Hi everyone! It’s Autumn here today, back with more photo taking tips. Since we’re getting pretty close to Halloween, I thought I’d give you some ideas for how to get the best photos of your kids in their costumes.
Often Halloween photos goes like this: Once everyone’s ready to head out the door to go trick or treating, you pull out your camera to snap a few shots of how adorable they look in their costumes. But the kids are so anxious to get going they don’t want to stop for pictures, meaning you can only snap a few. And it’s already getting dark out so you have to use your flash, which means you get red eyes and ugly shadows. All in all, it ends up being a pretty disappointing photo experience. Sound familiar?
Here’s how to get fantastic photos of your kids in their Halloween costumes.
Get the kids ready a few hours early while there’s still plenty of light OR (better yet) have them dress up for a Halloween photo shoot a few days in advance. If they know it isn’t already time to go, they’ll be willing to have fun getting into character:
All you need for photos like the ones above is a blank wall in a room that gets plenty of window light. Move the couch or the kitchen table out of the way and get shooting. If you’re taking pictures before the big day and have 10 minutes to do a little setup, hang a blanket, sheet, or piece of black stretch velvet in your garage for photos with a studio look. (For more tips on this process, see this post.)
If there just isn’t enough light in your house to take a photo without using your flash, head outside. Look for a neutral background like a fence or wall. Try to find one that’s in the shade if it’s very sunny out for even lighting.
If you forgot to take photos in advance and don’t have time to look for a good location, just position the kids so there’s mostly grass behind them. Then make sure to zoom in for a few shots – you’ll be able to crop out most of the background distractions AND the zoom will help your camera blur the background. (For more info on using zoom to blur the background, see this post.)
Good luck getting great photos of all your little ghoulies and ghosties this Halloween!