If you are anything like me, chances are you have way too many Easter pictures that look something like this?
Am I right? Nothing to write home about. Let alone print on a canvas and hang in your home. Most people get in their Sunday best for Easter, and everyone wants good pictures, so let’s look at a few ways you can capture the Easter fun in a way that is both memorable and beautiful.
Consider the light
Use natural light but not direct light. Lighting can make or break a photo, and yes, you can edit (Use PicMonkey for free, see this post here), but capturing a good photo right away is always helpful! Direct light leaves weird shadows, and results in squinting, so use natural, but indirect light. I love this photo because it is so real, meltdown after sugar rush, as we are hurrying to get out the door to Church on a morning we got up way too early!
Think outside the box a bit. While it is nice to get your kids in your shots, sometimes a photo of their favorite treat, or their basket can be as memorable and fun. How about chubby fingers eating sticky treats? The plastic egg remnants after the treats have been removed? The grass scattered all over the house? Have fun with it!
Use the rule of thirds. Do you know what this is? It is a way to make a picture pop. Don’t center your subject, instead, divide the space into three vertical lines horizontally and vertically, and place your subject on one of the intersections. It makes the photo more visually interesting. I also want to add that I just love the drool in this pic, it will always remind me that she was teething this Easter.
Keep the background clean and simple. Sometimes photos are ruined by a messy counter, or cluttered couch. Take one minute to clear the background, use a lower F-stop to blur it out. Moving a cord, or a wrapper can bring the focus back to the subject instead of the background.
Don’t pose it. The best pictures tell a story and give you a nice glimpse of the child’s personality. You should be able to look at the picture and know a bit of the tale. Real shots are usually the best way to get this. I did not need to have her hold her Peeps and smile, I captured her love of this treat easily without posing.
I am no expert, but I do know that taking these simple steps helps me love, not just like the photos I have taken at Easter. I hope it helps you too! And don’t forget about our Free Easter Appreciation Printables, if you want to make Easter fun for neighbors, friends, and teachers!