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Posted on Oct 21, 2014

How to Take Amazing Costume Photos of Your Kids

How to Take Amazing Costume Photos of Your Kids

The time for trick or treat is right around the corner! In last week’s trick or treat blog, we talked about the top safety tips that every family needs to know about to make the most out of the best holiday of the year.

Today, we’re talking about another treat or treat topic, thanks to our friend Rebecca over the Simple as That blog: how to take the best Halloween costume pictures ever! If you’re the proud parent of a pretty princess or a superhero-in-training, you want to be able to capture those memories in a special way that lasts forever.

All of Rebecca’s costume photos are totally amazing (and we’ll be sharing some of her work right here!), but you don’t need to be a pro photographer like her to get great pictures of your own, either. She’s come up with 7 easy photo-taking tips that anybody can use to make snapping shots a snap come October 31. These tricks are guaranteed to turn your pics into real treats!

Here are some of our favorites from her post:

Embellish with overlays and effects. Subtle filters or objects added into photos can make a huge difference – they can also help hide shortfalls of your camera’s quality. (We rock the smartphone camera, ourselves.) Here, she added a few snowflakes to her daughter’s Elsa costume:

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Rebecca also has tons of free retro Halloween photo overlays available her blog that add a ton of typographic flair to any photo. Try them out!

Don’t wait too long. This one’s more about the planning than the photo-taking itself. On the actual day of your community’s trick or treat, the kids are going to want to get going, so get photos out of the way a day or two early. Also, you’ll have plenty of time to get the perfect shots this way.

Mix things up. Don’t limit yourself to indoor photos against a plain white wall. (Trust us, we have plenty of those on our website.) Instead, let your child really get into character and strike some poses. Try taking the pictures from different angles, too, like Rebecca did with her ninja grandmaster here:


Here’s one last shot of all of Rebecca’s kids dressed up in their new favorite outfits:


Looking good! If you want to see even more of Rebecca’s costume photos, and learn more about creating your own, click here to get the whole story on her blog.

About Rebecca:

Mother of four and professional photographer Rebecca has been blogging at since 2005. During her residence in the Dutch Caribbean, she discovered the necessity of simplicity as an avenue for creativity. Today, the Simple as That Blog is a fusion of Rebecca’s DIY craft projects, scrapbooking, and photography that keeps her “keep things simple” philosophy at heart.

For more, check out Simple as That on Facebook and Instagram.

What did you think of Rebecca’s Halloween costume photos and photo-taking tips? What’s the best costume you’ve ever taken of your kids? If you liked this post and want to see more like it, then let us know! Follow us on Facebook and Twitter @BuyCostumes to share your thoughts and post your pictures, or shoot us a quick email. Be sure to check us out on Pinterest while you’re at it, because we’re always adding new boards filled with Halloween costume ideas.

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Costumes featured in this post:
Elsa costume, Anna costume, Ninja costume, Red Riding Hood costume


 All costume styling and photography in this post created by Rebecca of Simple as That.

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