5 Tips for the best Halloween Costume Photos

I can’t decide if the best part of Halloween is the candy or dressing up. Either way, it’s one of my favorite holidays. Oh, who am I kidding, I love every holiday!

Halloween is extra fun because of the costumes though. The kids have a blast picking out their favorite character and I love taking pictures of them all dressed up. Over the years, I’ve learned a few things to make taking photos less stressful and more fun. Here are 5 tips for the best Halloween costume photos.

1. Don’t wait until Halloween. This one will save you lots of stress, I promise. Take the kids out a few days before and make it fun! Have them get into character and they’ll love it! Plus, you’ll have time to try again if the weather doesn’t cooperate.

2. Think about light. Light is the most important element in photography. It can make or break a photo. The best time of day to shoot is either early in the morning or late in the afternoon. The sun is low in the sky so you won’t have to worry about harsh shadows or super bright sun. I shot these pictures about an hour before the sun set after it had rained all day. The sky was so pretty! If you have to shoot indoors, get your child close to a big window and open the blinds. You need to let in as much light as possible.

3. Choose a location that is clutter free. Whether you’re shooting indoors or out, you want to make the costume the star of the show, not the mess in the background. Just do a quick clean up or choose an angle where you don’t see the clutter.

4. Get in close. There are usually a lot of fun accessories with a Halloween costume. Don’t forget to capture them! Get in nice and close and grab some detail shots. I love the headband from my daughter’s costume. So cute! And don’t be afraid to try some interesting compositions. Shoot close, far away, from above, from below. Be creative!

5. Include a few props. As long as it makes sense for the costume. Is your child dressing up as Snow White? How about including a basket of apples! Do you have a Star Wars fan? I bet your child would love showing off his/her lightsaber moves. Olivia is a toddler on the go so I knew she wouldn’t sit for a photo unless she had something to play with. We brought along R2D2 and it worked great.

If you’re feeling a little ambitious you could try taking a few short video clips and making a slideshow. It doesn’t have to be anything fancy. You could use your iPhone! Just another fun way to capture Halloween! I took this a few years ago when my middle daughter was Wonder Woman for Halloween.


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