These photographs were centered around the concept of a family party decorating Easter eggs. These photos were taken right before Easter. I loved everything about the photo-session. Since this was an extended family session, there are countless combination of photographs I could take. I asked ahead of time what photographs were important to capture then went from there. There were the grandparents, their three children and one of the daughter’s husband and their two girls.
I loved the concept of a family party decorating Easter eggs. All credit goes to Granny. She coordinated the backyard and beach sessions from last year. We emailed back and forth to figure out her vision. The focus was to be on the grandchildren (of course) and their aunt and uncle who were visiting from out of town. I was told that it would be a pretend decorating party. I mentioned I was worried the girls wouldn’t be entertained for the duration of taking photos.
Then I showed up and there were more things to decorate than I anticipated. The granddaughters were entertained the whole time! They didn’t want to leave the table. There were stickers, paint, scissors, markers, play-doh, bubbles, and masks. Everyone had a blast. The decorations were so festive and fun. The bulk of the supplies were purchased at Target.
Since the kids were busy the whole time, it created a relaxed atmosphere and everyone enjoyed being present. Even though this was a planned photo-session, all the decorating and all the emotions are real. That’s why I love lifestyle photography so much- it’s authentic. This family created a wonderful night of memories that will be cherished years to come.
They chose a location that they frequently visit. This took place at their neighborhood park. I had gone to the park previously to scout around for the best light for the photos taken after the egg decorating. You can’t tell from these photos but there is a playground right next to where we were.
There was a slight chill in the air. The one good thing about cooler weather is it allows for sweaters and extra layers in the photo. I thought it was brilliant to have shawls as well. It looked elegant and added another layer. The extra accessories, jewelry, nails done, braided hair, bows, belts adds visual interest and great texture. The men looked handsome and ladies looked gorgeous.
This is part two of 5 easy photosession ideas for Easter. Part one is here. Park one also explains a bit why I’m taking so many different photos of a little guy. I normally just do one set up per holiday and call it good.
The first two ideas were 1) Barnes and Noble and 2) Cotton Candy.
3) Easter Egg Hunt: I knew keeping a toddler in one place was not really an option for all of the photos. I chose a little green area that had nice light and placed some Easter eggs around. I noticed my little man was wearing navy suspenders and a bow tie so I deliberately chose to lay out some of the yellow Easter eggs. I loved the contrast between the yellow and navy in the photographs. After I laid out some of the eggs, I let him go around and pick them up. I liked the lifestyle feel to these photos. Hunting for eggs is definitely something I remember about Easter growing up. These photos did not require him to look at the camera.
Continue after the jump to see the last two ideas.
This yarn tassel garland was an easy way to add color and texture to my Easter bowtie photo session. This would also make a great party backdrop or addition to a mantel. I’ve made a lot of tissue paper tassels. However, I wanted something that was a bit more sturdy and something I could save year to year. I also thought it was easier to make and to find the colors I wanted in the yarn rather than the tissue paper. I purchased the yarn from Michaels with a coupon. I chose colors that I felt would compliment the bowties and that were Easter colors. I just ripped off a piece of cardboard from the flap of a box from amazon. I had scissors and I had some white ribbon to attach the tassel’s to. I made 32 tassels. It took me about an hour from start to finish. This was also a great craft my four year old was able to help me with.