In less than one week goblins will ring our doorbells, princesses and dinosaurs will be lining our streets- all in search of treats. If a child you love will be among the ranks of costumed seekers of candy, Marking the Moment Photography Studio has some tips to help you capture these memories through photos.
- Take photos early. Halloween, always a hectic time, falls on a Monday this year. The hours between school and work are going to pass quickly and before you know it, it’ll be time for everyone to get in their costume. Do yourself a favor: take a few minutes over the weekend to have a brief, relaxed photo session. This serves two purposes in that it is a trial run to make sure outfits and props are in good order AND it will allow you to snap some photos when your ghosts, clowns and Marios aren’t chomping at the bit to hit the porches for some candy. Plus it will be fun.
- Unmask. Make sure to take some photos with masks on for the full effect of the costume. But also have your trick-or-treaters remove their masks so that you can grab a few photos with their cute faces. The photos with visible faces and expressions may become treasures as everyone ages.
- Vary your perspective. Be mindful to get full body shots, close up shots and detail shots. You’ll want to remember how the entire outfit appeared. You’ll want close ups of smiles and faces. And you’ll want detail shots of any aspect of the outfit that your child, or even you, really loved. We always want to remember the whole story. Small details help us to do that.
- Shoot in natural light. Forego the flash feature on your camera or phone. Your photos may look slightly grainy or blurry or dark- depending on what time of day you are shooting and if the children are moving. But all of these qualities will only serve to create a Halloween feel to your photos, much more than images shot with direct-on flash.
- Say no to cluttered backgrounds. We’ve all seen photos of children lined up by a car in the driveway. You want the focus of your photos to be your little goblins, not your car tires. Find a clear space on the porch, by the garage or in the yard that won’t make your kids compete with hoses or garbage cans for attention in the frame.
- Ready, set, action! If your trick-or-treater is dresses like a butterfly, have them spread their wings as if in flight. Jedi? Light sabers up and swinging! Monster? Full scare mode, please. Sure, grab some images of the kids while they are still. But also remember to get some photos of them acting as the character they are depicting.
- Tell a story. Document the whole Halloween experience, from a few preparation shots of getting into costumes, to a few phone snaps of actual trick-or-treating, to a photo of all the loot in a pile at the end of the evening- and all the smiles along the way. Details are, of course, fresh in your memory now. But details will fade. Document the story of this holiday to revisit later.
- Candids. Be on the lookout for the small moments of conversation, laughter or goofing around that are certain to occur. Your children are most themselves in these moments and a photo will bring you right back to the essence of how they were this autumn when they were four, or eight, or twelve.
- Shoot Quickly but Carefully. As stated earlier, it’s best to shoot before everyone is ready to walk out the door for candy, but whenever you shoot, remember that speed and a short shoot time are your friends. Kids will run out of cooperative spirits pretty quickly as costumes are not the most comfortable attire. Allow yourself time to get the shots, but try to keep things moving.
- Mean what you say. Tell your candy seekers that you want to grab a few photos and that you’ll work hard not to take too long. Do not tell them, “Just one more picture,” unless you really are going to take only one more picture. Always good advice, this will serve you especially well for Halloween photos.
You have lots of things to do on Halloween. Between buying candy, preparing costumes, attending to safety and monitoring treats brought home, this holiday comes with lots of tasks and duties. Hopefully these tips will allow you to capture the memories with little stress. Because we all want more stress like we want pennies in our trick-or-treat bags.
Have other special moments you’d like to capture? We love to help with that at Marking the Moment Photography Studio.
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