Halloween Portraits - Make It Your Family's Tradition

by Eric Von Lehmden | October 22, 2014

halloween portraits

Halloween is approaching. An exciting time of year for kids and adults who like to act like kids (that would be me). Kids put a lot of thought into what they want to go trick or treating as each year. Some don't decide until the night of and adults are then scrambling around the house to find something to throw together at the last minute (again, that was me growing up). I would say that the majority of kids decide weeks in advance what they want to be for Halloween. Then the shopping or hand making of the costume happens. Bottom line is that there is a lot of work that goes into getting kiddos ready for their night of revelry and candy gathering.

As a photographer I have grown to appreciate these moments as rights of passage for kids. And capturing the way they looked and dressed on Halloween is a big part of their personal history. Something to look back on years from now to remember these special nights. I know that Halloween is on a Friday this year, and there isn't much time between getting home from work and getting them ready to head out the door to start trick or treating. But on your checklist of things to do please add "take photos of kids once they are all dressed". You will want to do this outside while there is still enough light to take a photo using natural light. If you have a little older trick or treaters who like to go out when it gets dark then it is ok to take a photo using flash. Sometimes that even adds a little kitsch to the photo.

Use your phone's camera or a point and shoot. It doesn't matter. What matters is capturing that moment. I still go back and look through photos of my family when we were growing up. Those are great memories and I am so happy that my Mom & Dad took the photos that they did to remember those moments.

On that note, I wanted to share some really cute if not a little creepy Halloween portraits. Some of these are professionally done and some aren't. Take these as inspiration for taking pics of your kiddos this Halloween.

halloween portraitsPhoto by Andrew Herrold Photography

 

halloween portraitsPhoto via Kygas Stocksy Photography

halloween portraitsMy brother as Dracula circa 1987

halloween portraitsMe as a GI Joe circa 1987

halloween portraitsSpooky Witch photo by Eve North Photography

 

halloween portraitsKids lit by candle of pumpkin. Springfield, MA 1950's

halloween portraitsYoung Spiderman photographed by OB Photography.

 

halloween portraitsYoung Superman photograph by Lisa Nicole Imagery

 

halloween portraitsLove this fun caricature idea for a different photo and Halloween costume idea. Photo by Charla Anne

 

halloween portraitsToo cute. Photo by A Moment's Reflection Photography

 

 

 

 

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