Birthdays - no matter how old you grow, you never grow out of them! If your dad is turning 66 this year, buy him a birthday present and make him a nice birthday lunch, and go out for dinner and cut a birthday cake, complete with singing 'Happy Birthday To You'! Yes do it, and you know what? It feels great.
Boo the people who think you cannot or should not celebrate your birthday just because you are now old. It is nice to say "It's my life"; but none of us ever really live for ourselves. We don't do everything we do only for ourselves - even the smallest of selfish deeds has a hint of selflessness, if only you look deep enough.
A birthday is the perfect kind of occasion that begs you to click pictures. But it is of no use if you are going to click boring pictures where everybody is simply looking at the camera and smiling mechanically. Photography is about capturing emotions, sentiments, feelings and moments. How do you do that? We are here to tell you exactly that! Read on...
Birthday Party Photography Tips
Kids really do all the things that birthday parties are made of. So make sure you are ready with your camera to click as many pictures as you can! You can get some really cute snaps when they are playing games. Their faces are going to be livid with expressions, so make sure you capture those moments.
If it is a birthday party with a theme, like Super-heroes theme, or Princess theme, then have something like a spaceship, or a moon crescent cut-out in the garden, or against a plain wall in your house and have the kids pose in front of it to click pictures. (Don't put up a big dinosaur if the theme is Jurassic Park - the kids might just get scared!)
Make your friends partners in crime, and make sure to get yourself clicked with that guy. If you are going to head outdoors, like to the mall, or for a movie, take your camera along with you. Most cell phones have a camera these days, and a good camera too. So you can even choose to click pictures on your cell phone.
Make sure you click pictures with everybody - you and your friends, your friends without you, you and cute guy, you and best friend with your respective cute guys, group pictures, couple pictures, all sorts of combinations. You can even print these pictures and use them in the future, like on a Valentine card maybe...? (Wink Wink!)
If you want some funny or wacky pictures, you could maybe act drunk and click pictures with lots of empty alcohol bottles around! Cheesy? Cheap? So what? It's fun to do stupid things once in a while! Now, 21 could also spell g-a-m-b-l-i-n-g for many of you!
So if you are going to hit the local casinos, or better still if you are going to make a trip to Vegas, go click! You first spin at the roulette table, your first hand of Blackjack, even the first time you hit the Jackpot machine is all indeed special, no matter whether your win or lose. Ensure you capture these moments.
Why not take the opportunity of your birthday to do something different? You have worked hard to earn the life you are living, now it's time to do something for yourself. Get a make-over. Go on a shopping spree.
Spend the afternoon with your gal-pals instead of with the laundry! And click pictures doing all these things. They are things you have not done in a long time, isn't it? Go out on a dinner date with your partner. Or take your partner out if he/she has turned 50!
Bury the hatchet, embrace each other, and smile at the camera! Click a huge family picture with everybody in it; and when we say everybody, we mean everybody, including your dog and cat!
➽ Try and click these 'planned' pictures early on in the party, if it is a house party. Your guests may all leave at different times, so if you leave these picture for the end they may not all be there. Everybody is going to be tired by the end of it, so why look haggard in your own birthday party pictures?
➽ Yes, you need to click a few planned pictures, but that does not mean every picture should have people looking at the camera and smiling. capture some candid moments as well - somebody eating a big piece of cake, somebody having dozed off after the meal, somebody exchanging numbers, and OMG!
Did your brother just kiss your best friend on her cheek thinking nobody's watching? Well, he can think again - for you already caught it on camera!
➽ If it is an indoor party, hire a photographer if you can. If that is going beyond your budget, have one family member dedicated to only taking pictures. There are going to be lots of moments to take pictures, you don't want the divided attention of the photographer!
Man invented the arts, so each one of us has got an artistic side to us. It is only a matter of identifying it. Even if you are not into photography, there is a little bit of photography in all of us.
Don't we understand when our picture doesn't come out right? If we can understand that, we should be able to figure out how to take a good picture ourselves; it is not that hard. Hope you enjoy your birthday party and click lots of pictures!