With spring weather already here and the Easter holiday right around the corner, families are often looking to update their family portraits. You just bought new, matching outfits in adorable pastel colors, so why not document it for the world to see?
While there’s always the option of hiring a professional photographer, some families might opt for saving a few bucks and attempting the photos on their own. A little more patience is required, but it’s not impossible with a few tips and tricks. The best news? All it takes is some good planning. So you’re not an expert photographer. That’s OK. Follow these tips for Easter photography and plan your day out in advance, and you’ll begin to believe you are.
One of the most important decisions to make when taking family portraits is where to take them. Picking a good location can make all the difference in the final result of Easter photography. Outdoor photos are always better and it allows you to choose a location that fits your style. Parks, bridges, farms or other spaces (even urban settings if you’re feeling daring) create interesting backdrops that automatically elevate the quality of your photos. You can opt to take them at home too, in your own backyard, to make the photos more personal.
Again, one of the biggest components in capturing great Easter photography is good planning. Photos early in the morning or at dusk lend themselves to the best lighting that doesn’t create unwanted shadows. The downside is that early morning and dusk might be the most difficult times of day to corral kids, but just try to avoid the afternoon hours when the sun is straight overhead. If you’re lucky, you might even get a killer sunset.
When shooting families, especially kids, clear the camera card and prepare to take more Easter photography than you ever expected. Once you have the tripod set up and you’re in position, set the camera to automatically take ten to 20 photos at intervals of every few seconds. Your favorite photos will probably be the natural expressions in between posed shots that capture your family’s dynamic and personalities.
It’s fine if your goal is to take the perfect family portrait photo that looks like the model family in the frame you buy at the store. But don’t stress about capturing that photo. Get comfortable with your family and that photo will happen. You can even bring props – the kids’ favorite toys, blankets, etc – to make the photos more authentic to you. Get dressed up and look your best, but don’t worry if the kids get dirty and their outfits are ruined. Those will probably be your favorite photos.
This day can be more festive if you put some Easter ornament at your home. Wear an Easter bunny ear and take adorable Easter-themed photos of your children or pets, or capture children’s happy expressions when coloring Easter eggs, recording these delighted moments. To make the most of your shoot, take photos in burst mode to so that you capture as many expressions as possible. Even if some photos would not be taken in a perfect look, they might be hilarious and memorable shots, in the end, these memories are precious for your family.
When capturing people’s expressions, try to shoot the best of their faces. If this is challenging, you can use some beauty retouching tools to remove the defaults. Simply adjust the face shape or whiten the teeth, bringing out the radiant ‘you’ and give your family portrait photos makeup. That is very useful for your perfect Easter photography.
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When you finish all the Easter photography shooting of your family portrait, there are more steps for you to touch up your photos and make up the inevitable “terrible effects”. According to the color and tone of different photos, you can choose different photo filters. Fotor provides you more than 100 photo effects, which can bring your photos stunning looks.
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You can also put several of your favorite photos into an artistic collage and put some text over it to create the perfect card to mail to family and friends. There are also lots of Easter themed content such as stickers, banners, and posts for you to further optimize your photos!
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Practice makes perfect with photography, so the more you take photos of your family, the better they’ll continue to get. The best photos are the ones that capture you – naturally and in your element. Hope you can have a happy Easter, and now create beautiful Easter photo designs and album for your family with Fotor now!