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It is slowly but surely starting to get warmer here for us in TN and I am so stocked!
The cold and rain have got my mood at an all-time low so the sunshine is truly a breath of fresh air!
Now as the weather warms up so do my photography ideas!
Between Easter, Mother’s and Father’s day and any super adorable dress Hailey may have it is one of my favorite times of the year for photography.
At this moment I’m still mulling over this year’s Easter photos because last years turned out so cute I’m wondering how I can top them. Hmmm…
For 2018 Easter photos I kept things simple as far as props go.
I find with baby and toddler photography less is more. Always.
The props I used were:
- Easter book (it was a gift from her godparents’ so automatic prop)
- Bunny ears I just found at Walmart
- Easter bunny (also gift from godparents that she loves to this day)
- Easter basket and plastic eggs (also found at Walmart) *you honestly could find both at the dollar store even. I, for whatever reason, didn’t think to look there, but they definitely have them!
The place we went to take the photos was a large park about 10 minutes away from us.
The area had a wooden bridge, lots of little old houses, and a small garden area which were perfect backgrounds!
We just bounced from place to place and spent about 15 minutes total on the bridge. T house and little garden were next to each other so we spent about 20 minutes there.
I’m honestly surprised Hailey lasted as long as she did. She is not the most patient with photos usually.
If you’re blessed with an easy temperament sweetie getting that kind of time down is not as difficult, however, if you’re blessed with a “spicy” little one like Hailey then you take what you can get in the small window of time you usually have.
One mistake we made, and I highly suggest learning from this, is we started with the bridge and mainly book prop first.
Hailey loves books. She always has. That being said when we took the book away to switch props she lost it.
At the time she was only 1 so not surprising and we really should’ve ended the photos with that favorite item.
Oh well, you live and learn, right?
Before we move on to the next area I check to make sure I did catch some cute ones.
I trust my skills, but I’m not perfect and don’t want to come home empty-handed with no clue until they’re on the computer.
Once I felt we got enough good ones on the bridge we headed to the old white house and little garden area.
At that point, we just used our best judgment if she was willing to sit still or needed to move around.
We did start with getting a few shots of her on a bench, but once she started getting antsy we had the “egg hunt” ready to go.
She loved the egg hunt. It was her first time ever playing with plastic eggs and finding them so it was a cute experience overall.
When she was playing with the eggs we just left her alone for the most part.
I followed her and captured what I could, but we took a break from trying to get her attention so much and just let her enjoy the experience.
One thing you need to keep in mind is child photography is not perfect.
It’s capturing the real and raw of childhood.
Yes, we all love to get those “perfect” smiling and looking at the camera photos, but don’t discredit the candid shots altogether.
Sometimes they are the most memorable.
I know some of you have been asking what equipment I used, and honestly, I keep it fairly simple.
The camera is a Nikon D3200 and the lens I predominantly use is an 18-55mm.
Nothing incredibly fancy, but when you know how to use your camera properly you can get some amazing shots even on a base model.
I strongly suggest learning even the basics of manual mode. If it seems to be a bit too daunting for you then try to get off auto at basis.
There is a ton of articles out there for how to use your DSLR camera.
As far as the editing goes I personally use Lightroom majority of the time.
Sometimes I will use Photoshop or even the free program Picmonkey, but those are few and far between nowadays.
Well loves that’s all really. Nothing too crazy or expensive.
The main things to remember are to keep the props simple, read your child’s cues on when he or she needs to move on to the next activity, and just have a lot of patience and fun!
*If you’re looking for baby’s first Easter photo ideas checkout my post here!
Ps. Keep in mind not every picture has to be perfect to be truly wonderful.
Are there any ideas you’ve tried and they have worked well with your child’s Easter photos? I’d love to hear them in the comments!