How to photograph Easter

As with all holidays, Easter brings on a host of annual traditions… community egg hunts, dying eggs, breakfast with the easter bunny, easter decorating, visiting family, and of course searching for eggs on Easter morning!

When you put your 2019 pictures up against your 2018 pictures, how different do they really look?? I mean, maybe the haircuts are different, but… Do you want to make pictures of your kids that are a little more interesting? Mix things up a bit!

Get creative with 7 simple tips for photographing your kids at Easter time.

1. Look for new perspectives on traditional activities.

Try getting down to kid-level, or taking a close-up of kid hands doused in egg dye. There are little micro-stories everywhere! I loved the way Luca’s little head was surrounded by action, peeking up onto the table, in the photo above.

2. Find the ordinary in the holiday.

Kids cry. They whine, give snuggles, and melt down. Don’t be afraid to document these moments, too! In the scene above, we may have confiscated Jude’s egg… after he slammed the previous 4 against the table.

3. Know your kids. Be ready. Anticipate reactions.

I just knew as soon as the gun went off at the community egg hunt, my oldest would throw that caution tape over his head and race off. Just needed to set my exposure and get my trigger finger ready!

4. Keep an eye out for the quiet moments.

Watch for the in-between moments. They allow you to make social commentary beyond simple documenting of Easter activities. And don’t forget our littlest ones are experiencing these traditions for the first time- so much wonder there!

5. Attempt different angles for the egg hunt to make it interesting.

Whether the eggs are up high out of their reach or buried down low out of yours, get creative! (Got some eggs under a sofa? How about 3 tushies lined up trying to dig them out??)

6. Look for pockets of light to make dramatic portraits.

Early morning light is the most beautifully dramatic. And that’s when most of us are hunting for eggs! Don’t be afraid of spotty light- it can make for some pretty dramatic environmental portraits. Assuming your kids can pause long enough to allow you to steal one. 😉

7. GET IN THE PICTURES!

This is arguably my most important suggestion! If you’re reading this today, you are probably your family’s photographer/historian (as am I). And as you’ve likely read already on the blog, we photographers don’t always make it into the family albums so much. But remember THOSE are the pictures that your kids will crave the most, once they are grown. If not for ourselves, but for our children, we must #existinphotos

So whatever that takes… hand your camera off to your spouse/parents/even your kids! Allow yourself to be present, give yourself some grace, and enjoy it all. It goes too quickly.

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