In starting my blog and website, I went looking for all those wonderful pictures that were taken of the parties I had thrown. Much to my chagrin there weren't many. Most of the details were over looked, the guests were just a blob of backs of heads, the beautiful candy buffet I did, wasn't even present and the lighting don't even get me started. OHHH dear, what to do. Well I'll tell you. Do your photography research. I know I am going to need great pictures from now on. Not only to have fabulous memories for my children, but also for the business. This madness cannot continue.
So, here's the plan. I am reading and learning a lot about how to take pictures at parties, which I see from photographers sites, is not an easy task (thank goodness, I thought it was just me). I plan to practice in advance and make sure I know what pictures to take instead of running around like a mad woman just clicking when I can.
Here is what I have learned so far;
- Get down to the child's level and take pictures from there. It is ok to take a few from the usual adult hight, but the most effective pictures (those that will capture the true feeling of the day) will be take low to ground where the action is.
- Nominate someone to do it for you. If you know someone who is going to be at the party that has experience in photography or just alway seems to have the best pictures, let them do the picture taking. I am a big fan of getting parents who attend parties to be active and participate. "Camera chief" can be a great role for someone who wants to do something. This way you will be hands free to attend to all the details you have planned. Deligate, deligate.
- Hire a photographer. If you can afford it and are willing to go to the expense then hire a professional. I am sure that you won't regret it. There is also the less expensive option of having a photography student or amateur photographer to do the pictures. I have found some of my favourite photographers on sites like "USEDEVERYWHERE" and "KIJIJI" Hey, sometimes they are free!! Nothing beats free.
- Lastly, for tonight anyways, get the detail. The tule skirts, the design on the cake, the fabulous paper straws. It could be anything. I had a friend who took a picture of the candy necklaces I had wrapped around the napkins and cutlery. I thought she was silly at the time, but now I am so happy to have memory of the details that I created. I only wish I had a picture of that cute candy bar....next time.