It’s so much fun planning parties for our kids…we put so much into it that we must make it a priority to get it documented somehow! This has been on my mind today as I’m planning my baby’s SECOND BIRTHDAY! It’s a couple days away still so I’ll use pictures from his first birthday in this post. I am writing with advice based from my personal experience on how to photograph parties.
10 tips on how to photograph parties
1. Make it a two part deal.
Take your child out for a special “birthday session” a different day. Parties are busy and when you’re the host you probably won’t be able to document the way you’d be able to if your hands weren’t so full!
2. After you set aside a special time to photograph your child and document milestones, etc…let the party picture stress go by considering hiring someone to help take pictures.
If you are in business you can swap with a friend! If you aren’t a photographer you can barter another special talent that you have with a local photographer you know. Bartering works well for party pictures :)
5. Capture the birthday boy or girl’s expressions and excitement.
7. Think about perspective and get creative!
You can pull this off many ways (through composition, angle, lens choice). Obviously it depends on where the party is and what the circumstances are but typically my go-to party lens is my 35mm. I always change it up to get variety through out the party at least once and love to throw in a shot with my fish eye lens too just for fun :)
8. Remember to get in some of the pictures yourself.
I can’t tell you how many parties end and I wish I had been in a picture because I always wonder if my kids will think I wasn’t there when they look back on their party memories!
…I don’t have an example here because I don’t follow my own advice. Womp womp….
9. Create a book, album, or some type of keepsake to organize the birthdays through out the years.
There are so many different (and easy) ways to do this. Although I’d always wanted to create a picture album online after each party I never got around to it. I bought The Birthday Book online and it has helped me organize this information so much! And it only take a couple minutes after each party.
Here are the pictures from his actual birthday. Most of these I posted were from his pre-party picture session with me. I didn’t hire anyone and I wasn’t in any of the pictures but I did manage to snap a few quick shots for the memories. However you do it, document somehow…just make sure you have fun too!