Yes, you can ask Uncle Mike to just "capture a few shots", but what if he's having too much fun at the party or misses the awesome candid moment of your kid because he was grabbing a piece of cake?
When you hire a professional photographer, you'll have a designated photographer to capture all those important candid moments as well as the family portraits.
Here are our Top 5 Tips to Get Great Birthday Photography
1) Hire a Professional to Capture the Event
Even if your friend has a great camera, that doesn't mean he or she will take all the best shots or even worse, remember to take all the important moments. It's important to have a person to be in charge of the photography. A professional is also experienced with the best times and ways to get certain photos like solo portraits of your 1 year old. A professional photographer will also know how to adjust for the best angles, lighting and turn the event into a great album.
Plus, great photos don't always mean a great album. A great album means that you can see the story from beginning to end.
2) Get Portraits at the Beginning of the Party (otherwise, you're going to get busy and your baby will get cranky!).
Later in the party, everyone usually starts dancing, or babies get cranky, so you tend to look your best at the beginning of the party.
Some guests might also need to head out earlier, so plan ahead with your photographer - especially if you want to do a group shot with everyone. We are professionals, but it's still hard to wrangle a group of 50 people for a photo.
3) Tell your Photographer who are your "VIP Guests" or Must-Have Shots (We don't know what Grandma looks like!)
This will help a photographer plan for your event and include those guests in more shots or make the best of the time you have scheduled.
4) If it's a Kid's Birthday Party, Bring some of their Favorite Toys to the Party to Keep them in a Good Mood.
This will help create familiarity for them if they get overwhelmed by the party and help your photographer get the best shots. Some of the best shots are candids of the kids when they are just having a good time! The best photos show when everyone is relaxed in front of the camera.
5) Relax and Have Fun!
Do you want to look back on this moment and find yourself missing from all the photos? The photos will be one of the only things you can have after the event. You don't want to miss out on living the moment while it's happening. So, take a step back and enjoy the day!