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Kid Birthdays: Ditch The Camera & Take A Breather | Family Photography in Indianapolis

Updated: Sep 6, 2018

You might have noticed it’s been a little quite over here lately and that’s mainly due to the fact that my daughter has just turned two and we are prepping for her party this weekend.

That said, one of the things I always insist on for special events is a hiring a photographer.

Now I know what you’re thinking… a photographer for a birthday party? The answer is Yes. Always Yes. And here is why…

Image Credit: Lydia Lee Photography |

1) Enjoy the moment: you worked hard

If you’re like most Moms you spent at least a couple hours thinking on/working on your kiddo’s party – or maybe you’re a head-over-heels Pinterest inspired Mom who spends hours planning. No judgement here either way...I’ve been both.

That said – you’ve worked hard to make sure the details were right… whether it was choosing the “right” piñata for the “theme” (by the way, is animal piñatas weird to anyone else?), or sending out honest to goodness PAPER invitations (seriously Paper = invites, envelopes, address & stamps, Ladies! No wonder email was invented!)

Despite what our loving husbands think, these things don’t just magically appear…and you worked hard. So don’t forget in all the hustle and bustle to CAPTURE images of your efforts.

2) Maximize Mom Fun Time

Pretty basic concept here that is often overlooked. As parents we often get caught up in the DIY world. Sometimes things turn out great – sometimes not. Don’t get me started on the time that I convinced the husband [then fiancé] to DIY ALL our wedding stationary from invites & programs to table decor & more! But I digress…

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You spent the time to organize all those kiddos. Maybe even threw in a game or two to keep them busy and now it’s time to CONNECT with other adults. Catch up with your girlfriend, harass your brother-in-law about that one time in Vegas…you know the usual!

You’ll need to host your guests and actually enjoy yourself – so don’t get caught up in the idea you’ll photograph the important bits. Let’s face it…you want to be the one brining the cake out as the kids get excited…not the one behind the camera. When in doubt – hire it out!

Seriously… how many times do we as Moms get to be the “fun” parent? Take advantage of the party and live it up! YES to a second scoop of ice cream, YES to playing in the game of tag, YES to it all!

Image Credit: Lydia Lee Photography |

3) Aging Great/Grandparents

This is BY FAR one of the biggest reason I suggest my clients look into hiring a photographer for family events. Maybe it’s a birthday, christening, reunion or whatever…but we all know time marches and on. It’s a funny thing time…and as we age we tend to get in front of the camera less and less until the last image we have of a loved one is 10 years old.

We had a local photographer capture both our daughter’s christening as well as her first birthday and looking back I’m SO glad I did! My grandmother (who I was close with) hated getting her photo, but a month after my kiddo’s 1st birthday she got very sick and passed on a 3 months later. Those photos are the last healthy photos we have of her. She received her last (surprise) birthday cake at the christening… and we got the shot! She snuggled with my daughter in a chair…the photog captured it! She was full of laughs and glowing with warmth… and we got it all!

Image Credit: Lydia Lee Photography |

That said, on a lighter note, when you have someone on hand capturing photos, you’re also more likely to ask for a group photo. It’s a great time to also get some updated shots for those frames at home.

4) Drink A Beer/Wine/Cocktail And Sit Back...

By now, this should require no additional explanation. If confused, see #1, 2 & 3 above.

Hint: You’ve planned and hosted a successful party as well as survived the onset of family [got to love them, right?!].

Enjoy uout party Momma! We have the memories covered!


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Note from Chelsea:

Big thank you to Lydia form Lydia Lee Photograph for capturing our family's moments that we shared here. If you haven't already make sure to check her out as well! Her color tones with make you swoon:


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