If you live in Texas, you know it’s bluebonnet season! Now it’s time to grab your annual photo of the kids or the entire family sitting in the state’s favorite flowers.
To make sure you’re snapping the best shots, check out our six tips below:
- Find a safe area to take your pictures.
It may look like there are tons of great photo opportunities alongside the highway but avoid these – especially if traffic is approaching from a curve or hill where they cannot swerve to miss your parked vehicle.
Check out the Bluebonnet Love site, one of our favorites to find maps and information about the best places to get your bluebonnet pictures.
- Take pictures on a hill to get the full effect.
The best images are taken with flowers in front & behind. For an artistic effect, try placing your subjects off-center for lots of color in some of your photos. Please remember – don’t pick bluebonnets! They’re the state flower and set their seed for next spring after they bloom. Luckily, you can find other flowers like the red Indian paintbrush or the pink buttercup, for your child to pick & hold in their hands.
- Get in the middle!
Don’t be scared to get in the middle of the bluebonnets – just look twice for ant beds or stickers and watch your footsteps to avoid ruining the bluebonnets. Bring a small towel to sit on in case the ground is damp. If you’re bringing pets along, make sure you’re ready to pick up their business to avoid a smelly mess for your kids or future picture takers.
- Skip wearing blue.
Make the bluebonnets pop in your picture by avoiding patterns and blues (traditional jeans are okay). Instead, wear solid colors – white, greens, and reds; lavender, black or gray are best. If you must wear a pattern, make sure it doesn’t clash with your group and matches the wildflower color palate.
- Think about time of day.
It’s best to grab your photos before the sun brightens the day too much – before 11 a.m. or after 3 p.m. If you can, take your photos on a cloudy day to avoid overexposure for white clothing, a washed out face and even eye squinting.
- Make it an annual tradition to get a new photo.
Spending time taking photos each spring when the bluebonnets blossoms serve as a great way to have an updated family picture. It can turn into a fun day for the entire family by planning a post-photo picnic or special treat.
Contact us if you’re ready to capture your favorite bluebonnet moments this year!