My Pool Party Essentials! 

Summer!! It’s HERE! While I only love it for a short time, I do love summer. June is my favorite month. It’s my birthday month…and it’s not toooooooo hot here in OK yet. (And by that I mean it’s 90s not 100-110)

Whether you have a fancy pool, a kiddie pool, or a hose, you have to have some water fun in the heat of the summer days. This year, I wanted to share all my favorite essentials for a perfect summer pool party. Hey, even for a party of one! Let’s celebrate summer with a pool party post! Who’s ready?

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Today is all about My Pool Party Essentials! Everything I need for a fun day outside beating that hot summer heat.

A Pool

I know this seems obvious, but my first essential for a summer pool party is, well, the pool! I know everyone is on different budgets, so it doesn’t even matter what kind of pool-just something to get your feet wet in and enjoy! The pool I bought was a $26 blow up pool from Amazon. It is a square so there is four corners to lounge in and it’s like 7 feet long! I love this Intex swimming pool.  But Walmart and target sells many options as well. Honestly there are so many that no matter your budget, you should be able to get a little something!

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It is this vibrant lime and blue color that looks so summery!

A Beach Ball 

No pool party is complete without a beach ball! Always fun to kick or toss around, and it just seems to make the beach feeling a little stronger, am I right? I purchased this Aquarium Transparent Beach Ball that is also from Intex. This particular beach ball was from Amazon for $6! It is clear with some decor on the sides and a bright pink blown up crab in the center! I loved the different colors and theme of this ball; I had never seen one similar to it. It adds such a fun aspect to your pool party!

Sunscreen

I used to be one of those that never bothered with being very intentional with my sunscreen application; until my mom had skin cancer a few years ago. While it wasn’t sun caused, I still need and want to be extremely careful. Therefore, sunscreen is a huge essential for any pool party or outdoor activity. I prefer the Sport Continuous Spray and I usually just buy the Walmart brand. I use at least 30 SPF if not more! I do like to tan, but not burn and I need to be safe!

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Floatie Cup Holders

Ok, maybe this isn’t part of your pool party essentials, but it is definitely one of mine! I am obsessed with the floatie craze! But sadly because of the size of my pool, I can’t use a full size one. Luckily I found these equally as cute, cup holder floaties! They have donuts, palm trees, flamingos, and probably many more! I purchased a three set of fruit ones that came with a watermelon, lime, and pineapple one. SO CUTE. I bought these from Bed Bath & Beyond for $9.99, a total steal! DSC_1510

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Cold Drinks

I love a cold, crisp drink on a hot day! I try to drink mostly water at the pool, because of the heat, but I do love San Pellegrino Sparkling Beverages. They are so light and I love the fizz. But really any cold drink that is your favorite would work! I also love lemonade or a nice ice tea. As long as it’s cold, it’s great for a pool party!

I will add, I try not to drink something with to much sugar in the heat. I don’t want to get sick!

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Popsicles

Whatever your favorite cold treat is, it’s an essential for a pool party in my book.  My favorite right now is fruit Popsicles because they aren’t heavy and are so refreshing! I am loving the Outshine Fruit Bars in berry or lime. In this Oklahoma heat, they won’t last long, but they are worth the melting! What is your favorite cold treat on a hot day? Whether it’s frozen fruit, popsicles, or ice cream…I consider it a pool party must-have!

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oh, and maybe share a pupsicle with your cute pup too!

What are YOUR pool party essentials? Did I leave something important out? Let me know in the comments what you love to have around during a fun day in the sun! XO

My Photography Essentials 

If you didn’t know, W&W is also my photography business! I’m still learning but have already came so far in just two years. While I’m not expert, I wanted to share my personal Photography Essentials.


There’s are just my go-tos, yours might be different! But I love seeing what others use in their business! Like I said I’m still new, so I’m slowly building up my props and gear! Feel free to tell me a few other things you think I might need!

I do newborn, maternity, fresh 48, senior, family, birth, etc. so I don’t always use the same gear but I am just going to share my base gear and essentials I use for almost all of my shoots. I will also link everything that is still available to buy in case you want to get yours as well! I hope you find this interesting, here we go! Also, ironically this isn’t sponsored by Amazon, even though most of this is from it-I just love it!

Nikon D3100 with kit lens 

I believe that this one is now discontinued because its fairly old, but it does me just fine. I currently only have the kit lens but I am looking to add another one here in a few months! I love this camera, I can work it well and I am even still learning all the things that it does.

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Neewer 32″ 5-in-1 collapsible disc reflector

This is a new purchase that I am still learning about, but it was extremely affordable and has been a huge help already. Amazon once again is my saving grace and had these for under $15. I know there are much better quality out there but for me, just learning how to use them, this was perfect. If you aren’t familiar with these, the picture is confusing. It is actually one disc with different outside coverings that you can turn inside out for other colors; perfect for travel! It is portable and collapsible and fits perfectly in my bag. It has gold, silver, translucent, white, and black-all you could need! 61xV+5KZUqL._SL1001_

Vera Bradly Campus Backpack as camera bag

This one is possibly controversial, ha! I know it isn’t a typical camera backpack but I love it. It can stay on my back so I don’t have to carry anything. I also bought some inserts so the camera would stay safe which I will mention next. It has inside pockets where I keep batteries and chargers. Honestly I bought it so on sale it was much cheaper than any of the camera bags I first saw. It also has a good outside pocket where I keep smaller props like onsies, ducks, confetti, etc.

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Camera travel protection insert

Honestly, this little bag is perfect! It can take any bag and make it into a camera bag. I sit this in the bottom of my backpack and the camera and lens fit perfectly into it. Amazon carries it for under $13 and eligible for prime. One of my favorite essentials! 91U+rEvG7NL._SL1500_

EN-EL14 travel charger

I am honestly ashamed by how many chargers I seem to lose. I will probably find about 5 if ever move houses because I seem to lose them right and left. But thanks to Amazon again, they have them really inexpensive. This is my favorite charger because it has both a plug in and a car charger adapter, perfect for if you are on the road and need to charge. But it is always good to have one at home and one in my camera bag as well. 71yZSCu3PlL._SL1500_

San Disk Memory Card 

While there are many different kinds of SD cards, I tend to buy San Disk. I had to buy them for a college class anyway and have just always liked this brand. I have never had any problems with them so far either. Right now I have a 32 and an 8 but am looking to add maybe a few 16’s just so I have enough and don’t have to constantly delete things off my 8.

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Fur rug from Ikea 

The link and picture isn’t the exact on I have but it is the closest I could find for you to get! I do a good amount of newborn and child shoots so this is so perfect! I picked it up at Ikea and it is amazing. It is a great size for little ones and mine is a light grey so goes with boy or girl! If you don’t have something like this, get ya one! I found a similar one at Hobby Lobby too.

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Three Step Ladder 

I’m honestly not sure that this is the exact same ladder as I have, but I linked it anyway. The ladder I use is my grandparents old one that they have had for years. As a 5’2 photographer, most of my clients are much taller than me; which proves for awful angles! I prefer shots from almost a little above them if its face on to provide my clients with the best angle. So in comes the ladder! Some might need only a step stool, but I prefer this on because it gives me some much needed support and a handle if I need to balance if I am doing flat-lay shots.

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I am currently looking for a newborn posing bag, so if you know anyone or place that sells them…let me know!! If you’re in Oklahoma, i’d love to be your photographer! For more info see my photography page.

What are YOUR photography essentials?? I’d love to hear!