you know how many times i have sat down at my computer in the last few weeks to “talk” to you guys? you know how many paragraphs I’ve started? how many saved drafts i have from the last twenty something days?

a lot.

I’m always talking to you guys in my head, i swear. everything something hits me and I’m inspired I’m like “oooooh ill write about that”, and then i go and sit and start and stop. so let me keep this simple right now.

let me just break down what a typical morning looks like now. its waking up a couple hours before the sunrise…. its mediation, its prayer, its reading, its listening to a steve furtick or jud wilhite sermon or putting on the bluetooth headphones and cranking some lauren daigle (which after my last post a client sent me a song of hers which touched my soul and have been listening to her ever since- thanks lisa)… my mornings can be all of the above or only a couple of the above. but these are the most important starts to my days now. being grateful and thankful even though life can be crappy. and in the midst of all of that I’m always writing in my head. I’m always trying to think of what to share with you guys next. what will move you, what will help you, how can i help someone today….

and today was no different. i sit here at the computer and watch the early morning sun light leaking through my bedroom window. i watch the rectangular piece of yellow light start to move along the wall to my room as the sun starts to move across the sky. i take pause and close my eyes and try to listen.

“just. start. typing.”

now I’m sitting here typing about absolutely nothing at all but wanting to share absolutely everything. i mean everything. i want to share my struggles, my rewards, my convictions, my successes, my experiences, my heart, my mistakes. especially my mistakes. because so many of my wrong turns still all lead to the right place. the mistakes of the boyfriends from way back when, the mistakes of a purchase i thought i needed, the mistakes of lashing out in anger at someone…. shit doesn’t go right all the time. in my quest for perfection i sure made millions of mistakes. and i continue to. but now i know its okay to not be perfect, but i can be perfect at doing my best, and that fulfills enough for me.

heres what i do know as i sit here. you live and you learn, you are human and never perfect. you should not remain immobilized by the gravity of your mistakes or your failures. if you have endured pain, don’t let it control you. if you fall, let yourself be known for how you rose. for in lifes struggles, which there will be plenty, it is how you come out of them where character is built. (as i stop typing for a second i know that what i just typed i have read somewhere-where where where… i open scriptures and there it is: “we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, and hope does not put us to shame”). you have gone through so much suffering- maybe a loss of a job, a death of a relative, a sick child, miscarriages… the list of battles we face are truly endless. i am here to say- if i can get through it, you can to.

after all, even after the darkest night the sun will rise.

by the way, maybe i should share photos with you guys too. i mean, thats why you first came here a decade ago, right?

so here are, um, a million pics from this fall. i am pouring my entire heart and soul into this, bc doing this now serves a greater purpose.

the outpouring of people who have reached out, who have wanted to donate to the charity, who have shared their stories with me… i am on an absolute mission to help heal. literally making this my life purpose.

by the way, wanna hear the name of the charity?!

G R A V I T Y : by summer lyn

anyway, more on that later.

as always, beyond grateful and thank you and blessed that ya’ll are here to watch the art through my lens and hear the story through my words.

<3 <3 <3

ten point oh.

as in:


as in, ten years.


this year is freaking huge you guys. and i TOLD you i was back. and i PROMISED i really was. and look at me! posting away! i know, i know, i have to update my website, my logo, my everything, because you know, when you go through something as huge and damaging as a depression and come out on the other side still managing life, ya kinda end up pretty changed. so, ill definitely get around to all that.

what hasn’t changed?

my photos. my love of taking photos. the fact that my connection with every. single. client. runs so deep through every image.

whats hasn’t changed?

the fact that a session with me is so chill and ya’ll will be so calm and cool and you will freak out over your images. i promise you.

listen, last year sucked. and although i couldn’t help everything i went through, i did let a lot of people down. not just clients, but family, friends, everyone really.

but i am back. and i am BETTER. and with that means summer lyn is going to kick some serious imagery ass this year.

lots of things to come. this ten year thing.

and for the first time ever, i will be offering classes EVERY MONTH. the first saturday of every month will be an in depth class with me. this will start in may in case anyone wants a hint. and what do you think of when you think of may? spring, mothers day, new life, newborns…. hmmmm, a newborn posing class???? maybe…. more on that later.

in the mean time, i gathered up some of my favorite images over the years.

enjoy! and get ready for ten point oh.

PS- as you scroll through you might see some of my old themed shoots… the bed on the beach, the hunter rain boot shoot… does that mean that will be offered again this year???? yup. for those who’s littles were too little for a shoot like either one of these back when i offered them, they were without a doubt my biggest hits. so I’m bringing that back y’all. I’m really freaking excited. like. REALLY.




i woke up this morning compelled to write this. i like when things like this happen to me, the need to sit and share life and thoughts with you all. its therapeutic in some ways.


i woke up this morning thinking about winning. about competition. why? because my daughters basketball team acquired their eighth straight loss in a row yesterday. a season of no wins. and as i was watching them yesterday, a close game, i started to think about the competition in my life, throughout my life. i thought about these ten year old girls, and what drives them.  the girls had their first lead ever in playing in the third quarter.  I’m that mom on the sidelines freaking out bc i FEEL it. the spirit inside of me playing competitive sports will never go away. i jump up, i jump down. i cheer for the other team when they steel the ball and i see skill in girls at such a young age. i was emotionally involved in this game.  heavily. maybe even more so because stephen coaches the team. I’m invested.  sincerely invested. and the game started trickling away from these girls, and as the buzzer went off with another loss i got tears in my eyes.  and i looked at the girls wondering if they felt what i felt. that natural gut instinct that if you are an athlete you feel it. that close win.  the drive.  the way they ran up and down that court with more heart than i had ever seen and coming away on the losing side. i was crushed.


these girls weren’t.  loss doesn’t affect them. its just another day.


this was amazing to witness. competitiveness and the will to win is on my blood. in my heart. and so that little tear in my eye was bc my heart was in that game with them and i simply felt it.  but to them?  their losses are bringing them that much closer to a win. a victory that they will remember for a long time.  its a win that won’t come easy.  i think about the couple teams they have played against that are powerhouses. the teams that have lost no games.  they don’t know what its like to be defeated. to have to come together every week at practice and work together and mold together.  winning teams don’t come together like losing teams do.  i have been a part of a lot of winning teams in my life, and boy oh boy, when we have our asses handed to us by that lesser qualified team? the look in their faces bc they always lose and they just beat us? those are faces i will never forget. these are the teams that have nothing to lose. they step on that field or court and just do it. and pour their hearts into it.  and hey- if they lose, it is what it is, they come together every week and pick each other up and are just so positive when sometime good happens.  when they score they freak out and cheer each other on.  sweet, sweet victory for the teams that are always losing, and i believe that.  even taking losses these girls are learning, and building character, and learning to just keep going.  they keep getting back up and working harder knowing that one day sweet reward will come.  and i love these girls.  i envy the fact that their losses don’t affect them the way a loss would affect me.  me? i would have been crushed.  and would have gone home and internalized what i did wrong for the team. how can i play better to help us win. i would put the weight of the team on my shoulders and wondered how can i be better the next time so that we don’t lose another game.  the will to win. sometime that cannot be taught and isn’t in everyone.  the will to win that is in your heart and your gut and simply devastated your entire being when you fail.


and on the flip side of that?  when i would win a game i still wasn’t happy.  because maybe we won the war but maybe during the war i lost some battles.  in soccer? maybe the player made a move and got by me.  which would make my blood boil and i would chase them down like no ones business.  or maybe i made a bad pass and it got deflected to the other team.  or in softball, we could have walked away with the win but maybe i went 2 for 4, but i would be so pissed at myself for not going 4 for 4.  or maybe a made an amazing double play but the next ground ball i overthrew first base.  i was never happy. ever.


where am i going with all of this and what the hell does it have to do with photography?


well.  because i get a lot of messages and texts and emails on how did i get good.  or how did i get success.  and i am saying that in the LEAST STUCK UP WAY POSSIBLE.  anyone who knows me knows i am the most humble person ever.  i get incredibly shy and embarrassed when someone comments on my work because quite frankly, i am not successful. and i am not good.




ya. i really believe that.  i haven’t made it.  and i never will.  and this attitude is who i have always been. I’ve never been happy or satisfied with my work.  but every game (or every session) i get out there and pour my heart into it. because i know i can do better than the shoot before. i know i can think of a unique angle and push myself. i look at shoots i did a month ago and i hate them.  and i cannot wait to get out there again and push myself to be better.


i compete with myself. and that is my motivation and that is what drives me and thats what should drive you all.  constantly comparing yourself to others is horrible. and think about that for a minute.  really think about how deep that is.  by losing yourself and comparing yourself to someone else you literally inhibit yourself from developing the best artistic version of YOU.  everyones art is distinct and unique because every ONE is distinct and unique. and you can only develop your best when you look inside yourself.


put it into perspective: say you are comparing yourself to so and so.  and you want to achieve that same creamy bokeh of a little girl in a forest/ that chin in hands pose / that amazing backlight / that family connection.  and maybe after practicing and practicing and practicing, you do it.  yay for you, right? you win, right?




how boring is that?!!!  competition with others makes you ordinary, boring, and limited.  you reached and reached to achieve something and then you stop. you become stagnant. you stopped because you were competing with someone else, you worked hard to do what they do, and poof. now you’re done. you’ve plateaued. and you’re happy bc you achieved what someone else did because that was your goal.  where is the drive inside of you to just be YOU, be a better YOU.


compete with yourself! find yourself, find your voice, and you will be heard.  never try to be better than someone else.  always try to be better than you.  if you are looking outwardly and worried about how many likes a photo got, or how many fans she has, or how many people book her then you just lost.  worrying about what other people accomplish and what other people has will make you 1- incredibly insecure and 2- never happy because you’ll feel as though you can never keep up.  spending hours scrolling through other photographers feeds means thats time you lost is finding you and digging into you and honing in on who YOU are and how you can make YOUR mark.


so get your camera and go win, but don’t win. think of yourself as constantly losing bc then you’ll want to  BEAT YOURSELF every day.  maybe you pose newborns “better than her”.  stop that train of thought! pose newborns better than YOU. push yourself to stop being the same photographer and pose a newborn in a better way than you did at the shoot before. compete against yourself.  because then, and only then, will you constantly grow and evolve as a photographer.


and in life.


be you. be raw. be real. be honest.


comparing and competing against you makes you such an incredible version of you. and whats more appealing than that? nothing. in this world of so many fake people and people that display their lives all over social media in such a fake way its sick, whats more refreshing than being yourself and stepping away from the mold? nothing. the weight is off your shoulders to keep up with everyone else when you start to compete with yourself.





(thats me. raw. no make up. showing my varicose veins on my leg. the stretch marks on the backs of my thighs. wrinkles on my forehead and face. some bags under my eyes and some crows feet on the outside of my eyes. oh well. I’m 37. i am who i am. love it or leave it. )












so here we are, everyone!  last year was the first year i ran black friday promotions, and my gosh, it was the most amazing thing i ever did.  the deals were such a hit and they were so great for me, personally, because i got to meet a lot of new families and see a lot of my past clients too!  so this year i am going to jump off and do the same thing, just more of it!  some of the same specials, some different specials, and this year a LOT of things for photographers!  that being said, here we go!  non-refundable deposits for black friday deals must be received on or before december 1st. please contact me via email ( subject line BLACK FRIDAY 2017) or text (516.241.1191) to secure.

black friday promo I


yes, this is one i ran last year as well, but it was the number one booked promo so i decided to do it again.

simple and easy, you are getting two shoots with me for the price of one!

all-inclusive full sessions, all high resolution files in color and black and white

normal price for two shoots: $4300

black friday promo: $2150

(each session will be $1075)

a lot of you did an amazing beach shoot and then came back for a fall foliage shoot, some of you took advantage and did a maternity shoot and then a newborn shoot, and a couple of you even decided to use this and split it with a friend so you each got a shoot with me for half off.  i am simple and easy when it comes to this, you may certainly use this as you wish, just let me know!

black friday promo II


this is new!  book this black friday promotion and get half off of ANY collection with me! yes, even collection four!

(you can view my pricing list in full by clicking the pricing tab above)

i have never ever ever ran 50% off so YES, jump all over this!!!

this makes my collections $700, $900, $1000 and $1250

black friday promo III (biggest value!!)

newborn sessions that are booked with this promo must be due on or before april 30th, 2017

ALL INCLUSIVE session (sitting fee plus all images in color and black and white, a $2150 value!)

(up to) 75 custom made birth announcements ($180 value)

11 x 8 custom designed soft cover book ($425 value)

normally: $2755

black friday promo: $1400


any class i teach i like to do it one on one or a one on two setting. this allows for me to really teach you.  i have found a lot of times in my bigger group settings that sometimes my mentorees are shy and embarrassed to ask questions in front of other photographers.  so this past year i have been doing a lot more of the one on one or one on two (meaning you come with a friend) so that you have the opportunity to learn more.  if you are local, my classes can be done in person, and if you are out of state or (often) abroad, FaceTime and or Skype sessions are available.

art of composition class

this is a two and a half hour class strictly devoted to training your eye to compose your images stronger and more effectively.  its my most popular class because it answers your questions as to “how can i get someone to stop and just stare at my photos instead of scrolling past them bc there is nothing to them and they are boring”.  in an over-saturated market and the age of “the scroll”, what is going to make a potential client stop at YOUR photo?  what is going to make them stare in awe at a photo you took, making them want to hire YOU among a million others to choose from.  THIS is that class you need for that.  its also wildly popular bc even if you are not a professional and not even remotely interested in shooting professionally and you just want to shoot on auto and have nice photos, this is what it teaches you.  you will go from taking snapshots of your kids to taking professional looking images. an all around amazing class for beginners to professionals.

normal price: $300

black friday promo: $225

bring a friend 2fer: $400


typically one on one, my mentoring classes will teach you everything you need and want to know about everything you need or want to know.  this are incredibly custom classes for every level.  beginner and want to learn to shoot on manual?  know manual but want to learn better lighting?  have a handle on both your camera and lighting but want to be better with kids? have a handle on all that but want to grow your business? or need to get better and master editing and photoshop? every little bit and piece to whatever you need to know is taught with me.  i get to know where you are at and gage your level and then we go from there. classes are an hour and fifteen minutes.

one class

normal price: $250

black friday: $200

three classes

normal: $600

black friday: $500

five classes

normal: $1000

black friday: $900

(inquire if you are interested in anything more than my five class workshops.  and yes, often i have people that want to combine a three class workshop into one day, and that is fine with me.  it basically becomes a four hour class.  same with the five classes.  if you want to condense that down to a day with me, you can, and its a six and a half hour day)

and last but not least


this is an insane all day one on one class with me, where i teach you EVERY SINGLE THING THERE IS TO KNOW ABOUT SHOOTING NEWBORNS.  i bring in three to four models, and we shoot all day.  i teach you posing, lighting, bean bag posing, prop posing, hanging stork posing, camera settings, angles, photoshop.  yes, EVERYTHING.  this is a 9am-7pm class.

normal price: $2200

black friday promo: $1500

know a friend that want to shoot newborn better? or if you aren’t opposed to coming in and sharing time with another photographer and myself i do offer this workshop as two on one as well. should you have a friend that wants to or you don’t mind learning along side another student, i do offer this class at $1300.

thank you all ahead of time for always being here, for following me, for wanting me to shoot you and allowing me to teach you.  these last nearly ten years of this business have been completely amazing.  i have been beyond blessed and i want to thank you all for always being here and supporting me.  my black friday promotions are really my way of saying THANK YOU SO FREAKING MUCH.   so again, pick what you want above, and you can either use paypal below (if you do, please also email me and or text me and make sure in the message of paypal you put your name, email, and what you are sending the deposit for) or email or text me if you want to send payment another way (check or Chase QuickPay).

and again, thank you!!!! cannot WAIT to see what is in store for 2017!!



when do you get out from behind the camera and get into photos with your kids?




will your kids even know what YOU looked like at every stage in their life? or, when they get older will they only have thousands of photos of themselves with their siblings and, *ahem*, their father.


it’s so sad.  the burden we put on ourselves as mothers.  we help our kids with homework, we pull out our hair at common core and google step by step how to help them with division… we cook, we clean, we pick up dirty underwear, we clean sheet after stomach virus throw-ups at 3am… we race them to bus stops to be on time for school, we youtube “cool braids” to give them something different… we bust our butts working so they can wear a “so nikki” shirt or get a new pair of converse… we freeze our butts off in the rain to watch soccer… sometimes we do all of the above while breastfeeding their newborn sibling LOL…. we do all this, and i am sure they are appreciative of it all…. but in the end what do they have?


my mother just lost her mother (my gramz that i spoke about on my facebook page)…. and she has all these memories in her head of her mother.  you know what she doesn’t have?




nothing is more upsetting than losing your parent and only being able to hold a single photograph in your hand of them.


so stop it right now.  GET OUT FROM BEHIND THE CAMERA!  #1- make sure you get into photos with your own mother and #2- GET INTO PHOTOS WITH YOUR KIDS!


and do it now.


before its too late.


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