I wish I’d known these two little photography tricks when I was taking photos at my kids birthday parties! Here’s a shout out to Steve Zany, the RI Magician, Ventriloquist and Balloon Twister, for sharing it.
This is so simple- no need to be a pro. Get up close. It’s their laughing and smiling faces that are important for the memories. Far more so than the cake or the decorations, but you can of course shoot those too.
And close means really close. When you’re targeted subject matter is the kids face, other people and other things in the photo are just a distraction. So fill the frame with that face eating birthday cake or blowing out the candles or laughing and having a great time.
And Steve Zany has passed along another great tip for these full frame face pictures- the photography ‘rule of thirds’. Position the eyes at the top 1/3 of the frame for great effect. As explained in Wikipedia, this design rule divides your imaginary canvas into thirds both horizontally and vertically, and the important elements of your composition should be positioned on these lines or their intersections to create more energy and interest in your composition than simply centering the element.
Hopefully, you’ll find this post when you’re looking for your next set of party ideas and you’ll end up with both a great party and great photo memories.