Child Photography at Lake - Summer photos with Kids

Must-Have Summer Photos with Kids

July 5, 2020

Child Photography at Lake - Summer photos with Kids

Summer is upon us and with that also comes life happening at warp speed as we move from one event to the next. Whether that’s summer holidays, vacations, or sporting events. Time flies fast June-August. I’m here to remind you that lots of photo-worthy moments are happening in between summer’s great adventures. Moments that are worth remembering and documenting. Here are a few summer photos with kids to make sure and capture. Plus, how to do it! Read this before we are looking at August in the rearview mirror.

The most important image to capture with your kids this summer

Alright, I was going to save this for a dramatic finish because I think it’s SO vital, but given the chance you might not make it through the entirety of this post, I’m dropping it now.

Are you ready?

If you take nothing else from this post, hear this. Grab your child (no matter the age) and hand your phone or camera to someone else. I don’t care WHO you are (Mom, Dad, or Grandparent). Because odds are if you’re reading this, YOU are normally the one running the camera. I’m certain there is a SERIOUS lack of non-selfie photographs of you and your children. So, stop. Please

Trust me when I say I know this is uncomfortable. I CRINGE at the thought of jumping in front of the camera and find serious comfort in those filters that give me skin like a china doll while expertly adding on makeup that I haven’t actually worn in months. But this is important.

Take the photos today you’ll want to have tomorrow.

Say “Not today” to Snapchat, “No Thanks” to Instagram selfies with butterfly filters. Please, don’t hide behind a filter, friend. Go old school on me. Pass the picture-taking device off, back up 10′, and have someone snap a few photos with your kids. Go ahead and make silly faces, baking cookies, or images sitting on the couch. Capture you just doing life with your minis. Your family, your connections are a perfect balance of chaos and love. Embrace those imperfections that make your connection.

Alright, I am stepping off my soapbox for now.

4 super easy things worth capturing this summer with your kids

Consider using a photographer? Great! I happen to know one who would love to document your family. You can read more about my sessions here. However, all of these can be easily achieved with your cell phone camera too. To prove my point, most of the photos on this post are from my phone sans an IG filter

Sprinklers, hoses, and water

Nothing says summer like running through the sprinklers in the sun. Just the other day, I looked outside, and Sully had propped on the garden hose, put on a cape, and was leaping through the “Volcano” AKA mist setting on the hose. Big things are happening in the world that mat feey heavy, but seeing this caped superhero tackle a backyard volcano lightened my heart.

Go on a nature walk and look for wildlife with your children

You don’t have to go far. Sometimes even your backyard holds it’s own mini-ecosystem. This handsome little guy was in our sandbox.

I love Hike it Baby for connecting with online resources to create backyard adventures like nature walks, games, and books. You can check out lots of great free resources for inspiration at their website,

Frog in a truck - Summer photos to take with kids

The Imperfect, perfect portrait is a must-have summer photo with kids

What do I mean by this? Well, when you catch your child living their BEST summer life, stop and get a close-up.

But here is the catch. Do not, I mean DO NOT clean your child up, fix their hair, wash off the watermelon, or tell them to say “cheese.” Every smeared watermelon piece and dirt smudge tells the story of their summertime adventures. These mud-loving summers are short, friend, so capture them but don’t try and change them. Imperfect portraits make “perfect” summer photos of kids.

Give them the controls

The last idea I want to leave you with might sound a bit unconventional. If your child is old enough to run the camera, hand it to them and let them take a photo of something important, something they love or want to remember. Level up this game by finding a way to print out the picture they took and glue it into a summertime journal. Seeing the importance of these summer days through your children’s eyes will, without a doubt, give you a new perspective. This fun activity will also inspire your children to slow down and observe the wonder around them.

Sometimes the best summer photos of kids, isn’t of THEM, but of what kids see.

Summer photos of kids boy holding camera

Well, that’s it – A few of my must-have photographs for this summer

One more reminder… these times ARE precious. I write this during a time when often my days in this current environment don’t feel that way. They feel rushed, heavy, and full of confusion. We are in the middle of a pandemic and some serious social reform. Give yourselves all some grace and find moments worth documenting. They are there. I promise.

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