Guest Blogger: Bri from Mod Memento!

Anyone that reads the blog regularly has noticed that we’ve worked with Bri at Mod Memento in the past and we just love her (she did our new grab button to the side of the blog)! She’s super sweet and down to earth and she has the cutest blog too. Bri is a great photographer {amongst many other things} and offered to share some tips on photographing your event or party with us. Without further adieu…Bri!

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Hi friends, my name is Bri and I have a blog called Mod Memento where I enjoy photojournaling the everyday moments of life as a stay-at-home mom of two little ones. In addition to pursuing my love of hobbyist photography, I also have an etsy shop where I design art prints for your home or nursery. I am thrilled to be guest posting today at Dimpleprints because I’ve been a fan of their beautiful designs for so long now!

I’m sure once you order all kinds of goodies from Dimpleprints for your birthday party or event, you’ll want to make sure and get lots of great photos of your special day, right? Well today I wanted to share a few helpful tips on how an amateur photographer (like myself) can capture some really great photos of your event inspired by the art of photojournalism. Thankfully, you don’t have to be a professional in order to get a photo album full of memorable shots. Here are some of my best practices for getting party perfect photos that journal your special day.

1. Don’t forget about the small details. Before your guests arrive, make sure you take photos of all the little things you’ve put in place that will get moved or rearranged once the party gets underway. Things like the food table, the decor, the party favors, the place settings. Below are a few examples from my daughter’s birthday tea party.

2. Turn off your flash. Regardless of what kind of camera you have, your photos will have a more natural look to them if you turn off the flash and use as much natural light as possible. Make sure you open all the blinds and turn on as many lights in the room as possible. Photos are more true to life when the flash is turned off and there are no unwanted shadows cast in the background.


If I had left my flash on, there would have been lots of unwanted shadows cast onto the wall behind the vase of branches, there would have been a reflection in the glass of the framed photo of my daughter, and the colors in the room would have been all washed out.

3. Make sure to get photos of your guests in a creative way. I like to offer to take quick portraits of all the guests so I can remember who was in attendance. I just hung a piece of fabric on the wall as a backdrop and asked the girls to stand in front of it. I then emailed the photos to the mother’s of the guests who greatly appreciated the free portrait of their child!

4. Assign a second shooter. As the host, it’s hard to pull double duty as the photographer too. Ask a friend or family member to help out by carrying a second camera with them. Not only will you get more candid shots, but you also get someone else’s perspective of their favorite moments. You’ll have much more fun if you know someone else is going to get the shot of your child blowing out their candles instead of you having to see it yourself through the lens of your camera. Mention to this person ahead of time the things that you most want to capture and they can be on the lookout for those moments.

5. Go with the flow. No party ever goes exactly as planned and that’s the same with photography. You may be hoping your little guest of honor will be all smiles for the camera the whole time but they may not be. And that’s ok. Go with the flow and keep clicking away. Ultimately you don’t want a bunch of photos that were styled so perfectly that they didn’t capture the party in an honest way. So get the shots of those messy faces, or sticky hands. Get shots of the party game that went all wrong so you can laugh about it later. Did the weather change your plans? Did the guest of honor have a meltdown after too much sugar? Hey it happens! Document that too. The goal is to photojournal the day, true to life.

Having the girls do chocolate covered strawberries & marshmallows turned out messier than I had anticipated. Most of the girls ended up heading home with chocolate stains on their party dresses. And looking back, giving them sharp sticks to handle probably wasn’t the safest idea either! But I’m still glad I have these photos of what really happened that day.

Thanks for reading and best wishes for photojournaling your happy event! Please stop over to my blog to say hello or share a link to your party photos. I would love to see them!

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Thanks so much, Bri! Be sure to check out her blog!!!

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My name is Carli, owner, designer & creative mind behind DimplePrints. I am married to my high school sweetheart & we have 3 wonderful kids. In the beginning I simply started by wanting to share a piece of our lives with loved ones by sending cards & invitations for special occasions. With the support of family, friends & great customers, it has grown into Dimpleprints.
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Comments

  1. Pineapplegirls says:

    Thanks for sharing the photo tip’s as well as the photos….I love the last one with the pouty face…too cute!!

  2. Thanks for having me! I love Dimpleprints!

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