Taking Great Birthday Party Pictures

Written by Mike Dougherty "Grandpa Mike"

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I spent a lot of years as a professional videographer,(I even won a regional Emmy) so when it comes to taking pictures and shooting video, I know what I'm talking about.

First of all, if you don't have time to take pictures yourself, make sure you ask (someone you can trust) to be your "official" photographer and or videographer...

Don't pose all your pictures... Literally "capture" some ofrepparttar action ofrepparttar 145205 kid activities you've planned... Take pictures of your guests as they arrive (especially if it's a costume party).

Take pictures of your child and their guests playing birthday party games, doing crafts, playing with balloons and anything else they do...

After a while, your guests will forget aboutrepparttar 145206 cameras and you'll be able to capture some excellent candid shots.

Don't pose your subjects in front of any windows. The outside sunlight will cause your subjects faces to be much too dark, even if you use a flash.

And remember, you can give some of your guests disposable cameras so you'll be sure to get some "kid's point of view" shots.

Polaroid cameras are also great because everyone can see polaroid pictures soon after you've taken them and you can even let your guests take their picture home as a party favor.

So remember

Get all your cameras ready well in advance so that when your birthday child gets ready to blow outrepparttar 145207 candles on that very special cake, you'll be more than ready to capturerepparttar 145208 moment on film or video.

Who knows, that shot could turn out to be a wonderful family heirloom!

For more great information and tips to help you put together a fun kid birthday party, visit us at Fun-Kid-Birthday-Parties.com

Mike Dougherty is a regional Emmy award winning videographer and is now the webmaster for Fun-Kid-Birthday-Parties.com

Suicide Survivor

Written by T.L. McMullen

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I urge anyone suffering fromrepparttar aftermath of a suicide to seek whatever help necessary to assist in coping. Things will never berepparttar 145169 same but you can control your own destiny. You must choose to acceptrepparttar 145170 tragedy and move forward with your own life.

My heart and sympathy goes out torepparttar 145171 many people affected by suicide and other family tragedies. I speak from experiences encountered fromrepparttar 145172 suicide loss of my father, a 17 yr old sister who died in a car accident, an older sister who narrowly survived a severe traumatic brain injury, and a younger sister I watch struggle withrepparttar 145173 evils of alcoholism.

Take care of yourself and your family and remember to ALWAYS hug and cherishrepparttar 145174 loved ones in your life. I have chosen to leaverepparttar 145175 corporate world to stay home and spend more time with my family - life is too short - even if you live to be 100!

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (1-800-273-8255)

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