Easter is Right Around the Corner

Easter is April 5th. April. 5th. That’s like, two weeks away! Can you believe it? This year is almost 25% over…I digress.

All in favor of dressing up your kid, wrestling them into the car seat, driving to the packed mall, hoping your kid doesn’t puke/poo/pee/snot all over their outfit, then pay 1000% over cost for photos of your kid screaming and crying with a terrified bunny-man behind them, raise your hand!!!

*cricks*

Just as I suspected.

Easter photos don’t have to involve that nonsense. And if you are too far away to visit me at my home studio (click here for info), then here is a DIY for taking your own Easter photos.

1. The Backdrop. This is the most difficult part of the project, but don’t worry! It’s mostly just a little time consuming 🙂

Visit your local hardware store or crafts store. You need to purchase two thin sheets of plywood. I bought 3/8ths inch Baltic plywood from my local hardware shop. Then I bought a little can of wood stain and a few cheap paint samples. This is where the “hard” part starts. Sand down any rough spots on your plywood. Stain one of the boards with a stain of you choice. Then paint the other board with you paint choice. Voila! Backdrop.

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2. Get some cute props. I used plastic eggs, bunny ears, paper circles, a metal bunny, and a Happy Easter sign.

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3. Decorate! Woo hoo! Set up your area the way you’d like.

4. Now, find a room in your house that has a decent amount of natural light and set up shop. I set up in front of my dining room windows. This allows for ample natural light.

5. Camera settings. I always shoot in manual, which some people agree with and some don’t, but it works for me. What can I say, I like to have control. For these shots you will need a low-light or prime lens. I used a 50mm f1.8 lens. This is a wide aperture lens that will allow in a ton of light. And they are pretty affordable (bonus!). I shot with my aperture at f1.8, shutter speed at 1/100, and my ISO at 320. The higher the ISO, the brighter the photo, however the more grain it will have. I use a Nikon D600, which has amazing low-light capabilities. Other DSLRs are better, others aren’t as good. These were shot on a fairly cloudy day as well, so your results will vary depending on the amount of natural light. I did a tiny bit of editing and voila! Easter photos!

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No terrifying bunny-man. No screaming, crying children. No outfit changes in the middle of the crowded mall. And you can take as many shots as you want without paying an arm and a leg!

If you are in the DMV area (DC, Maryland, Virginia), and don’t feel like setting this all up, check out my Easter Mini Sessions currently being offered at Brittany Marie Photography.