Yes, I'm a photographer. But I'm also a mom and I'm all about helping other momma's out in capturing photos at home of their families everyday. Especially on holidays.
So, I thought I would give you 5 quick tips to help you capture images this Easter for your scrapbook or even just your Facebook album. (*note the images are old, as Easter hasn't happened yet, so I used what I had from Easter's past)
1. Get Photos of the Kids Coloring the Eggs
(Yet, I have NEVER DONE THIS. Seriously, I am making a point to do it this year as I realized looking in past years, somehow I never did this. My girls are 9 and 7, so yes, it's sad.)
Capture the colors, the eggs, little hands covered in egg dye, the mess. All of it. Because this is now. These are the moments that become memories and you will be happy looking back that you have the images of this annual activity.
While trying to find a good photo to use for this I stumbled on this sequence of stock photos that show you perfectly ideas of what to capture. Check it out here.
2. Capture the Hunt!
Running, laughing, collecting eggs. The traditional event leads to so many smiles. Be on the look out for that moment your little one finds a well hidden egg. Have your camera in "burst" mode (shoots multiple images quickly) and a Kid or Sports mode if it has it for this. They move fast and your camera needs to be able to keep up without any blurry images.
3. Grab photos of the details of Easter.
Ok, that's just my niece looking adorable, but grabbing shots of food, decorations, Easter baskets, and even the eggs alone after being decorated make for some great images. Have your child hold an egg in their hand close to the camera. If you set your camera (or phone) on Portrait mode you can get the egg nice and clear with some blur in the background for effect. The fancy photographer term for that is bokeh.
4. Include action and group shots
Grab all the kiddos together to show off their finds, let them run, jump or play and just capture the fun! For a family portrait with a twist, instead of standing posed try walking towards the camera or jumping for something a little fun. Let the activity be part of the fun. Everyone doesn't have to be smiling at the camera either. Candid shots always make for some of my favorite photos. Whether at home or during a portrait session.
5. Make Photos Fun
If your little one is not in the mood for photos. Make it fun. Do a series of silly faces (like I did above) till you get that genuine smile. Tell silly poems, sing silly songs, whatever helps your little one laugh and have fun will make for better photos. Of course, if you're all dressed up be sure to grab photos then too. It's not everyday that everyone looks so fancy.
Main rule for any holiday or attempt to grab photos. Have fun, enjoy your kids and MAKE MEMORIES! Capturing them on camera is just a bonus to look back on later.
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