Take Great Photos of Your Children’s Carved Pumpkins This Halloween

Take great photographs of your children's carved pumpkins this halloween

Happy Halloween everyone! This month’s photography tips for parents are all about taking great photos of your children’s pumpkin lanterns. After all the effort your kids have put into carving their spooky lanterns, these 4 quick tips should help you to take great photos of their creations…

1. Set the Scene

Think about how to style your photo to make it a little more interesting. Perhaps you’ll include your children in it with their Halloween Fancy Dress on, use some props or photograph multiple pumpkins together. If you’re struggling to come up with an idea Pinterest is always a good place to look – there are hundreds of ideas on there. You can find a few bits of inspiration here, here, here, and here.


2. Turn off the flash

One of the most important things that you’ll need to do when photographing the pumpkin is balancing the light – you’ll want it light enough to pick up the edges of the pumpkin, but you also need it to be dark enough to see the candlelight. The first step to achieving this is to turn off the flash – using flash will give you a very bright pumpkin, and you’ll lose the glow of the candlelight.


3. Don’t wait until it’s dark

The next step is to make sure you have a little bit of light so that your camera can pick up the outside edges of your pumpkin. If you wait until it’s dark your camera will struggle to do this and your photo will most likely come out quite blurry, and the edge of the pumpkin won’t be visible. A much better time is to take the photos in the early evening, just around sunset – that way there’s still enough light around to capture the edges of your pumpkin, but not too much that the candlelight isn’t visible. If you’ve missed sunset then just add in a little bit of light nearby – for example the porch light if you’re photographing on your doorstep, or a light close to the window if you’re out in the garden.


4. Use an extra candle

The brightest part of your photo should be the candlelight from inside the pumpkin. The trouble is that little tealights don’t give off that much light. Add another candle (or two or three) into your pumpkin just for the photos to make sure you capture a nice, bright light.


Over to you

I hope you find these tips useful for capturing great photos of your children’s Halloween lanterns. I’d love to hear how you get on – let me know in the comments below.

Find more photography tips for parents here.

Clare Murthy

Clare Murthy

I’m a newborn, baby and family photographer working with families from South West London and Surrey. I specialise in timeless, natural photography with no props or unnatural posing. I photograph babies at my studio, and families in beautiful outdoor locations. I'm based on the Surrey / London border, close to Hampton Court.
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