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Hunting for eggs and photos

The Easter season is here and with it comes Easter egg hunts – lots of ‘em here in the Yakima Valley.

Easter egg hunts can get pretty frantic with kids (and sometimes parents) scrambling to find hidden eggs.

Youngsters race to find hidden Easter eggs during an Easter egg hunt at Nancy Frame's home in Yakima March 29, 2012. (GORDON KING/Yakima Herald-Republic)

 

It’s important to have a shooting strategy when photographing Easter egg hunts. The hunt is usually over in just minutes so you don’t have a lot of time to wander around looking for that perfect photo. Easter egg hunts are not the time for contemplative photography. It’s time to run (sometimes literally) and gun.

Absent some special circumstances (like we’re doing a story a particular youngster or adult) I cover egg hunts in one of two ways. I either pick a place or a person and stick with it.

The place is somewhere where a bunch of eggs are hidden so I know youngsters will converge on that area. I find this out by simply walking around the area before the start of the hunt. Once I find a place I just wait for the kids.

Strategy no. 2 is to pick a youngster and follow that one kid around as he looks for eggs. This is what I did at an egg hunt earlier this week.

Jesus Hernandez reaches for an Easter egg during an Easter egg hunt for deaf and hard-of-hearing children March 29, 2012 in Yakima. (GORDON KING/Yakima Herald-Republic)

One advantage to picking one youngster and following that person is that it’s easy to get that one kid’s name. When I pick a place and photograph whatever kids converge on that spot, I may have to get the names of a bunch of different kids. That can be problematic with kids running all over the place.

–Gordon King

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