We are alone in the woods, and my daughter starts to scream, that's when I snap the perfect shot!


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Every September comes and as a photographer I take the obligatory back-to-school photos of my children...but as soon as that’s out of the way we start planning our Halloween shoot!

For me the Halloween shoot is all about play, it is letting my kids run wild with their imaginations and have fun. It is not about sitting straight and saying cheese. It is that photo-shoot where they get to let go of those expectations. Even though they are dressed up and pretending to be ghosts, zombies or some other creepy creature, it is in these photos that I see their real personality coming through.

When they look back on their childhood photos, that is what I want them to see...their childhood. Sometimes their back-to-school, neat and tidy, happy smiling faces, and sometimes care-free, and wild. My process encourages this, I never begin this shoot with a set idea of poses... basically we play dress up and I happen to bring my camera along to capture the magic as it unfolds.

The photo-shoots are my favorite part of Halloween! I'd like to know what Hakes Halloween special for you, what are your favorite Halloween memories, costumes, and traditions? I'd love to hear from all the trick-or-treating, jack-o-lantern carving, costume DIYers out there so please share with your Halloween obsessed friends!

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I Take My Kids Halloween To The Next Level With Eerie Photo Shoots

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Hope Floats 8 months ago

Oh dear lord..Now I know why I never walk through the forest after dark....

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Cat Lady 8 months ago

Sweet Jesus

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Hope Floats 8 months ago

This one is really eerie and just how I'd expect t a little-lost spirit to look.. It's sad and an emotional image..

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Victoria Jolley 8 months ago

HELP ME FOR HALLOWEEN!!!! MY PARENTS ARE COOL BUT CAN"T DO THAT!