5 Top Halloween Photography Tips
Halloween is the perfect opportunity to take creative photos of your children and grandchildren. I love using my digital camera whenever I get the chance to take digital pictures of the grandchildren (and show them off, too). With the Halloween photography tips I received from a professional photographer, this year I can attempt to capture my devil princess, pretty pumpkin, and baby Yoda this Halloween in a unique way.
Taking Kids Halloween Photos Tips
An expert in children’s photography, Linda Russell of Russell Photography, offers 5 photography tips for parents to take perfect Halloween pictures to create lasting Halloween memories:
- Utilize available light: Turn off your flash and use a tripod or even the back of a chair to stabilize your camera and use a slow shutter speed to photograph your child by jack-o-lantern or candle light.
- Light your child from below: For a really “haunting” photo, have them hold a flashlight below their face pointed up. Under-lighting is sinister and very scary.
- Tell a story with your camera: Start with a “still life” that says “Halloween” (a costume box, a jack-o-lantern, an empty trick or treat bag, etc). Next, photograph your child before the transition from suburban student to blood dripping vampire. Capture the make up, the costume, the process.
- Create a portrait of them in costume as if it were real: A princess on her throne, a cowgirl in front of a barn, or a ghoul in the cemetery. Engage your child in the fantasy.
- Photograph the haul: Every child remembers the special Halloween when the mountain of candy was beyond belief. Photograph them close up using a wide angle setting. Fill the frame with candy as well as their joyful expression.