Shooting for Success: Five Tips for the Best Halloween Photos

Halloween is hands down one of Austin photographer-in-chief Ziem’s favorite holidays to celebrate (mine too)! It may or may not have to do with our respective sweet tooth (or teeth), but we love the fact that there’s usually little to no expectation to meet other than indulging in a little buffoonery and chocolate. We adore seeing all the creative costumes our friends and family come up with, the fabulous pumpkin carving, and of course perfectly styled pumpkin patch photos. So many reasons to celebrate and take photos this time of year!




To help ensure you all capture THE most spook-tacular photos this year, here are Ziem’s five top tips on how to catch your ghosts in goblins in their glory:

1. Dress up before the 31st for a special photo shoot. It would be a great opportunity to do a trial run and have some relaxed fun before the big night. Most kids are far too distracted and lack the patience required on Halloween!

2.  Create a relevant photo environment to provide context for costumes. For example, Frozen sisters, Anna and Elsa, would look especially at home in a wintery scene. If you have a little astronaut and live near a space center, make special trip! Let Little Red Riding Hood caper with nature – visit a park or wooded area with trees and trails. Don’t be afraid (ha!) to use the neighbor’s Halloween decor as your background.

3. Shoot as close to sunrise or sunset to capture the best natural light. The lighting is so much softer, and you’ll avoid hot spots and squinty eyes that way.

4.  Capture some candid expressions before trick or treating as they cling tight to their treat bags and anticipate the start. You can also take the opportunity while the little ones are waiting on a door stoop, running away from the houses with their treasures, or examining treats together. The joy and expectancy on the children’s faces are priceless!

5. Prop the camera or hand it over to someone else and hop in a photo or two with your children. They will cherish these with great joy some day!

See more tips and tricks from our Shooting for Success series!

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