Spring means warmer weather. I don’t know about you, but I am looking forward to some much needed time in the sun! When you do decide to head out the door, don’t forget to grab your camera, whether it’s your iPhone or your DSLR. Spring is the perfect time to update your children’s portraits, and I’m here to let you know what you need to do, how to dress your kids, and where you should take them for their spring photos!
If you read my past blog post, you know that I believe childhood portraits are a priority. Our babies grow up in the blink of an eye, and in 20/30/50 years from now, we will want to remember our precious moments with them. You will want to remember when your son enjoyed playing soccer or how blonde your daughter’s hair really was when she was 2 years old.
I get it though, not everyone can or wants to spend money on professional family photography. That’s where I come in! I am going to teach you how to photograph your own children. [Check out my blog for more tips and tricks on how to photograph your kids.]
Outside is the perfect location for photographing your children, especially if you have little ones that will not sit still. My local parks and county arboretum are my favorite photo locations because the flowers and the greenery make for a beautiful backdrop. But you don’t have to make a special trip just for photos – plan a picnic and take your camera with you. A picnic makes for a great subject matter because it gives your kiddos something to do while giving some interesting dimension and background.
An alternative to packing up the family and heading across town is to use your own yard and blow some bubbles! My little one loves to run around and try to pop the bubbles, and it makes for some really great action photos. You could even grab a balloon (or 6) and just have some fun out in the sun!
Keep clothing light and comfortable. You want your spring portraits to reflect the season. Keep the heavy sweaters and scarves for fall. I always recommend dressing your kids up a little more formally than what they would normal wear, especially in the spring. I don’t know about you, but my kiddo practically lives in jeans and a tee shirt and loves an excuse to get dressed up. Light dresses are perfect for little girls and polos with khakis are great for little boys.
By placing them outside with spring-season appropriate clothing, their portraits will automatically feel light and airy. Add flowers or greenery and voila, you get beautiful spring portraits!
One of the most important things to remember when photographing your child’s spring portraits is to get low, especially around flowers. Have your child sit and get down to their eye level. This gives the illusion that there are more flowers. It will look as if they are surrounded by color and it makes for gorgeous images. Here are more tips on how to get the perfect shot.
Remember not to stress. Staying calm and having fun is what family photography is all about! When kids sense that you are stressed, they will tense up as well. So, just have fun with your kids. Because really, what’s better than enjoying the springtime with your kids?