Over the weekend, Andrew and I hung out in our backyard hammock. Iced coffee. Ice cream. Shorts and under the shade of a tree. Heaven.
SUMMER IS HERE, my friends!*
I am …. shall we say? Behind? Totally 100% behind on what I wanted to do with Project Life this year. But I still want to record our summer memories this year. Photos and stories of our adventures, whether they ever make it to a scrapbook or not.
This summer is going to be pretty great (once Andrew is off work) so I’ve been thinking about this a lot lately …
Keep your camera with you
Channel your inner boyscout and always be prepared. How are you going to get your new favorite image without your camera? Either your cell phone or a small digital or your dSLR. I don’t care which.
Or a sketchbook. I don’t care. Whatever works for you. Just make sure you always have the tools you need to record your summer.
Make it a team effort
Hand over your camera. My husband, bless his heart, is always willing to take photos of me. When I ask. Or, just hang out with other people you know will have cameras and share the load. (pro tip: Don’t assume your friend will take all your photos for you. That’s just rude. If you know you want photos bring your own camera).
Commit to self-portraits
Use a self-timer, or your long arms. It’s your summer too! Make sure you are in the photos. I always find that I look happiest in our vacation (mostly summer) photos.
I love this post from Pink Ronnie about self portraiture.
Grab my Summer Lovin journaling resource
An easy collection of journaling ideas for your summer stories. This is a great resource for a summer minibook or just to practice your storytelling.
Let it go
It’s not going to be perfect. You’re not going to get every photo you want. You’re going to enjoy your evening at the bonfire instead of trying to get perfect images. You’re going to have to cancel or rearrange plans and not do everything you wanted to do.
Just let it go. Enjoy what you do have, instead of wishing for something you can’t.
P.S. From last year, 5 easy ways to make the most of your summer
*In North America, at least.