7 Insider Tips to Throw Your Kid’s Birthday Party, According to a Birthday Photographer. 

Leanne's first birthday party in Hood Bar and Cafe in Singapore.

Leanne's first birthday party in Hood Bar and Cafe in Singapore.

It’s understandable to miss out on things when you are trying to juggle that much commitments. From my years of experience behind the camera, observing and photographing countless birthday parties, I have garnered insights of what worked and what didn’t and how you can make your kids birthday party a roaring success that both your families and friends (and their children) will love and remember. 

As a photographer, I’ll focus on things that you can prepare for and do to ensure that visually, you can get the best photos from the event (that is, how to make the event as instagrammable as possible). 

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CONSIDER HAVING A THEME FOR THE KIDS BIRTHDAY PARTY 

Having a theme followed by a matching dress code will determine the look and feel of your birthday event. A cowboy theme is an interesting idea if your kid loves the wild west and the accompanying dress code can be denim on denim with the occasional cowboy hat or sheriff badge! (think creatively) 

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By having a dress code in accordance to the theme, gone are the days where your guests have to second guess their outfit of the day. A themed party will surely keep your guests involved in the party, differentiating your event from the rest of those ‘oh-so-generic’ parties. It will give an instant lift to the party, bringing it to the next level. Now that’s a real party with plenty of photo opportunities that only gorgeous photos can be expected!

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CUSTOMIZED DESSERT TABLE (SNACKS, DECORATIONS AND CAKE)

Taking it up a notch, customized dessert table are very much in trend, for a reason. 

Craftholic themed party!

Craftholic themed party!

Birthday party dessert table for Jacey, craftholic themed!

Birthday party dessert table for Jacey, craftholic themed!

A wise mom once told me “A customized dessert table is an creative expression of the child’s inner world” and I couldn’t agree more. In this age, since everything can be customized, why not bring it to the dessert table as well? 

Customized birthday party cake for Saint's 1st birthday party.

Customized birthday party cake for Saint's 1st birthday party.

Amazing dessert table spread in beautiful tones of blue.

Amazing dessert table spread in beautiful tones of blue.

Be it your kid’s favourite cartoon character, animal or even motor vehicles, there are plenty of dessert table vendors out there ready to transform your kid’s fantasy into edible reality! 

Miffy inspired macarons for Lotta's 1st birthday party at Sandbank Singapore. Super cute idea!

Miffy inspired macarons for Lotta's 1st birthday party at Sandbank Singapore. Super cute idea!

Miffy inspired dessert table for Lotta.

Miffy inspired dessert table for Lotta.

LET THERE BE LIGHT…

The lighting of a venue might not be a consideration for parents when organising their kids or baby’s birthday party but to a photographer, lighting is of paramount importance. Believe it or not, lighting will make or break the photographs. 

Natural light is ideal for photographing events like kids birthday party, giving a soft and natural feel to the photos.

Natural light is ideal for photographing events like kids birthday party, giving a soft and natural feel to the photos.

For kids birthday party, I will always try to use natural light to light my subjects. Parents will often request photographers to not use direct flash on kids and I personally feel that camera flashes distracts the guests from their conversations and interactions, impeding me when I’m trying to capture beautiful candid moments. 

Nature provides the most beautiful light so a venue that allows natural light into the room will create the best lighting scenario for photographers. Needless to say, when a venue is bright and airy, everyone will be more energetic. 

Of course, if you are planning to have your event indoor with no natural light, don’t call off your event yet! Try to find places with low white ceiling so your photographers can ‘bounce’ their camera flash upwards to the ceiling, giving a soft and natural lighting effect on the subjects. 

KEEP BOTH THE ADULTS AND THE KIDS OCCUPIED WITH INTERESTING BIRTHDAY PARRTY IDEAS

From what I’ve noticed at kids birthday parties, the guests love it whenever there are activities for them to participate in. A magic show is sure to keep the kids amused and entertained while a balloon sculptor will ensure that the kids have colourful souvenirs to bring home. Why not consider a fairy who can conjure magical bubbles out of thin air? 

All the kids were entertained by this amazing bubble fairy with her repertoire of bubble tricks for Mahill's birthday party celebration.

All the kids were entertained by this amazing bubble fairy with her repertoire of bubble tricks for Mahill's birthday party celebration.

Birthday girl, Mahill, gets invited to the stage for some bubbly fun!

Birthday girl, Mahill, gets invited to the stage for some bubbly fun!

Or if you’re the creative kind, why not plan an arts workshop where the kids can express their creativity and have fun at the same time? 

Art workshop conducted by the staff of Playeum Children's Centre for Creativity at Gillman Barracks.

Art workshop conducted by the staff of Playeum Children's Centre for Creativity at Gillman Barracks.

Hands on activities like an Art workshop keeps the children involved and is a great idea to consider for your next birthday event.

Hands on activities like an Art workshop keeps the children involved and is a great idea to consider for your next birthday event.

Look at how much fun the kids are having!

Look at how much fun the kids are having!

When both the kids and the adults are enjoying themselves, you can be sure that there will be plenty of endearing moments for the photographer to capture. 

If you’re looking for a magician who is skilful and entertaining, head over to Jerryl Tan Magic for some witty magic guaranteed to impress your guests. 

CONSIDER HAVING IT FILMED BY ENGAGING A PROFESSIONAL VIDEOGRAPHER 

Videography is gaining traction and while it is more common for wedding, why not hire a videographer for your kids birthday party? 

When the party is over, you can sit back and chill out with your family and friends to a clip documenting the joyous occasion in full bloom. 

In the years to come, your kids will appreciate the beautiful video crafted for them to witness what  exactly went down on their special day. Seeing things in motion is a special way to commemorate important milestones. I’ve embedded a ‘Gender Reveal Party’ clip by one of my cinematographer, Alvin, below for your enjoyment. 


Lastly, let us not forget the golden rule…

NO MATTER HOW BEAUTIFUL EVERYTHING IS, THINGS ARE ONLY AS BEAUTIFUL AS WHAT YOUR PHOTOGRAPHER CAN CAPTURE, REMEMBER TO HIRE A PROFESSIONAL KIDS BIRTHDAY PARTY PHOTOGRAPHER FOR YOUR EVENT! 

As the saying goes: “pics or it didn’t happen”, while the cake, decorations and activities are important for the party, the photos are probably the most important of it all. Unlike the delicious food or the colourful balloons, the photos captured will last a lifetime. That is the reason why many parents will spend the most time and effort to book the best photographer within their budget. 

With beautiful photos, you can reproduce it in many forms. For instance, polaroids to keep in your wallets or a layflat photobook to archive the memories in hardcopy, something that you can hold in your hand with your child. This is the reason why I started mailing complimentary polaroids to my clients after their event - simply because there is so much value from printed photographs. Clients have also opted to print high quality layflat photobook with the photos I captured at their events, which is highly customizable to their needs. 

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To ensure that you engage the best photographer for your event, remember to request for the latest portfolio of your photographers for similar events and provide them with as many details as possible for your particular event so they can make preparations beforehand. 

Reviews are also very important so do spend some time reading through the photographer’s reviews on their website, Google business listing or Facebook page to hear what the photographer’s past clients have to say! 

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TheStoneSyndrome Event Photography offers photography and videography services for kids birthday party. Our photojournalistic style of photographing and filming events are suited for clients who have a taste for candid photos, setting those endearing moments in stone.