Kids always enjoy having fun on their birthdays with their families and friends. These special moments that come yearly can be kept in record by the power of your camera. Be prepared with full charged batteries and memory cards to shoot several photos of the birthday boy or girl with their friends. You may find the following birthday party photography tips useful when your kids’ birthday celebrations come around.
Set your camera right
If your kid’s birthday party takes place indoors, it is important that you get it right with the camera settings. Consider using a zoom lens of 24-70 mm and an ISO of 100-800. If you want to blur the background, you will need to use a wide aperture of f/2.8-f/10. To get sharp images with the fast movements of kids, consider using shutter speeds of 1/125th. Take advantage of natural lighting and take some shots of the kids while on the playground or the backyard. Shooting before midday or in the early evening hours when kids play outside will give you natural images as the sun rays are not harsh. The outdoor environment will also give you a natural background.
Capture the details
The birthday cake is an important detail that should not miss in at least one of your photos. In addition to that, consider shooting the birthday girl or boy near the cake. Shots taken when the kid celebrating his or her birthday is blowing candles on the birthday cake are flattering. Shoot from the side to ensure that you capture the child’s face. Birthday party props, presents and decors such as balloons should feature in your photographs to accentuate the theme of the day.
Capture the expressions
Kids’ expressions in a celebratory mood are very genuine. Capture the moments when kids are in their best jovial mood like when cutting the cake or opening the presents. Play time is also a good moment to take good shots.
Don’t forget the birthday girl’s/boy’s friends
Though much concentration might be put on the birthday star, it is also good to take birthday pictures that feature all the siblings and other kids that have attended the party. Kids would love to see their childhood friends in birthday photographs as they grow older.
In conclusion, when taking kids birthday photographs, it is important to remember that kids are very active and most of the most they move unexpectedly. Be quick in moving with the kids’ actions and focus on capturing unique poses that are worth looking at over and over again. Let kids be comfortable with the camera and capture candid poses without distracting their freedom.