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Wednesday, October 12, 2011

{photography with lei} holiday photos: fall & halloween

Hey friends!  Remember me?    Ha - it's been a while!  And I have missed talking shop with you all.  Hope you've been practicing, because we are going to dive into how to get some fun holiday photos!  Halloween is first on the list, so let's get the creative juices flowing for how to capture your kiddos in their cute costumes and other fun fall activites.

I love this time of year... the colors outside are warm and rich.  Nature has so much to offer in the way of great Fall pictures!  One of my favorite things to do is to take my kids to a pumpkin patch.  You can get some really, really fun photos of your kids in pumpkin patches.  But you can also get away from the crowd and create your own little pumpkin scene.

I took these pictures a couple years ago, just as I was starting to really get serious about my photography.  I brought a few different pumpkins to an old abandoned barn near my house and had a little photo session with my two youngest kids.  Easy going and fun for us all... and I love how the pictures turned out!  Kids really do so much better in pictures when they have fun props, or something to DO rather than just stand there and smile!

I'm not a big fan of carving pumpkins.  I know - bah humbug.  But I will let my kids do just about anything else to their pumpkins.  And this year we painted them with our cousins.  Painting always yields some great, colorful photos of kids.

{I love to capture them in their happy little creative worlds.}

See how fun those are?  Easy, no pressure photos of kids being kids!  With a holiday touch. :)

Lastly, how about capturing them in their Halloween costumes?  Halloween night at our house is a bit frantic usually.  We're trying to get everyone dressed and ready whilst the early birds are already ringing the doorbell for candy.  There is usually something going on with the neighbors also and I can't tell you how many years taking pictures was an afterthought.  Ugh.  So - either forget until it's dark and then try and get an albeit crappy shot with flash... or plan ahead when you're not rushed and you've got great light.  

{Also try to get your kids in action... playing the "role" of their costume usually yields some cute photos, too. }

 Those last 2 photos were taken at a church activity and I'll never forget how my daughter stopped mid-spin to pose for me. Not perfectly posed at all - but so cute and genuine.

Now get out there and enjoy the beautiful fall weather and colors and snap some pictures!  Feel free to share them with me or ask questions.  I'm happy to answer them and/or give you some constructive criticism!!!  You may even get featured here in one of my posts on BPP!!!

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Blogger The Miller Five said...

Beautiful pictures! Your kids are absolutely adorable. I LOVE the peacock pose...heart meltingly cute!

October 12, 2011 at 8:44 AM  
Blogger Lindsay(PACountryCrafts) said...

Beautiful pics! I am trying to take my kids' pictures. The ones on my wall are so old that my 3yo was a baby didn't have any hair yet!

October 12, 2011 at 9:07 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Very beautiful!

October 12, 2011 at 11:00 AM  
Blogger Swimmingmom said...

Very cool Lei! I love the one with your daughter and the pumpkins. Cute.

October 12, 2011 at 10:22 PM  
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October 15, 2011 at 4:41 PM  
Blogger Kris said...

Great pictures! I am so glad that you posted those of your kids in costumes, b/c your daughter's was an inspiration for my 6yo's costume! It is totally her personality, and she went for it after many other ideas were shot down. I hope you'll look at my interpretation of the costume on my blog, Faeries in My House. :)

October 15, 2011 at 4:55 PM  

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