Do you feel overwhelmed with trying to capture your little ones holiday photos? If so you’ve come to the right place! This article is full of helpful hints and tips to take your baby’s (can work for any age really) Easter photos!
Happy *almost* Spring everyone, and I am so glad to have you here with me today!
I don’t know about you but during Hailey’s first year I was in the cycle of I had to do all the things, capture all the moments, take all the holiday pictures, etc, and to be honest it was exhausting!
Now don’t get me wrong, I don’t regret any moment I wrote down or any picture I captured. The first year is so important to capture the quickly fading moments, but I really wish someone had told me to just chill out.
I started learning quickly that Hailey 1. Didn’t like taking photos and 2. She had the shortest attention span for them.
With this knowledge, (she gladly shared) I learned through trial and error how to make a photo shoot great and most importantly EASY!
*Pssst At the end of this article I have some free Easter prints for you to print and use for your little one’s photos!*
One of the first things to keep in mind
Y’all if you haven’t noticed the majority of the time a baby hates to be changed so take it from experience, and just choose one really adorable outfit and you’re good.
I think Hailey always has had a larger wardrobe than I do so I know the struggle
Another big thing to keep in mind is keep the props to a minimum.
Having props for your actual background set up is one thing, but you don’t need to be changing everything every five minutes.
Changing the props and set drastically just causes you to lose time when the baby is actually happy.
Here are some easy prop ideas!
- Basket and plastic eggs
- Candy (for the older ones!)
- Stuffed animals
- Easter book or blanket
- Bunny ears and tail
- Printable with cute frame
Once you have your outfit and props picked out next think about is where you would like to take your photos.
There is a really nice historic battlefield close by that we went too. Very green and it has a lot of open fields.
If you’re new to photography I suggest taking the pictures outside if you can.
The best times of day outside is the hour right after sunrise or hour right before sunset. Give or take 30 minutes or so.
I usually plan to be at the location an hour and a half before sunset so it gives me some time to set up and not feel rushed.
4. Helpful Hints
- When you arrive double check and make sure you have a good memory card (I’ve totally left a memory card at home before!), and a full battery before you set up.
- Make sure the baby is well fed and clean diaper.
- Have everything set up and ready to go before getting the baby involved. I try and have all my props near me to be able to switch quickly.
- Have a spit rag or baby wipes nearby.
- Bring a rattle or car keys work great to shake to get the baby’s attention.
- Tripod- if needed. I prefer to shoot free handed, but I also hardly ever do photos of Hailey by myself. If you are alone you’ll need a tripod most likely.
- DON’T STRESS! This one I am so preaching to the choir because it’s my biggest struggle, but really just go with the flow and you’ll get some good shots even if it feels like chaos. I promise 😉
I really hope you found this article helpful because I sure wish someone had told me all of these things from the get-go.
Just keep in mind -simple. One adorable outfit, super cute minimal props, place and time of day, and have a happy, well fed, dry baby, beforehand, and it’ll make such a difference!
Now as promised here are some free printables for your personal use for the photos!
Did you find this article helpful, or is there something different you’ve done that works