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The Idyllic Childhood Days of Summer As Photographed by Summer Murdock

By Hanssie on July 7th 2014

When I was a kid, summer could not come soon enough. The anticipation of sleeping in, playing with the neighbors and swimming all day long was a draw that no child could resist. Counting down the minutes for the last school bell to ring, and racing out with all of your friends to catch the school bus to freedom! Those idyllic days are long gone -replaced by this pesky thing called adulthood that squashed your wild and carefree days with their deadlines, bills and careers. Since we no longer get to look forward to having 2.5 months off (with the exception of teachers), we can live vicariously through the photographs of Summer Murdock who captures the joys of children basking in the fun of a long summer day.

SummerMurdock7 Summer Murdock is a child and family photographer based in Salt Lake City, Utah who strives to capture the magic of childhood in all of her images. She began shooting in college and rediscovered her love for photography when her own kids were born. Now she is a mom of four and her portraits of kids playing is a joyful reminder of days gone by, and maybe a little nudge (at least for me) to get your own kiddos out from in front of the TV and into some adventures in this warm weather.

Summer will actually be one of the speakers at Click Away, a conference that you’ve probably heard about through Tanya, one of our writers here. Tanya has been interviewing some of the speakers that will be there (and I’m really envious that I cannot go, too). You can read some of here interviews with photographers such as Sue Bryce, Michelle Moore, Lisa Tichane and more!

And be sure to check out Summer’s workshops at Click Away:

  • Finding Your Style: It’s a Personal Journey (Discussion Panel)
  • Using Light, Life, and Movement to Capture Authentic Portraits of Children
  • Light Filled Imagery
  • Capturing Authentic Portraits of Children (Shooting Demo)
  • Looking for Light (Photo Walk with Summer Murdock), 10:15am

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You can see more of Summer Murdock’s work on her website and on Offset.

CREDITS: Photographs by Summer Murdock are copyrighted and have been used with permission for SLR Lounge. Do not copy, modify or re-post this article or images without express permission from SLR Lounge and the artist.

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Hanssie is a Southern California-based writer and sometimes portrait and wedding photographer. In her free time, she homeschools, works out, rescues dogs and works in marketing for SLR Lounge. She also blogs about her adventures and about fitness when she’s not sick of writing so much. Check out her work and her blog at Follow her on Instagram

Q&A Discussions

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  1. Gareth Roughley

    This is awesome. My lovely wife has a very similar project over at Having children really changes your perspective

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    great moments captured on camera

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  3. Brian Stalter

    Fun photography.

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  4. Ji Hoon Heo

    These are so fun

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  5. Anthony McFarlane

    Summer vacation is great! Definitely one of the few perks of being a teacher :)

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