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16 Ideas for Photographing Your Lake


Photographing Your Lake by Jennifer Ditterich Designs

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!

Photographing Your Lake Time by Jennifer Ditterich Designs

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.

Photographing Your Lake Time by Jennifer Ditterich Designs

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.

Photographing Your Lake Time by Jennifer Ditterich Designs

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.

Photographing Your Lake Time by Jennifer Ditterich Designs

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.

Photographing Your Lake Time by Jennifer Ditterich Designs

6) Weather

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.

Photographing Your Lake Time by Jennifer Ditterich Designs

Photographing Your Lake Time by Jennifer Ditterich Designs

7) Nature

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.

Photographing Your Lake Time by Jennifer Ditterich Designs

8) Wildlife

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.

Photographing Your Lake Time by Jennifer Ditterich Designs

9) Boating

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.

Photographing Your Lake Time by Jennifer Ditterich Designs

10) Fishing

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.

Photographing Your Lake Time by Jennifer Ditterich Designs

Photographing Your Lake Time by Jennifer Ditterich Designs

Photographing Your Lake Time by Jennifer Ditterich Designs

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!

Photographing Your Lake Time by Jennifer Ditterich Designs

12) Adventures

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!

Photographing Your Lake Time by Jennifer Ditterich Designs

13) Relaxing

Relaxing at the lake is the best medicine around. Don't forget to photograph those quiet moments, too.

Photographing Your Lake Time by Jennifer Ditterich Designs

14) Bonfires

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.

Photographing Your Lake Time by Jennifer Ditterich Designs

15) Pets

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.

Photographing Your Lake Time by Jennifer Ditterich Designs

16) Seasons

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.

Photographing Your Lake Time by Jennifer Ditterich Designs

Photographing Your Lake Time by Jennifer Ditterich Designs

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!

Photographing Your Lake Time by Jennifer Ditterich Designs


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