Summer is a special time filled with beautiful occasions and you’re going to want to capture stunningly gorgeous summer photos. This is when we build memories from events like going on a vacation to getting engaged and having babies. Even if nothing special is happening, our families are a year older than last summer and that is a great thing to document with the lovely aesthetics that summer photography provides.
What you will need
Taking great pictures is not only about the type of camera you own or how skilled you are at taking photos. Sure, skill allows you to manage things you can control, like positioning, frame, and camera functionality, but there are many things you can’t control such as sunlight, or how much equipment you need to lug around. With the right tools, your abilities and skillset will expand as these tools allow you to control more, often turning a disadvantage into an advantage.
Most high-grade cameras come with amazing features that assist you in achieving professional looking shots without having to change anything. This can make things easy for you, but if you’re noticing too much light getting into the cameras sensors or you want to step up your photography game, I suggest shooting in full manual mode. This allows you to control the shutter speed and aperture so you can perfectly get the image you are looking for whether you are looking for an over or under exposed look, or if you want a blurry or focused background, you now have control over everything.
Prime lenses work well if you know exactly what your shooting, but in these instances, you need to stay versatile and open since you don’t control the sun and may decide to alter your approach, so I suggest bringing a couple different zoom lenses to keep your options opened. I also encourage shooting in RAW mode in case there are any photos you prefer to edit later on during postproduction.
To capture the image as you envision it, your location and your subjects’ location should be the first thing to figure out. Since it’s summer and you’re photographing outdoors, find the area and background you like for the subject, then test different angles from various vantage points to choose your best frame. If you’re shooting in direct sunlight, then polarizing lens filters will help you maintain color and reduce shading. Look for natural light reflectors such as neutral colored landscape, pavement, or architecture that will provide a second light source and will open up unwanted sharp shadows from the direct sunlight.
You may decide that you want interesting shading to provide a more artistic image. In this case, look for shadows with interesting patterns you can find from things like trees, fences, and bridges to shoot under. While on the topic of shadows, have your subject stand in front of the direct sunlight, eclipsing it, for shadowed silhouette shots of artistic impression.
Combining light rays and shadows perfectly sets the frame for romantic summer engagement photos, wedding portraits, summer maternity photos, summer family photos, and so much more.
Photoshoot Process and Poses
A couple things to confirm and keep in mind prior to beginning your photoshoot.
You’re prepared to begin shooting, the scene is right, and your subject(s) are ready for direction.
Drone Photography and Footage
We are in a new age of photography. With drones, you can get crazy cool images and footage of whatever summer photography outing you have planned. They’re also a tremendous amount of fun to operate. You can have the drone do a survey the perimeter around your family picnic or backyard BBQ party. You can capture aerial video of you throwing around a football with your son in the park or trail behind your bicycle route. Drones open a world of photography that you will never get with a handheld camera. Looking back, you will be glad to have such memories recorded in such a cool way.
The most important advice I can offer is to have fun with your photoshoot. Be lighthearted, cheerful and easy going. Let the shots come to you.