5 Tips for Taking Better Halloween Photos

October 25, 2013

in Halloween Photography Tips & Ideas, Holiday Photography Tips, Holiday Photography Tips, Photography Tutorials

5 Tips for Better Halloween Photos via iHeartFaces.com - Photo by Keli Hoskins at kidnappedbysuburbia.com

1. Get the costume shot early.

Of course, the first thing we all think about is taking photos of our kids in their adorable costumes.  But all the kids can think about is getting started down the street to fill up their pumpkin buckets or pillow cases with candy!  So get them ready a bit early.   This allows you to take the photos before they realize their full mask is itchy and they run around the neighborhood just wearing the body section of their costume!)

Keli Hoskins may have bribed her kids with candy to get this shot. 😉

5 Tips for Better Halloween Photos via iHeartFaces.com - Photo by Keli Hoskins at kidnappedbysuburbia.com

You might even want to do a mini-session to get this part out of the way on a completely different day.  Jacquilyn Avery offers Halloween mini-sessions and the proceeds go entirely to benefit Autism Speaks.

5 Tips for Better Halloween Photos via iHeartFaces.com - Portrait Photography by Jacquilyn Avery Photography

If you want to get really spooky, you can create a ghostly portrait session with your kids with a little post-processing magic.  CRAVE Photography and Old Main Photography got together to style this ghostly session and we love the results!

5 Tips for Better Halloween Photos via iHeartFaces.com - Portrait by CRAVE Photography

5 Tips for Better Halloween Photos via iHeartFaces.com - Portrait Photography by Old Main Photography

How lucky is our friend Lorna’s Lens to have castles like this nearby in Wales, UK?  It’s the perfect backdrop for this wonderfully spooky shot of her son as the Grim Reaper!

5 Tips for Better Halloween Photos via iHeartFaces.com - Portrait Photography by Lorna's Lens

2. Capture the details.

By all means, take the traditional “costumed-kids-on-the-front-porch” photo, then try altering your perspective a bit to capture the details.

Angie Arthur Photography wrote a tutorial about how to make this super gory and very cool zipper face costume.

5 Tips for Better Halloween Photos via iHeartFaces.com  - Photo by Angie Arthur Photography

The owl costumes in this Halloween session by Jean Smith are amazing with all the feather details!

5 Tips for Better Halloween Photos via iHeartFaces.com - Portrait Photography by Jean Smith Photography

3. Have your children act out their characters.

Heather Rodriguez captured these little super heroes “in flight” during the photo walk at our I Heart Faces Photography Conference.

5 Tips for Better Halloween Photos via iHeartFaces.com - Photo by Heather Rodriguez Photography

Wendi Riggens styled an entire fairy tale session for this little one.    By having the cute props and some soap bubbles, it appears this little Cinderella is ready to scrub the floor. You can see all the adorable storybook photos on her blog.

5 Tips for Better Halloween Photos via iHeartFaces.com - Portrait Photography by Wendi Riggens.com

4. Don’t forget to photograph the food and decorations!

We love all the fun food and decorations at this Halloween party photographed by Angie Arthur Photography.

5 Tips for Better Halloween Photos via iHeartFaces.com - Commercial Photography by Angie Arthur Photography

This witch pumpkin decoration by Amy Locurto is so cute!  Learn how you can make one of your own over at LivingLocurto.com.

5 Tips for Better Halloween Photos via iHeartFaces.com - Photo by LivingLocurto.com

5. Turn off your flash.

As the evening progresses, you will be shooting in lower light.  Rather than switch to pop-up flash, use the widest aperture you can and bump up your ISO.   A wider aperture allows more light to come into the lens.  And bumping up your ISO makes your camera more sensitive to that light coming in.  By doing this, you can preserve that spooky feel of  Trick-or-Treating at twilight that you would otherwise miss if you used flash.

5 Tips for Better Halloween Photos via iHeartFaces.com - Photo by Adrienne Zwart

Do you have any tips to add?  Leave us a comment below!  And be sure to share your Halloween photos with us on Instagram using the hashtag #iHeartFaces.

 

 

 

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Life with Kaishon October 25, 2013

Isn’t it fun to see kids in their Halloween costumes every year? I love all of these tips! Thanks for sharing. Heather’s little runners in capes is absolutely adorable.

Angie’s zipper face just blows me away.

Happy Friday to my favorite girls in the world.

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