Stock Photo Shoot Planning for July

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Photo by the Zamurovic Brothers

Welcome to our monthly photo shoot planning guide where we list out monthly themes, special dates and suggested tags to help guide you in creating and preparing your images for submission to Noun Project for the months ahead. 

July is a dynamic, exciting month that offers an abundance of subjects and themes to capture stock photos. Summer Activities such as hiking, days at the beach, and going on road trips to National Parks inspire delightful images for the season. Cherries, corn on the cob, and grilled foods are often synonymous with Summer Foods — and the best thing about photographing food is that you get to eat it afterward!  July is a month with multiple Patriotic Celebrations around the world that celebrate with fireworks, parades, and gatherings of families and friends. 

Use these themes as suggestions and expand with your own ideas on what types of photos best say “July!”  and let these amazing photos from Noun Project help inspire creative direction on your shoots.

Photo by Anna Ivanova

Outdoor Activities and Foods

The warm days of peak summer are a wonderful time to spend time outdoors. In the summer heat, people flock to the beach to cool off and enjoy the water, providing excellent opportunities for capturing candid shots of people having fun. To capture authentic images you can ask your family and friends to be part of your summer photoshoot, simply by hanging out at the beach!

Photo (L) by Jacob Lund Photography // Photo (R) by Jacob Lund Photography

Photo by Jacob Lund Photography

Optimize your shoot by taking photos of the sand, ocean and of the gorgeous sunsets of summer.  

Photo by WBulls

Photo by WBulls // Photo by Yes Photographers

Summer activities can be captured in photos without people, such as flat lays with sunglasses and yummy summer foods such as pies, grilled foods and colorful cocktails.

Photo by Anna Ivanova
Photo by Anna Ivanova

Photo (L) by Yes Photographers // Photo (R) by Yes Photographers

Photo by Yes Photographers

Suggested tags: summer, July, swimming, beach, sun, berries, shells, sand

National Parks and Recreation Month

Summer weather is perfect for enjoying camping and hiking, which provides a perfect opportunity to photograph the joy of people spending time in nature—and what a better time to enjoy spending recreational time outdoors than during National Parks and Recreation Month?  

Photo by Jacob Lund Photography

Photo (L) by Jacob Lund Photography // Photo (R) by Jacob Lund Photography

Photo by Jacob Lund Photography

National Parks offer beautiful landscapes, stunning scenery and provide recreational opportunities for people such as hiking, camping, exploring and observing the flora and fauna. There are so many options for to take photos of people enjoying these amazing resources at national parks as well as the natural beauty on its own.

Photo from Yellowstone National Park by Jacob W. Frank for NPS

Photos (L) and (R) from Yellowstone National Park by Jacob. W. Frank for NPS

Photo from Joshua Tree National Park by Hannah Schwalbe for NPS

Going hand-in-hand with national parks are road trips. Road trips provide an opportunity to bond with friends and family enjoying the freedom of the road together. A road trip can take you through the mountains, across the desert, along the coast while stopping at scenic views, vistas, landmarks and parks. 

Photo by Jacob Lund Photography

Photo (L) by Jacob Lund Photography // Photo (R) by Jacob Lund Photography

Photo from Yellowstone National Park by Jacob W. Frank for NPS

Suggested tags: national parks, recreation, explore, road trip, nature, animals, plants, hiking, camping, July, summer

Patriotic Celebrations

July is a month full of patriotic celebrations around the world, including Independence Day in the United States, Canada Day in Canada and Bastille Day in France. May of these national holidays are celebrated with fireworks, parades, donning the colors of each country’s flag and gatherings of friends and family to celebrate. 

Photo by Carol M. Highsmith

With bright skies and clear nights in July, it’s an ideal time to photograph the brilliant bursts of colors of fireworks against the night sky. When photographing fireworks, it’s imperative that you use a tripod to avoid blurry images.

A fun way to capture July holidays is through people gathering for barbecues, picnics and lighting sparklers together. The glow of sparklers is naturally flattering and infuses excitement, joy and a festive feel to photos. 

Photo from Scopio

Photo (L) by Jacob Lund Photography // Photo (L) by Jacob Lund Photography

Photo by Jacob Lund Photography

You don’t need people in your photos to convey the patriotic celebrations that occur in July. Photographing still life images or flat lays of typical foods of a country is an easy way to honor a country’s heritage. 

Photo by Yes Photographers // Photo by Anna Ivanova

To really stand out with your stock photos, think beyond the obvious to create fun interpretations of festive concepts, such as fireworks made from flower petals!

Photo (L) by the Zamurovic Brothers // Photo (R) by the Zamurovic Brothers

Suggested tags: celebration, patriotic, fireworks, sparklers, July, summer

More inspiration:

Other significant themes, dates and observances to inspire your photos for July are Disability Pride month; Picnic Month and National Grilling Month; Clean Beaches Week July 1 -7; Shark Week from July 21st – 28th; National Kitten Day on July 10th; International Kissing Day on July 6th;  Ice Cream Day on July 16th; World Emoji Day on July 17th and International Day of Friendship on July 30th.

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Suzanne Strong
Suzanne Strong

VP of Content & Creators at Noun Project and Photographer

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