I Tried Doing the Ghost Photoshoot Trend on TikTok
“I can’t be the only one who hears you… Tears falling down at the party. Saddest little baby in the room.”
If you’ve heard this line before, you’ve either listened to Jack Stauber’s “Oh Klahoma” or you’ve seen the rising Ghost Photoshoot trend on TikTok. My younger sister and I were obsessed with the sad yet fun feeling that came from watching the videos, and we decided to try it out. Like a lot of people, I don’t have a very fancy camera, but I have a phone that can take good quality photos and an Instax Mini 9 camera.
We had so much fun with how it turned out that I want to share a few things you can do to make them memorable.
Creating your Ghost
It’s really easy to become a ghost. All you need is a white sheet and either some eye holes or a pair of glasses so that you can show where the eyes are. Think of your ghost as your character, your ghost-sona if you will. If you don’t have a white sheet, then use whatever sheet you DO have. Even a super puffy pink blanket can work. Literally nothing is off the table. My sister and I used a white sheet we found in our closet, a pair of goggles and some pink sunglasses we had laying around to make our eyes.
Location, Location, Location
Abandoned or old buildings, playgrounds at night, forests during sunset; any place can become haunted, so any place can be an ideal spot to take your ghost. The most mundane can be the most fun, so don’t try too hard to find the “perfect” spot and just roll with what you can work with. Always make sure to have “time” on the mind too. If you want for something to look more creepy or spooky, then do it at a cemetery at night, a playground, an abandoned building. Use your flash or even move your hand to make everything look blurred. If you want a silly vibe, go to ridiculous locations like laundromats, a skate-park, the grocery store, and maybe even just on your couch.
Props can be your friend when taking any photoshoot; why wouldn’t they be when you’re taking a ghostly one? Depending on the location or what you’re doing, you can get super creative with props. In the photos we took we went to the playground and had some fun on the swings, we brought an umbrella with us because it’d been raining on and off (in common Texas fashion) and took some Totoro-esque photos. Just like location, whatever you can think of can be really fun and bring a whole new personality to your ghost.
The most important thing about this is that you have fun with it! Bring a friend or a family member to join you and take some fun photos together. Use your dog, a baby, an inanimate object. Anything and anyone can be ghosts.