Summer is lake time and some of our most precious memories are made at the lake. Today I'd like to share with you tips and ideas to help you capture those lake days in photographs so that you can treasure them all year long. Here are 16 photo opportunities you'll find at the lake.
1) Sunrise and Sunset
There is nothing as stunning as the reflection of the sun as it rises and sets over a lake. If the sky is looking interesting grab your camera and take that picture!
2) Family and Friends
Getting together with family and friends is one of the best parts of being at the lake. Be sure to take some photos of the good times you spend with the people you love.
3) Your Favorite Spot
What is your favorite place to be when you are at the lake? Where do you look forward to spending your time when you are there? Capture this place in photos so you will always have a reminder of your happy place.
4) Your Lake Place
Whether you live on the lake, rent a cabin or go camping, get some photos of your lake place. Take pictures inside and out. Watch for interesting shots, like Jody Doll did when she took this photo of the sunset reflection in a lake cabin window.
5) Your View
When you think of your view of the lake, what picture do you see in your mind? Take some photos of that scene so that you can freeze it in time and remember it forever.
Nothing affects a weekend at the lake like the weather. Try capturing the storm clouds passing over (from a safe distance, of course), a rainbow over the lake or a quiet foggy morning while fishing. They make for an interesting photo and will help you tell your storm stories later on.
Lakes are an amazing part of nature, filled with beautiful and unique details. Capture the wildflowers, cattails and other vegetation along your shore and in the lake.
The lakes and surrounding areas are bursting with life. Watch for deer, ducks, loons, muskrat and other natural neighbors that you can photograph. Just remember to keep a safe and respectful distance between you and them.
If you like to go to the lake, chances are you spend some of that time in a boat. Whether you have or rent a fishing boat, pontoon, kayak or canoe, get some photos of the fun you have out on the water.
Boating leads us to fishing. The highlight of a lot of people's lake days are the fishing adventures, and they've got the stories to prove it. Get some photos of the fishing in progress and the results, too.
11) Water activities
On a hot day do you like to swim, paddle board, ski or just float? Get some photos of those summer highlights, but be sure to keep your camera dry!
Do you like to go hiking or exploring when you are at the lake? I know I do. Snap some photos of your lake adventures and maybe even get a friend to photograph you in adventure mode!
Relaxing at the lake is the best medicine around. Don't forget to photograph those quiet moments, too.
There is no better way to end a day at the lake than with a bonfire. Roasting marshmallows and making s'mores is a required activity at our lake place. Sitting around the campfire and visiting is a way to bring the generations together, too. Sneak in some photos of everyone relaxing together around the campfire.
Don't forget to photograph your pets at the lake, too. They are part of the family and can give you a new perspective on fun at the lake.
The lake is synonymous with summer for many people but it is beautiful all year long. If you spend other times of the year at the lake you have some interesting opportunities for unique lake shots. Grab your camera and do a little exploring in the fall, winter and early spring to see what you can find.
I hope these tips have sparked your creativity and have given you ideas for taking photos of your lake place. If you'd like a photo or collage of lake photos printed on canvas, contact me and I'll work with you to create a unique keepsake for you of your lake.
To get more ideas and see more lake pictures, check out my Instagram account. I'm currently in the middle of my 100 Days 100 Lakes Challenge where I'm taking photos of 100 different lakes in as many days. It's a fun adventure and I hope you'll join me!