Break out the flowers, the dye, and all the eggs you can find because Easter is right around the corner.
It may not be the most photographed holiday but we think it’s worth getting out the camera for. We asked the CMpros to chime in with their favorite tips for photographing Easter and boy did they.
We can’t get enough of these fun ideas!
1. Dying the eggs
Easter egg dying is a long tradition. Cassandra Casley says, “don’t forget to take a picture of your creations. Use an egg crate as an easy display, and to keep your eggs from rolling away. Add depth to your eggs with natural side-lighting. This will also show off those beautiful colors. Tip: use a marker to personalize your eggs or add a fun quote.”
A neat tip on dying Easter eggs from Winnie Bruce is to use brown eggs for a muted tone!
Craft projects are commonly associated with Easter. For Signe Clayton, “it is making “gækkebreve”, which is a Danish tradition that I remember from my own childhood and that I now enjoy doing with our kids. Because crafting can often get a little messy and I like a clean frame, I will often try to shoot from above to isolate the activity and eliminate distractions.”
3. Pastel colors
Pastel colors and chocolate goodies are Easter staples. Casley wants to remind you to “photograph your favorite Easter treats, because this may be the only time of year you can! In our house, Mini Eggs are the coveted goodies. Take a picture of your treat on its own, in Easter baskets, or in a special bowl. Soft lighting and sweet pastels will help convey the “Easter” feeling. Tip: take these pictures before your kids see the goodies, or your time might be limited!”
4. Rich colors
Pastels aren’t the only color palette for this holiday. Ardelle Neubert says, “Since Easter is our first spring holiday I love to incorporate lots of bright colours into my images. Here I captured my youngest dying eggs, our yearly tradition of the holiday. I placed bright orange tulips in the background, used the bright stripes in his shirt and neon dye to add pops of colour, drawing the viewers eyes through the image. The bright colours evoke the feelings of happiness and freshness, reminders of the arrival of spring.”
5. The hunt
You can’t forget to capture the Easter egg hunt and Juliette Fradin has two tips on how to do that:
- Capture the environment. You want to have a sense of what is going on during the hunt. Try to include other siblings in the frame or your garden/house, or grandparents! In a few years from now, it will bring back good memories of the people who were there and that lovely morning chasing eggs. Think of including props to add on the story like baskets, flowers, etc.
- Capture the treasures from the egg hunt. Shooting close to your subject and choosing a neutral background or somewhere with few distractions will help you draw the focus on the treasure instead of your kid. You can shoot from above to really isolate the eggs but also from the side to emphasize what’s in there!
6. Festive decorating
For Celia Sloan, she loves “capturing my children celebrating Easter since it’s a special childlike holiday. Easter is all about color and spring blooms so I look to include them in my photos. One year, I noticed a home that was beautifully decorated for Easter. The yard was adorned with colorful over-sized eggs, giant pink bunnies, tulips, and shaggy grass. I loved the sense of Easter whimsy! I was inspired so asked the owner if I could take a few photos and she graciously invited me to come back anytime. I didn’t hesitate to take her up on her offer and brought my children back with Easter baskets and eggs in hand. I let my kids go on a little egg hunt and snapped away. Capturing natural and fun moments that matched the colorful environment were my goal and I think I achieved that!”
When Lisa Rappa thinks of Easter photos, a few things come to mind for her… “bunnies, baskets and Easter dresses! I often incorporate a few optional items with an Easter theme in my spring mini sessions. This time of year usually offers beautiful scenery with fields and flowers naturally, so often props are not even needed and the natural moment photos are my favorites. I adore when little girls are wearing their pretty Easter dresses… dancing, playing red light green light, or just walking away together. And Easter can be incorporated with newborns as well with the ease of a snuggly stuffed animal and some spring colors!”
8. The season
Fradin also states that “Easter means that Spring is generally around the corner and that it is one of the first days you can venture outside. Be sure to give a sense of the new season by playing with contrasty colors: the new grass is almost neon green, daffodils are bright yellow so take advantage of the colors.”