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5 Tips for Capturing Photos of Your Child in Their Halloween Costume

Halloween is right around the corner. It will be here sooner than you know it, so #HipNJ has found some simple tips for capturing the perfect photo of your child in their Halloween costume, courtesy of Stacy Mae Photography.

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!

We hope these can help you when you’re having your annual Halloween photoshoot with your kids this year!

National Selfie Day

By: Andrea Fasciano

Say Cheese! Today is National Selfie Day! In honor of #SelfieDay, take a look at some of these famous #NJ celebrities and their selfies!

1. Tara Reid, Wyckoff

Bye bye Coachella! I will miss you! See you next year!?????❤️????

A photo posted by Tara Reid (@tarareid) on

2. Bruce Springsteen, Long Branch

#Repost from @officialrumbledoll ・・・ #SNL #rehersals. @nbcsnl

A photo posted by Bruce Springsteen (@springsteen) on

3. Shaquille O’Neal, Newark

What up boy boy

A photo posted by DR. SHAQUILLE O'NEAL Ed.D. (@shaq) on

4. Queen Latifah, Newark

Thank you for all of the birthday well wishes you really know how to make gal feel good! ❤️❤️

A photo posted by Queen Latifah (@queenlatifah) on

5. Vera Farmiga, Clifton


A photo posted by VERA FARMIGA (@verafarmigaofficial) on

6. Laura Prepon, Watchung

Current obsession @erinfetherston clutch. ????????

A photo posted by Laura Prepon (@lauraprepon) on

7. Meryl Streep, Summit

With Margo Martindale

A photo posted by Meryl Streep (@merylstreep) on

8. Christina Milian, Jersey City

Side Pony & Glow ✨✨✨ #FoxUpfronts

A photo posted by Christina Milian (@christinamilian) on

9. Kelly Ripa, Stratford

In a galaxy NOT so far away…………. #afteroscars

A photo posted by Kelly Ripa (@kellyripa) on

10. Kevin Jonas, Teaneck

Thank you @anthonymichaelfitfood and. @anthonymichaelfit for feeding me ????

A photo posted by Kevin Jonas (@kevinjonas) on

Spotlight On: VeroLuce Photography

Veronica Yankowski is an international award-winning photographer who knows how to tell a story in a single frame. In 2005, she left the newspaper industry after 11 years and applied her dramatic documentary style to portraiture, which opened new creative possibilities for her work. She named her company VeroLuce Photography. “Vero” –a play on her name –is the Latin word for truth, as is “Luce” for light. She photographs her subjects in the best light possible, all the while capturing their true personality and creating portraits that are often described as “soulful.”

Based in Bloomfield,  Veronica travels to the location of her client’s choice and offers unobtrusive photography for families, children, milestone events and destination weddings. A number of clients have also crossed the globe to be photographed by her. On the strength of word-of mouth, she became known for her maternity photographs, which are a celebration of the female body in transformation. Veronica noticed that in baring their bodies, the women turned their vulnerability into empowerment and this experience ultimately inspired her to create Boudoir by VeroLuce Photography, a division of her business, which focuses on helping women to really bring out their inner beauty and sexiness.

VeroLuce Photography won the 2014 and 2015 ISES Gala Award for “Best Event Photography,” and currently has a 5 star rating on Yelp!

Check out some summer shots below, and head over to VeroLuce Photography’s website to learn more.