No matter how much you pack into it, summer never seems long enough, right? That’s why we think it’s so important to document as much of it as possible—so you can relive all the fun in the sun, even in the middle of winter.
1. Life’s a Beach
Towel? Check. Sunblock? Check. Shades? Check. But don’t forget your camera, because nothing defines summer more than a relaxing day at the beach.
2. Put the “Muse” in Amusement Park
Get inspired by your day at the park. Take a photo from the highest point on the ferris wheel, or try to snap a self-portrait as your scream during that first steep drop on the roller coaster. Just keep a tight grip on your camera!
3. Picnic Pics
Picnics are the perfect combination of good friends, great scenery, and, of course, all the amazing food you’ve brought along! Take a photo of the grass, the quintessential gingham blanket, and each dish you brought along, so you can recreate the scene in photographic form.
4. Pool Parties
From your kids’ impressive dives to your friends’ less impressive attempts at synchronized swimming, you don’t need to go far to have a memorable time this summer. Try to get your hands on an underwater camera for some unique shots.
5. Dream Grill
Too bad photos can’t capture smell, because there’s nothing like a summer barbecue. Do the best you can to capture all the scents and flavors from burgers and ribs to corn on the cob and roasted potatoes.
6. Hit the Road
Ladies and gentleman, start your engines! It’s time for a summer road trip. But be sure to slow down long enough to capture all the crazy road side attractions, kitschy motels, and old school diners you spot along the way. Try to mark them all down on a map as well, so you can create a fun travelogue of your trip.
7. A is for Alligator
Plan a trip to a zoo or wildlife sanctuary and take photographs of all the animals. Use them to create an alphabet book, choosing one animal for each corresponding letter. This unique gift will help the little ones learn their ABCs as well as the names of some of the wonderful creatures with which we share our planet.
8. Make Your Move
Summer is the most popular time of the year to move, whether it’s into a new home or moving away for school. Document your new digs before, during, and after your move so you can share the transformation with your friends and family—wherever they are in the world.
9. Roughing It
Whether camping is your idea of summer fun or outdoor nightmare, it’s sure to yield some memorable photos from your stunning surroundings, the disastrous attempt to set up the tent, roasting marshmallows over the fire, and your interactions with wild life. If there are no outlets around, just make sure that battery is fully charged.
10. Be a Sport
Summer is the time for outdoor sports, whether your passion is softball, beach volleyball, or rowing. Be sure get shots of the whole team, including everyone in action and the post-game shenanigans. At the end of the season, create photo books for each of your teammates!