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Birthday party photos

Uploaded: Sep 13, 2016
Recently we went to a birthday party. It was clear that a lot of time and energy went into preparing for the event. Their yard was filled with decorations, the table was covered with delicious treats and the cakes were homemade.

I remembered to grab my phone to snap 2 pictures of mom and her girls while everyone sang happy birthday, but I now wish I had taken more. After the party, the mother emailed all of us guests asking for any photos taken at the party, as she hadn't taken as many as she had planned.

I still cherish a photo that a friend took at our son's birthday party last year. Somehow she managed to get a good photo of the 4 of us, something that was especially challenging when our daughter was only a baby.

For our son's second birthday, we were lucky enough to have a friend offer to take photos and videos for us during the party. I remember so much from our son's second birthday party because we have many photos of our guests, the games, the food, etc.

When we attend our next birthday celebration I'll be sure to snap at least a handful of photos, hopefully more. It can be challenging to host an event while taking photos to remember it. But, a handful of photos won't take much effort for me, as a guest, and it could make a big difference to the family celebrating.
What is it worth to you?


Posted by Mother of 4 , a resident of Palo Verde School,
on Sep 15, 2016 at 10:45 am

Always a good idea to get someone, another parent, a grandparent, to have the job of official photographer at these events. It doesn't have to be anyone with a good camera, just a good attitude. It is even worth giving them an official lanyard or nametag saying official photographer particularly if it is someone not as well known to the group or someone with a more reserved personality. The nametag gives them a sense of being able to interrupt a group or conversation much more easily than without.

Posted by Cheryl Bac, a Palo Alto Online blogger,
on Sep 15, 2016 at 4:51 pm

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Mother of 4 - Thanks for commenting! Yes, it was so much more relaxing when our friend took photos/videos for us. We'll need to do it again at a future birthday party.

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