Easter Egg hunts are a staple of the Easter holiday and make for really fun and colorful photos. One thing to note is that the actual hunt portion of show goes by really fast and is pretty action packed, relatively speaking. There are lots of kids running around and bumping into each other while gathering those coveted eggs. Here are some tips to capture those priceless, fleeting moments of egg hunting fun.
1. Shoot a lot.
This might seem obvious, but please do so. The egg hunting activity can be summed up in three easy steps 1) Find the egg 2) Pick up the egg 3) Put egg in basket. Your Easter egg hunt photos will reflect this, as you’ll be prompted to pop off a couple of shots here and there to capture your safe, “proof I was there” pictures. This couldn’t be further from the truth. Read on…
2. Shoot down at their level
If you take all your shoots from your vantage point you’ll get really pretty images of the tops of their heads and backs. Get down close to the ground when they’re squatting to pick up the eggs to get the expressions on their faces and a better view of the egg hunting action.
3) Vary your angle
Now that you’re down there shooting low, get your shot and get back up. It’s photography calisthenics! As I mentioned in the first tip, there are basic actions that happen during a hunt, but there are a myriad of angles to shoot the action from. Move your camera around as you shoot to vary what you’re capturing.
4) Mind your aperture and shutter speed
Most Easter eggs hunts are a jumble of kids running all around each other. Make sure that your camera is set to your largest aperture so you can separate your child from the rest of the action happening around them. The action is usually pretty quick as well, so if need be, set your shutter speed to the highest possible speed you can commit to based on the light scenario your in. Which bring us to the fact that…
5) Your light scenario might stink so work with it.
Not all Easter egg hunts are done at the perfect golden hour light. Harsh midday sun or poor indoor lighting could be the case. If your shooting in harsh outdoor lighting conditions, try to guide your little egg hunter to an area with open shade or use your flash to fill the harsh shadows. Also, pay attention to the position of the sun and shoot your child with the sun behind them. Shade is your friend, I promise! If indoor, make sure you pop off a couple of test shots and adjust your white balance to match the type of light your working with. If not you’ll end up with a bunch of images with a green cast on them.
6) Capture the details
A close up of little hands picking up an egg or a still life of eggs hidden in the grass really adds to the story you’re trying to tell.
7) Don’t forget to capture portraits before the hunt.
This is actually the first thing you should do. Gather the little egg hunters and take a group shoot BEFORE the start of the hunt. And shoot some portraits of your own kids as well. Inevitably, someone will fall in the mud or something to that tune and you’ll miss the Easter outfit shot.
8) Have fun!
Don’t get hung up on the do’s and don’ts. You’re on your own hunt, hunting for pictures, so make sure that you’re having fun as well!