Halloween is a great chance to snap some cute pictures of our kids. However, if you are not prepared, you may find yourself with a camera full of less than mediocre pictures. Being prepared to take pictures during Halloween will help you take better photographs in less time, so that you can enjoy the evening.
If possible, you should get everyone ready about 20-30 minutes ahead of time. Head outside and use the natural light to take some posed pictures. You will want to find a scenic area that can serve as a great background. Doing this now will keep you from having to try to pose the kids later when they are running from house to house. Pumpkin patches, mountains, and lakes make great background choices for Halloween pictures. If you have your yard decorated for the holiday, utilize those decorations in the picture. For example, if you have hay or straw bales set up, these will make great seats to pose on or around. You will want to make sure to take a few group shots and a few individual shots. Try to make it quick so the kids don’t get frustrated with you. Familiarize your self with your camera. Use the self timer feature to include yourself in the pictures.
Now that the easy part is over, you will have to try to get in a few action shots while the kids are trick-or-treating. Take these action shots early in the evening. This ensures that makeup and costumes are on point and the kids aren’t too distracted. Take a couple from in front of them. This may be difficult because they will be running to the door. What you will want to do is make them wait a few moments and get ahead of them, count out 1 – 2 – 3 GO! You will get a couple good shots. Taking a few shots from behind is a great way to capture a different angle of them. Try to watch for things like, an older sibling leading a younger one, or two kids holding hands. Moments like these are priceless and make for the best most memorable photographs.
Keep your camera handy but don’t keep it out! Enjoy spending the evening with them and try to capture a few special moments. With these tips and a little preparation you can take great Halloween pictures of your family AND enjoy the time you spend with them.