5 Top Tips for Taking Photos at your Child’s Birthday Party with Samantha Prewett Photography

You’ve spent hours planning the perfect party; booked the entertainment, sorted a cake, prepared the food and party bags … phew!  Often children’s parties are so busy that it’s hard to preserve decent memories of the special day.  I’ve invited local, leading baby and family photographer Samantha Prewett to share some tops tips that will help you take some lovely photos to remember your party forever.

‘I launched Samantha Prewett Photography just over 5 years ago, I offer beautiful, natural and newborn and family photography across Dorset. As a parent to two little ones aged 9 and 6, I know how important it is to capture all those first memories to treasure for a lifetime.’

1. Take some photos before the party guests arrive

The chances are you will be very busy during the party, so by planning a little time beforehand to take some photos of the birthday child, party set up and any important family members who can arrive early, you will be saving yourself some time and be calmer for the party.

Party Photography Tips - Take photos of the set up

2. Social media etiquette

If your children are inviting friends from nursery or school you probably won’t know all of them. It is always polite to ask their parents when they drop them off if they mind them being in photos, especially if you plan to post photos online. As a general rule, I won’t post any photos of children on my social media if I am not “Facebook friends” with with their parents. Also don’t forget to check your privacy setting regularly.

Party Photography Tips - social media etiquette

3.  Set up a DIY photobooth

If your children are a little older, a great way to make sure lots of photos are taken during the party is to get them to take some themselves. All you need for this is a tablet with camera function, something to mount it into, and some props which you can either make or buy from fancy dress shops. There are lots of ideas online and you can even download a photo booth app!

Party Photography Tips - Set up a photos booth

4. Take lots of natural photos

During the party, take lots of photos of the children playing/crafting/what ever they are doing for their party, without getting them to “pose”. Natural, in the moment photos make the perfect keepsakes and are lovely to look back on.

Party Photography Tips - take natural photos

5. Print your photos!

My best tip is to make sure you print off the photos you take. In this digital age we take so many photos, but how many of us still print them? There is nothing more satisfying than looking back through printed photo albums or scrapbooks, and your children will love doing this as they get older. Trust me, mine do. You can even let the party magic live on longer by getting your child to make a party scrapbook with you. They can stick in some of their cards or small decorations that you might want to keep too and put their own mark on it by writing or drawing in it to.

Party Photography Tips - print your photos

I hope you enjoyed my tips and will try some of these ideas at your child next birthday party.  I would love to know how you get on, and don’t forget me when you need someone to capture those extra special parties and events, I do that as well as newborn and family photography sessions and I love the opportunity to do something a little different.

www.samanthaprewettphotography.co.ukTop Tips for party Photography

Summer Craft Classes for Kids

Made by Me Craft Parties and Biscuits by Sarah B have joined forces to bring your children some summer holiday fun at Lollipops Play Cafe, Bournemouth.

You can choose from biscuit decorating or crafting or book a whole day of fun and book onto both classes.

Friday 10th August – Under the Sea
Room 1 – Under the sea biscuit decorating. Decorate 5 biscuits using techniques such as royal icing, sugar paste and sprinkles.
Room 2 – Make a wooden under the sea dream catcher using wool, shells, beads, pom poms and other treasures.

Under the Sea craft and biscuit decorating classes

Make gorgeous under the sea inspired dream catchers and decorate sea side biscuits

Friday 17th August – Witches and Wizards
Room 1 – Harry Potter inspired biscuit decorating – Decorate 5 biscuits using techniques such as royal icing, sugar paste and sprinkles.
Room 2 – Create and decorate your own spell and potion book and learn to write in invisible ink!

Witch and Wizard craft and biscuit decorating classes

Decorate Harry Potter inspired biscuits and make your own spell and potion book

Our classes are led by us (Lexy and Sarah) who are experts in our crafty fields, so you can kick back and enjoy a coffee in the Lollipops cafe while your little ones learn new skills.  Our classes are perfect if you have under 5’s as you can entertain them in the soft play and the over 5’s can craft to their heart’s content!

The Details
Both classes will run twice during the days at – 11am-12 and 1-2pm.

Join one session for £9.50 per child or special offer, book ANY 2 sessions for £17 (offer valid until 31st July).  Soft play access is included in the cost of the class.

Suitable for ages 5-10. Adults won’t be required to supervise in the craft rooms, BUT you will need to stay on site in Lollipops.

Text or call Lexy on 07779 870183 or message Made By Me Craft Parties to book your place today.
Booking in advance is essential.

When booking please state which class you’d like to book –
AM crafts
AM biscuits
PM crafts
PM biscuits

Can’t wait to see you there! Lexy and Sarah

Spell and potion book decorating

Keep all your darkest deepest secrets, spells and potion ideas in these adorable books!