4 tips for capturing birthdays

Capturing Childhood: How to capture a birthday | Melissa & Doug's Playtime Press
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Birthdays are a highlight of our year. My mom always made them extra special growing up and I’ve carried on her simple traditions: coordinating gift wrap, fresh flowers, a pretty cake, balloons, and lots of pictures.

But even simple traditions take a bit of effort so I love to capture those thoughtful details of our celebration along with family reactions. It so fun looking back at birthdays past. Today I’m sharing my favorite birthday photography tips as part of the Capturing Childhood series so you can make the most of your own birthday parties.

Then, be sure to head over to Peanut Blossom today to see what I do with prints of these moments to help extend the fun!

P.S. Be sure to enter to win a Starter wall gallery from Change of Art! Visit Peanut Blossom for all the details!

Birthday memories are all in the details:

Capturing Childhood: How to capture a birthday | Melissa & Doug's Playtime Press

1. The perfect accessory: Both of my daughters have adorable pink and white frilly birthday hats I bought in honor of their first birthday. We bring them out once a year for pictures with their cakes. But if you’ve already missed the first birthday, it’s not too late to start this tradition. This year we found an awesome jeweled birthday crown at the local party store. My husband was the first birthday model and I’m sure it will continue making the rounds!

2. The gift opening is not about the gifts: This is the perfect opportunity for you to sneak in family portraits. Make sure the birthday celebrant takes turns opening gifts next to every member of the family. 20 shots of the same kid opening gift after gift can get repetitive and boring. By adding in another subject and focusing on their interaction vs. the present itself, the series becomes much more memorable.

Capturing Childhood: How to capture a birthday | Melissa & Doug's Playtime Press

3. Consider slight posing maneuvers: Are your birthday shots usually dark, grainy, and blurry? Move the party to a better lit spot in your home! Depending on the time of day we’re partying, I may have the gift opening in our dining room or our living room. Just depends on the light I’m getting that day.

I also make sure the birthday person is sitting in the best chair at the table with their cake even if it isn’t their usual spot. Don’t let habits stop you from getting a great shot!Capturing Childhood: How to capture a birthday | Melissa & Doug's Playtime Press

4. The star of the show: The Cake! C’mon moms, we all know where the majority of your time and energy are going. You deserve to get great cake shots! Be sure to check out my simple food photography tips here but cakes look their very best in natural light. Find a bright window to naturally illuminate your masterpiece.

If the party is after dark, go with moody and candlelit! Turn off your flash, hold your camera very very steady and if you’re shooting in manual be sure to expose for the lit/glowing part of the frosting, not the candle flames themselves.Capturing Childhood: How to capture a birthday | Melissa & Doug's Playtime Press

Are your kids having troubles waiting for the next birthday in the house? We love these adorable play sets so any day can have a little extra celebration:

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Also, did you know that Melissa & Doug has a ‘Shop by Birthday Age‘ section? I love this guide!

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Now be sure to head over to Peanut Blossom and check out one of my very favorite birthday traditions. I don’t let these fun shots live on my computer, I print them out and we enjoy them as a family.

We’ve arranged a fantastic giveaway from Change of Art and you could win your own starter wall gallery. Get your birthday pictures off your hard drive and enjoy your memories!!

Get the details here!

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tiffanydahleprofileTiffany Dahle is the hostess behind Peanut Blossom where she shares her belief that strong families start with strong and happy mothers. She encourages you to develop everyday possibilities for stretching your creativity while doing what you do to keep that household running!

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Capturing Childhood: How to capture a birthday | Melissa & Doug's Playtime Press