Best Family Photo Ideas for Summer – Toronto Photographer

May 27, 2022

Family photos are an excellent way to capture unforgettable moments with your loved ones. There’s no doubt that summer is the perfect time to have family photo sessions. This season brings numerous fantastic photo ideas to take your family photo session to new heights. 

So, what are you waiting for? With summer approaching, it’s time to talk about all the amazing photoshoot ideas that come with this season and try them in your next family photo session. 

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  1. Think of A Good Family Moment

We would want this moment to feel real. To do that, it is essential that the essence of your family’s relationship is captured. If you fake laugh, it will show on the camera. To avoid that, think of moments that have made you happy as a family and then laugh. Ask the photographer to click candid pictures. You’ll then see the photographs and feel the difference. Years later, when you look at those photographs, you’ll feel nostalgic for the past. 

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You can always create one if you cannot think of a nice family moment. With the entire family in one place, it will help you all bond and get to know each other more. 

  1. Take Photos with Each Member

Click a picture with each family member. For instance: click a few with your husband separately, then click one photo each with every child. If you’re a father, do the same with your wife. Make sure each family member has a picture with one another. This will create a personalized effect, and each of you will have a photo with every individual in the family.

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  1. Try Different Poses

Don’t just stand in one place and pose. Pose differently and in different positions. One could stand with the parent in one photo and then sit down in the next. You could smile or laugh in different photos. You can also have different types of photos depicting different moods. For each occasion, you can have formal photographs, casual ones, and candid ones that can capture your family in all that it is. 

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  1. Pick a Good Location

Summer is the ideal time to capture family photos because everything is green outside, and there are numerous places to choose for your family photo session. Though you can select a location that suits your needs, sometimes, it’s best to opt for a place full of natural beauty. 

For instance, the beach is one of the best places to have a family photo session in summer.

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  1. Take Photos While Playing!

You can play with your children while getting your photos clicked. This will promote healthy family time and also give you the chance to get to know your kids more. This way, you’ll have your pictures clicked, and they can serve as a great memory for you in the future. 

For children who do not like looking at a camera and are not comfortable, this method will work perfectly fine for them. They will be so engrossed in playing that they will let go of the thought of something watching them.

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Here are more blog posts in different locations in Toronto both outdoors and in-studio showing why you should hire a photographer to capture your beautiful family.

Family photo shoot at Scarborough Bluffs

Family and maternity photos at Scottsdale Farm

Family and cake smash photo shoot at Mint Room Studios

Family and cake smash photo shoot in The Solarium Studio

Family photos at The Evergreen Brickworks


All these ideas are unique in their own ways. While one idea highlights your family’s bond, another portrays its sense of humour. The next time you plan to have a family photoshoot in summer, try one of those photo ideas mentioned above.


There are a few ways you can book. You can book right online using this tab which leads you to my online booking calendar. However, not all available dates are on that calendar so if you need a different date, send me an email! You can reach me at hello@anchorstudio.ca

Anchor Studio Photography specializes providing a full service experience that starts with booking your session and ends with getting beautiful tangible heirloom products being displayed in your home. My style of soft, candid and timeless photos can be seen in all my maternitynewbornchild and family portraits in Greater Toronto Area, including Oakville, Mississauga, North York and Richmond Hill. If you are interested in booking a portrait session for your family, you can click here to book your session. I am now booking sessions for summer 2022, so don’t hesitate to get in touch soon!

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