Easter is around the corner which means you may be coming up with creative items to put in your kids Easter baskets.
As a photographer, I know that I love to photograph these special moments but my kids may not always be game.
I thought it would be fun to share some items that you can put in their basket that they would love but also give you some fun opportunities to photograph them in unique ways.
1. Egg Spinner
Any kind of activity that your family is engrossed in is the perfect opportunity to photograph them. The key is not asking them to stop and smile. Just walk around them, try different angles and play with your shutter speed.
I love this egg spinner and ordered one myself because of the movement it creates which would allow you to slow down your shutter speed to capture it.
Not sure how to do that? Check out How to Take Unique Photos That Wow with Slow Shutter Speed
2. Bubble Machine
Imagine the smiles on your children’s faces as they run around catching bubbles. Honestly, this one is fun for all ages. As they run around you can practice freezing the moment.
You’ll want to keep an eye on your shutter speed and make sure you don’t go below 1/125 but possible 1/250 depending on how fast they move.
I highly doubt anyone will object to photos while they run around and chase all these bubbles.
Need tips on getting tack sharp photos. Check out 7 Tips to Take Sharp Photos (No more blurry photos)
3. Bunny Ears
Lean into their playful side and get the whole family a set of bunny ears. The sillier the look the more likely you are to get genuine smiles.
Kids love when parents let loose and so they fun side.
If your family dreads the family photo try adding a prop for a couple of the photos.
Well maybe this one isn’t for the kids. But if you want to take your own family photos of everyone decked out for Easter, I recommend getting a sturdy tripod.
Remember that the photo doesn’t have to be perfect. Everyone doesn’t have to be smiling and looking at the camera. You can make silly faces, or just let them make silly faces. Or even better let them show off that weird fake smile they have started to do in photos.
We, as photographers, are trying to document who they are at this age and that very well be exactly who they are. Just go with it.
5. Sidewalk Chalk
This is a great one to practice different composition and lighting with.
Get down really low. Maybe get to the end of their drawing and focus on the drawing and just have them blurred out in the upper part of the frame.
Keep an eye on the light for this one. When you are out in harsh sun you can still take great photos.
Read 6 Quick Tips for Fully Embracing Hard Light
6. Flower Crowns
This is the perfect type of activity to practice storytelling. You have a beginners, middle and end with this gift.
Shoot from a variety of angles to tell a better story. It’s easy to take one photo but the real challenge is when you decide to shoot from three different angles each time you pick up your camera.
A beautiful story told their photos has a lot of variety. Close up shots, details, pull backs, framing and more.
Have fun with this one!
7. Lego® BrickHeadz Easter Sheep
This is another one perfect for storytelling. My kids love legos and if I set them up at a table near a window the possibilities are endless for photos.
Plus since they are so focused on building they don’t mind as I hop (see what I did there…Easter pun) around them getting a variety of photos.
What am I missing? What are some other fun gift ideas that will help you practice your photography skills?