Halloween Photography Tips for Lasting Memories

The old saying, “they grow up so fast” is true. Capturing childhood moments is essential for lasting memories. Halloween is one of those holidays, many children outgrow quickly. Do not let the opportunity go, take the time to photograph your children at Halloween.

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How to Get the Best Halloween Photos

1. Pre-Halloween Photo Shoot

Before Halloween, let your children try on their costumes.  Use this opportunity to plan a photo session.

  • Go to different places in your community to pose.
  • Use your child’s costume as a building block for finding the perfect place to pose. For example, Spiderman can easily pose on playground equipment.
  • Allow your child to get into character. Encourage impressions.

2. Be Patient

The big night is here, time for all the Halloween fun. Remember as you begin to take photos, be patient. Children are going to be excited about trick-or-treating or other Halloween events.

3. Document the Process from the Start

Do not wait until your children are dressed to take photos. Start snapping photos as soon as you begin to get ready for trick-or-treating. Often, the best photos come during the process of getting ready.

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4. Feature Props

Your photos need to include every part of your Halloween celebration.

  • If your child’s costume has props or special features, focus on them in a photo or two. The details always make the costumes.
  • Include decorations in your photos, your carved pumpkins or other yard decorations.
  • Take Halloween photos with your pets.
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5. Group Photo

Along with individual photos, get a group photo before trick-or-treating begins. Make sure to include yourself in one of the photos. Pose together before the sun goes down. Remember to use natural light to get the best photo. When you can, skip the flash.

6. Trick-or-Treating Photos

The main event is here.

  • Take numerous action photos of your children going from house to house. Avoid using flash.
  • Use streetlights or porch lights to add a glow effect.
  • Find a bright light to create silhouettes of your children in costume.  
  • Get photos from different angles.
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7. Last Photo of the Night

When returning home, get one last photo. Ask your children to show off their candy collection. Of course, some younger children may be asleep by the time you return home. Do not forget to get a photo. This is a perfect picture opportunity for the end of the night.

8. Get Creative with Editing

When editing photos, use special effects.

  • Use fog effect.
  • Convert to black and white photos.
  • Make certain colors stand out. Orange is a Halloween color. Turn photos of pumpkins black and white but keep the bright orange colors.
  • Use the soft-focus option to center on your children.

Happy Halloween! When out trick-or-treating, remember to have fun.

Fall Family Photos to Capture this Season

Fall is a busy time of year. Apple picking, visiting pumpkin patches, viewing colorful foliage, Halloween, and Thanksgiving are all a part of the fall season. Each day provides numerous opportunities for family pictures. Are you capturing the best photos for lasting memories? If you need a little inspiration, check out the following list of ideas for fall family photos to capture this season.

Fall Family Photo Ideas

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  1. Walking down a hiking trail. (If you can do it, get your children to hold hands).
  2. Searching for the perfect pumpkin.
  3. Sitting in the pumpkin patch.
  4. Going apple picking.
  5. Baking a apple or pumpkin pie together.
  6. Doing leaf crafts.
  7. Attending a football game.
  8. Tailgating before the game. (Food is always a major part of game day photos).
  9. Playing catch football.
  10. Around a bonfire.
  11. Standing in front of trees with vibrant fall colors.
  12. Holding leaves out front of you. (For added fun, write names or wishes on the leaves)
  13. Raking and jumping in the leaves.
  14. Vising a local farmer’s market.
  15. At a community event.
  16. Making Halloween decoration together.
  17. Dancing to Halloween music.
  18. Carving pumpkins.
  19. Roasting pumpkin seeds.
  20. Volunteering.
  21. Drinking homemade hot cocoa in a new mug. (Do not forget the marshmallows.)
  22. Dressing up in Halloween costumes.
  23. A Halloween photo shoot in the back yard.
  24. Trick or treating.
  25. Decorating for Thanksgiving.
  26. Photo with extended family at Thanksgiving.
  27. Photo of everyone sitting at the Thanksgiving table.
  28. Kids choice. (Often children create the best photo shoot for your family.)

31 Photo Prompts for October

Are you ready for another month of photo inspiration? October brings beautiful foliage, pumpkins, Halloween, and much more. Capture as much as you can before the season turns into cold winter days.

31 Photo Prompts for October

  1. Selfie
  2. In the morning
  3. Nature
  4. From above
  5. Weather
  6. Texture
  7. Looking out your window
  8. Pattern
  9. Family
  10. On the floor
  11. Miniature
  12. Words
  13. Friends
  14. Side view
  15. Signs
  16. Black and white
  17. Trails
  18. Clouds
  19. Photoshopped
  20. 3pm
  21. Upside down
  22. Tradition
  23. Silhouette
  24. Motion
  25. Food
  26. Trees and leaves
  27. Distance
  28. Animal
  29. Favorite thing
  30. Photographer’s choice
  31. Happy Halloween!

50 Photo Prompts for Fall

It’s here! Fall is officially here! Autumn provides numerous chances to tap into your creative side. Get outdoors. Enjoy the changing leaves. Let your inner photographer surface with these photo prompts for fall.

50 Fall Photo Prompts

  1. Selfie in a Fall Scene
  2. Apples
  3. Picnic
  4. Harvest
  5. Hayride
  6. Farmer’s Market
  7. Back to School
  8. Fall Attire
  9. Pumpkin Patch
  10. Pumpkins
  11. Trees/Woods
  12. Leaves
  13. Colors
  14. Sunset
  15. Cider Mill
  16. Orchard
  17. Cider
  18. Football
  19. Tailgate
  20. Nature
  21. Bonfire & S’mores
  22. Sunflowers
  23. Corn Stalks
  24. Homecoming
  25. Parade
  26. Marching Band
  27. Celebration
  28. Family
  29. Rain
  30. Scarecrow
  31. Warmth
  32. Traditions
  33. Corn Maze
  34. Candy Corn & Other Fall Treats
  35. Caramel Apples
  36. Pies
  37. Trails
  38. Candles
  39. Landscape
  40. Friends
  41. Pumpkin Spice
  42. Gourds
  43. Far Away
  44. Black and White
  45. Cool Breeze
  46. Up-Close
  47. Oktoberfest
  48. Fall Décor
  49. Water
  50. Photographer’s Choice

September Photo Prompts

September brings Labor Day weekend, the start of fall, and cooler weather. Get outdoors! Enjoy the month before the snow sets in and holidays take over your schedule. Are you looking for photo inspiration?

30 Photo Prompts for September

  1. Self-Portrait
  2. Clouds
  3. Black & White
  4. Distance
  5. Water
  6. Happy Labor Day!
  7. Macro (Close-Up)
  8. Vintage
  9. Cityscape or Landscape
  10. Home
  11. Food
  12. A drink
  13. Orange
  14. Sunrise/Sunset
  15. Tourist Location
  16. Architecture
  17. Animal
  18. Nature
  19. Something Tiny
  20. Bokeh
  21. Framed
  22. First Day of Fall!
  23. Trees
  24. Leaves
  25. Fall Vibes
  26. 3-of-a-Kind
  27. Noon
  28. Dusk
  29. Patterns
  30. Photographer’s Choice

Enjoy the month!

Photo Prompts for August

Can you believe August is here already? Before the summer weather comes to end, get outdoors. Go for walks, go hiking, or go for a long drive. Whatever you do, don’t forget your camera. Are you looking for photo inspiration for August? Check out the list for August photo prompts.

  1. Selfie
  2. Natural Light
  3. Nature
  4. Something Colorful
  5. Current View
  6. Scenic View
  7. Bokeh
  8. Flowers
  9. Shadows
  10. Food
  11. Beverage
  12. Bubbles
  13. Local Landmark
  14. Trails
  15. Favorite Café
  16. Garden
  17. Shoes
  18. Low Angle
  19. Silence
  20. Black and White
  21. Your Favorite Color
  22. Childhood Memory
  23. Texture
  24. Patterns
  25. Artificial Light
  26. Animals
  27. Exploration
  28. Night
  29. From a Distance
  30. Reflection
  31. Photographer’s Choice

Photo Prompts for the 4th of July

Happy Independence Day! The 4th of July is a wonderful day to take memorable photos. Celebrations, community events, family gatherings, and fireworks add to the magnificent holiday. Are you looking for photo inspiration for the 4th of July? Check out the following photo prompts for an unforgettable day.

  1. Red, White, and Blue
  2. Celebrations
  3. Holding sparklers.
  4. United States Flag blowing in the breeze.
  5. Holding the U.S. Flag.
  6. Patriotic
  7. Family
  8. Friends
  9. Community
  10. Hometown
  11. Music
  12. God Bless America
  13. Food
  14. Beverages
  15. Forefathers
  16. History
  17. Picnic
  18. BBQ
  19. Bonfire (S’mores)
  20. Fireworks

Remember when taking photos, be safe! Have a great 4th of July.

July Photo Prompts

Summer is in full swing. Restrictions from the pandemic are beginning to lift. The time is right to get outdoors and enjoy the beautiful weather. Grab your camera and start snapping pictures before summer is over. Do you need some photo inspiration for July? Check out the following list of ideas.

  1. Take an outdoor selfie.
  2. Reflection
  3. Shadow
  4. Happy 4th of July! Celebrations & Fireworks.
  5. Summertime Vibes
  6. Natural Light
  7. Beverage
  8. 3 p.m.
  9. Food
  10. Trees
  11. Sunset or Sunrise (or both)
  12. Street
  13. Friends
  14. Clouds/Sky
  15. Sign
  16. Flowers
  17. Still
  18. Texture or Patterns
  19. Low Light
  20. Water
  21. Insects
  22. Close-Up
  23. Black and White
  24. Distance
  25. Up-Side Down
  26. Nature
  27. Love
  28. Animal
  29. Motion
  30. Backward
  31. Photographer’s Choice

Photo Prompts for June

June is a perfect time to get outdoors and enjoy yourself. When you head out, do not forget your camera. Snapping photos is a wonderful pastime. Are you looking for inspiration? Check out the following photo prompts for June.

  1. Selfie
  2. Outdoors
  3. Hands
  4. Sun Flare
  5. Messy
  6. Low Angle
  7. Reflection
  8. Morning
  9. Shadows
  10. Travel
  11. Random
  12. Culture
  13. From a Distance
  14. Laughter
  15. Nature
  16. Favorite color
  17. Something Old
  18. Silhouette
  19. Before Dark
  20. Father
  21. Sky
  22. Motion
  23. Childhood Memory
  24. Art
  25. Texture
  26. 2 of a Kind
  27. Letters
  28. Time
  29. Upside Down
  30. Photographer’s Choice

May Photo Prompts

Happy 1st day of May! Are you ready for some photo prompts to inspire you throughout the month? Check out the following list for inspiration.

  1. Selfie
  2. May Flowers
  3. Favorite Thing
  4. Family
  5. Old
  6. Reflection
  7. Nature
  8. 3 of a Kind
  9. Mother
  10. Low Light
  11. Broken
  12. 4 pm
  13. Whimsy
  14. New
  15. Colorful
  16. Favorite Meal
  17. Fuzzy
  18. Monochrome
  19. Clouds
  20. Love
  21. Water
  22. Shapes
  23. Patterns
  24. Sunset/Sunrise
  25. Ground Level
  26. Eye Level
  27. Rooftop
  28. In-Between
  29. Streets
  30. Movement
  31. Black & White