Easter's focus on rebirth and renewal makes the holiday especially meaningful for new parents. Easter portraits can be a wonderful addition to your baby's scrapbook, a gift for your child's grandparents, or simply a special keepsake for you to enjoy.
Choosing the Right Outfit
The first step in planning your baby Easter pictures is to choose an outfit for your child to wear. Stores will be full of tiny suits, sweater vests, dresses, and bonnets during this time of year. Unfortunately, many babies find these fashion statements rather distasteful and a child who thinks his outfit is itchy or uncomfortable isn't going to be in the mood to get his picture taken.
A pastel onesie is likely to be the best wardrobe choice for a fussy baby. If your child is very young, you may even want to consider trying to take informal pictures while she's wearing soft fuzzy pajamas. You'll have plenty of opportunities for formal Easter holiday portraits when your baby is a bit older.
Tips for Taking Easter Photos
If the weather allows it, the ideal location for Easter baby portraits is outdoors. Nothing evokes feelings of Easter quite like flower beds and fresh green grass. The natural lighting outdoors is also very flattering, which will make for memorable portraits.
If you need to take Easter portraits inside, try using props to help set the mood. Good Easter portrait ideas for props include:
- Stuffed animals, such as bunnies and chickens
- Soft pastel blankets
- Wicker Easter baskets
- Easter grass
- Plastic eggs
- Colored alphabet blocks that spell out "Happy Easter"
For funny Easter portraits, try having your baby or his older sibling pose with bunny ears. If your baby is old enough, a picture of him attempting to enjoy a chocolate Easter bunny could be quite cute as well.
Live animals are sometimes used to set the mood for Easter portraits, but you will definitely need to have another adult on hand to assist with this aspect of your photo shoot. Bunnies, ducks, and chickens are even more unpredictable photo subjects than babies and toddlers!
Using Selective Color to Enhance Easter Portraits
Easter baby portraits can be a good time to experiment with selective color. Having the majority of your image appear in black and white with one part in color creates an instant focal point. For example, you could have your child appear in black and white while holding a basket of colorful Easter eggs or a fluffy yellow duck.
Adding text to your baby pictures is another way to reinforce a seasonal theme. For Easter holiday portraits, consider one of the following sayings:
- Cute as a Bunny
- Hoppy Easter!
- Eggs-tra Special
- 24 Carrot Kid
- All Ears
- A Basket Full of Love
- Putt All Your Eggs in One Basket
- Bunnies and Bows
- Spring Flings and Easter Things
Add text using software such as Adobe Photoshop Elements or by applying scrapbooking rub-on letters and phrases directly to your photo.