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As Halloween is fast approaching I’m of course going back through all of the photos I took of my daughter last year. She had just turned one so she still had her baby looks to her, and it’s just so crazy to see the change in her this year!
One of the things I have absolutely loved about these first years is the lack of her opinion to her outfits. I mean that’s one of the most fun parts about having a baby! Am I right Mamas?
Picking her Halloween costume is no different. I’m not even going to lie I was sooo indecisive with what I wanted her to wear, but once I saw this cookie monster costume I knew! I’ll add the link at the bottom if you’d to get one for yourself.
Now the photographer inside of me, but also just being a mom, I want to have all these milestones captured.
Time with our babies goes so fast and I just want to be able to freeze these special moments in time.
In this article, I hope to help you take the guesswork out of taking your own child’s Halloween Photos. These tips can apply to any photoshoot though honestly.
When I first had Hailey I learned very quickly her photo shoots need to be simple. Going too crazy with props, backgrounds, outfits etc can cause a major trainwreck or even just get really expensive. So I like to keep things simple overall nowadays.
Here are a few steps I always take a few minutes just to think about to have an easy plan in mind.
Outfit / Theme
In all reality, in my experience with working with kids photography, most young ones will only keep their cool for two outfits max so please remember that. Save yourself a headache and money. Trust me.
So first I pick the outfit because that will determine my props/theme. For these photos, this one was pretty easy. Once finding the cookie monster outfit and it being Halloween it really was simple planning from there.
For holidays photos it’s pretty easy to find ideas to use. I first look around to see what I have available.
I already had the crate, pumpkin, frame, and chalkboard used. Her godparents, who spoil her way too much, went and bought the stuffed animals used. The pumpkin bucket cost me $1 at Walmart and I bought a small bag of candy my husband would later eat.
The printable I used in the frame I found for free just off of a google search honestly. I try to make the printables I use for these types of things but at the time I had entered into my busy work season so it was easier. If you’re interested in using a free printable you can find some on my blog here
Some thoughts I keep in mind for props is something to keep the little one busy and also grounded.
During the photos, Hailey got restless about halfway through so putting her in the crate kept her grounded and so we could still continue. Having her sit on the porch she kept wanting to run away so doing this gave us the opportunity to get a few more photos in.
As far as distraction goes Hailey was in love with the pumpkin and the stuffed animals as well. This gave her a nice distraction during the photos but also some variety as well.
The last place I really think about is setting. I try not to go too crazy because the focus of the photos is her and not the background. You want something clean and simple.
Think brick building, a field with trees in the background, sitting under a tree, in front of some brush, etc. You really don’t have to overcomplicate this. I suggest outside photos over indoor unless you have a professional lighting kit to use.
For these photos, we went to a park about 10 minutes from our home. It had several different areas we could’ve used but for these, I choose a cute old schoolhouse porch.
Plan the setting according to the time of day as well. You do not want to shoot photos in an open field in the middle of the afternoon. The lighting will be horrible. If you cannot shoot during the gold hour (an hour after sunrise or hour before sunset) think of a place where you have shade.
We shot mid-morning so horrible natural lighting without shade but since we were under the porch it was perfect.
As far as recruitment goes my best friend was willing to come to chase Hailey and get some cute smiles. Hailey is a difficult one in front of the camera so help is always something I need!
I know this post was kind of long but really loves don’t overcomplicate it. You don’t need to spend a lot of money (Halloween costumes cost enough nowadays) to capture the cuteness.
Heck, I’ve seen some adorable photos of the kid diving into a candy bar and if a kid’s face covered in chocolate isn’t adorable. I don’t know what is!
Let me know what ideas and props you chose to use with your little one in the comments! If I have enough new ideas I’ll make sure to update the post.
Thanks for stopping by,