A first birthday photoshoot in London

First of all apologies for being so quiet on the blog lately. I’ve been so busy with all kinds of family photo sessions that I simply haven’t had the time to update my website. But, now that I’m here, I’d like to share with you this lovely first birthday photoshoot that I did back in July. 

A first birthday is a big one and this photoshoot was extra special to me because it was the first time I photographed twins! It was such a lovely party to document and I was really pleased to hear the family loved their photos.

Here are some of my top tips for photographing children’s birthday parties - documentary style:

1. Get low and close to the kids you are photographing so you can capture a child’s perspective.

2. Use a wide angle lens (50 mm or wider) - I absolutely love my 35 mm lens and it’s the lens I use the most photographing families. By using a wide angle lens you will add a lot of context to your photo - something that’s really important when you’re a documentary family photographer.

3. Keep photographing. Taking photos of kids means that, 99% of the time, at some point in the shoot, there will be a meltdown. This is real life. Don’t shy away from these moments and don’t stop shooting. Parents often really love these type of images as they reflect actual family life - this is why they book a documentary family photographer!

4. Mix up your shooting angles. Try some shots from standing up high, but also get down really low and shoot looking up.

5. Include adults in your photos. At a first birthday party it is obviously important to have a lot of photos of the child(ren) having the birthday. However, including images of the other people at the party is just as important in helping you to tell the whole story.

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