5 Tips To Capture Birthday Party Memories

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Some of my favourite childhood photos to look back on are my birthday pictures. I hardly remember how old I am in the images but I look happy and am usually accompanied by family and friends. The joy I see captured in those photos, makes sense. If there’s one moment in the year that a child looks forward to, it’s their birthday.
Now that I have kids of my own, I’m realizing in the whirlwind of all the planning and executing on a memorable birthday party for the kids, it’s easy to forget to capture the moment.
Here are some tips on how to capture some fun and memorable birthday memories for your child.

Prepare your camera in advance

  • Have your camera ready with batteries charged and a memory card.
  • Add your ‘Camera’ to your list of things to bring if you’re hosting the party at a venue
  • Consider preparing a special place in your home or at the party location for some family photos
tips to capture your child's birthday party

Photos by Nathalie Almani, Pictonat Photography

Tell a story with your photos

Take a moment to list out some of the special moments you’d like to capture so that your images tell a story and so you’re not taking photos of every single moment.  Here are some ideas for a shot list:

  • ‘Detail’ close-ups of celebration decor, presents, birthday outfit,
  • Birthday cake – super important as it may be the only thing that indicates which birthday it is!
  • Food prepared for the celebration
  • Birthday boy/girl playing or hanging out (candid and posed)
  • Candids of guests
  • Posed group photo of guests
  • Laughter, hugs, and kisses
  • Posed shots with guests
  • Bringing out the cake
  • Birthday boy/girl blowing out the candles
  • Birthday boy/girl eating cake
  • *Family Photos with the cake (be sure to include any relatives as well!)
  • Opening presents

Capture a variety of perspectives

  • Shoot at kid level to see what they see
  • Shoot the action from above to get an overall view of the excitement with a ‘behind the scenes’ feel
  • Create depth by shooting through objects such as plants
  • Various angles of the birthday cake:  Top down, from the front, at an angle from the front downwards
  • Have a mix of posed and candid moments.  For posed or group shots, it can be hard to have everyone looking at the same time and even harder to have children sit still and that’s ok!  It is still a beautiful moment to just have everyone together.  Consider making it a fun photo by purposefully having everyone laugh out loud, look at each other, perhaps tickle the kids to get some laughs, or for everyone to say a funny word

tips to take birthday party photos

Relax and have fun

  • If you are the one taking the photos, be sure to put yourself in front of the camera too
  • Be open to capturing all emotions, not just happy ones
  • Lastly, know when to put the camera down so that you can enjoy the moment too
  • It can take a lot of energy to host a celebration making it easy to forget to take photos, so consider asking a friend or hiring a photographer to help capture the special day

Relive the moment

  • After the birthday celebration, be sure to schedule time to relive the moment by printing the photos and making a photo-book in the form of a story book that can be read to your children at bed time.
  • Consider sending a photo to each guest to thank them for coming by either attaching the photo in an email or inserting a photo print into a thank you card

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