June 26

The Real Summer Photo Bingo – Summer Photo Series Part 1

 June 26

by Ania

There’s summer, there’s the insta-perfect Summer, and then there’s the Real Summer.

I'll be the first to put my hand up -  in the past, when talking about photographing the summer, I would focus on that idyllic insta-perfect-summer - sun drenched, adventure-filled, lovely family summer where the ice cream is cheap and the children are grateful and happy. But try as you might, summer just never quite lives up to that hype.

Life isn't perfect, best laid plans fall apart, children get overwhelmed, overstimulated, out of their routines and then it rains. Of course it rains. It’s Britain after all. 

Not this year though. I mean it will still rain, that part is still true. But this year we’re taking a different approach to photographing summer. 

The New Summer Approach

We will still be capturing all the great iconic, summer stuff that we all love - the ice cream on the beach moments, jumping into the pool, picnic out in nature, but we’ll also be capturing the Real summer - the 'I’m bored/hungry/tired' summer, the 'sand in the shower' summer, the ‘are we nearly there yet’ summer, the sun cream faces and the inevitable rainy day play summer.

Let's do this together

If you’re up for it, let’s do this together. To get things going, we’ve enlisted our lovely community to help us create a unique Photo Bingo list that includes both the summer highlights and those real, unfiltered summer moments. And the community delivered. Let me tell you, I haven’t laughed so much in weeks. In fact we had so many brilliant suggestions that it was impossible to fit them all in. ( but if you need some inspo, I listed all the ones that didn't make the list at the bottom of the

Here’s the Plan

We’ve put together a Bingo list with 20 summer highlight entries ( the Summer Reel)  and 20 Real Summer entries, plus 5 empty spaces on each side to add your own unique moments. If you need inspiration, check out the Bingo Inspiration List at the bottom of the page.

Do this: 

  1. Save / Print it Out: Print the bingo list and fill in your own entries.
  2. Capture and Share: Follow us on Instagram and share your summer captures with a hashtag #PFPSummerReel and #PFPRealSummer.
  3. Get Featured: We’ll be sharing and highlighting our favorite entries throughout the summer.
  4. Win Prizes: Complete your bingo list and win a prize! Yes, every complete Bingo gets a prize! * ( terms and conditions below) 

Are You Up for It?

Let’s celebrate both the picture-perfect moments and the beautifully imperfect ones. Print your bingo list, grab your camera, and join us in capturing every single moment of your real summer. Let’s make this summer one to remember – rain or shine, Insta-perfect or hilariously real.

Are you up for it? Let’s do this! 

How do you download the Bingo File? 

  • To download a jpg file - click here
  • To get a customisable Canva template that you can populate yourself - click here



  • Grass
  • Lolly
  • Big sky
  • Ice cream truck
  • Sweet shop
  • Dirty face
  • Inflatables
  • Woods
  • Strawberries
  • Summer drinks
  • Splash
  • Ribbons
  • Travel
  • Blue
  • Meltdown
  • Reflection
  • Tired
  • Den
  • Making fire
  • Yellow
  • Torchlight 
  • Face paint
  • Summer fashion
  • At the park
  • Sticks
  • Jumping rope
  • Hoola hoop
  • Hopscotch
  • Chalk art
  • best friends
  • camping out
  • Bucket
  • Sandcastles
  • Orange
  • Umbrella
  • Toy cars
  • Bunting
  • Picnic
  • Trampolines
  • Treehouse
  • Climbing frame
  • Swings
  • Roundabouts
  • Monkey bars
  • Seaside
  • Bugs
  • Plasters
  • Flying kites
  • Games
  • Treasures
  • Tunnel
  • Summer fair
  • Goggles
  • Ball
  • Rainbow
  • Puddle
  • Silhouette
  • Sunset
  • Red
  • Sunflowers
  • Stream
  • Tall grass
  • Piggy back ride
  • Wet hair
  • Boats
  • Family
  • Dandelions
  • Lazy
  • Sunglasses
  • Purple
  • Top of the world
  • Barbecue
  • Board games
  • Clouds
  • Book
  • Butterfly
  • Trains
  • Planes
  • Straw
  • Fields
  • Flip flops
  • Paper planes
  • Walk
  • Night sky
  • Sweet
  • Balloons
  • Water fight
  • Bunting
  • In bed
  • Dance
  • YOU
  • sleepovers


  • messy face
  • picknic debris 
  • sand in the house
  • holiday packing
  • leaving pets
  • downtime
  • late night
  • tired
  • grumpy
  • while mum works
  • 5 min peace 
  • traveling
  • road trip
  • wild
  • unplanned 
  • Lazy
  • sticky
  • gaming 
  • sibling wars
  • overexcited
  • lego play
  • messy bedroom
  • Lay ins
  • Dressing up
  • Cupboard raiders
  • I said no
  • disaster
  • back home
  • no photos please
  • holiday rules
  • waiting
  • I'm hungry
  • chores
  • movie time
  • post food mess
  • swimware drying 
  • piles of sandals
  • sticky mouths
  • crazy hair
  • journeys
  • family visits
  • scraped knees
  • plasters
  • sofa surfing
  • Pet snuggles
  • FFS
  • Car tetris
  • puddles and mud
  • carrying the load
  • wrong clothes
  • alternative dinner
  • I spy
  • mumlife
  • holiday dad
  • lists
  • where is the sun
  • go ask dad
  • meltdown
  • sheltering
  • post holiday wash
  • eyeroll
  • holiday hair
  • car selfie
  • camping out
  • missing socks
  • screen detox
  • hide and seek
  • winding up others
  • abandoned
  • upside down
  • can't be bothered
  • making do
  • careful 
  • spilt
  • sensory overload
  • sugar crash
  • day projects
  • abandoned
  • construction
  • dens
  • best laid plans
  • latest craze
  • bed invaders
  • boring shopping
  • hiding place
  • frayed
  • mundane
  • overhyped
  • underwhelming
  • uhoh
  • it wasn't me
  • cabin fever
  • still at work


How do you photograph your child on the swings, on the beach, at sunset, playing with bubbles???

We have all the answers - 20 Photography Guides Collections all about photographing the kind of stuff the kids do on the daily basis - especially in summer! With practical advice at your fingertips, just when you need it! 

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