8 Tips for Taking Easter Baby Portraits

Baby's first Easter
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Easter's focus on rebirth and renewal makes the holiday especially meaningful for new parents. Easter portraits can be a wonderful addition to your baby's scrapbook, a gift for your child's grandparents, or simply a special keepsake for you to enjoy.

Choosing the Right Outfit

The first step in planning your baby Easter pictures is to choose an outfit for your child to wear.

Stores will be full of tiny suits, sweater vests, dresses, and bonnets during this time of year. Unfortunately, many babies find these fashion statements rather distasteful and a child who thinks his outfit is itchy or uncomfortable isn't going to be in the mood to get his picture taken.

A pastel onesie is likely to be the best wardrobe choice for a fussy baby. If your child is very young, you may even want to consider trying to take informal pictures while she's wearing soft fuzzy pajamas. You'll have plenty of opportunities for formal Easter holiday portraits when your baby is a bit older.

Tips for Taking Easter Photos

Go Outside

If the weather allows it, the ideal location for Easter baby portraits is outside. Nothing evokes feelings of Easter quite like flower beds and fresh green grass. The natural outdoor lighting is also very flattering, which will make for memorable portraits.

Easter Props

If you need to take Easter portraits inside, try using props to help set the mood.

  • Stuffed animals, such as bunnies and chickens
  • Soft pastel blankets
  • Wicker Easter baskets
  • Easter grass
  • Plastic eggs
  • Tulips
  • Daisies
  • Lilies
  • Daffodils
  • Colored alphabet blocks that spell out "Happy Easter"

Get Silly

For funny Easter portraits, try having your baby or his older sibling pose with bunny ears. If your baby is old enough, a picture of him attempting to enjoy a chocolate Easter bunny could be very cute as well.

Live Animals

Live animals are sometimes used to set the mood for Easter portraits, but you will definitely need to have another adult on hand to assist with this aspect of your photo shoot. Bunnies, ducks, and chickens are even more unpredictable photo subjects than babies and toddlers!

Use Selective Color to Enhance Easter Portraits

Easter baby portraits can be a good time to experiment with a special effect like a selective color in the final photo. The soft pastels of the holiday are the perfect contrast to a photo that is almost entirely black and white and some very adorable photos can be created.

For example, you could have your child appear in a black and white photo while holding a basket of colorful Easter eggs or a fluffy yellow duck.

If you are taking the photos yourself, you will need to do the selective coloring in photo editing software like Adobe Photoshop Elements. Some programs even have easy tools and filters for creating this look automatically.

Add Cute Text

Adding text to your baby pictures is another way to reinforce a seasonal theme.

Some Easter sayings to consider.

  • Cute as a Bunny
  • Hoppy Easter!
  • Eggs-tra Special
  • 24 Carrot Kid
  • All Ears
  • A Basket Full of Love
  • Putt All Your Eggs in One Basket
  • Bunnies and Bows
  • Spring Flings and Easter Things

Add text using software such as Adobe Photoshop Elements or by applying scrapbooking rub-on letters and phrases directly to your photo.

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