A birthday party is one event that no one can resist to take photos of their kids as they enjoy their big day. Nonetheless, it is not as easy to take photos because of the high levels of frenzy and excitement in the birthday scene; with children shouting whilst bursting balloons as they run around, people’s faces all over, lit candles that interfere with lighting, and other many obstacles that can hinder you from acquiring the best photos. Luckily, here are tips and tricks that will help you evade such obstacles and instead capture the best birthday memories.
Shoot the birthday party prep
This should definitely be done before the guests start arriving. Look for inspirational ideas on how to decorate the party scene from the internet and magazines. Once you have completed the set up, you can start capturing the décor details such as the balloons and presents before they are opened.
Get your child’s perspective
Get as low as your child’s height as you take the photos. Simply looking high down at the birthday scene does not work for most birthday photographers. Crouch, sit or squat up to your child’s height to capture things from their perspective. This adds more realism to the photos. Blend in a mix of shooting angles and focal lengths to inject life to the party shots.
Know the game plan
To be able to capture the best moments of your child’s party, you should know or have a game plan. You should have a clear picture of how the event will be coordinated. If you do not k now the game plan, simply use observation powers and keep a keen eye on candid opportunities. You should be ready for all the events taking place.
Most definitely, you are bound to capture photos that are candid in nature (photos that capture how your kids interact with members of the family, friends, and clowns). Candid photos of children running around, eating, watching clown trick or even cutting cakes, etc, since such make the photos real and interesting.
Be discreet or offer a distraction
Kids are very much aware that you are walking with a camera around and will at times shy away from the camera and run away. In order to capture your child’s personality, its best to practice discretion as you use your camera. Capture them when they are not looking your direction. Alternatively, you can have them use photo props to help them forget about the camera. You can also create a photo booth where the kids can stand as you take the photos.
Planned shots are must have birthday shoots. Talk to adults who want to be photographed. You can then take cake cutting shots, group shots, and candle blowing shots, party games, as well as present ripping shots.
Use bounce flash and a diffuser
This applies when the party is happening in the interiors of your home. Extra lighting from a fixture is handy. However, the need for this can be eliminated by buffing up your ISO setting just a little. You should always remember that a tiny pop up flash, which mounted on top of your digital camera, works best at about a three-meter range.
Have a camera strap
It will be wise to invest in a camera strap to avoid losing or even breaking your camera. Without one, it will be very easy for kids to take the camera whenever you place it somewhere, and can cause great damage by dropping it. Having a camera strap is a sure way of helping you to have peace of mind and be freer to enjoy and capture all the interesting moments of the party.