This little man was all smiles from the moment we met at Loantaka Brooke Reservation in Morristown. This one of my favorite places to shoot lately and I love this path towards the back of the park.

Photographing a family with an energetic toddler can be a lot of fun. One of my favorite go to poses is the child sitting up on dad’s shoulders. It’s a great way to keep them from running around and they love being up so high. Plus, it’s cute to have mom get up on her tippy toes to give her little one a kiss. Here are a few of my favorite shots from their session.

Family of Three. Family posing ideas. Fun family poses.

Family of Three. Family posing ideas. Fun family poses.Family of Three. Family posing ideas. Fun family poses.Family of Three. Family posing ideas. Fun family poses.Family of Three. Family posing ideas. Fun family poses.

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Once the kids are back in school, it seems like Halloween is right around the corner. The stores are stocked with cute costumes and the kids can’t wait to go trick or treating! I don’t blame them really. Chocolate is my weakness! This is the perfect time of year to snap some Halloween photos of your adorable pirates and princesses. I’ve put together 5 super simple tips for capturing photos of your child in their Halloween costume. I may or may not have bribed my 9 year old with candy to help me with this blog post. Don’t tell my husband:)

10 Tips for Capturing Photos of your Child in their Halloween Costume

1. Don’t wait until Halloween. This one will save you lots of stress, I promise. Don’t wait until right before you go trick or treating to try and snap Halloween photos. Your kids all dressed up and ready to go. If you ask them to stop and pose, you’re setting yourself up for disaster. Instead, take them out a few days before and make it fun! Have them get into character and they’ll love it!

10 Tips for Capturing Photos of your Child in their Halloween Costume. www.stacymaephotography.com

2. Think about light. Light is the most important element in photography. It can make or break a photo. The best time of day to shoot is either early in the morning or late in the afternoon about 2 hours before sunset. The sun is low in the sky so you won’t have to worry about ugly shadows like you would if you took pictures in the harsh midday sun. I love the look of natural light and clouds can actually be a good thing. We shot these pictures on a cloudy day and the light was nice and even. I didn’t have to worry about where to place my daughter. If you have to shoot indoors, get your child close to a big window and open the blinds. You need to let in as much light as possible.

10 Tips for Capturing Photos of your Child in their Halloween Costume. www.stacymaephotography.com

3. Choose a location that is clutter free. Whether you’re shooting indoors or out, you want to make the costume the star of the show, not the mess in the background. I chose the top of a parking garage at an office building nearby. It was a weekend so it was empty (safety first!) and I felt like it fit with her superhero costume. The color of her costume pops and the focus is definitely my little Wonder Woman! If you need to shoot in your home, clear the room and get rid of anything. Your front door is a great option if you don’t want to stray too far from home. Just keep in mind the lighting tips we talked about above. You want to make sure your front door or porch is shaded.

10 Tips for Capturing Photos of your Child in their Halloween Costume. www.stacymaephotography.com

4. Get in close. There are usually a lot of fun accessories with a Halloween costume. Don’t forget to capture them! Get in nice and close and grab some detail shots. I love the headband from my daughter’s costume. So cute! And don’t be afraid to try some interesting compositions. Shoot close, far away, from above, from below. Be creative!

 

10 Tips for Capturing Photos of your Child in their Halloween Costume. www.stacymaephotography.com

5. Include a few props. As long as it makes sense for the costume. Is your child dressing up as Snow White? How about including a basket of apples! Do you have a Star Wars fan? I bet your child would love showing off his/her lightsaber moves. For my daughter’s Halloween photos, we included our dog Lady, because she has a similar costume. Two super cute superheroes! One quick tip of you’re going to attempt including your pet in Halloween photos with your child – get help!! My husband was with us making sure Lady stayed in position. She got a lot of treats that day!

10 Tips for Capturing Photos of your Child in their Halloween Costume. www.stacymaephotography.com

If you’re feeling a little ambitious you could try taking a few short video clips and making a slideshow. It doesn’t have to be anything fancy. You could use your iPhone! Just another fun way to capture Halloween!

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Over the summer, my friend Natasha and I took our kids to a skate park in Mahwah, NJ for a fun skate park mini session. Natasha is also a photographer and we both love finding cool new spots for photos. When she told me about the skate park I was so excited to photograph our kids there. I knew my youngest, Jaime would be game too because she loves being outside and trying new things. We talked about making it like an editorial type shoot and brought along some props to help keep the kids engaged. It was so much fun!

Summer Skate Park mini session by Stacy Mae Photography. Editorial inspired shoot. Urban skate session with kids.

Summer Skate Park mini session by Stacy Mae Photography. Editorial inspired shoot. Urban skate session with kids.

Summer Skate Park mini session by Stacy Mae Photography. Editorial inspired shoot. Urban skate session with kids.

Summer Skate Park mini session by Stacy Mae Photography. Editorial inspired shoot. Urban skate session with kids.Summer Skate Park mini session by Stacy Mae Photography. Editorial inspired shoot. Urban skate session with kids.Summer Skate Park mini session by Stacy Mae Photography. Editorial inspired shoot. Urban skate session with kids.Summer Skate Park mini session by Stacy Mae Photography. Editorial inspired shoot. Urban skate session with kids.

Summer Skate Park mini session by Stacy Mae Photography. Editorial inspired shoot. Urban skate session with kids.Summer Skate Park mini session by Stacy Mae Photography. Editorial inspired shoot. Urban skate session with kids.Summer Skate Park mini session by Stacy Mae Photography. Editorial inspired shoot. Urban skate session with kids.Summer Skate Park mini session by Stacy Mae Photography. Editorial inspired shoot. Urban skate session with kids.Summer Skate Park mini session by Stacy Mae Photography. Editorial inspired shoot. Urban skate session with kids.Summer Skate Park mini session by Stacy Mae Photography. Editorial inspired shoot. Urban skate session with kids.Summer Skate Park mini session by Stacy Mae Photography. Editorial inspired shoot. Urban skate session with kids.Summer Skate Park mini session by Stacy Mae Photography. Editorial inspired shoot. Urban skate session with kids.Summer Skate Park mini session by Stacy Mae Photography. Editorial inspired shoot. Urban skate session with kids.Summer Skate Park mini session by Stacy Mae Photography. Editorial inspired shoot. Urban skate session with kids.

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These are not your typical Halloween mini sessions. I LOVE Halloween and I want to throw a party! Won’t you join me for the 4th Annual Stacy Mae Spooktacular? We took a little break, but now we’re back in action with a great location and super fun games and contests. The party will take place on October 22 at Loantaka Brooke Reservation in Morristown from 9:30 until 12:00. Bring your child dressed in their costume for photos. Pets are welcome too! Registration is $40 and includes one digital file as well as a goody bag full of treats (no tricks!) for your child. After the party, all of the images will be posted to Facebook for a Halloween Costume contest. The winner will receive their image as a framed print! Tell your family, tell your friends! I hope to see you there!

REGISTER HERE!

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I’m sure I’ve mentioned this in the past, but mommy and me sessions are my absolute favorite! If I could gift every single mom in this world photos with their children I would. Us moms are always the ones behind the camera and it’s important to me that we get in front of the camera every now and then. As a photographer, it’s so amazing to be able to capture the love between a mother and a child. To see the way a mom looks at her child. It’s pure joy and unconditional love. There’s nothing like it in the world. And to have it frozen in time in a photograph. It’s a gift. As a mom though, to be able to SEE that love – in a picture – is priceless. These two ladies are the perfect example of why I love mommy and me sessions. They had fun! They laughed. They danced. They enjoyed each other’s company. So it wasn’t a boring photo shoot. There was no complaining (except about the heat!). In fact, it could have just been a walk in the park with old friends and I just happened to have my camera. So effortless! And that beautiful golden light. To die for!

Mommy and me session. Mother and daughter pose ideas. Sunset. Backlit. www.stacymaephotography.com

Mommy and me session. Mother and daughter pose ideas. Sunset. Backlit. www.stacymaephotography.com

Mommy and me session. Mother and daughter pose ideas. Sunset. Backlit. www.stacymaephotography.comMommy and me session. Mother and daughter pose ideas. Sunset. Backlit. www.stacymaephotography.comMommy and me session. Mother and daughter pose ideas. Sunset. Backlit. www.stacymaephotography.com

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