I like dry summers, as opposed to wet summers. This summer has been very rainy, with August winning first place for the wettest August on record in our region. Oh joy.
I was noticing in my Facebook memories, that I comment an AWFUL LOT on the weather, and that history repeats itself weatherwise, with storms cropping up generally around the same weeks of the year, when they do happen.
But, despite having to wade through puddles and never having a good hair day (humidity + rain = nevermind), here's how I spent my summer of 2021.
KIDS AND CAMP
Thankfully, 2021 saw summer camp come back in session. Our local grandkids each get one week of their own, going to day camp, and staying at Gram and Pop's house. It's an opportunity for me to catch some candid and LUCKY photos of them enjoying their piece of the summer with us.
It's been about 2 summers since I last visited my favorite beach. I am promising myself that I will get there next year for sure. In 2020, COVID concerns and shutdowns saw our plans cancelled. This year, growing a new puppy and starting a whole new flock of chicks, kept me from abandoning ship and heading to my favorite ocean haunts.
When I go, I take my camera, and often meet people and dogs on Poodle Beach, an active dog beach in Rehoboth, Delaware.
Summer is one of the best times for scheduling senior photo sessions, especially with those that want to include their pets in the mix. Early Fall is the next best time, but most schools in our area require photos finalized by October 31, so it can be a bit of a rush in decision making when it comes to pouring over proofs.
I love very early morning or late day/early evening time frames for scheduling purposes. I am not a morning person, but neither are seniors, so we lament that fact together if an 8:00 a.m. session is the only way to get the photos we want.
I like to grab some candids between posed shots. They often become favorites of both the subject and their families. I absolutely love when pets are included!
In that very broad category of "other stuff" you find: gardening, walking, attending outdoor events, cleaning out from pack rat winter, and practicing trying to get photos of very-hard-to-get-photos-of things.
I also cut the grass. A LOT. Because of Pennsylvania's movement into the rainforest, grass grew at the speed of light.
Summer is really a JOY for me, no matter what it brings. More daylight hours, no need for coats, boots and mittens, and a good cup of coffee on the patio at night are just some of the reasons why summer is NUMBER ONE for me.
CLICK INTO THE CIRCLE
I am part of a weekly blogging group of professional pet photographers located all over the planet. To see what others have blogged about this week on the topic of "summer vacation," start here with Jemma Martin, award winning pet photographer of JM Photography in Suffolk, UK as she shares some of her favorite shots from a summer of dog training. Then find the link at the end of each blog to click to the next photographer.
Enjoy and have a wonderful weekend! There's still some summer left you know.