52 Ideas for outrageously fun summertime photo sessions

52 Ideas for outrageously fun summertime photo sessions

  • The summer months offer up countless opportunities to infuse your lifestyle sessions — with clients or your own brood — with color, whimsy and pure joy. To help you plow this rich loam, we’re planting a few ideas, from the sublimely simple to the ridiculously complex. (Bonus: These’ll keep the kids occupied for a minute, too.)

Photo by Anita Perminova

The summer months offer up countless opportunities to infuse your lifestyle sessions — with clients or your own brood — with color, whimsy and pure joy. To help you plow this rich loam, we’re planting a few ideas, from the sublimely simple to the ridiculously complex. (Bonus: These’ll keep the kids occupied for a minute, too.)

Backyard Bliss

Conceptualizing a memorable backyard session doesn’t need to be complicated. Simply hand kids an insanely affordable prop and let the magic happen. Fun props to try:

  • Sidewalk chalk
  • Wading pool
  • Croquet
  • Bubbles
  • Bikes
  • Swings
  • Hose & sprinker
  • Mud pies
  • Dog wash
  • Kite
  • Hammock
  • Hopscotch
  • Colorful fruit
  • Donuts
  • Badminton
  • Spray & squirt toys
  • Twister game
  • Hula hoop
  • Skateboards
  • Water balloons
  • Beach balls
  • Fireflies
  • Backyard fort
  • Bubble gum
  • Icy treats
  • Jump rope
  • Roller skates
  • Hopscotch
  • Car wash
  • Trampoline

Extra Credit: Try some wish lanterns at dusk — dreamy!


The summer months offer up countless opportunities to infuse your lifestyle sessions — with clients or your own brood — with color, whimsy and pure joy. To help you plow this rich loam, we’re planting a few ideas, from the sublimely simple to the ridiculously complex. (Bonus: These’ll keep the kids occupied for a minute, too.)

Photo by Karlee Hooper







The summer months offer up countless opportunities to infuse your lifestyle sessions — with clients or your own brood — with color, whimsy and pure joy. To help you plow this rich loam, we’re planting a few ideas, from the sublimely simple to the ridiculously complex. (Bonus: These’ll keep the kids occupied for a minute, too.)

Photo by Carrie Yuan

Field Trips

Arrange to meet your client for a day of local adventure for the ultimate in family destination photography. Fun places to go:

  • Museum
  • Cabin
  • Zoo
  • Aquarium
  • Ice cream shop
  • Library
  • Water park
  • Farmer’s market
  • Hot air balloon
  • Beach
  • Drive-in movie
  • Theme park
  • Berry farm
  • Garden center
  • Boating trip
  • County fair
  • Lake with a dock
  • Historic landmark
  • Go-karting
  • Stable
  • Campground

Extra Credit: Book a unique Airbnb for a one-night shoot.

The summer months offer up countless opportunities to infuse your lifestyle sessions — with clients or your own brood — with color, whimsy and pure joy. To help you plow this rich loam, we’re planting a few ideas, from the sublimely simple to the ridiculously complex. (Bonus: These’ll keep the kids occupied for a minute, too.)

Photo by Kate Luber





The summer months offer up countless opportunities to infuse your lifestyle sessions — with clients or your own brood — with color, whimsy and pure joy. To help you plow this rich loam, we’re planting a few ideas, from the sublimely simple to the ridiculously complex. (Bonus: These’ll keep the kids occupied for a minute, too.)

Photo by Julia Crim


The summer months offer up countless opportunities to infuse your lifestyle sessions — with clients or your own brood — with color, whimsy and pure joy. To help you plow this rich loam, we’re planting a few ideas, from the sublimely simple to the ridiculously complex. (Bonus: These’ll keep the kids occupied for a minute, too.)

Photo by Marian Diop


This article first appeared in the July/August 2017 print issue of Click Magazine. Order print or digital single issues from the Click & Company Store. Or better yet, get a 1-year subscription so you never miss an issue!

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