Best Photoshoot Ideas

Summer is in full swing, and man do we love summer vacations! 🛫 If you’ve been on social media anytime in the last 2+ months, you’ve likely been inundated with travel posts from family, friends and strangers alike, but for many of us a summertime travel extravaganza may not be in the picture for a myriad of reasons. AND THAT’S OK! A lack of globetrotting doesn’t have to stop you from capturing your summer memories. 🤫 We believe the best photos come from making memories, no matter where you are, and today we can’t wait to share with you our Top 10 Creative Summer Photoshoot ideas, whether you’re at home or on a trip. 📍

Here at ​​Flytographer, we easily connect people with trusted photographers for fun photo shoots and have captured over three million memories worldwide. 🌎 Today, we asked our photographers to share the best creative summer photoshoot ideas. 💡

Hot tip: for more summertime inspo and photography tips, we highly recommend checking out our Top 10 Most Surprising Summer Photo Tips post here!

TLDR

(A little sneak peek just for you 😊)

  1. Plan a picnicgrab a blanket, some snacks, refreshing drinks, and maybe a summer hat or two, and take some picnic pics!
  2. Make it a beach day beach days are a hit no matter your age or the company, and adding a photo session to your beach adventure is a perfect summertime idea.
  3. Date downtown – city dwellers, country crew, and everyone in between: this is your reminder to check out your local downtown!
  4. Check out the county fair or market – fairs can be a funky, fun place for a photoshoot day or night, and farmers and flea markets are another way to get creative as you celebrate your summer!
  5. Go on a boat ride – we love a good boat ride, and although we typically imagine something super cute and slow like a rowboat, think outside the box when it comes to boating pics!
  6. See the sunrise – if there’s a hike, beach, or other locale you’ve had on your bucket list to visit early in the day, why not multitask and make a photoshoot happen, too?
  7. Ride a bicycle – whether it’s vintage, tandem, or just the bike you have in your garage, incorporate some bike fun into your summertime shoot!
  8. Ice cream stop – summertime and ice cream are totally synonymous— they’re literally seasonal BFF’s and you cannot go wrong!
  9. Plan a birthday party – if you’re already planning a birthday party in the summertime, what better way to commemorate it than by adding a photoshoot?
  10. Snap family pics – before the busy fall season comes, take advantage of beautiful warm weather and schedule family pics— getting you two steps ahead for the family portrait image requests that are sure to come!

Photo: Goncalo in Lisbon for Flytographer. Angie and friend capture memories in Lisbon with a friends photoshoot at Miradouro de San Pedro de Alcantara & Bairro Alto.

1. Plan a picnic

Some of the best pictures can come from the simplest of joys— like a summertime picnic! 🧺 Grab a blanket, some snacks, refreshing drinks, and maybe a summer hat or two, and take some picnic pics! Picnics can be set at the beach, in a park, or even on a grassy spot in the middle of the city. You can utilize a hill, blanket, or bench. Food can be extravagant and fancy, or simple and sweet. Many cities offer companies that set up picnics for you in popular locations, so if you want the least amount work possible, this is a great option! If you’re more of a DIY-er, that’s great, too. There’s no wrong way to picnic. Take advantage of close up and far-away shots, different angles, and fun poses with a picnic photoshoot! 😎

Photo: Stephanie in Kelowna for Flytographer. Lindsay and friend capture memories in Kelowna with a birthday photoshoot at Gellatly Nut Farm.

2. Make it a beach day

Beach days are a hit no matter your age or the company, and adding a photo session to your beach adventure is a perfect summertime idea! We love a good family escape to the beach, or maybe you can make a day with your best friend(s)? Rethink how you get to the beach, or what you do there— maybe include bikes, a fun umbrella, or cute matching beach towels. 🏖 Pictures frolicking, lounging, bouncing a beach ball, or just standing along the shore mean there are ample opportunities for any kind of beach day photos— classic, simple, retro, or rowdy. 🌊

For even more beach day photo ideas, be sure to read this post featuring some of our very best beach shoot tips! ☀️

Photo: Karen in Aruba for Flytographer. Tamarah and family capture memories in Aruba with a family photoshoot.

3. Date downtown

City dwellers, country crew, and everyone in between: this is your reminder to check out your local downtown! Pictures along your downtown’s Main Street both capture local highlights, and freeze snapshots in history of what your little slice of hometown means. 📸 A date downtown lets you show off in creative ways whether you’re with a professional photographer or a newbie beginner (although we highly recommend skipping the self-portraits and hiring a Flytographer photographer so you can really let loose and capture different photoshoot ideas when it comes to your downtown).

Photo: Kari in New York City for Flytographer. Brad and friend capture memories in New York City with a birthday photoshoot in Times Square.

4. County fair or market

Summer fairs and markets are basically a summer requirement if we do say so ourselves. Fairs can be a funky, fun place for a photoshoot day or night, and farmers and flea markets are another way to get creative as you celebrate your summer. 🎟 While most of us snap some pics on our iPhone, beginners maybe take this time to hone in on your very own pro photography techniques? Fair and/or market pictures can be a super fun photography project, not to mention a perfect place to practice! 👍

Photo: Allie in Los Angeles for Flytographer. Rebecca and partner capture memories in Los Angeles with a honeymoon photoshoot at Santa Monica Pier & Beach.

5. Go on a boat ride

Go on a boat ride! Although we typically imagine something super cute and slow like a rowboat, feel free to think outside the box! 🛶Creative photoshoot ideas are plentiful when a boat is the theme. Sailboat? Pontoon boat? Jet ski? Inflatable floaty? 😜 You can shoot on the water, shoreline, a dock, or more! Get creative and capture nautical time for your summertime shoot. ⚓️

Photo: Marta in Venice for Flytographer. Doreen captures memories in Venice with a birthday photoshoot on a gondola ride.

6. See the sunrise

We looooove golden hour here at Flytographer- the time right around sunrise before temps are on the up and up, make sunrise an ideal time for photos. 🌄 The sun is obviously our favourite light source, and that natural light rising early in the day equates to quieter surroundings, and peaceful nature sounds. Sunrise is a sure shot way to capture great photos, no matter your photography skills. If there’s a hike, beach, or other spot you’ve had on your bucket list to visit early in the day, why not multitask and take this time to make a photoshoot happen, too? ❣️

Photo: Jimie in Bali for Flytographer. Dannette and partner capture memories in Bali with a couples photoshoot at Tegalalang Rice Fields of Ubud.

7. Ride a bicycle

There’s something so nostalgic and summery about bike riding, don’t you think? Why not grab a bike and utilize it in your next photoshoot? 🚲 Whether it’s vintage, tandem, or just the bike you have in your garage, incorporate some bike fun into your summertime shoot! Let loose! Unique photos are possible and totally fun when bikes are added to the mix. 🥳

Photo: Joanna in Amsterdam for Flytographer. Miranda and partner capture memories in Amsterdam with a couples photoshoot at The Jordaan.

8. Ice cream stop

Summertime and ice cream are totally synonymous— I mean, they’re literally seasonal BFF’s and you cannot go wrong. 🍦 Even melting ice cream is cute in the summer, right? 😅 RIGHT! Pics during an ice cream stop are super fun— they can be at a parlor, stand, shack, truck, or more! Remember you can utilize not only your ice cream cone, but also the signage and surroundings (walls, lighting, booths…). Nailing the summer photoshoot idea with an ice cream shot with a shallow depth of field (bokeh) makes for a drool-worthy, summer-dreaming image whether you’re far away on vacay, or right in your neighborhood. 🤙

Photo: Whitney in Portland for Flytographer. Martene and friend capture memories in Portland with a friends photoshoot.

9. Plan a birthday party

Do you or your friends or family have a summer birthday? (Spoiler alert, the answer is yes!) If you’re already planning a birthday party in the summertime, what better way to commemorate it than by adding a photoshoot? 🎉 Hiring a photographer is a perfect way to lighten the load, remove stress, and also capture memories that will last a lifetime! Chances are, your favourite people will be there, and everyone is looking cute, so parties are a great way for truly candid photos! 😊 Gifting a Flytographer photo session, or cashing in on a gifted session can be a great way to enjoy a summertime photoshoot.

Be sure to read about our 7 Tips for the Best Birthday Photoshoot Ever here!

Photo: Ramon & Sonia in Barcelona for Flytographer. Crystal and friends capture memories in Barcelona with a birthday photoshoot at Sagrada Familia.

10. Snap family pics

Summertime is a great season to capture annual family photos- perfect for Christmas/holiday cards, grandparent gifts, and more. 🎄 Before the busy fall season comes, take advantage of beautiful warm weather and schedule family pics— getting you two steps ahead for the family portrait image requests that are sure to come. 👵

Hot tip! For more photoshoot ideas and great tips on what to wear for family pics outside, be sure to check out this post on colours!

Photo: Emily in London for Flytographer. Arvind and family capture memories in London with a family photoshoot at Westminster Bridge.

Enjoy summertime memories forever

Summertime is a perfect season to take photos, and here at Flytographer we’re ready and excited to help capture you and your loved ones, no matter the occasion! 🌞 We can’t wait to share your summertime excitement, and return some eye-catching great photos you’re sure to remember for ages. We can’t wait to work with you on your next summertime shoot!

Happy summer vacation!