Last week we took the kids pumpkin picking. I've been so caught up in planning and other day to day stuff that I realised I've hardly taken any photographs of my own recently. We were all so excited about our day out that I decided this was a day for lots of photographs!
To celebrate Halloween, I thought I would put the photographs of our day to extra good use and put together a blog with a few tips to help you get the most out of photographing the kids this spooky season.
Skip the cheese.
I'll admit, sometimes I love a good 'cheeeeeeese' face, but those natural smile shots are just magical. When people laugh they smile with their eyes and this will really stand out in your photographs.
If your child(ren) are anything like mine, as soon as they see a camera they either turn into a supermodel or cover their face and run away. This is where action shots (as I like to call them) come in handy. Taking a few candid snaps when they are busy not only allows you to photograph them without pulling your hair out, but it also means you can really capture the essence of the celebration.
Don't just photograph the kids.
Whether its just one, or a group of photographs together they all tell a story. Documentary has got to be one of my favourite genres of photography. When we take photos we are all documenting our own lives, so that in the future our children can look back at the fun times we had with them with a big smile.
From costumes to cobwebs, make sure you capture everything.
Get down to their level.
I will be posting another blog soon that talks about composition a bit more in detail, but I thought I would add this one in now and talk about it briefly. I'll admit, this is something I do myself when I am taking photographs with my phone, taking snaps of the kids from my height.
When you get down to their level to take a photograph you see the world from a totally different view point, their view point! Try kneeling down a little further away when you take the photograph so you capture whats around them too, I think you'll like the results!
Huji App (iPhone).
My brother introduced me to this app about 6 months ago. At first I did pooh-pooh it if I'm being honest, but after a bit of experimenting I realised it is quite a cool app that can produce some great effects (sorry Mike!)
When you take a photograph the app adds a filter that gives it a late 90's disposable camera look. It also adds random light leaks onto some photographs, although the light leaks only appear randomly when the photographs are taken in daylight.
Try taking some of the kids in their costumes and see if you get some spooky effects! (Photos below were taken on my phone using the Huji app).
Above anything else photography should be fun, so when capturing these special moments make sure you do have fun!
Well, thats it from me for now. I hope you have a wonderful Halloween with lots pumpkins, trick-or-treating and other spooky goings on!