Your toddler is probably one of your favorite subjects when it comes to taking pictures, and if you're like most parents, you want to capture her birthday with a series of photographs. Don't limit yourself to the standard snapshots of her opening her presents and eating her cake, though. With a bit of creativity, you can take birthday photos that will showcase her big day and that will also be memories you can look back on for years to come.
An array of presents surrounding your toddler is a classic way to capture the moment, but it's far from the only one. Wrap a large box with festive birthday wrapping paper and take a picture of your child inside the box peeking out. Stick an array of birthday bows on a blank white wall and take a picture of your little one posing in front of them. Head outside and take a picture of your toddler in her birthday duds near a pretty garden or sitting at the end of a slide. Your toddler is more likely to cooperate if she's in a place that's familiar and fun, according to the New York Institute of Photography. Put your toddler to bed after her big day, then snap a picture of her adorable, exhausted face with her pillows and blankets as a background. It's even better if she still has brightly colored frosting around her mouth.
Of course you should snap a few photos of your toddler holding her presents, but don't stop there. Capture her messy face as she shoves cake and frosting in her mouth as fast as she can. Hand her a large bow from one of her presents and take some pictures of her examining its shiny surface. Hand her a few helium-filled balloons on strings and capture her fascination with several photos. Put a funky birthday hat on your toddler's head and quickly take a picture before she rips it off to investigate it. Let your son wear sunglasses or your daughter wear festive costume jewelry to match the color scheme of the birthday party or to add flair to their birthday duds. If you're taking a photo separate from the birthday party, flowers, favorite toys, cupcakes and party hats will jazz up a picture that marks the occasion of your toddler being another year older.
Perhaps you'd like to get a bit more creative and ambitious and create a scenario for your toddler's birthday photographs. Take a series of black and white photos that capture your child's face as you sing "Happy Birthday," and serve the cake. Place your child on a bench and snap his photo. Add a friend to the bench and take another picture. Continue adding friends one at a time and take a picture of each to remember who attended his birthday party. Use the same idea with grandmas, grandpas, aunts and uncles that attend the party.
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Don't panic if you can't get your toddler to hold still long enough to snap a few photos. Most toddlers can't sit still for more than a nanosecond anyway, so catch your little one in action. Often, these photos are more memorable because they capture your child's personality and zest for life. Many cameras have a setting for taking pictures of objects in motion, and they will help you capture clearer and better photographs. Ask others who attend your toddler's birthday celebration to take pictures, too. That way you have a variety of options to choose from when it comes to picking your favorites. Play around with photo software to add vivid pops of color to black and white pictures or to distort backgrounds and props to make more entertaining pictures.
- New York Institute of Photography: Photograph Your Toddler
- Photographing Children Photo Workshop; Ginny Felch
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