Tomorrow is already Ash Wednesday, which means that Easter is coming up quickly! When you were young, did you have pictures taken in your Easter best? I remember getting a new pastel dress, complete with matching bonnet or hat, each year. I got the better deal than my brother, who always complained about his stiff collar and uncomfortable shoes while I was smiling prettily for the camera. Do you have this tradition with your kids?
Professional photos can be really pricey, but they’re nice to have. You could probably do as good of a job yourself, though. Here are some tips to take great photos of the kids this Easter season:
- Take photos early. If you do it soon, you can hand them out to the relatives on Easter while you’re all together anyway. Gather your kids’ Easter outfits and have a photo shoot within the next couple of weeks. That allows for retakes if the little models are crabby, and it also allows you to order prints and other photo gifts in time for the holiday.
- Go easy on the ruffles! I know, I know: Frilly Easter dresses for little girls are super duper cute! But lots of frills often mean scratching and complaining. If your child is at all sensitive to uncomfortable clothing, err on the side of choosing soft clothes over ruffly, potentially itchy clothing. Kids pulling at their clothes don’t add up to nice photographs, after all. The same goes for pinchy shoes and scratchy tights… if it’s not comfortable, don’t make your child wear it, even for a photo. You’re probably not going to get the effect you’re hoping for!
- Use nature to your advantage. Depending on where you live, you might be able to go to the beach or you might be having a snowstorm as Easter approaches. Both types of weather can work well in pictures! If it’s cold, your kids will need nice jackets to wear over their outfits; if you don’t have them, but you want to get some snow in the photo, try snapping the photo in front of a window. (You won’t want to do this if the sun is pouring in, though, and you may want to open the window to avoid reflection on the glass.) Natural light is always best!
- Let them play. As long as you’re not taking photos where there is mud or something else really dirty nearby, snap photos as the kids play. There’s something really cute about dressed-up little children just playing as though they’re not wearing anything special. This usually works out well for younger kids. Don’t have them “say cheese” for each picture, as this often results in fake-looking smiles. Just try to get their natural happy expressions.
- Save money by using a coupon code. We have a selection of Tinyprints coupons that you might want to use if you are going to be having cards printed, or if you want to make a photo book or give a photo gift. These make great Easter gifts for the grandparents… what Nana or Pop-pop doesn’t want to display cutie-pie grandchildren dressed up in their Easter outfits?
Think ahead and have your Easter photo shoot soon… it will be here before you know it!