The pressure to photograph the perfect party can be super debilitating. I’ve suffered from this. Gwen’s first birthday party, gah. When I looked back at the photos after the party, I thought my mistakes were composition of the candy buffet or the shot with the ugly blue folding chairs around the table. No, my real mistake was not fully capturing the memories. Sure I have photos of the cake, party favors, and candy buffet (albeit not the ones I truly wanted) but my mistakes were missed key moments. The guests watching G eat her smash cake. I have about 30 shots of her with cake everywhere, but none of her grandparents laughing as she tries to feed me cake. Damn it!
When I sat down to write this article, I thought it would be a list of tips. I realized that there are four key elements to photographing a well-planned party. I will be sharing my tips and tricks over the next few weeks in a series.
Part 1: Photographing your party with purpose – I’ll share insight and tips about making sure you capture your party with intention
Part 2: The details – photographing all the hard work you’ve put into personalizing the party
Part 3: Capturing the mood – tips on taking great candid moments and posed shots
Part 4: Techie Stuff – we’ll talk about camera settings, lighting, and post editing
I'm excited to share this series with you, and I hope you'll find inspiration, usefull information and of course, a little humor.