10 Priceless Summer Photos to Take Before Labor Day

Snap a picture of your friends and family -- or yourself -- in these fun poses.

1. Say It With Sparklers

Courtesy of Nicole Hill/A Little Sussy

Don’t wait till the Fourth of July to have fun with sparklers. Have your family or friends write a word that tells where you are, what you’re doing, or even the theme of your summer -- we hope it’s F-U-N! A few tips before you get started: Be sure to use a tripod and set your camera’s shutter speed to 4 seconds or slower. Light the sparklers at the same time and remind everyone to write their letters backwards so they look right in the picture.

For more tips on how to photograph a sparkler message, go to A Little Sussy.

2. Pose With Your Name Written in the Sand

Photos to Take This Summer

Courtesy of Rosa Fisher/Rosa’s Jaw Surgery

Make your mark on the world -- at least until the tide washes it away. You’ll have proof that you were there on that heavenly beach. (Just don’t Instagram the pic while you’re playing hooky from work.)

3. Jump in the Water With Your Clothes On

Photos to Take This Summer

Courtesy of Light Speed Trigger

There are few things that convey wild abandon as well as this without actually being dangerous. The trick is to catch this momentary lapse of reason on film the first time because once you’re wet, you’re wet. Use the “sports” mode or the fastest shutter speed on your camera, or even better, set it to “burst mode,” which captures multiple images when you keep the button pressed. You can download “burst mode” apps for most smartphones, too. For more tips on how to capture your leap in midair, go to Light Speed Trigger.

4. Mug for an Underwater Family Portrait

Photos to Take This Summer

Courtesy of Gabe Kortuem

Break out your mermaid skills for a photo everyone will flip for. The soft blue, shimmery light underwater is surprisingly flattering -- just make sure your bathing suit is properly adjusted to avoid a potential nip slip getting caught on film. If your camera isn’t waterproof, pick up a disposable at the drug store.

5. Perform a Leisure Dive

Photos to Take This Summer

Courtesy of LeisureDive.com

This Internet meme might be a couple years old, but it’s still hilarious. Strike a pose in midair before you hit the pool to create the effect of just lounging around while hovering over the water. You can even add props -- coffee cup, newspaper, croquet mallet? -- for a wackier result.

Get inspired at the aptly named LeisureDive.com.

6. Ride a Carousel

Photos to Take This Summer

Courtesy of Laura Schade Page

Admit it, you love riding a carousel just as much as you did when you were a kid. Plus, it’s a cute photo op: Whether riding solo or with family or friends, this snapshot really says summer.

7. Pose With Fireworks in the Background

Photos to Take This Summer

Courtesy of Stay in El Paso

Stand behind friends or family at the next fireworks display and capture them as they watch the night sky light up. A photo of a firework alone in an empty sky is boring, but when shown as the background behind your loved ones’ happy heads, it becomes a priceless memento.

8. Reveal Your Shadow Self

Photos to Take This Summer

Courtesy of LaurenV85 via Reddit

This quirky beachside shot takes less time than building a sandcastle and is considerably less messy than burying someone up to his neck in sand. Plus, if the salt water, sunscreen, and ocean breeze have wreaked havoc with your appearance, your shadow always looks gorgeous. Use a stick to draw happy, sad, or other faces onto your shadow heads.

9. Reflect an Awesome View in Sunglasses

Photos to Take This Summer

Courtesy of MHS Digital Imaging Edmunds

Your friends will definitely say, “Oh, cool!” when they see an artsy image with sunglass lenses reflecting the beach, the mountains, or whatever awesome place you visited this summer. What you see is what you get in this shot, so when the reflection is framed -- in the frames -- start snapping.

10. Hold the Sun

Photos to Take This Summer

Courtesy of People Holding Landmarks

The illusion of this photo is beautiful and powerful. Every time you look at it you’ll feel like a superhero. Encircle the sun with your fingers, or let it rest in the palm of your hand. Never forget you’re a sun goddess who deserves to be worshipped.

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