50 Tips & Ideas for Spring Photography

Are you getting spring family pictures taken this year?  Or do you like snapping your own Easter pics of your kids?  Either way- you are going to love today’s post! Get ready for an overload of… 

Spring Photography Inspiration

Tips and ideas for Spring Photography

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With the warm weather and beautiful colors, spring is the perfect time of year to take pictures!  And I am just LOVING all of the beautiful photography inspiration on Pinterest. Trust me on this, once you see all of the FUN ideas that I’ve found, I’m pretty sure you’ll be planning a photo shoot too.  

 

To make browsing easier, I’ve divided them into 5 categories…

  • 11 Prop Ideas for Spring Photography
  •  11 Prop Ideas for Easter Pictures
  •  11  Backdrop Ideas for Spring Photography
  •  7 Spring Color Palette Ideas  
  •  10 Free Spring Photoshop Actions

Whether you’re looking for ideas for spring family pictures OR just want to snap some fun pics of the kids this Easter, you’re sure to find lots of ideas! 

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11 Prop Ideas for Spring Photography

Prop Ideas for Spring Photography

Props are a fun way to add personality and color to your photos.  Here are 11 props that are perfect for Springtime sessions… 

1.  Rain Boots- Don’t let the rain keep you indoors.  Put some rain boots on the kids and snap some pictures of them splashing in the puddles.

Spring Photo Session in Rain Boots

Sources {A} Stock Photo {B} Andrea Martin Photography {C} Drew B Photography {D} Stock Photo {E} Angie Kuna Photography

2.  Umbrella-  Bright, fun umbrellas are a great way to add a pop of color to your spring photos.

Umbrella Spring Photography

Sources {A} Munchkins and Mohawks Photography {B} Drew B Photography {C} Stock Photo {D} Angie Kuna Photography {E} Stephanie Tanner Photography

3.  Parasol–  For sunny days, parasols are great at providing shade and adding a touch of femininity.  

Parasol Spring Photography

Sources {A} Munchkins and Mohawks Photography {B} Ek Studios {C} Melange Photography {D} Smiling Rain Photography {E} Munchkins and Mohawks Photography

4.  Dandelions-  Let the kids pick some dandelions and capture the seeds blowing in the wind.

Dandelion Spring Photography

Sources {A} Melange Photography {B} Denne Alise Photography {C} Stock Photo {D} Stock Photo {E} Denne Alise Photography {F} Melange Photography

5.  Bubbles-  Bubbles are great for getting genuine smiles out of the kids and add a fun element to photos.

Photo Shoot with Bubbles

Sources {A} Melange Photography {B} Stock Photo {C} Stock Photo {D} Denne Alise Photography {E} Carla Coulson {F} Melange Photography

6.  Balloons-  Balloons are another great option for adding pops of color.  

Balloons make a cute photo prop for Spring family pictures

Sources {A} Drew B Photography {B} Angie Kuna Photography {C} Chelsea Lee Photography {D} Dawn Matthes Photography {E} Carolyn Rife Photography {F} Grosgrain Fabulous

7.  Swing– Whether it’s an old wood swing, a tire swing, or a park swing- they’re great at adding movement and playfulness to pictures.

Spring Photography Swing as a photo prop

Sources {A} Chubby Cheek Photography {B} Drew B Photography {C} Renee Hindman Photography {D} Melange Photography {E} Esther Dorotik Photography {F} Drew B Photography {G} Natalie’s Sentiments {H} Claudia Mcdade Photography

8.  Flower Crown–  Flowers crowns are fun for adding a touch of romance to your photo shoot.

Love these flower crowns for a Spring photo shoot

Sources {A} Nestling Photography {B} Hello Pinecone {C} Iliasis Muniz Photography {D} Denne Alise Photography {E} Simple As That {F} Angie Kuna Photography {G} Denne Alise Photography

9.  Flowers-  Spring is the perfect season for adding colorful flowers to your photos.   There are so many options too!

Spring Photography with Flowers

Sources {A} Munchkins and Mohawks Photography {B} Drew B Photography {C} Drew B Photography {D} Drew B Photography {E} Julie Parker Photography {F} Munchkins and Mohawks Photography

10.  Bike-  If your family loves riding bikes together, why not add one to your family photo shoot to personalize it a little?

Bike Photography Prop

Sources {A} Kristin Duke Photography {B} Drew B Photography {C} Kristin Duke Photography

11.  Chair-  Chairs are great props for adding color and providing different posing options. 

Spring Photography Chair as a Photo Prop

Sources {A} Jessica Downey Photography {B} Lovelock & Co {C} Drew B Photography

11 Prop Ideas for Easter Pictures

Prop Ideas for Easter Pictures

While the kids are already dressed up this Easter, why not snap a couple of cute pictures?  OR plan a whole themed photo shoot!  

1.  Chocolate Bunny-  Before they completely devour their Easter basket goodies, snap a couple of cute pictures to capture these memories you’re making.

Chocolate Bunny Easter Photo Prop

Sources {A} Stock Photo {B} Him and Her Photography {C} Stock Photo {D} Stock Photo

2.  Easter Eggs-  Plastic Easter eggs are perfect for adding color and interest to your photos!

Easter Picture Ideas

Sources {A} Stock Photo {B} Tenille Gates {C} Jami West Photography {D} Images by Annalies {E} Iliasis Muniz Photography

3.  Easter Basket-  After the annual Easter egg hunt, see if you can get the kids to pose for a couple of pictures.  They’re only little for a little while.  

Easter Photo Shoot Ideas

Sources {A} Stock Photo {B} Denne Alise Photography {C} Stock Photo {D} Melange Photography {E} Stock Photo

4.  Easter Hats-  Easter hats are perfect for a dress-up or tea party photo shoot this spring. 

Easter Hat for a fun Easter Photo Prop

Sources {A} A Different Light Photography {B} Chelsea Lee Photography {C} Andrea Martin Photography

5.  Carrot–  Add a pop of orange with some carrots.  They’re great for keeping the baby entertained during all the picture taking too.

Carrot as a prop for Easter

Sources {A} Andrea Martin Photography {B} June Star Photography {C} Lovelock & Co {D} Stock Photo {E} Nestling Photography {F} Stock Photo

6.  Bunny Ears–  Bunny ear headbands couldn’t be more perfect for Easter pictures.  Besides, everyone needs at least one picture of their baby in bunny ears.  😉

Bunny Ears for Easter Photo Prop

Sources {A} Sophie Crew Photography {B} Stock Photo {C} Stock Photo {D} Lindsay Adams Photography {E} Jami West Photography

7.  Stuffed Bunny–  If you can’t take pictures with a live bunny this Easter, just use a stuffed animal!

Stuffed Bunny Prop for Easter Photo Shoot

Sources {A} Chubby Cheek Photography {B} Lovelock & Co {C} Chubby Cheek Photography {D} Nestling Photography {E} Peachy Life Photography

8.  Bunny-  Of course, nothing beats an Easter picture with a real Easter bunny!

Easter Bunny Photo Shoot

Sources {A} Orange Turtle Photography {B} Jami West Photography {C} Nestling Photography {D} Orange Turtle Photography {E} Nestling Photography

9.  Chicks/ Ducklings-  Nothing screams “Spring!” quite like little baby chicks and ducklings.  And I love the little yellow pops of color.  

Easter Photo with Live Chicks

Sources {A} Munchkins and Mohawks Photography {B} Andrea Martin Photography {C} Andrea Martin Photography {D} Melange Photography {E} Munchkins and Mohawks Photography {F} Jami West Photography {G} Andrea Martin Photography

10.  Lamb-  I think it would be fun to get a picture with a lamb this Spring, even if you have to go to the local petting zoo.

Easter Portrait with Lamb

Sources {A} Munchkins and Mohawks Photography {B} Andrea Martin Photography {C} Andrea Martin Photography

11.  Bird’s Nest–  With or without the chick inside, nests make a fun and unique Easter photo prop. 

Spring Photography nest as a photo prop

Sources {A} Jami West Photography {B} Renee Hindman Photography {C} Munchkins and Mohawks Photography {D} Munchkins and Mohawks Photography {E} Renee Hindman Photography

 

11 Backdrop Ideas for Spring Photography

Backdrop Ideas for Spring

Now that we’ve shared some fun ideas for outdoor photography, here are some great backdrops that are perfect for indoor, studio photography.
Backdrop Ideas for Spring
Sources: {A} PepperLu {B} Alicia Q Photography {C} Drew B Photography {D} Drew B Photography {E} Jami West Photography {F} Amy True Photography

A.  Kites – Springtime means kite season and these kites couldn’t get much cuter.

B.  Paper Pinwheels – These paper pinwheels are so easy to make and add such a fun touch.

C.  Rainbow Background –  Wouldn’t this fun rainbow background make for a memorable photo shoot?? Love it!

D.  Paper Chains – I love how easy this idea is!  Just make a bunch of paper chain links.

E.  Spring Fence – Recreate the outdoors, indoors with a cute scene like this.

F.  Yarn Balls –  I love how these colorful, yarn balls resemble Easter eggs.

Photography Backdrop Ideas

{A} Amy True Photography {B} Fresh Art Photography {C} Chelsea Lee Photography {D} Chubby Cheek Photography {E} Chelsea Lee Photography

A.  Indoor Swing – You could dress up an indoor swing in so many fun ways for Spring! I love the old fashioned look of these flowers!

B.  Raindrops–   These raindrops and clouds make the perfect backdrop and would be perfect to pair with an umbrella and rain boots as props.

C.  Fabric Garland –  If you love shabby chic, here’s a fun and easy backdrop idea- just use scraps of fun fabric. 

D.  Textured Wall and Balloons – Find a uniquely textured wall (concrete, brick, etc.) Add some variety with balloons!

E.  Flowers and Balloons – Nothing says spring more than flowers! Add some unique vases for texture and balloons for a new pop of color.

 

7 Spring Color Palette Ideas

{What to Wear for Spring Family Pictures}

What to Wear for Spring Family Pictures

Often figuring out what to wear can be the hardest part of planning family pictures.  Here are 7 of our favorite spring color palettes to get you started…

1.  Splash of Yellow –  These fun, bright colors just scream “Spring!”  Add in some grays and whites as neutrals and you’re set.

Splash of Yellow for Family Photography

Sources {A} Drew B Photography {B} Spring Family Photo {C} Kristin Duke Photography {D} Drew B Photography {E} Drew B Photography {F} Kristin Duke Photography

2.  Aqua & Coral –  I think this is the perfect color combination for beach pictures.  Add in some grays, browns, or whites for your neutrals. 

What to Wear for Family Pictures Aqua and Coral

Sources {A} Laura Brett Photography {B} Munchkins and Mohawks Photography {C} Cait Boswell {D} EK Studios

3.  Navy & Yellow –  Use navy and different shades of blues as your base, then just add pops of white and yellow for added interest.  

What to Wear for Family Pictures Navy and Yellow

Sources {A} Jennifer Rice Photography {B} Kristin Duke Photography {C} Cait Boswell {D} Chelsea Lee Photography

4.  Navy & Coral –  Navy, coral, and white are a great combination alone- or you could add some pops of aqua or gray too.

What to Wear for Family Pictures Navy and Coral

Sources {A} Christine Naomi Photography {B} Alicia Q Photography {C} Jenee Straub {D} Heather Telford Photography

5.  Shades of Blue and Green –  Pair a deep navy with a bright kelly green for a fun, springtime look.  Pops of mint would be fun to add too.

What to Wear for Family Pictures Shades of Blue and Green

Sources {A} Kristin Duke Photography {B} Ashley & David Photography {C} Cait Boswell {D} Kristin Duke Photography

 6.  Blue & White –  Keep it simple with different shades of blue and white.  Incorporate different patterns and texture for added interest.

What to Wear for Family Pictures Blue and White

Sources {A} Drew B Photography {B} Christine Naomi Photography {C} Heather Telford Photography {D} Meghan Owens Photography {E} Drew B Photography {F} Christine Naomi Photography

7.  Bright Colors –  We often think of pastels when we think of spring, but I just love how FUN these pictures are with all of the pops of different, bright colors. 

Bright Colors for Family Pictures

Sources {A} Kristin Duke Photography {B}Alicia Q Photography {C} Drew B Photography {D} Shanda Photography {E} Southern Shutter Photography {F} Heather Telford Photography

 

10 Free Spring Photoshop Actions

 

Free Photoshop Actions

If you use photoshop and haven’t checked out actions yet- then you are missing out!  Seriously, you NEED to see what all the fuss is about.  Here are some fun, FREE actions to get you started…

Free Photoshop Actions

1.  Photoshop Actions 2.0–  Add warm, sunny light to your pictures.

2.  Photoshop Blossom Actions– A set of 11 actions.  Easily set the opacity of each layer.

3.  Cool Breezy Action–  Add a cool light and tone to your pictures.

4.  Vintage Spring Mini Action– Add a dreamy feel with warm, creamy tones.

5.  Spring Fever–  Add springtime color to landscape and nature photos.

Free Actions for Photoshop

6.  Creamy Light Photoshop Action– Add creamy light to soften skin tone.

7.  Free Dynasty Mini Collection– Just sign up for her newsletter and get her beautiful mini collection of actions for free.

8.  Photoshop Sunlight & Sundown ActionEasily adjust the lighting of your pictures.

9.  Rainbow Haze–  A fun, colorful effect for spring photography.

10.  Bright Eyes–  Brighten eyes quickly and easily.

And there you have it- more spring photography inspiration than you’ll know what to do with!  

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Happy Picture Taking!

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