Halloween portraits

Last Halloween, my photographer husband Rhett began the tradition of taking free halloween portraits for any neighbor or friend etc. who stopped by. This year, I got to design the set. So, I got out the cardboard and cut out a fence and tombstones and quickly painted them. I also stopped by an empty field and picked up a dead tree branch. The leaves were still attached and had the odd appearance of being blown in the wind. A black backdrop, brown tarp, and a paper moon later, we had the set. Here's a photo of my mad scientist son doing a test shot for my husband. It was fun.


  1. Hi Julie, very cute idea! Love the set you designed! By the way, love your site and your blog. You always are doing such good work. I just wanted to let you know that you inspire me. . .being a mommy of 3 children and an illustrator. It keeps me going when times are hard! You're awesome, keep up the good work!

  2. Thanks Shawna and Alexiev. I'm glad I can inspire SOMEONE Shawna. That's always great to hear b/c it inspires ME. It makes me realize I'm not going it alone. Good luck!

  3. What a fun thing to do for the neighborhood!


My photo
I'm a freelance illustrator working in the children's book industry. I love kids and raising my own 4 children. They are the inspiration and the passion behind all I do in art and in life. See my website at JulieOlsonbooks.com

Blog Archive