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Best Tips for Taking Halloween Photos of Kids

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Halloween photos are such a fun memory to have for my kids! Years ago when my son was young, I wanted to get fun pictures him in his costume- but it was completely dark and not one turned out. I've learned a few tips along the way and wanted to share the best tips for taking photos of kids in their costumes this Halloween!

Plan Ahead and take your photos before the 31st: This is my number one tip to get the best Halloween pictures of your kiddos in costume. The last thing you want is rushed photos that don't turn out in the dark. If you are like us, you have many Halloween events leading up to the big night.  Plan on taking pictures of your kiddos on one of those days. I have my camera fully charged and ready to go and the settings all ready as well.  Continues mode is a must.. so you can take multiple photos with out them being blurry (kids move so quickly!).

Location, Location, Location: Find a setting to fit your costume. Obviously we couldn't find a castle near by for Cinderella, but our nearby college campus had gorgeous buildings and gardens. They played a major part in our pictures. Cinderella on the stairs and running away- like in the story, just made her costume really come to life. Fireman at the Fire Station, Elsa at a ice rink, find places that really their character really would be! Black and white photos add a dramatic effect to your photo as well. Get Creative!

It's in the details: Snow White with an Apple & red bow, Cinderella with her pumpkin and gloves. Crowns, masks- I really love the little details that costumes can have. Zoom in and take pictures of those little details! 

Have Fun: I really love to just have candid pictures of my kiddos Let kids be kids! Halloween is such a fun time and they will have so many memories of these years. Involve them and ask them what they want in their pictures too! I adore this photo of my daughter laughing with her brother, I mean, who would have thought a princess and storm trooper would be friends? (Tip: look for locations for pictures in your area- I saw these pretty orange flowers on the side of the road and pulled over to get these pictures in front of it!)

Hope these tips will help you! This year my kids have chosen a superhero theme- Batman & Batgirl. We will be taking photos for this year later this week and I look forward to it every year! :)

Check out these other Halloween Posts:

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LDS Baptism Photo Ideas

My son, Ethan, turned 8 last month and was baptized and w e loved having pictures taken before his special day! A Utah Baptism Photographer that I recommend is Ginger Snaps Photography. She was amazing to work with and had some great ideas to capture this special time in his life.

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It truly is a great to be 8! My Ethan is so funny but to capture him in photos can be hard (I think he is just tired of all the pictures I take of him, haha). We went to the Ogden Utah Temple and Ginger was wonderful. She has such an eye for photography.  Ginger was able to get some great photos of him and even show a little serious side of him, too.

Here are some of our favorite pictures from the day:

Love this last one of him jumping! I just loved this idea of having pictures before they are baptized. It was fun to have a session just for him. We brought a few props along with us, here are some great ides:

Ginger was kind enough to snap a few pictures of both the kids together and I love them.  These ages are so fun! 

I can't believe how much my children are growing and we are finally at this age of Ethan's baptism. Such an important step in our life.  It has blown my mind how fast they are growing up- I know that's cliche but it's the truth! 

I made some announcements for his day to give to family and friends:
You can find more info about the announcements here.

If you are in the Salt Lake area, I hope you check out Ginger Snaps Photography on her website as well as on FB and Instagram

Hooray! First Day of School Printable Sign

School started this week and we are a little sad summer is ending so soon! I'm always looking forward to fall and the start of school and getting back into our routine. We start in August here in Utah and I'm still getting used to it! Growing up in Washington, we didn't start school until after Labor Day. But I do love being out of school for the month of May so it has its advantages :)

I made these cute first day of school printable signs and wanted to share them :)

I made two versions.. one that you can just fill in the grade they are in and another to write in what grade. The second version works better for kids in preschool or pre-k.

Get this first day of school printable sign here

Get the 2nd printable here.

Amazon Home Decor & Kitchen Deals

Amazon Home Decor Deals! 

1 // 2 // 3 // 4 // 5 (3 colors to choose from) // 6 // 7 // 8 // 9 // 10 ($4.99!)

Ever since we moved to Utah and into a bigger house, home decor shopping has been my favorite thing. We didn't have many home decor shops near us in Idaho, so being in Utah I have loved window shopping and finding great deals. And suprinsly I have found so many great deals on Amazon.com.

Do you love Amazon as much as I do? I use it for buying anything from home decor to kids toys to movies.  Amazon Prime Day is today, July 12th and  These are some of the best decor items I could find and some that I totally love! I like to put things in my cart so I can find them easier. There is only a select amount for all prime day items so if you think you really want it- buy it before it's gone!

I love for my Dirt Devil bagless vacuum. I use it almost daily and even my kids will help vacuum more! haha. I call it my 3rd child because I love it so. :)

Storing my makeup in these clear plastic vanity containers is the best thing I ever did. I can find all my makeup easier and why hide it all in a drawer?! These containers are sturdy and I have 2 to store all my makeup, lotions, etc.

A pressure cooker is on my wishlist and this is such a great price!

Happy Shopping!

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25 Free Disney Printables

I love printables and Disney :)  My Free Disney Printables Board on Pinterest has great printable ideas I have found around the web! Disney printables for parties, your home, school or just for fun! I wanted to share some of my favorites:

Kids Printable Disney Activity Book

Walt Disney Quote Free Printable | Dixie Delights


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