I didn’t plan on making these fun Halloween photos before I took them, but that’s the best part about editing right?
I just tried to get some nice photos of my girls in their Halloween costumes this year… and it turned out to be quite a challenge!
Especially getting all three in the same picture? Forget about it!
My 1 year old refused to wear the hat for her costume, you know the one with the monkey face so you can tell what she actually is? Ya that hat. Some people guessed bear, or puppy, we had to tell everyone she was a monkey. On top of that she doesn’t like to look at me when I’m taking pictures and she doesn’t even like to stand still.
My 3 year old doesn’t enjoy having her picture taken much, and when I ask her to look at me she flashes her “cheese teeth” at me while looking with her eyes off to the side, because cameras are boring lol. She doesn’t take direction well and it’s a challenge to engage her and get genuine expressions.
On the flip side my five year old is a total ham and loves to show off her lovely smile when I pull out my camera. Despite the uncooperative little ones I did manage to get a few good photos, or at least one of each of them, that I’m happy with.
Normally I just include these Halloween pictures in the annual photo book. But this time I thought I would have a little fun and jazz them up a bit, knowing the girls would get a kick out of it. And I’m thinking of putting a book together of just their Halloween photos throughout the years for a fun keepsake.
So to add a little Halloween flare, I used the free photo editor PicMonkey which has a ton of free (and premium) Halloween photo effects.
I don’t have a premium account (not yet at least, but I’m tempted) so all of the effects I used were free. Also, you do it all online so you don’t have to install software or even create an account if you don’t want to. I highly recommend PicMonkey for this project, and I’m sure I’ll be using it again for more fun photo edits.
Here’s the original (marginally edited) photo of my witch:
And here’s the jazzed up version:
This is the original of my Dorothy:
And this is the edited one:
Here’s my (headless) monkey original:
And here’s the stylized version:
I’m really happy with how they turned out, especially considering that it was free, easy, quick and even fun to do. Just playing around with all the different options available was fun (is that weird?) I know I need to get out more lol.
I’m going to grab a photo album, print these babies out and start a Halloween-costume-only album. I might just have to go back and do the same jazz with all my old Halloween photos too!
What do you think, would you try adding some Halloween flare to your kid’s costume photos?
What do you usually do with your Halloween photos?
Are your kids as uncooperative as mine? (Please tell me it’s not just me! lol)