How to Take Halloween Photos You'll Love

We are only one day away from Halloween now, and if you're anything like me you might be scrambling around getting those last minute details for the costumes. Halloween night is fun and crazy and exhausting (for us parents), but a night you want to remember nonetheless! There are several factors about Halloween that make it challenging to photograph (fast moving kiddos, less than ideal light, etc.), so here are a few suggestions that can guarantee a good photo of your little ghost or goblin!

1. Take pictures first! The number one priority when taking any photo is always going to be light! (Hence the root word photos meaning light in Greek.) On Halloween in San Diego, the sun will be setting a few minutes before 6:00. Well before that sun goes down you will want to have the majority of your must-have shots already taken. I suggest getting those shots between 5 and 5:30.

This was taken during the last hour before sunset, and look at how beautiful the light is on his baby skin!

2. Get outdoors. You will have much better success if you get outside in that gorgeous natural light. Shadows across parts of someone's face will be distracting to the eye. Position your little monster so his face is evenly lit. This can be done by facing his back to the sun so his whole face is shadowed, or if it's close enough to sunset you can face him directly towards the light. Just watch out for those shadows across parts of the face. If you see shadows, keep turning your monster until they disappear.

Here her back is to the sun, creating an evenly lit Owlette face.

3. Be aware of your background. Even if your light is great and you catch a great smile, your photo could be ruined by a line of cars parked on the street behind your subject. You can remedy this situation several different ways. One option is to get close up to your child and fill the frame with his or her body so any distractions in the background will be blocked. A second option is to move your subject somewhere with a more appealing background such as in front of a bush or some neat Halloween decorations.

The cars, garage, and part of the blow-up guy behind them are making for a busy photo.

Here I moved to a different angle and voila, no busy background!

Getting up close also eliminates unwanted items in the background.

I hope these tips help you get some great shots of your trick-or-treaters tomorrow. Remember that mostly they just want to go get candy, so make your mini photo shoot as fun and as short as possible. Following these tips will help you get your desired results faster so they can get to the candy sooner!

Have a safe Halloween, and feel free to ask me any specific questions about capturing the best images of your little ones on this fun-filled night in the comments below.



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