5 Tips for Magical Halloween Photos

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5 Tips for Magical Halloween Photos

I’m going to be honest here. Before kids I was NOT a Halloween fan. I don’t like things jumping out at me, scary movies, or the massive amounts of candy temptation. However, I had my son and realized it is so much more fun with kids. I mean, kids in costumes?! It doesn’t get much cuter than that.

But while they are so cute in costume it may feel overwhelming trying to capture them on Halloween. That’s why I’ve put together these 5 tips for magical Halloween Photos to help you better photograph your kids this Halloween!

Take your photos before Halloween.

Let’s be real, the last things kids might want to do is pose for photos, especially when there is candy to be collected. Take some pressure off and take photos before Halloween. Kids love to dress up in their costumes and will love the opportunity to wear them early. Plus, it often rains on Halloween around here, so I pick a day when the sun is out (or it’s at least dry) and do photos then. It’s a win-win.

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Set the scene.

The location for your photos can really make a photo stand out. I have three favorite types of locations to do Halloween photos.

  1. Just inside the garage with the door open. I let the light shine on my kids while the background goes black and the focus can be just on their costume.

  2. Pick a spot that goes with their costume. One year my kids were a UPS delivery guy and a mailman. So I gave them some packages and set them up in front of the house like they were delivering packages.

  3. Take advantages of the colors of fall for your backdrop. One year I set the kids up where there was this gorgeous tree that had dropped tons of leaves. I loved the images as they had two of my favorite things - kids in costume and beautiful orange leaves.

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Let them be silly (or serious, or scary).

When you get your kids into the character they are playing they forget they are taking photos and just have fun. If they are a lion ask them to roar as loudly as they can. If they are a princess, have them twirl. Or ask them what their character says or does.

Capture the details.

Does their costume come with a lightsaber or a fairy wand? Those details are worth photographing. Get up close and focus on the way their hands hold onto their costume accessories. Other favorite details are the way they walk in the costume (my son as Eeyore was ADORABLE to watch him walk), or the way they kept eating their props (Sawyer was Snow White and kept eating her red apple).

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Get in on the fun!

I don’t know how long my kids will be up for family themed costumes, but as long as they do, I’m going to get in on the fun and dress up with them too. One year we all went as characters from Star Wars so I handed the camera off for a friend (the amazing Megann Robinson) to snap a photo of all of us together. The kids still love to see where mom and dad were Han Solo and Princess Leia!

Get out there, and I can’t wait too see what you capture. Share it and tag #nlp_shootandshare for a chance to be featured in my stories!

 Image by Megann Robinson.

Image by Megann Robinson.

Here are a few more Halloween photos to help inspire you!

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A Laid-Back Newborn Photo Session | Snoqualmie Newborn Photographer

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A Laid-Back Newborn Photo Session | Snoqualmie Newborn Photographer

When I walked into this family’s home, I immediately was transported back to the first week’s with my first born child. From that look of love and adoration towards their sweet new baby to the jokes about who’s turn it was to change the 100th diaper that morning. As I swaddled their baby girl, they watched closely as who has any idea how to swaddle before kids? I remember watching the nurses the exact same way!

The session felt like I was just chatting with friends as they snuggled their baby girl, just a relaxed morning at home for them. We took breaks for feedings and coffee, we moved around the house a little capturing the nursery and the “big bed”. And all along the way, their two pups and kitty were always close by, making sure I knew they were apart of the family too. (Take note of the dogs in several of the images below. They cracked me up, not wanting to leave baby sister’s side!).

I left feeling so full - both from this family being so welcoming, and creatively from the amazing gallery I knew we created together.

So here I share just a “few” favorites. Okay, major overshare, but there were too many favorites that I had to include here. So grab a cup of coffee (or tea) and enjoy this gorgeous baby girl and her sweet family.

It this sounds like the newborn photography experience you’re looking for, contact me and let’s chat.

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Favorite Locations for Fall Family Photos around Seattle | Snoqualmie Family Photographer

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Favorite Locations for Fall Family Photos around Seattle | Snoqualmie Family Photographer

Fall in the Pacific Northwest is perfect for family photos. The colors of fall, the mild weather, not to mention the need for updated photos for holiday cards makes it a favorite time of year for so many families. 

When I'm scouting for locations, I keep several factors in mind. I want a location that shows off the beauty of the area, has beautiful light, and allows for something fun for the family to do (like skip rocks, explore a trail, dance in a field, etc.). How busy a location is at a given time is also important. We don't want to have to be avoiding people or worrying about distractions in our background. With all of those things in mind, I have come up with my top favorite locations for fall family photos!

Lincoln Park - Seattle

Honestly, Lincoln Park is about an hour drive for me to get to. However, it is so worth it. This park has so much to offer and works so well with the flow of my sessions. We start in the upper part of the park taking advantage of the gorgeous trees, and end right at the water's edge, watching the ferry's and tossing rocks into Puget Sound.

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Tolt McDonald Park - Carnation

Although this park doesn't quite allow for that amazing, low sunlight we all love (the park is tucked behind a hillside), the fall colors and variety more than make up for it. Tolt McDonald Park is not only on the river, but has a suspension bridge that serves as a favorite spot for families.

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Rattlesnake Lake - North Bend

You might recognize Rattlesnake Lake from my Favorite Summer Spots post. However, it is still a fall favorite. From pretty leaves on the trail to the gorgeous lake, there is so much to love here.

Tanner Landing Park - North Bend

This is my secret park (okay it's not so secret anymore), and probably my favorite spot in the Snoqualmie Valley. It can be tricky to find (not on Google Maps) but it is so worth the visit. Tanner Landing Park not only has a big open field with a mountain view, it has stunning trails and runs along the river, giving plenty of variety for one session. 

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Gold Creek Pond - Snoqualmie Pass

A family introduced me to this gem during their maternity photo session. It was love at first sight. While you cannot actually get into the pond to splash around, the trail, serene water, and mountain views make it an ideal family photo spot. 

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Fall City Community Park - Fall City

This is one of those parks that you have to just trust me that it's a gorgeous family photo spot. If you were to drive by or pull up, you may not see it. But it is so beautiful here, especially in the fall. There is plenty of room for kids to run, beautiful fall color, and access to the river. We can also drive 2 minutes for a second spot right on the river. 

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Those are just six of my favorite locations for fall family photos around Seattle.  Does one speak to you for your family photos this fall? Contact me to get started planning your family photo session.

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Maternity Photos in the Mountains | Snoqualmie Pass Maternity Photographer

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Maternity Photos in the Mountains | Snoqualmie Pass Maternity Photographer

Most of my sessions are booked by moms. So, when this father contacted me, I was not only surprised, I was so excited for my session to come. He had a 3-year old son and a baby girl on the way and wanted it documented every step of the way. He sent me the sweetest (like, made me tear up) video he had put together for his wife for Mother's day, just so I could get to know his family a little bit before even meeting them. Then as we began to discuss locations, he mentioned two favorite places, Tanner Landing Park (a favorite spot of mine) and Gold Creek Pond. When he heard I had never been to Gold Creek Pond, he insisted we go there because I had to see this gem of a spot just 30 minutes away. 

The location and the family didn't disappoint. We met on a gorgeous summer evening and made magical photos together. My heart soared afterwards from excitement. The beautiful light, the stunning mountains, and the love and anticipation for their baby girl made their maternity photo session one to remember. 

Want to head to the mountains for your family or maternity shoot? Contact me and we can chat about Gold Creek Pond for your family!

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