It’s spring, and with Easter right around the corner there isn’t a better time to begin planning your annual family Easter portrait. Spring is a popular time of the year for family portraits at Michael Broyles Photography, so we understand how important it is to create the perfect setting and tone for your photo shoot. Whether you choose to go with a professional photographer or go the DIY route, here are five must-dos for your Easter portrait this spring.
Add a Splash of Color
Spring is the season of color and the Easter holiday provides a perfect excuse to infuse bright and cheerful colors into the background of your photos. If you are shooting your family portrait outside, choose an area with lots of flowers, such as a park, meadow, garden, or even your own backyard. If the weather is uncooperative or you prefer to stay indoors, take a cue from your décor to add splashes of color to your photo. Use a tablecloth as a backdrop or drape a blanket over a sofa. If you will be sitting in the portrait, scatter some pillows around for your family to sit on or lean against. Just be sure you don’t use too much color. Stick with 2-3 colors to avoid overwhelming or distracting from your portrait’s primary subjects, your family.
Wear your Finest…
Because Easter falls on a Sunday and is a religious holiday, dressing up for your family portrait is often the order of the day. So, break out your Sunday best and be sure to wear lots of spring colors. Pastels are a favorite this time of the year and suit the holiday to a tee. You can find just about every color of the rainbow in a pastel shade, from yellow and green to purple and blue. If you need some inspiration to pull together the perfect Easter outfit, check out my blog post from March on ways to brighten spring outfits.
…or Don a Costume
Looking to go for a more informal look this year? Ad some humor and whimsy to the portrait by dressing up as the Easter Bunny or have your children don bunny costumes or props. This can be as simple as wearing a pair of bunny ears and painting your face with whiskers and a nose. If you have a newborn, dress him or her up as an egg with a white onesie and a cap. Place the baby in an Easter basket with some colorful plastic eggs and have a parent or sibling hold the basket during the shoot.
Catch Candid Moments
Just like Christmas, Easter is a holiday filled with plenty of candid moments waiting to be captured on film. This year, break away from the formal group portrait and take a number of “in the moment” shots of your family engaged in Easter activities, like coloring eggs or going on an Easter egg hunt. Don’t wait for just the right shot: capture your children dying eggs, picking flowers, playing in their Easter best. Look for moments that highlight your child’s expressions of joy, anticipation, surprise, and excitement. Just like pictures taken on Christmas morning, these are the types of shots that tell stories and will be remembered for years to come.
Include Fun Props
Nothing says Easter better than bunnies, chicks, eggs, and baskets. Whether you choose to use live or stuffed animals or plastic or hard-boiled eggs, be sure to incorporate at least a few of these props in your photos to play up the Easter theme. Flowers and spring themed wreaths are also great props and backdrops for your photos. You or your children may even create a handmade or chalkboard Easter sign to hold in your portrait. Whatever props you choose, have fun with them and make sure they tie in with the theme and colors of your portrait.
Want to save a little money on your Easter portrait? Take advantage of Michael Broyles Referral Program! For every friend or family member you refer to Michael Broyles Photography, you will receive a $100 credit toward your next photo session. Give us a call today to learn more about our Referral Program and to schedule a consultation.