39 Cute Summer Photoshoot Ideas for Instagram

As a professional travel blogger and photographer, I’m always collecting summer photoshoot ideas!

And in this blog post, I’ve decided to share my collection!

Beach Summer Photoshoot Ideas

Here are some photo ideas that really capture the essence of summer at the beach!

1. Cheers for Summer

Cheers to summer vibes: sip, smile, and capture the moment!

2. Heart Sand Photo Trend

A heart hole on the sand makes a great frame for your summer photoshoot.

3. Seashell Collection

If you enjoy collecting seashells on the beach, they can make for a great photo prop!

4. Pose With Your Surfboard

Even if you don’t surf (I don’t 🙈) posing with a surfboard can be iconic!

5. Surfing

And if you actually do surf, it’ll add an extra cool factor to your photoshoot!

6. Do a Hair Flip in the Water

A quick water hair flip like this one makes for a great summer shot!

7. Shot With Palm Trees

Posing with a palm tree really gives off those summer vibes!

8. Hold a Coco

You can also get those summer vibes flowing with a coconut in hand for your next photoshoot!

9. Be Creative with Sunglasses

This is a fun way to incorporate your sunglasses into your shot!

10. Sun Bathe

A sunny day, a good book, and you capturing the chill vibes of summer—sounds like a photoshoot plan that’s hard to beat, doesn’t it?

And if you want a bag for your waterside photoshoot similar to the one in the shot above, check out this woven one.

11. Bring a Chair

Bringing in a prop like this that’s a bit unexpected can make for an intriguing photo!

12. Laze on a Hammock

Chilling in a hammock by the shore also gives off some great summer vibes!

And if you need a hammock to make this shot happen, check out this one!

13. Go Underwater

This one is an adventurous addition to your summer photoshoot!

My husband managed to capture this incredible shot using this Dome Port with our GoPro!

14. A Jump Shot

You don’t need any props or skills for this one! Just jump (ideally with a friend)!

15. With a Pier

If you’re by a pier, this shot is a no-brainer!

16. From Above with a Drone

The summer is the perfect time to take epic drone shots like this one!

And if you need a drone, this is the one I use!

Poolside Summer Photoshoot Ideas

Here are some awesome poolside photoshoot ideas to soak up the summer vibes!

17. Make a Water Heart

This one looks really cool for being so simple to do. Just cup a bit of water in your hands and move them in an arc/heart shape on either side body for a cool photo!

18. Use Your Floatie

Level up your summer snaps by hitting the pool with your floatie—bonus points if you get a pic with a friend!

And if you have a ring float, you can use it as a cool frame in your photo like this.

19. Food Spread

If you ever happen to have an amazing food spread by the pool, this is your sign to capture it on camera!

20. A Touch of Retro Style

Spruce up your poolside pics with a splash of retro vibes, giving your summer shots that classic feel.

Summer Photoshoot Ideas at Fairs or Festivals

Summer fairs and festivals are often colorful places that are great for the camera!

Here are some fun photo ideas at these locations.

21. Ferris Wheel as a Backdrop

Capture the summer spirit with a Ferris wheel backdrop, adding a touch of nostalgia and fun to your photoshoot.

22. Highlight the Foods at the Fair

Cotton candy and other fair food can be a perfect summer photoshoot prop!

And if you love fairs and are in Texas or planning to visit, check out my post on The State Fair of Texas. It lasts a whole month from the end September to end October.

23. Show off Colorful a Festival Outfit

Wearing vibrant clothes for your summer photoshoot can bring a burst of color to your feed!

24. Hot Air Balloons

If you’re ever in a setting where there are hot air balloons, you simply must take a photo!!

They are such cool props for a summer photoshoot!

Summer Photoshoot Ideas Using Fruits

Here are some photo ideas using fruits to add a fresh touch to your summer shots.

25. Fruit-Picking

What’s more summery than fresh fruit?

And if you need a cute dress for your shoot, here’s one!

26. Get Creative with Citrus Slices

Snapping a photo where citrus takes the spotlight can give your shot a fun, quirky vibe!

27. Make a Watermelon Dress

For another fun and cutesy shoot, use a slice of watermelon cut in the shape of a dress!

28. In front of the Fruit Stand

Fruit stands are another great spot for a summer photoshoot!

Other Summer Photoshoot Ideas

29. Incorporate Summer Flowers

Adding summer flowers can make your photoshoot look bright and fun!

And if you want to take a deeper dive into this subject, be sure to check out my sunflower photoshoot ideas post!

And if you’re lucky enough to have flower fields nearby (I have a post all about flower fields near Dallas), take advantage of that opportunity for your photoshoot.

30. Summer Vibes at Home

As this photo shows, you can have a great summer photoshoot at home without ever leaving the house!

And If you want to explore this subject further, check out my post on creative photoshoot ideas at home!

31. In Front of an Ice Cream Shop

Summer photoshoot at an ice cream shop? It’s a cool idea that’s as sweet as the treats they serve! 

32. Summer Road Trip

Hit the road this summer and snap some pics to capture the fun and freedom of your journey.

And if you’re in Texas and up for a road trip, check out my Texas Hill Country itinerary!

33. Catch Those Cotton Candy Skies

Snap those Cotton Candy Skies for an adorable backdrop to your photoshoot – it adds a sweet touch that’s hard to resist!

34. Use a Mural as a Backdrop

Mural backdrops make for simple shots that can bring a whole lot of character to your photos.

35. Make a Picnic Scene

A picnic scene photoshoot in summer is a total win—it’s casual, fun, and can capture those easygoing moments with friends or family.

For an Insta-worthy picnic setup, check out my post on how to create an aesthetic picnic.

36. Hang Your Laundry

Get into the summer groove with a photoshoot featuring hanging laundry—just chill vibes and sunny days in one shot!

37. Put up a Tent

A tent can be an eye-catching prop for your photoshoot!

And if you need string lights for that warm effect, check out these!

38. Go for a Bike Ride

Capture the good vibes with a bike ride in your summer photoshoot—it’s a cute idea that’s all about fun and memories.

39. Use an Instax

For a fun and Instagrammable summer photoshoot, consider trying an instant camera like the Instax!

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02/18/2024 08:17 pm GMT

Summer Photoshoot Ideas: Conclusion

Whether you’re at the beach or pool, in a flower field, on a summer road trip, or enjoying other summer activities, I hope this post has given you some great summer photoshoot ideas!

❤️ Jasmine

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Jasmine Alley

I'm a Dallas-based, full-time travel blogger with a serious case of wanderlust! Through my website and Instagram, I hope to help others plan picture-perfect trips to the most beautiful places in the world! When I travel, I like to emphasize nature, hidden gems, and unique places.
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Jasmine Alley

I'm a Dallas-based, full-time travel blogger with a serious case of wanderlust! Through my website and Instagram, I hope to help others plan picture-perfect trips to the most beautiful places in the world! When I travel, I like to emphasize nature, hidden gems, and unique places.
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