10 Tips for Great First Birthday Party Photos

a little boy blowing out his birthday candles

As a mommy of two and a professional photographer often hired to shoot birthday parties, I know how special this occasion can be. Each birthday marks a milestone you’ll want to remember as your child grows. Tell the story well, and you’ll be able to make an album or photo book – the first in a series – that your family will treasure for years to come. Here are some of my pro tips to help you take your own great party pictures on your child’s birthday.

Shoot the Party Prep

balloons hanging on a line

The party space will be looking its best right before everyone arrives, and so will the birthday baby. But don’t try and do too much that involves your little one. Parents often want me to come an hour early to shoot their child in dressy birthday clothes, and then in party clothes at the party. It’s too much for tiny kids. If you have different outfits, take photos of one a day or two before so you don’t stress yourself or your kids on the day of the party.

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About Katie Quirk Dunyon

I'm a married mom of two living in Seattle, WA. I have a seven-year-old little boy, a first grader! He's a fairly reserved kid and all about Legos and building sets. I also have a little girl who turned three at the end of February. She's a tiny thing but a big ham; we call her our clown. They're a lot of work but also a ton of fun. I love to eat, cook, and run (in that order). But at the end of the day, give me a spot on the couch and a little bit of TV or a good book, I'm done!
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