Easter can be a bunch of fun, even if your family is not all that religious. The coloring of and then hunting for eggs, the big dinner, the baskets full of candy and toys, the different traditions—they are all important memories that your kids will look back on when they’re older (hopefully fondly)! I recently told you about the Faberge Egg. In this post we’re going to talk about making the most of your Easter holiday memories.
As with every other major holiday, Easter presents an opportunity for a family portrait. And, like every other holiday, trying to get a good Easter portrait can be something of a challenge. Here are some tips for making it easier on everybody involved:
1. Consider the Collage
So many fun things happen on Easter, why not take pictures throughout the day and then compile them into a larger family collage that you can either frame and hang on a wall or save in an album? You can pick the best candid shot of each member of your family. Candid shots are almost always more fun than posed shots and will capture the fun of the holiday better than something stiff and forced.
Even better: by taking candids throughout the day, you might get enough good shots that you can put together a fun photo book for your kids to each keep as a keepsake of the holiday.
2. Go for the Casual Portrait
You undoubtedly take at least one formal shot each year—most likely for your Christmas Card. Why not let the Easter portrait be relaxed and more fun? Let people dress in casual clothes. Have everybody group together but don’t overly pose the shot. Alternatively, come up with a goofy pose for everybody to make the moment more fun.
Instead of trying to take the photo first thing in the morning when your kids are excited and raring to get to the fun stuff of the day, wait until later. Wait until after dinner. Take the photo between the eating of dinner and the cleaning up after dinner. People who are full are more complacent and more likely to cooperate because they lack the energy to argue or fight against the portrait.
4. Have a Friend Take It
Instead of setting a timer and trying to take the photo yourself, have a family friend take the picture. Get your families together for a part of the day and then trade the portrait taking as favors to each other. You can take their Easter family photo and one of them can take yours. Then the kids can get back to playing and you can have fun with your friends too. It’s a way to expand your holiday and take care of the portrait at the same time.
Setting up and taking your family’s annual portrait doesn’t have to be an ordeal. In fact it can be fun! Remember: the more you try to force it, the harder it will be. Take a breath and work with what you’ve got. You’ll be glad you did when you see how beautifully that portrait turns out!