A Halloween photo shoot can be scary, sweet, devilish or sexy. Some tips for taking great mysterious photos include taking your pictures at dusk for an eerie feel, instead of after dark where the light might make it very hard to avoid red eye and other photo blunders, and using a flashlight in a jack-o-lantern in lieu of candles. (Reference 1)
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Capture the magic memories of childhood forever by taking pictures every year of your children's costumes. Do a theme shoot, even if they have different costumes, by including a similar prop for each one. Some ideas include having each of the kids hold a pumpkin that each individually carved, a homemade decorated trick-or-treat bag or a photo of last year's costume to show how much they've grown. If your children are dressed similarly, such as a sister witch with a brother wizard and the youngest in a black cat ensemble, include props such as cauldrons or smoke machines to make the picture more authentic. Another idea for a Halloween photo shoot every year with kids is to tell the story of how they get ready. For this, at least do a before snapshot, another halfway through the make-up and finally the finished product. Keep taking pictures throughout the night to create a scrapbook journal of the memories.
Get your family involved by doing a group picture. Do different themes every year, such as favourite super heroes, or dress everyone in the same colours. Other family costume ideas include dressing up as a family of the same animal, cavemen, a famous family or even royalty. Dad can be the king, mom can be the queen, the kids can be princesses and princes or knights and dragons. Pose accordingly with swords drawn or on makeshift thrones. If you have a balcony at your home, take pictures of the princess looking down at her knight. Get grandparents involved as wizards and fairy godmothers.
Other ideas for a Halloween photo shoot include those of the more adult nature. Throughout the year, make a list of your boyfriend or husband's fantasies. Buy, rent or make costumes that reflect those, from a sexy witch to a perky cheerleader. Have a friend come over and take pictures of you in each outfit. If your man is not into any character in particular, just take a few sensual photos of you in corsets and fishnet stockings. Compile them all in a binder to create a custom personal men's magazine just for him. Every year you can add to it, even on other holidays or special occasions, such as a sexy elf during Christmas or biker chick for his birthday.
Group of Ghouls
Ideas for a Halloween photo shoot that will include everyone in your family and friendship circle once again include choosing a theme every year. In September, have a vote to decide which one to use; that will give everyone time to find or make their own costumes. Go out on the town as a group and take pictures in front of your favourite haunts, whether it is a restaurant, park or pub. For example, have all the women dress like guys and all the guys dress like girls. Take pictures of them dancing together and at least one final snapshot of the group at the end of the night.
Real Ghost Pictures
Have some spooky fun with your Halloween photo shoot by creating some haunting pictures. Try out different light bulbs to turn the room an eerie green or a blood red. Have people stand so that just their shadows are in the picture, reflected off walls or furniture. To create a picture that looks like you captured an authentic spirit, the Kodak website says to "Set the exposure to 8 seconds" and then "have the subject remain in the shot for 5 seconds and then duck out." This makes it look like the person is fading away like a ghost. The site goes on to suggest playing around with the subject moving at different speeds during your Halloween photo shoot to get the visual effect of a moving ghost.
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