Her hair is in pigtails and she's twirling in her pink princess dress. He's roaring the cutest & loudest roar you've ever heard and the little tail behind him is too cute not to capture! We all want to document the cuteness of those Halloween costumes, don't we? Here are three easy photo tips that will help you capture great photos of your children in their costumes this week.
1. Light: Plan to get the costumes on a little early. If you wait until right before Trick or Treat time, you'll miss the best light of the day. That warm, evening light that glows as the sun is lowering to the horizon is my favorite. If you live in the Houston area, our sunsets are around 6:30-6:40pm right now, so I'd shoot for 6:15 for photos. (Sunset info for your location) If you put the sun behind the kids, it can even create a magical glow behind them. So get everyone ready an hour or so early and then head outside for a few photos before the main event.
OR, if Halloween night won't allow for extra time between dinner and trick or treating, do it a different day. Houston area: I will let you know right now, it's looking rainy Thursday evening, so you may want to aim for a different night for great photos. Wait until next weekend. Get an extra day of use out of those costumes!
2. Location: The backyard or sidewalk can work great. But if you're feeling ambitious, think about a location that would work great with the costume. If you're little guy is a farmer, find a field. If your baby girl is a flower, set her down in the garden.
3. Participation: For the best participation, ask them to get into character. Trust me, they'll be much more interested in letting you take photos if you let them act out their costume than if you ask them to smile and look cute while you snap a few photos. Let them practice those woofs and roars. Maybe dance and twirl in their dress.
In the above photo, Ephram was about 18 months and I got him to stand still and give me that smile by telling him to rub his tummy and feel how soft his costume was. Worked like a charm!
Lastly, enjoy! Once you've gotten your shots, put the camera down, and have fun with your kids. We all know they grow up too fast and all too soon the Trick or Treating years will be over.
Easy Home Decorating Tip! Take those Halloween photos and decorate with them each year. Start a new tradition! You could even store them behind the photo you normally keep up during the rest of the year so it's ready to display next year.