It’s your child’s birthday and you have planned the most amazing party. The guests are invited, the supplies bought, the decorations are perfect. However, there is one last detail, and it’s an important one that gets very overlooked. The photos. You can’t let this amazing birthday party go by without getting some terrific photos of the event. To help make this easier, it’s a good idea to delegate the picture-taking to a volunteer. Pick your person carefully and give them this handy list to make sure they capture the best parts of your child’s big day.
1. The house or location
2. Closeups of centerpieces and other decorations
3. Food setup
4. The host or hostess with the birthday girl or boy
5. Pile of gifts
6. The cake
7. “After” picture of presents after they have been opened and cake after it’s been cut
1. Photo of birthday girl/boy with each guest (with a quick printer this can be a party favor or is great to use in thank-you notes)
2. Group photo of all guests
3. Birthday girl/boy with cake
4. Person lighting candles
5. Birthday boy/girl with lit cake (very cute to arrange all other kids behind and catch a group photo with the lit candles)
6. Family photo of birthday girl/boy with parents and siblings
1. Unwrapping presents
2. Games and activities
3. Catch the big inhale
4. Blowing out the candles
5. Cutting the cake
6. Candids of people eating cake
General Tips for good photos:
1. Get down on the kid’s level. Don’t always shoot from up high at “grownup” height.
2. Focus on details
3. If your camera allows it, use burst mode for action shots, especially blowing out candles.
4. Include photos of adults who attended, especially family members. Catch the grownups reacting during gift opening and games.