To say I had fun with these Halloween Lifestyle Portraits this year would be a vast understatement! I just could not get enough Halloween!! First of all, I loved each of the characters my kids chose and tried to make each child feel special in their different roles.
Let’s start off with Newt Scamander. Jake looks just like the Eddie Redmayne right?? We purposefully did not cut his hair in the months leading up to these Halloween Lifestyle Portraits so that it would be perfect. I did quite a bit of freelensing with all the kids images and I think it really adds to the dreamy quality. Freelensing makes it feel make believe. Jake was so into this character and has watch “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them” several times. He has studied how Newt walks and talks, how he doesn’t really make eye contact, and he used all of this throughout our shoot. Actually all these images are undirected! After the fact I got the idea to Photoshop in some of the fantastic beasts and I have to say it was so awesome. I love the way it turned out! Also in case you didn’t know this about me and my family we are huge on all things fantasy : Harry Potter, Star Wars, Percy Jackson…sign us up for all of it.
Did I leave a major fantasy trilogy off that list? Obviously! Lord of the Rings! Next up was Gandalf and oh how I love this old soul finally dressed up to his age. Okay, maybe he isn’t that much of an old soul. Evan was also totally in character. All my children have beautiful eyes, but Evan’s are the deepest color I think. He had a great idea to add Gollum into one of his images and I was happy to oblige.
Kate was darling Belle, Beauty and the Beast the live people version came out this year. She insisted that she carry this book as the only way to complete her costume. Because “Belle loves to read and is super smart.” It was kinda my favorite thing she ever came up with. She refused to twirl! What can I say except this girl has her own mind for sure. Probably all that reading she likes to do…
Adam has decided he is too old to dress up for Halloween. But we had a completely separate day in the week before Halloween where I painted the kids faces. I have never taken the time to really do that before and it was SO much fun! Adam also got completely into character with the face paint. He is in drama club here and I think really enjoys acting. It should be fun to see where it takes him!
We lit a fire that night and played with smoke and flames and all sorts of creepy light. This created build up to the actual event. Don’t you feel the build up is the best part anyway? I am so grateful I took the time this year to have such a fun Halloween extravaganza, and most of all am so grateful for these four muses I call kids.