When your little one turns another year older, you want to capture as much of this time as possible. Time goes so fast, and having your camera at the ready will mean you can treasure them as little ones whenever you like. Children’s birthday party photography can often be hard, so here are a few tips, on getting the most out of the big day.
Birthday parties can be so busy that you almost forget the photography aspect of it. For your next big event, be sure to do as much in advance as possible, so you can be on hand to photograph all the best bits. There are albums to fill and canvas prints to create after all!
Party games galore
Whether it passes the parcel, pin the tail on the donkey, musical chairs or a dance-off, the party is sure to offer up many candid moments of excitement. The determination of competitive children at play, little ones in mid-laughter and certain family members trying to reign everyone in a little is all classic party games images to take.
Taking photographs of the winners is always a good tact too – grins from ear-to-ear as they clutch their prize triumphantly!
The main event
Having spent some time choosing the birthday cake, or even making it yourself, you’ll want plenty of photos that show it pre-demolition. Pinterest has some great ideas for getting the best cake photography shots.
Also, you can’t forget the main event of blowing out the candles – what would a birthday party be without this? You might opt for trick candles to get a giggle from the crowd, or simply go for normal candles that your little one can blow out to the cheer of party-goers. Enlist another family member or friend in helping to light the candles and lead the happy birthday song while you get in position to capture the moment as it happens.
A slower shutter speed will help you to catch every millisecond of the action so you can be sure of a killer photograph.
Cake smash fun
For the very little ones, a cake smash photo shoot is a new level of cuteness. You’ll need two cakes for the big event – one for eating and one for smashing…
If you don’t mind the mess, you can put your child in their finest for the cake smash or even just in their nappy for some care-free fun. All you need is a nice white background, your cake on a little stand ready for smashing and a picnic blanket or something underneath to try to catch the flying bits of sponge and frosting!
Read our post on setting up your own cake smash photoshoot. This can be done the morning of the party or even during the party if you don’t mind an audience. Now you have all the tips to master children’s birthday party photography.