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. 😉
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.
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!
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!
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.
The owl costumes in this Halloween session by Jean Smith are amazing with all the feather details!
3. Have your children act out their characters.
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.
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. 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.
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.