In case you missed it, I’m working through a four part series that goes over the pros and cons of each season for family photos. My hope is to help you decide when is the best time for your family to have their photos taken, or maybe help you decide to switch up the seasons each year like some of the families I photograph do! The first in this series was Why You Should Have Family Photos Taken in Winter, then there was Why You Should Have Family Photos Taken in Spring, Now, let’s look at all there is to love about family photos in the summer. (IN SUMMER….anyone else hear Olaf saying that? No, only me? Okay….)
Summer in the Seattle means better weather.
Now we have some gorgeous days all year round, however, summer is much more predictable. So if you’re hoping for some sunshine, or want to avoid the worry about rescheduling due to rain, summer might be your prime time of year for family photos. Summer sunsets are gorgeous and make for beautiful backdrops for your family.
With warmer weather you don’t have to worry about bundling up, you can even go barefoot.
There is something easier about selecting outfits when there are fewer layers to worry about. No need for ensuring the kids will be warm enough, or that their coats won’t distract from play or movement during your family photo session.
Things are less hectic during summer.
Most sports, groups, clubs, school events and commitments take a break during the summer. Without having to run to 15 different events in a week leaves your schedule much more wide open. This means you’re not worrying about fitting in your family session right after a soccer game, before that birthday party you have to go to.
No school also means the possibility of having your photos taken on a weekday evening, when outdoor locations are less crowded.
You can splash in the water without freezing.
End your session by taking your shoes off, truly letting loose, and having a little splash war in the river. Your kids won’t expect mom and dad to get in on the action and their reactions will be priceless. It will be a family photo session they will never forget.
Things to consider with a summer family photo session.
Each season has so many great reasons why to have family photos done. However, they also have things to consider that might make another season better for your family. The biggest thing to consider is that sunrise is sunset is late. Summer sessions can often start as late as 7-7:30pm. If your kids turn into pumpkins at 7, summer may not be ideal for your family. (Of course, if you can sneak in a late nap to extend their day, it is totally worth it).
Another thing to think about is the rise in wildfires and impact it has had on our areas during the summer. The past couple of years we even had hazardous air that wasn’t safe for people to be out in. For this reason, I suggest booking your summer session for July to early August as the smoke typically gets worse as the summer progresses.
It’s good to consider the seasons with all their positives and negatives - but if you want photos now, don’t wait. Your family right now can make any season the best season.