1. Most young guests can’t sit still (and don’t want to stop having fun) long enough to take a photo. Good opportunities are when they first get dressed up in their tea party outfits and they want to show off! Also, get them to pose when they’re proud to show you something – like the tea party hat they’ve made with our fun kits!
2. Gift opening time offers automatic crowd control – let the gift giver sit in a special chair next to the Birthday Girl and pose for a photograph (allow the guest to remain in the chair while the present is opened).
3. Group photographs can be difficult to execute; especially if your tea party is attended by children younger than 4. A time-tested trick to get them all together at once is to have them all show off their tea party hats that they’ve made. For example, “on the count of three, I want everyone to give me a big smile and let me see those gorgeous, fancy hats you’ve made!” If you’ve done makeovers, something similar like, “OK, girls, let’s see who has the most sparkly lips”!
The following is a list of moments to capture at your tea party:
*Birthday Girl prior to her tea party, waiting for her guests to arrive, full of excitement. Big smiles guaranteed for this one! Let her show off the decorations, proudly present the tea table, pretend to pour tea from the teapot into a teacup, etc.
*Birthday Girl greeting each guest at the door (be ready with your camera)
*Birthday Girl wearing her Birthday Girl Hat at the tea table surrounded by her friends – take several from different angles while they’re talking, eating, laughing, etc. They will forget you are there and you’ll get lots of unrehearsed, candid shots.
*Close-up of birthday girl blowing out her candles, serving refreshments, pouring the tea.
*For makeovers or dress up time, have each child look into a hand or full-length mirror. Take a shot of her reflection in the mirror wearing her tea party dress up outfit. This truly makes magical photographs.
*Candid shots during the tea party hat craft, games, gift opening, etc.