13 Tips on how to get great photos of your kids on Halloween!
- Document the preparation- Half of the fun of Halloween is picking out costumes so don’t forget taking a photo of them picking what they want.
- Request their best impressions- Ask that they do an impression of the character they’re dressed up as. It’s good practice and it’s adorable!
- Plan a dress rehearsal- Trying to capture the perfect portrait as you are heading out the door is impossible and the kids will not be happy with that! They do however like to wear their costumes so take advantage of that.
- Give Characters the perfect setting- Take your fireman to the fire station or your fairy to a pretty little spot in the woods. It makes for adorable photos!
- Focus on your favorite feature- Whatever is the most important part of the costume. Is it the elaborate make-up? The sparkly shoes? Chances are this is your child’s favorite part too. 🙂
- Take advantage of daylight- most of the trick-or-treating starts when the sun is up so take pictures early. It’s nice to get pictures during the dark too but your camera may not want to corporate.
- Gather the whole crew- if you have a group of kids walking together get a picture of all of them. Everyone doesn’t have to be looking or smile just try to get everyone in the frame.
- Don’t be to proud to pose-Try to get one good pictures with eye contact but let them pose the way they want to. You will probably only get one so make it good. 🙂
- Use special effects- definitely not necessary but fun if you can.
- For go the flash- Flashes don’t do well in the dark and who wants to be blinded in the eyes? Hence the getting pictures before dark.
- Change some to black and white- poor lighting conditions give you an opportunity to salvage some of your favorite photos.
- Check Camera settings beforehand- Give yourself a few minutes beforehand to check your settings. I’ll bet your camera offers a night setting you never knew about that would be perfect for the evening.
- Be ready for post treat bliss- When they knock at the door and get their treats, take this opportunity to compose your photo and establish your settings so that you are ready to shoot as soon as they turn and come running back to you.
Bonus 14. This isn’t on the link but I love to take photos of the kids dumping out their stash out on the table to see what they got. They are always so excited. 🙂 Happy Halloween Everyone!