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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 of action of 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 about 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.
Get all your cameras ready well in advance so that when your birthday child gets ready to blow out candles on that very special cake, you'll be more than ready to capture moment on film or video.
Who knows, that shot could turn out to be a wonderful family heirloom!
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Mike Dougherty is a regional Emmy award winning videographer and is now the webmaster for Fun-Kid-Birthday-Parties.com