Those long and lazy days of summer offer up ample opportunities for you to capture happy holiday memories in photographic form.
To help you fill up your photo albums, here are 6 seasonally inspired ideas…
1. The Day Trip
Although many people typically fill their photo albums with a selection of snaps that highlight a special occasion or event, some individuals prefer to present a more spontaneous and eclectic collection of favourite images.
You don’t have to wait for the annual summer holiday to take photographs of your travels. A last-minute day trip can easily provide a great excuse to practice your photography skills. As you’ll have limited time, it can help to pre-plan your photography schedule. If you’re visiting a scenic location, a tourist attraction, or a specific person, focus on capturing an array of random images in the best light.
Arranging the prints in chronological order, in your photo books, allows the viewer to enjoy a moment-by-moment experience.
2. The Romantic Weekend Getaway
On a weekend break for two, you may perhaps have plans to do some sightseeing, whilst also spending quality time with your partner. If you’re visiting one of the top romantic cities in the world, you’ll probably want to capture special moments that feature an iconic backdrop.
Paris, Rome, Venice, Marrakech and Prague are just a few of the international places that are widely considered to be the most idyllic locations to visit with a lover. Capture the romantic vibe and excitement with your camera, and create beautiful photo prints to display in a travel photo book, and on your bedroom wall.
3. The Staycation
If you don’t have plans to travel abroad this year, there’s no reason why you can’t create a summer photo book with a difference.
Have fun on days out acting like a tourist and exploring your own village, town or city. Visit a location that’s new to you, or get up close and personal with nature in your own backyard. Think like a professional photographer-cum-investigator and explorer, and hone your skills by seeking out unusual and interesting sights, attractions and landmarks that are off the beaten track.
Create a journal of your expedition and decorate it with snaps of your happiest staycation memories. Add anecdotes, comments and captions to bring the photos to life. You could also embellish your display with ticket stubs, stickers, and paper mementos collected on your local travels.
4. The Family Holiday
The annual family holiday is rich with photo opportunities. If you’re usually the person who misses out on chances to pose in front of the camera, this year, get the whole family involved in a unique, fun and enjoyable photography project.
Take turns being in charge of the camera, and deciding which memory to capture. By the end of your holiday, you’ll have a diverse array of images that highlight different points of interest and view.
You can fill your travel photo albums with an arrangement of photographs presented in chronological order, or display the snaps in individual categories or sections that highlight the skills of each keen photographer in your family. Captioning your photos makes it easier to recall the details and specifics of every memory in later years.
To make your family holiday photo books easily identifiable, you can design unique customised covers for each one. If your luxurious and bespoke photo book boasts a trendy layflat design, your friends could easily be mistaken for thinking it’s a glossy travel magazine!
5. The Summer Wedding
If you’re tying the knot at the height of the wedding season, you’ll understandably want to ensure that your wedding photographs are first class. Many couples opt for a destination wedding during the summer months, as it enables them to combine their special day with a honeymoon, while also having a selection of photos that are Insta-worthy.
If you’re the bride, relax and enjoy the best day of your life. Let your professional photographer take charge of directing your guests and capturing memorable and candid moments.
If you’re a guest at a summer wedding, you may want to contribute to the happy couple’s stash of wedding day photos by snapping your own. To boost your chances of having your photos featured in the wedding album, focus on shooting the finer details that enhance the big day.
6. The Once In A Lifetime Adventure
Anyone who is lucky to experience a once in a lifetime adventure, will have countless fond memories of the attractions, culture, people and breathtaking scenery of the country visited. Whether you’re a seasoned globetrotter or an avid explorer, you’re likely to have numerous travel photo books amongst your most treasured possessions.
If you’re about to embark on the holiday of your dreams, it’s worth researching photography techniques, so that you can capture spectacular panoramic landscapes at their best. Whilst nature is indeed beautiful, it’s also highly unpredictable. When photographing gorgeous scenery in the summer, the weather and the light may not do what you want them to.
It’s a good idea to check the weather forecast before you head out to shoot. Once you know what you can expect, you’ll need to be flexible in your approach. If rain is forecast, protect your camera with a waterproof camera bag. It’s also handy to have lens cleaning tissues or a cloth available.
If you ask the locals for the best places to take photos that are worthy of being featured on postcards, you’ll end up with a stunning selection of images for your summer photo albums.