I don't know about you, but my kids are still young enough that EVERY birthday is still an event. And, we do two parties per kid for each birthday: one for family and one for friends. So, what have I learned? A lot! But, when it comes to taking pictures, here's my top 3 tips:
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Designate a Photographer
This is usually a great job for Dad, Grandpa, Uncle Joe or an older sibling! Ask one person to focus on taking photos for you. It is one thing that is easy to delegate and get off Momma's plate because you have enough to juggle from planning to hosting the party!
DIY Photo Booth
Find one small area in your home or yard where you can create a photo booth. You don't need much space and you won't spend a lot of money either!
If you are indoors, head to your local dollar store and buy a plastic table cloth to use as the background. Grab some color matching balloons and streamers to finish the setting.
If you are outdoors, pick up a helium balloon or two from the dollar store and tie them to a chair from your dining room table. Put this in your yard. If you have a fence in your yard, you can hang streamers and balloons on the fence!
If you have a small white board or chalk board, write the guest's name down and have them hold it up for you!
This setup does not need to be fancy or expensive! As kids arrive to the party, encourage them to stop at the photo booth location and take a quick picture!
Shoot In Continuous Mode
Every parent knows how kids just cannot sit still. For someone taking photos, movement usually results in blurry and out of focus pictures. One way to prevent that is to shoot pictures in "continuous" or "burst" mode.
You will need to find your camera or phone's manual to find this setting. When you shoot a picture, you will hold down your trigger button and the camera will take a fast series of pictures as long as you hold down the trigger button. The camera is quick to take each picture and will refocus before each shot.
You will end up taking more pictures than you intended, but you will have a nice selection to choose from after all is said and done!
Most of all, have fun and enjoy your kid's party! With these tips, you will have time to breathe during the party while still getting photos you will cherish for years to come!
My mission with photography is to capture the moments of your life: belly laughs, smiles, excited faces, hugs, tears of joy, and loving glances. Let's have some fun! Click on the button below to schedule your photo shoot with me. It's quick and easy!