As I was shopping for my kids back to school list it hit me that the vibrant days of summer are drawing to a close and there's something undeniably magical about capturing those final moments of warmth and togetherness as a family before entering a new season with a family photography session. And what better backdrop for such an occasion than the picturesque streets of Old Town Columbus? Amidst the brickstone sidewalks and charming small-town vibes, I recently had the pleasure of wrapping up this summer with a beautiful, albeit incredibly hot and humid, family photo session that radiated pure joy.

The Sarver Family and their Old Town Columbus Adventure

Gathering your family together for a session can be a heartwarming experience on its own, but when you add the charming setting of Old Town Columbus into the mix, the result is pure magic. The sun bathed the cute white church in a golden glow and cast playful shadows along the brick lined streets. As the Sarver family laughed, shared stories and memories with me, and embraced one another, I couldn't help but feel honored to be a part of this intimate moment.

Portrait of a mom holding her son and giving him kisses on a stone stairway at their family session at Old Town Columbus
Portrait of a family of four with their dog smiling on the steps of a church at their family session in Columbus, GA.

Staying Cool Amidst the Georgia Heat: 3 Helpful Tips

  1. Opt for Early Mornings or Late Afternoons: When the summer sun is at its peak, temperatures can soar, making it challenging to keep everyone cool and comfortable during a family session. To beat the heat, consider scheduling your session during the early morning around sunrise or late afternoon when the sun is less intense. The beautiful golden lighting during these times is soft and flattering reducing harsh shadows that may fall across your face when the sun is at its highest, enhancing the overall look of your photographs.
  2. Dress for Comfort: While looking stylish is important, it's equally crucial to dress for the weather. Opt for lightweight and breathable fabrics that allow air to circulate, helping to prevent overheating. Light-colored clothing can also reflect the sun's rays, keeping everyone cooler.
  3. Stay Hydrated: Whether it's a chilled bottle of water or a refreshing fruit-infused drink, make sure to keep hydration at the forefront. Not only does staying hydrated help maintain comfort but helps keep everyone's spirits up during your session! Small handheld fans that have the option to spray mist are another great option to help stay cool against the heat and humidity.
Portrait of a big sister sitting on the grass holding her 10 month old brother during a family session in Columbus, GA.
Portrait of family walking and holding hands at their Old Town Columbus, GA summer family session.

Preserving Summer's Moments: Looking Ahead to Fall

As we bid adieu to the warm embrace of summer, it's natural to start thinking about the colorful days of fall. If you're considering updating your family photos for the upcoming season, I'd be thrilled to capture another year of cherished memories for you. Whether it's the crunch of fallen leaves underfoot or the cozy sweaters that come out of hibernation, fall offers a unique and beautiful backdrop for family photography here in Columbus, Georgia. I'd love to continue this journey of freezing moments in time together and create a collection of memories that will warm your heart for years to come.

In the end, the Sarver family session at Old Town Columbus was a reminder that even in the midst of a sizzling summer, love, laughter, and cherished moments have the power to outshine the hottest of days. As we prepare to turn the page to a new season, let's remember to embrace the beauty of each moment, no matter the weather.