Easter is that special holiday that heralds spring, whether the holiday falls on a lushly green morning or while under a blanket of freshly fallen snow. Of course it is always far more pleasant for the weather to turn out like the former description, but its innate unpredictability is part of the charm of this early spring holiday.
Actually, the lack of predictability of the weather for the Easter holiday is similar to the challenges you face when it is time to start preparing for Easter photos. You know your clients are patiently awaiting their new baby’s first Easter or their toddler’s first steps toward a fully packed Easter basket, so perfecting your portrait photography is a must to make sure you get that perfect shot to share with the family.
Whether you choose to shoot in your studio or outdoors, choosing the right setting and props will make each shot perfect. The hardest part of your job will entail choosing one or more from a pool of several fantastic springtime photos!
Think about some of the following basic tips to help steer you in the right direction toward getting the most out of your upcoming Easter photography sessions.
1. Encourage Outfits That Are As Comfortable as They Are AdorableYou don’t want your young subjects to feel uncomfortable or itchy in their special Easter outfit. Every parent knows that is a recipe for frustration on everyone’s part. Make it easier for yourself to snap genuinely happy and playful shots of the children by encouraging the family to bring clothes that aren’t made of itch-inducing materials. Advise your client’s to try a test run with the outfits they choose for the photo appointment, giving the child a few hours to see how well, and comfortably, they play in the outfit. Also encourage them to bring a few backup outfits, as well, for variety and fun. Mix up the color schemes to help complement a variety of props and backdrops.
2. Top of the PropsSometimes the best props for portrait photography are the ones that were never meant to make it into a single shot. If your child model lights up at the sight of his or her favorite stuffed animal, a toy truck or even a favorite book, consider allowing it into some of the first shots. Some other ideas for props include placing in some home-dyed Easter eggs, a favorite Easter bunny from previous holidays, over-sized daisies and other spring flowers, wicker Easter baskets filled with artificial grass, plastic Easter eggs or even a fun “bunny ear” headband. You can even bring in some real tulips placed in a favorite vase for some photo realism.
3. Keep It Candid, Camera Person!Catching a genuine and candid expression on your model is always golden. Ask your client to bring along some coloring books, chalk or a doll with them to throw into the mix in the hopes of capturing some small, but genuine moments when the child is in the middle of a favorite activity, as it will provide the best overall picture of what makes them happy.
4. Find a Fun Easter BackdropWhether you want to let nature serve as your guide or you plan to keep it indoors, look for backdrops that give a clear indication of the holiday and time of year. Celebrate the season with Easter and Spring themed backgrounds such as an Easter egg backdrop, bunnies, flowers and ducks or a cute spring landscape background.
5. Make Subtle Touch-upsThere is no need to fear touching up some spots that you feel will help improve the photograph, even adding in some cool Photoshop actions to give it an extra springtime vibe.
6. Most of All, Keep it FunTry not to make the process too formal, and the chances are your subject will join in, relax and give you effortlessly fun and happy smiles and poses.
Are you incorporating any live, furry friends into your Easter photos this year?
-Backdrop Express Photography Team
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