Summer, summer, summertime . . . Time to sit back and unwind . . .

Yes, yes we did just start a blog post with lyrics from a Fresh Prince song. What better way to kick off this month’s Special Edition post than with a favorite Summertime jam from back in the day?!  (And in case you were wondering how old your Life + Lens Blog editors are, that should help answer your question 😉 )

Thank you all for your beautiful Summer-themed submissions. Sit back, unwind and enjoy some of our faves:


A life without love is like a year without summer. – Swedish Proverb


Katie Woody Photography | Texas | IG: @katiewoodyphoto | FB | Pinterest

 Summertime is always the best of what might be. ― Charles Bowden


Following Seas Photography | Charleston, South Carolina | IG: @followingseasphotography   | FB

A good swimming pool could do that — make the rest of the world seem impossibly insignificant, as far away as the surface of the moon. —Emma Straub, The Vacationers

CaylinMariePhotography-2Caylin Marie Photography | Harford County, Maryland | IG: @caylin__marie | FB

Everything good, everything magical happens between the months of June and August. —Jenny Han, The Summer I Turned Pretty


Sunshyne Pix | Mesa, AZ | IG: @sunshynepix | FB

Summer was our best season: it was sleeping on the back screened porch in cots, or trying to sleep in the tree house; summer was everything good to eat; it was a thousand colors in a parched landscape; but most of all, summer was Dill. —Harper Lee, To Kill a Mockingbird


Leanne Vice Photography | Nashville, TN | IG: @leannevicephoto | FB | twitter | Pinterest

 Summer is the annual permission slip to be lazy. To do nothing and have it count for something. To lie in the grass and count the stars. To sit on a branch and study the clouds. – Regina Brett


Shortie Studios Photography | East Aurora, NY | IG: @katieinea | FB

Summer will end soon enough, and childhood as well. ― George R.R. Martin


Sarah Mason Photography | IG: @sdmasonphotography

Summer afternoon—summer afternoon; to me those have always been the two most beautiful words in the English language.  – Henry James


Emma Staples Photography | Dubai, UAE | IG:@emmastaplesphotography | FB | Pinterest


Thank you again to all of you who submitted images! There’s still time to submit your images for next month’s Special Edition “Beach” theme! Please see our Instagram for instructions.

Which “Summertime” image is your favorite? Let us know in the comments below!

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Life, Lens, and Love,

Rachel + Lisa