Making Halloween Portraits

One of my favorite tips this time of year is to ask subjects to bring their Halloween costumes to a shoot. As adults they don’t get a chance to wear them more than just once and lets you create the kind of images that are fun to make. And when they’re dressed up, the subject seems to get more involved in the session. In addition to getting a chance to create some great images that you can add to your portfolio, you also get to add another potential sale from the session. It’s a win-win situation.

Halloween Butterfly

Mary Farace photographed this “butterfly” at an outdoor shoot in Northern Colorado. This is one of ten different shots and three different poses she made during the session. Using the hay bales gave the subject something to interact with and create a diagonal line showing off her costume to good effect as well as giving Mary a chance to make a horizontal portrait.

The nexthalloween Halloween costume works great with this particular subject and I like the pose of having her lean on a cobweb-filled fence in a friend’s back yard.

To give it a Morticia Addams look, I though the portrait needed to be black and white but although shot in color, I used Silver Efex Pro plug-in to tweak the image as seen here.  The Glamour Glow filter from Color Efex Pro was also used. Since both plug-ins are free, you should download a set and put’em to work, Halloween or not.

If you don’t like it in black and white, got back to the color original.

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Author: Joe Farace

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