Make Those Summer Memories Last

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Lasting Summer Memories

The summer of senior year is an exciting and emotional time for many high schoolers. It’s the end of an era, in one way, and the beginning of a new chapter you’ve been eagerly awaiting in other ways. But even if you’re more than ready to charge forward into your post-high school life with confidence and a plan, there are still some bittersweet moments to contend with. So how do you make the memories from your final summer as a high schooler last? Here are a few tips.

Get Nostalgic

There’s nothing wrong with sinking into the nostalgia of your senior summer. Replay old memories with your best friends, revisit some of the places you used to spend most of your time in your early high school days, or in middle school, or even all the way back to elementary if you’re the kind of friend group that’s been together forever. Spend time soaking up the favorite parts of your hometown if you’re heading away for school and relish the freedom that comes with this in-between time.

Digital or Printed?

When that nostalgia hits, it’s natural to start snapping photos left and right. You want to preserve the memories you’ve made with the people you love, and encapsulating this moment in time with more photoshoots than you can count is one of the best ways to do so. But once you have all those photos, probably on your phone or in the cloud (or both!) – what do you do with them? Sure, you can post them to a Facebook album or create an Instagram series dedicated to your besties, but as with all things social media, time will pass, your newsfeed will change, and you’ll have to dig every time you want to find the memories again. As a Denver photographer, we’ve always believed in the power of the printed photo, so we urge you to consider printing some of those prints off. Stick them in frames or go the extra mile and create a Last Summer Memory Book.


Creating a memory book is a great way to make those photos shine, and to have a physical reminder of why these people mean so much to you. Even better? You can order copies for the whole squad and give them as pre-college gifts. That way, no matter where you all end up in the fall, you have something that ties you together, something you can look back on and show off and use as a reminder to text each other when it’s been awhile, or FaceTime each other as you’re running across campus to get to your class. They make as good a gift as they do a keepsake for you.

A Meaningful Keepsake

And that’s the thing about a memory book, it makes a wonderful keepsake. It’s not just seeing the quality of those photos printed on great paper and arranged in a way that reminds you of the fun you had, it’s also something you can carry with you. Memory books make great coffee table pieces, and when it’s time to move out of the dorms and into your first apartment, or your first house, you can take it with you. No scrolling required.