Hire a professional photographer for your kids' birthday photos. Why? Let’s face it…you’re not Anne Geddes. And your juggling skills are half that of the clown you booked for your kid’s party. So with all of the responsibility that comes with pulling off the perfect party, why would you even consider being the event photographer, too? We have an idea: You concentrate on the party. Our professional photographers will handle the pictures.

Professional Party Pics: 5 Reasons Not to DIY

1. You’re too busy hosting the perfect party

It’s time to face the frustrating fact that you can’t be in two places at once. While you’re setting up the next party activity or putting the candles on the cake, who is capturing all of the kids’ candid moments? Enter: The Professional. Sandy Birner, of GigMasters member Connecticut Event Photography believes that party throwers should have as much fun as partygoers. “They need to just enjoy themselves instead of worrying about documenting the event. Leave that to a pro — it’s worth it.”


2. You can actually be IN the pictures!

“I love capturing candid moments that express love and emotion,” said Birner. “[Professional photographers] can get candid moments of the entire family. But, if mom is the photographer, there won’t be any pictures of her because she is behind the camera.” You are an integral part of your child’s big day. Be part of the memories.


Photo Credit: Connecticut Event Photography

3. You are not a professional. Professionals are trained

From the candid snapshots to the creative pictures to the traditional photos, a pro is sure to capture it all. Birner explained, “A pro photographer has hours upon hours of experience and is more likely to have a good eye for composition and anticipation.” Still, Birner has her favorite party shots that she always makes sure she snaps.

“I try to capture the children with their parents or grandparents during those special moments that show their bond,” said Birner. “As always, I get the cake and the family blowing out the candles, too.”


Photo Credit: Lush Life Photography

4. A pro photog comes with high-end equipment

OK, how many non-professionals have a Nikon D4 or Canon EOS hiding in their closet? One of the perks about professionals is that they own top-of-the-line cameras. “Let a photographer capture the moments with a professional high res camera, pro lighting and pro lenses,” said Birner. Special moments deserve superior equipment.


5. It’s a great alternative to family portraits

Remember the last time you arranged for the family to get portraits taken? The kids didn’t like the clothes that were picked out for them, no one would sit still, and when it was all over, you received a packet of photos that featured studio-forced smiles — not what you had in mind for the holiday card. This time, approach portraits differently. Birner explained how capturing kids and families in their natural settings would result in cherished photos. “We are trained pros that wait for the perfect moment to capture the children and guests naturally,” said Birner. “We have enough experience to know what works and what doesn’t.”

Photo Credit: Connecticut Event Photography


The next time you are hosting a kid’s party, consider hiring a professional photographer. Remember: A photographer has just as much passion for their craft as you do for your child, and that passion comes through in the photos. Birner said, “As long as I capture images that move my clients, I am happy.”