This child session was actually taken at the Jacksonville Zoo. We were not planning on taking any pictures with the animals just planning on taking pictures where there was pretty light. These pictures were taken from about 11-noon. While this can be a time of the day where the light can be harsh we just found locations of open shade. I think consideration of light is important when you plan to take photos. You can take pictures anywhere but not necessarily at any time of day (because of the sunlight). We don’t want harsh shadows across someone’s face or underneath their eyes. You can take pictures at any time of the day but not necessarily at any location. So, if you have a specific location and background then you need to figure out what time of the day is best to take those pictures.
Let’s get back to these adorable girls. We had a lot of fun and saw some animals between wardrobe changes. Having an activity to do made the session less stressful. This gave the girls lots of breaks and distractions instead of just taking photos the whole time. The purple flowers were just the perfect back drop for a little girl who recently turned one! Her and her sister were so cute singing together. We sang “if you’re happy and you know it,” kids relate so well to music. The girls were so excited to sing, clap and giggle through the song. Momma was super prepared for multiple outfits with snacks and wipes. These girls were such a pleasure to photograph. Such pretty hair glistening in the sunlight!
Here is part one of 5 easy photo-session ideas for Easter. So, I like to take pictures of my kids for the holidays (really anytime) and sometimes I make a stylized photo-session. I definitely don’t do five photo-sessions for every holiday. The inspiration for doing this stylized photo-sessions in a short period of time is these adorable bow ties and suspenders. All bow ties and suspenders are courtesy of Mae & Jane. There were six bow ties and three suspenders to photograph. Since the model was the same, I wanted to give as many different looks to the accessories as possible. Even though just the accessories changed, it is like a whole outfit change for a toddler. Plus, I knew he wouldn’t stay in one spot for the length of time to photograph everything. Some of these were photographed on different days depending on the weather (and interest level of toddler).
A few things I think of for Easter photo-sessions are real bunnies, flowers, happy colors, spring, greenery and Easter eggs. I knew I would be taking a lot of the photographs by myself. I made a mental list of what I did not want in the photo-session. I did not want a lot of props, no real bunnies (didn’t want to look for one and I wouldn’t know what to do if it went to the bathroom during the session), and no flowers. I associate flowers more with girls rather than little boys. However, this little guy found wild flowers, picked them and handed them to me (how sweet). I thought maybe I should have had flowers in this photo-session. Let’s start with the sessions that required no hand made props.
This week I’ll be giving you some ideas of simple ways to do an Easter Photo Session for your child. I can’t believe Easter is just a month away. I try to take pictures of my children for almost every holiday (I sound crazy). Some photo sessions are more elaborate than others. Do you take pictures of your child for Easter?
Bowtie & Suspenders: c/o Mae & Jane