You deserve some damn good photos of your party details, especially after you've painstakingly trimmed out cupcake toppers, made countless favor bags, and found the most amazing dessert recipes. Let's talk about how you get to those great shots.
Time management: Give yourself plenty of time to photograph the details uninterrupted. Set up as much of the party as possible the day before, or early in the day of so you have lot's of time and aren't trying to take "detail" shots as guests arrive. Make a checklist of the items you want a photo of before you begin, and don't forget to USE the list and check off the photos you capture.
The Cake: I hate the pressure of trying to take a great cake shot with 20 guests staring me down or the birthday kiddie impatiently waiting to blow out the candles. Take shots of the cake with the birthday kid (or adult) before the party. If they take a swipe at the frosting...capture it! That makes a great photo. Don't be afraid to light some candles and even let the guest of honor practice blowing them out. Who ever said there were rules when it comes to birthday cake and candles anyhow?! After you've cut the cake, take another shot of a single piece. Another fun tip: take a birds eye view of the cake, but offset the photo so you have blank space on either side/above/ or below the cake. This is great space to incorporate digital writing later. I'm a Project Life scrapper and I love blank space in a photo!
The Invitation: This poor detail gets over looked far too often. Snap a few shots of the guest of honor holding up the invite, or lay it next to your favorite party detail and shoot away.
Shoot, shoot, and shoot some more: Start with a clear flash card and go crazy! Try different angles and play around with depth of field. Just don't forget to organize and delete later. After you've narrowed down your favorites, delete the extras.
I've gathered a few useful articles that might be interesting to you. I gleamed a lot of great information. They go deeper into photography tips.
Your turn: What details do you love to take shots of? Share your thoughts with us!