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8 Simple Halloween Photo Tips for Great Pictures of Your Kids in Costume

If 9 days until Halloween sounds scary to you, fear not! is here with some simple Halloween photo tips to help you capture creative shots of your kids in their Halloween costumes this year.

1. Don’t wait until October 31st!

Halloween day can be busy with last minute preparations, so think about taking some time this weekend or after school one day to let your kids try on their costumes a little early. This is also a good idea to make sure all parts of their costumes are in order before they head out for Trick-or-Treating. Photographing during the mid-late morning hours when the lighting is crisp is ideal, but late afternoon or early evening when the glowing sun starts to get low in the sky can also be a fun time to capture the essence of fall. Whenever you decide to snap your Halloween photos, be sure to take your most important shots first, like the portraits and group photos.

2. Explore different settings

Autumn Foliage










Set up a festive photo area in the back yard, or take some shots around the neighborhood if you’re pressed for time. Make use of the traditional Halloween décor you already own (cobwebs, pumpkins, hay bales, cornstalks, etc.) as background or props to accent your shoot. If you have a couple of hours to spare, head out to a local park or nature preserve to capture the colors of changing autumn foliage for a backdrop. If you’re willing to deal with the crowds, you can even take your kids to visit a pumpkin patch or apple orchard in their costumes for some ready-made fall scenery.

3. Capture the little details, as well as the big picture

 This is especially rewarding if your child is sporting a home-made costume this year. Don’t forget to zoom in on the details of their costume garments, face makeup, and accessories. Ask your child what their favorite part of their costume is, too so you can highlight that in your photos.

4. Use pumpkins as props

Baby with Pumpkin










Lit or unlit, carved or whole, pumpkins can be used in countless ways to accent your Halloween photos. If your child is an infant, carve a larger pumpkin out completely and cut holes large enough for your baby’s legs to stick through. Place your child inside the pumpkin and capture the moment. For photos of your glowing Jack-o-lanterns, hit the lights, turn off the flash, and set your camera on a stable surface to avoid blur. Make use of the self timer on your camera for the most stable effect. Substitute a flashlight or LED for your light source inside the pumpkin to achieve a more even glow.

5. Try different angles

Elevate yourself and get a bird’s eye view of your kids acting out their characters in costume for a creative Halloween photo. Get down low and get on their level, too. Capture the world from their perspective by lying or squatting on the ground as they approach you in costume.

6. Get some action shots 

Halloween Action Shot









Ask your child to get in character, and strike a pose that fits their costume. Take some photos of the kids interacting with one another if they are trick-or-treating with a group of friends. Make sure to get some shots of them going both up to and from the door. Capture their smiles and excitement as they reach into their candy buckets to measure their loot. If it comes naturally, take the opportunity to photograph your child as they hold hands with a sibling, or with mom and dad while walking down the sidewalk. For more ideas of great actions shots, visit our Halloween ideas board on Pinterest.

7. Set up a DIY photo studio in the garage

If the weather doesn’t cooperate for your outdoor Halloween photo shoot, you can always set up a simple makeshift photo studio in the garage. You’ll be able to make use of the soft, natural light that floods in from outside. Open your garage door on a sunny day, and find a spot in the garage toward the middle or back that is not too bright, but also not too dark. Hang your fabric backdrop of choice from your garage shelving (make sure to get all of the wrinkles out first) so that some of the fabric lays on the ground for your child to stand on. Use a sheet of black stretch velvet fabric, a heavy weight blanket, or fleece fabric for the ideal backdrop.

8. Frame your prints with Halloween themed photo cards

Halloween Photo Frames

When you’re all finished and have selected your favorite Halloween shots, you can use Halloween themed photo folders or photo insert cards from Studio Style to display and share your Halloween memories! Available in several spook-tacular stock designs, our photo cards and frames also come with optional personalization and custom imprinting.


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Studio Style Customer Spotlight: Edward C. Robison III is excited to announce our new monthly customer spotlight! If you are a Studio Style customer and would like to apply for a feature on our blog and social media, please complete the form at the bottom of this post.

Edward C. Robison III

Edward C. Robison IIIThis month, we are excited to introduce Edward C. Robison III, a nature photographer based out of Eureka Springs, Arkansas. Edward began his artistic quest as painter. When he found himself drawn towards photography, he brought a painterly vision for color, composition, and scope to his photographic palette. From stark boulder fields to lush waterfalls, Edward’s photographs reflect his deep love of nature and his keen eye, as well as an underlying theme of conservation of natural resources.

Edward C. Robison III PhotographyThe places he photographs are the quiet, the remote, the mystical, the majestic… the sacred places of earth. View his breathtaking landscape photography collection here. Edward’s work can be found in many corporate and private collections including Bass Pro Shops, BKD, Capital One, Prairie Fire – American Museum of Natural History, and the National Arbor Day Foundation, just to name a few. His work is also featured in the Sierra Club Calendars and ten books about the Midwest landscape. Portfolio Sample image

Pictured: Edward uses the 8 x 10 size Black Print Holders from Studio Style as eco-friendly display folios for his prints. He also uses the 11 x 14 folios for his limited edition Augmented Reality prints on rag paper.

Product description: these are durable, photo folio folders for professional photographers to display, present, store & protect their prints & proofs. An inexpensive and effective alternative to photo books & albums, these archival proof folders have a traditional linen weave textured finish and are available in 3 sizes to accommodate 5″ x 7″, 8″ x 10″, or 11″ x 14″ photographs. An eco-friendly product, these print holders are made of 100% recycled material (80% post-consumer waste). Custom foil imprinting is available for your studio name and logo.

Edward C. Robison III photography

When Edward is not in the field focusing on his personal work, he contracts with Bass Pro Shops creating one of a kind photos for Johnny Morris’ Big Cedar Lodge, Dogwood Canyon, and Top of the Rock golf course. He also specializes in photographing world famous artworks for Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art in Bentonville, Arkansas.  Edward lives in Eureka Springs, Arkansas and owns the Sacred Earth Gallery, which exclusively features his large-format landscape photographs. You can view his entire photography collection at

Edward C. Robison III photography

Edward recently published a book of his Augmented Reality Photography, titled “Ozark Landscapes – An Augmented Reality Project” which is available for purchase on Amazon. Do you love Edward’s work as much as we do? Connect with him on social media:

About is proud to have been a leading source for personalized photo products since 1994.  For celebrations big and small, our personalized photo products help protect and show off your printed event pictures.

We are a family-owned company, and we design and manufacture paper photo folders, cardboard picture frames, and custom photo cards for photographers and event planners as well as photo enthusiasts looking for photo packaging solutions. Our products are manufactured here in the United States, which allows us to guarantee the integrity and quality of our products to our customers.

Need personalized photo packaging or gifts? No problem. We can print or foil stamp your logo and event date to create a one-of-a-kind, branded marketing piece for your studio, party, or event. Choose from a variety of styles and sizes to find the perfect folio, frame, photo folder, or photo card for your giveaway or event. We offer low minimums for personalization, and also offer full-service custom work. By combining custom print runs with our own product runs, we control each step in the manufacturing process from design development through the printing and assembly process.

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Make Custom Birth Announcements with Photo Insert Cards from Studio Style

Looking for a creative yet simple way to share the news of your baby’s arrival with friends and family? We have the perfect solution for you! Make custom birth announcements with the blank photo insert cards available at Made of sturdy card stock and full-color throughout, blank photo frame cards are a great option for birth announcements. You can order them blank and write a personal note, or we can foil stamp or print your custom message for you.

All you do is slide your 4″ x 6″ photo into the window frame, and you have an instant birth announcement! No glue or tape needed.

Read on for some tips on choosing the right birth announcement photo insert card for your precious bundle of joy.

Oh, and congrats!

Baby Boy Birth Announcement Card – Light Blue


Color: Light Blue

Personalization: Foil stamped window frame (Navy Blue Foil); hand-written note inside (blank ink looks best)

Baby Girl Birth Announcement Card – Light Pink


Color: Cranberry Ice

Personalization: Foil stamped (Metallic Purple Foil)

Gender Neutral Birth Announcement Card – Green


Color: Willow Green

Personalization: Hand-written note (blank ink)

Gender Neutral Birth Announcement Card – Cream


Color: Natural Flax

Personalization: Foil stamped (Metallic Gold Foil)

Best Photo Insert Cards for Black and White Baby Photos

If you opt to send black and white photos of your baby, and don’t want the color of the card to overwhelm your photo, you’ll want to look at our Snow White or Black photo window cards for your birth announcements.


Color: Snow White

Personalization: Foil stamped (Black Foil) and hand-written


Color: Black

Personalization: Foil stamped (Metallic Silver Foil)

Looking for printed photo birth announcements? We have those, too. Check out our selection of classic and modern birth announcement designs.

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How to Add Vintage Flair to Your Event Photo Booth

Ah, the photo booth.

Invented in the early twentieth century by an ambitious Russian immigrant1, the photo booth quickly won over the American public with it’s quick printing capabilities and intimate booth atmosphere. It started appearing in cities across the U.S. wherever crowds gathered. Photo booths grew in popularity over the next several decades, and saw such famous visitors as Marilyn Monroe, Audrey Hepburn, and Truman Capote.

But in the later decades of the 20th century, Americans’ fascination with the photo booth declined. The once-popular photo booths were relegated to dusty corners at malls and shopping centers.

But all that changed about 10 years ago.

As the saying goes, “what’s old is new again,” and this couldn’t be more true for the humble event photo booth. Now they are at weddings, bar mitzvahs, corporate events, retail grand openings, first birthday parties, and graduation parties. Photographers across the U.S. are adding them as a package option for their event photography, and DIY photo booth tutorials abound.

But the fun part for you, the party planner, is all the glamorous details, and what’s more fun than a vintage 1920s photo booth theme? Whether you’re throwing a gala reminiscent of The Great Gatsby, hosting a small art deco-inspired soirée, or just want a 1920s-themed photo booth, we’ve searched high and low to bring you some of the best 1920s vintage photo booth ideas and inspiration.

How to Add Vintage Flair to your Photo Booth - A BIG list of ideas and inspiration for your 1920s themed photo booth, brought to you by Studio Style.

Vintage Photo Booth Backdrop Ideas

  • Strips of wrapping paper. Sound silly? It’s not! Put one strip black, another of a subtle black and gold geometric pattern. Just be careful not to clash patterns or create something too loud.
  • Black table cloth. This is perhaps the easiest and thriftiest option, which is why it’s usually the most popular. A simple black table cloth from your local party supply store is a simple but great background.
  • Streamers. Choose two or three colors, and tape streamers to the wall, keeping them all straight, twirling all of them, or keeping some straight while twirling others.
  • Velvet. We’re thinking a red or black velvet curtain reminiscent of the theater. While an actual theater curtain might not fit your budget, check your local fabric store, especially the bargain bins. Or, hang a simple black backdrop, and put on red velvet curtain on each side, pulled back with a gold rope tie. Where to buy: Jo-Ann
  • Clear balloons filled with gold glitter. Easy and fun glitter balloons! Just add a spoonful of glitter to a clear balloon, blow it up (with helium), tie on a gold ribbon, and tape the ribbon to the floor. Fill up enough balloons to cover a wide enough area, and tie on varying lengths of ribbon. Where to buy: Party City
  • Patterns to look for. Whether it’s a piece of fabric, a table cloth, wrapping paper, or wallpaper, look for big, regal patterns like damask or brocade, or for true art deco style, be on the lookout for bold geometric patterns. Inspiration: Pinterest, of course!

Prop Ideas for your 1920s-Themed Photo Booth

  • Hats, hats, hats. Find period-style hats for the guys and the dames. For guys, look for bowler, derby, fedora, top hat, panama, gambler, or homburg. For dames, look for cloche, beret, toque, turbans, and of course, the flapper headband. Where to buy: Candy Apple Costumes
  • Mustache on a stick. Make your own, find some at the party store, or download some vintage-style photo booth printables.
  • Bow ties for the guys. You can either find a few clip-on bow ties (skip the over-sized ones for the vintage theme), or use a printable. Where to buy: Absolute Ties (feeling crafty? Learn how to make your own clip-on bow tie.)
  • Lace gloves for the ladies. So that you’re fit for your elegant affair. Where to buy: Steam Punk Emporium
  • Lace parasol. Look at pictures of people picnicking in the 1920s and you might see some women with lacy parasols, meant to shelter the sun. While a full-size parasol won’t work to well in a confined space, a child-sized or petite parasol would be perfect.
  • Feather boas and playful fans. Time to hit the party store again! Think glitz and glam.
  • Rotary Phone. Why not? Look on eBay or ask around; you might be surprised at who has one of those sitting in their attic.
  • Colorful silk flowers. Not your ordinary prop, but why should the bride and bridesmaids be the only ones with bouquets?

DIY Vintage Photo Booth Signs

  • Pointing to the photo booth. Free photo booth sign printables abound online. Here are just a few: Apothecakery, Elegance and Enchantment, Poptastic Bride. Creating your own? Look up some 1920s slang to make it even more authentic.
  • How to use the photo booth. Avoid the risk of losing pictures, having damaged equipment, or just confusing your guests. Kelly from A Side of Sweet provided a simple list of instructions for guests at her wedding.
  • How to pose and use props. Yes, this might sound silly, but it could be another way to add some vintage flair. Find some old photo booth pictures (old family photos from the 1920s will work, too), put them in a gold frame, and place them on the props table.

Protect Your Prints! Personalized Photo Booth Favors

  • Photo Booth Strip Folders. Help your guests protect their 2″ x 6″ photo booth prints. Personalize with your event details. Where to buy: Studio Style
  • Photo Holder for 4″ x 6″ Photo Booth Collage. Perfect for the larger prints! Choose a vintage design, or create one of your own. Where to buy: Studio Style (Psssst… the Vintage Props is our most popular design for events like this.)
  • An envelope. Get envelopes to coordinate with your color or design theme. Leave them blank, add a label, or personalize with some fancy calligraphy. Find these at any stationery supply store. For 4″ x 6″ photos, look for the A6 envelope size.

DIY Photo Booth Tutorial List

If you’re one of the brave individuals looking to set up your own photo booth, check out this list of tutorials from experts and beginners alike.

  • The Offbeat Bride. No expensive camera needed, just your computer and a web cam. The ultimate budget-friendly option.
  • Simple Booth. Have an iPad? Here’s a really easy one for you. Buy the app, and set your iPad up on a tri-pod
  • Photography Concentrate. Photographers Lauren and Rob Lim share their photo booth setup. This one is perfect if you have a dSLR and a separate flash unit.
  • dslrBooth. Photo booth software for those with Nikon or Canon dSLR cameras.
  • Viget. For a more professional setup with dSLR, lights, and live photo slideshow, see how the staff at Viget set up their photo booth.

If You’re Hiring a Photographer…

Sometimes it’s more fun to let someone else handle the technical side of setting up a photo booth, and that’s ok! You can still choose props, backdrops, and other photo booth decor. We’ve found most photographers love working their clients’ ideas into their booth to help personalize the experience, so if you are hiring a professional, ask them if you can use your own props and backdrop.

Ready, Set, Go!

Whether it’s for your wedding or your kid’s birthday party, your photo booth will bring out the goofiness in your guests, and there’s nothing like a vintage theme to really get them to open up.

Are you doing a vintage photo booth theme? Let us know what your set up looks like—we’d love to see it!


1 “The History of the Photobooth”

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Personalized Event Folders – Print Your Own Custom Labels

In a rush? No time for custom imprinting? Print your own labels for instant folder personalization.

Personalized with Labels

While our professional foil imprinting services are by far the best complement to our folders, we understand that sometimes you need folders in a hurry. When customers come to us with a rush project, and foil imprinting is no longer an option, we suggest ordering our blank portrait folders, and print your own custom labels to add!

Although we do not sell self-adhesive labels, they can be purchased at any store that sells office supplies. Print your logo, artwork, or event name onto the labels according to package instructions, then just peel and stick your custom labels to our portrait folders.

Custom labels work with most of our folders, including our portrait folders and economy photo folders. See all photo folders here.

Printing your own custom labels is certainly no substitute for foil hot-stamped imprinting, but rather an alternative solution that many customers find useful when faced with a tight event deadline. We strongly suggest planning for your party or event in advance to take advantage of our professional in-house foil imprinting. To be safe, please allow us 7-10 business days to produce your order, and remember to factor in shipping time in addition to that.

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Green Photo Cards

Perfect for St. Patrick’s Day and beyond!


Our Simplicity collection includes three beautiful green photo cards.

  • Willow Green – Very pale green photo card with small flecks.
  • Forest Green – Rich darker green photo card for a pop of color.
  • Sage Green (shown above) has been discontinued.

Just slide your picture into the frame-style opening for an instant photo greeting card. All of our photo cards have the photo on the outside (front) of the card. Insides are blank for writing (or imprinting) your own personal message. Green photo cards are perfect for sending an eco-friendly greeting to customers and employees!

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New Photo Booth Folder Designs

Introducing our expanded photo booth folder collection.

These new photo booth folder designs from Studio style make beautiful and inexpensive keepsakes to send home with your guests. Photo booth folders can be customized with your event date, your name, or company information. Order these custom photo booth folders for a lasting memento from your special event. Photo booths are growing in popularity as a fun and entertaining activity for weddings, fundraisers, corporate events, birthday parties, bar & bat mitzvah celebrations, anniversary events, and beyond.

Photo Booth Picture Strip Holders

New Photo Booth Folder Designs from Studio Style:

  • Mustache – Inspired by the most popular photo booth props, with a vintage twist.
  • Script Heart – A bit of flourish and whimsy with this modern calligraphy design.
  • Damask – Always a winner for wedding patterns and design.
  • Ritzy Typography – Black tie affair? Put on the ritz.
  • Birch & Bird – Cute and wonderful for outdoor or rustic weddings. Put a bird on it.
  • Nautical Anchor – Ahoy! It’s finally here, a nautical themed design.
  • Monogram – Classic and simple, monograms are always in style.
  • Gatsby – An art deco inspired design that is both ritzy and glamorous.
  • Laurel Wreath – Beautiful for a winter wedding.

As always, all photo booth folders have die-cut slits on the inside to hold your photo strip in place, and can be customized for your wedding or event colors.

View all photo booth folder designs here.

teal chevron stripe photo booth folderbirch tree photo booth folderMonogram photo booth folder wedding

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Spin Art Card Frames: Kids Art Party

Spin Art Card Frames
Easel-back cardstock paper frames, like the ones shown above, are perfect for holding and displaying 5″ x 7″ spin art card inserts.

Looking for a fun activity and party favor rolled into one for your next kids art party? Have the kids make their own spin art! Frame the masterpieces with 5×7 photo frames from Studio Style, allow to dry, and send kids home with a fun and funky craft they’ll love to show off.

Spin art is a popular activity at carnivals, birthday parties, school fun fairs, summer camp, festivals, and events. Also called twirl art, spin art machines can be rented at carnival and party rental supply companies.

How it works: Paint (and sometimes glitter) is squeezed or dripped onto a paper card that is attached to a spinning platform creating an abstract piece of art. For decades, spin art has been a carnival staple because it is a fun and interactive arts and crafts activity that results in an instant novelty souvenir that can be taken home. It is also a proven money maker at fundraising events.

Most spin art cards measure 5″ x 7″, which fit nicely into one of our 5″ x 7″ cardboard or paper photo frames. Our art card holders and frames can also be personalized with your event name or logo!

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DIY Free Photo Booth Strip Template Download

Say cheese! Download our free template to create DIY photo booth strips.

Photo Booth Frames to Hold Picture Strip Templates

We love photo booths. Old is new again, and photo booths are seeing a resurgence at wedding receptions, bar/bat mitzvahs, birthdays, bars, restaurants, parties, and events everywhere. It is instant photo fun, what’s not to love?

While nothing can replace that old school fun of jumping into a photo booth and hamming it up with your friends, sometimes you just want the old fashioned photo strip look without renting one.

We know the feeling, and that is why we created  this freebie just for you. Below are step-by-step instructions to create your own Photo Booth Strip Template in Photoshop.

Photoshop Photo Booth Template File


Photoshop Photo Booth Template Layers

Photo Strip With Photos

Download Free Photo Booth Strip Template

This download is a layered PSD (Photoshop) file, just open and place your photos behind the template layer. Try making your pictures black and white or sepia tone for a vintage look by applying your favorite Image Adjustment or Photoshop Action.

Be creative! Print and cut them out to make your own DIY save the dates or wedding thank you cards, birthday party favors, or simply combine your favorite photos to post to Facebook and share with friends.

Need custom printed photo booth frames? Picture strip folders are perfect for photo favors, handing out as photo souvenirs to event attendees, wedding guests, or using as a thank you card. Customize one for an occasion!

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Photo Holidays to Celebrate the Art of Photography

We’ve compiled a list of photo holidays for photographers. We encourage you to participate, and share your photos with us on the Studio Style Facebook page! If you know of any others, please feel free to add them in the comments below!

Worldwide Pinhole Photography Day

National Photo Month

Nature Photography Day

This day was designated by NANPA to promote the enjoyment of nature photography, and to explain how images have been used to advance the cause of conservation and protect plants, wildlife, and landscapes locally and worldwide.

Camera Day is best celebrated with pictures. Pictures are invaluable memories of our lives and of the world. They tell stories. Our memories and stories are captured by a camera. With digital technology, using a camera has never been easier. Cameras are now built into cell phones, so you always have a camera with you, ready to record the moments of your life.

Whether you own a Compact, Digital SLR, Film or Phone Camera, World Photo Day is all about celebrating photography. World Photo Day is an open community event focused on celebrating photography not just globally but within local communities.

  • World Toy Camera Day – October 15, 2016 (unofficial date)World Toy Camera Day is a yearly event that usually takes place on the 3rd Saturday of October. A day where we wake up in the wee hours of the morning and load all of our favorite plastic cameras like the Holga, Diana, Brownies and the like and end the day with our Low-fi, Low-brow, blurry and ridiculously out of focus snap shots.

Help-Portrait Day

Help-Portrait was founded by celebrity photographer Jeremy Cowart and Kyle Chowning in 2008. Our mission is to empower photographers, hairstylists and makeup artists to use their skills, tools and expertise to give back to their local community. Each December, photographers, hairstylists and makeup artists all around the world will find people in need, take their picture, print their picture and then deliver it—free of charge.

Do you do anything special to celebrate these photography holidays? We’d love to hear about it in the comments below, or on our Facebook page!

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