This is the season of vacations, staycations, family reunions, swim time and all things warm weather. We all have the obligatory family photo on the beach or at the lake house or even the 40 person family reunion photo. Today though I want to focus on the smaller details of vacations and summer time. This is my favorite part of photography, the things that made us laugh during vacation or our favorite spot, etc. Yes, I have 1 million photos of my girls, but when they don't cooperate I turn to the inanimate objects for some summertime inspiration and some photography practice.
I have lots of beach photos, but also lots of details of my favorite things about each beach. We went to another small island and fell in love with it and I kept getting drawn to the boat they had docked:
When I capture details of vacation/summer it is often in the spur of the moment, but I also do a photography walk of where we are and capture things that catch my eye. Of course I look for good lighting and end up taking many pictures to get the angle, lighting and feeling of the photo that I want. That's the beauty of detail photos - you get to take a lot of photos and no one complains!!
Amy took some detail on shots on a trip to Mexico with her family. Her children loved the swim up bar (who doesn't?!!) and get a smoothie 2-3 times a day during their vacation. Amy made sure to capture these drinks on the last day with the last sip of the smoothies:
Amy and her family were also on the quest for seashells, but found themselves on some seashell-less beaches unfortunately until FINALLY they found one with some perfect shells. This is something she wanted to capture from their vacation of finally finding those shells:
I haven't been to Seattle (YET), but I know that I conjur up images of beautiful cups of coffee and beautiful coffee houses when I think about visiting there. Donna took a picture of just that during her visit to Seattle. The last cup of espresso con panna, whipped cream and all that was definitely good to the last drop (I love the cup script!):
So you might be thinking, "what do I do with all these detail photos once I have them"? Actually, these are some of my favorite types of layouts - the details of our lives. I like to print my photos in squares or wallet size so I can fit a lot on and describe them too. Or in this case, using detail photos to talk about another aspect of our lives:
Diane documented the details of her vacation with her family to Maui. She documented a restaurant that they visit on each vacation to Maui.