5 tips for more memorable Easter photos
All dressed up for Easter Bun-day
With kids in their Sunday best, spring in full swing and a rainbow of pretty pastels everywhere you look, Easter is one of the most picture-perfect holidays. So skip the line to see the Easter Bunny at the mall and create your own eggstra-special memories instead. Our colorful Easter photo ideas and tips make it easy to add a professional touch to your holiday photos, whether you use a point-and-shoot or an SLR camera.
Make the Easter egg hunt your photo studio
Get the most of your annual Easter egg hunt by turning it into the perfect photo op. Baskets, eggs and a few other props are all you need to create memorable family photos. Make an easy and colorful photo station by setting up two balloon bouquets to frame your shot. From there, try adding various props like an inflatable Easter rabbit, oversized basket or bowl of colorful eggs. If there’s a big tree in your yard or at the park, hang Easter egg lanterns of different lengths from its branches. Throw in some extra baskets, bunny ears and fresh carrots and you’ll have the perfect photo station that all the kids, and even the adults, will be excited to pose in.
Photo tips: To achieve even lighting in your photos, set your photo station up in the shade if the sunlight is exceptionally bright or if you’re shooting in the middle of the day when the sun is high. Most cameras have a function that will allow you to over-expose your shot by a half stop to get a brighter, happier looking photo; this approach works best in shaded conditions. Use the balloon bouquets to create a frame for the shot. Set your camera up on a tripod for consistently framed photos.
Springtime in your living room
Don’t let showers and snowstorms deny you a beautiful spring-themed photo session. Transform your living room into a flower-filled photo studio with blooming bouquets in mason jars. Frame your photos by using stools to place flowers at various heights. Create extra dimension by laying down your favorite pastel-colored picnic blanket and hanging a pastel flag banner on the wall. Parasols, lanterns, baskets and bow ties in spring colors make wonderful props.
Photo tips: Set this scene up facing a window and open all the blinds so that you have even, indirect light. Avoid direct light, which can cast harsh shadows and throw off the lighting in your photo.
Bring your own bunny
Take your Easter photos to the next level with the real deal. To get the most grins out of little ones on their way to the hunt, have a family member don an adult-sized Easter Bunny costume. Have everyone’s favorite cottontail waiting in a pre-arranged place so that you have control over the lighting ; the look of surprise on kiddos’ faces will be well worth it. If you can’t arrange for a costumed Easter Bunny, have several plush bunny and chick toys on hand as props. Dress little ones up in bunny costumes with fresh carrots (leave the tops on) for an extra special Easter photo.
Photo tips: If you’re using a tripod to photograph kids, set it up so that you can see them at eye level. Place the Easter Bunny if front of an evenly lit backdrop like shrubbery or a wooden fence. Check for even lighting by holding your hand up: if you see little sunny spots on your palm, the light isn’t even and will show up as little spots on your subjects’ faces.
Your littlest bunnies
Easter is ripe with opportunities to take heart-melting photos of infants and toddlers. Use their small size to add a sense of surprise and delight to your photographs. Fill an oversized wicker basket with a soft cozy blanket. Put your sleeping baby in the basket or have your toddler sit upright in the basket. Surround the basket with eggs and spring flowers for additional texture and depth. Alternatively, put bunny ears on your babes in baskets and have them hold bunches of carrots.
Photo tips: If your little one is too small to sit up independently, find a basket that doesn’t have a handle. Lay your infant face-up, wrapped up in a cozy pastel colored blanket and surrounded by colorful Easter eggs. Whether you are photographing a sleeping baby or a seated toddler, be extra aware of the backdrop. Opt for neutral tones and natural textures. Avoid distracting backgrounds and let your little one be the focus of the photo.
Cozy up to candids
Capture candid expressions of joy this Easter by turning your lens on kids’ faces instead of focusing on the subject of their enthusiasm. So when the Easter Bunny shows up, snap more of your child’s reactions and less of the actual bunny. Keep your camera with you throughout the weekend to tell the whole story: from decorating to hunting for eggs, you’ll treasure natural moments more than posed photos. Focus on capturing kids’ expressions while they are doing an activity instead of asking them to smile. The looks on their faces will tell a beautiful story and give more variety to your shots.
Photo tips: Instead of zooming in on kids with your camera, walk a little closer to them; the wider angle from your camera will create more intimacy in the portrait. Crouch down and get low to catch those moments of intense egg decorating. Capture close-up details of eggs, flowers, discarded baskets and toys to help tell a more complete story. Think about photographing the weekend as an entire storyline so you can see your images come to life when you put them in a scrapbook.
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