It’s Halloween! Do you have your kids’ costumes ready? Me neither. But I am prepared to take great photos, thanks to my conversation with Rebecca Wyatt about capturing magic on Halloween. Rebecca Wyatt is a family photographer and mother of four. Over the years, she’s figured out how to make great photos while her kids enjoy Halloween.
On Halloween night, kids get in their costumes and the last thing they want to do is pose for a photo. They want to start the serious business of trick or treating. Rebecca says, don’t get in their way. Let them have fun. Instead, let them dress up a day or two before Halloween. They’re excited about their costume and will be happy to get into character. Take them outside in good light and get some portraits. You can even take them to a location – a firehouse for a fireman, or a cemetery for your ghost or skeleton.
When the night of Halloween comes, get a quick photo of your kids with their friends and them let them enjoy the night. Look for opportunities to capture their excitement. I sometimes get photos of neighbors reacting to my kids’ costumes. My kids also love proudly holding up their favorite candies.
We usually start trick or treating when it’s still light out, but before long it’s dark. Look for interesting lighting for your photos after dark. Rebecca suggests using flashlights and streetlights for interesting effects.
I love getting photos of the kids pouring out and sorting their candy. My kids spend some time trading candy and eating some before it’s time to brush their teeth and get to bed.
Rebecca Wyatt now has a breakout in the Click Photo School titled Real Life: Capturing Life’s Moments as Only You Can.
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6 thoughts to “The Family Photographer 30: Rebecca Wyatt – Capturing Magic on Halloween”
I do not need to be entered in the giveaway, because I already have Rebecca’s breakout – it’s absolutely fantastic, packed with information about techniques to best capture moments as they unfold, as well as a section that digs into the why behind our photographs. Can’t wait to listen to this conversation!
Loved this episode on one of my favorite holidays; Halloween! I love carrying on our family Halloween traditions to our grandchildren, and of course my favorite part is taking their photos in their costumes. I got some great tips for photos on Halloween night, as well as taking photos a few days before hand. I would love to win Rebecca’s breakout on Clickin Moms!
Cathy! I love this photo of you and the kids. Also – what great costumes.
I loved listening to this podcast…again! We didn’t dress our son up for Halloween this year (he is 10 months old), but we will next year, and I feel much more prepared to be able to capture images that we will cherish for years to come. I especially loved Jenny’s suggestion to capture our friends and neighbors reactions when they open the door and see all the cute little trick-or-treaters! Thank you Rebecca and Jenny! I would love to be entered in the drawing for Rebecca’s breakout session!
I remember dressing my oldest up for her first Halloween – as a giraffe of all things. She was the most un-giraffe like baby. This year, we just went into the costume box and got a costume out for little Norma.
Ah…I bet your daughter was the cutest giraffe ever!! One of the benefits of having a larger family…there is a costume box!!