors.

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        Gordon Hamilton 

        5 years ago from Wishaw, Lanarkshire, United Kingdom

        Hi, Rose. I loved your Hub and ideas and they may prove super useful for me this summer. I am going to be involved in quite a lot of travel/photography projects this year so you have definitely expanded my thinking and got me thinking along new lines! Thanks :)

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        Rose Clearfield 

        5 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

        Yes, for sure! You're right that other than the shadows, there isn't a lot to slow you down during summer photography shoots. Thanks, Shasta!

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        Shasta Matova 

        5 years ago from USA

        Summer is a great time for photo shoots - you can do it outdoors without having to worry about the weather too much, and since people aren't bundled up to the hilt, you can really take photos that show how they really look. You do have to watch out for harsh shadows, or find a way to work them into the photo. You've provided great ideas for photo shoot locations. Voted up.

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        Rose Clearfield 

        5 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

        Thanks, Jackie!

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        Jackie Lynnley 

        5 years ago from The Beautiful South

        Very informative and well done! ^

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        Rose Clearfield 

        5 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

        Thanks so much, UberGeekGirl!

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        Michelle Harlow 

        5 years ago from Calgary

        Great ideas! Thanks for sharing :)

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        Rose Clearfield 

        5 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

        That's weird. Are you following me? I really appreciate the feedback! Take care. :)

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        Bill Holland 

        5 years ago from Olympia, WA

        You know, I don't get notifications about you...I wonder what's up with that??? Anyway, I have missed your hubs. You are so knowledgeable and always give good advice. Great job on this one and have a wonderful weekend.

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