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Taking Better Party Photos {+ Point and Shoot vs. Pro Camera Comparison}

When it comes to featured party submissions, one of the biggest issues we see time and time again is poor photo quality. This can be heart-breaking because we know how much time & energy goes into making these parties so beautiful (trust me, we know!), but it’s hard to properly see all that creativity through harsh lighting and blurry images. We also understand how difficult it can be to translate a party from real life to the camera screen though, and there’s just no getting around the fact that lighting and equipment play such a big role in making that happen.

So, I was very happy when Maria Healey, an incredibly talented professional photographer from my own neck of the woods, approached us about sharing some party photography tips with our readers. She touches on 2 key things here: 1) making the most with the equipment you’ve got (even if it’s an iPhone camera!) and 2) illustrating the differences between standard Point and Shoot Camera results and and Pro Level Camera results (a Canon 5D Mark II to be specific!).

Read on for her tried-and-true tips and insight…

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Taking Better Party Photos {+ Point and Shoot vs. Pro Camera}
– by Maria Healey

I am so excited to share my passion for party photography today on the HWTM blog! I’ve had the opportunity to photograph some amazing parties and styled shoots, and it’s been my pleasure to have a variety of those featured on the HWTM blog.

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Coco Chanel Meets Cabaret 30th Birthday Party

Everyone knows Coco Chanel is easily one of the most chic women of all time, so it makes perfect sense why this Coco Chanel Meets Cabaret 30th Birthday Party looks so effortlessly stylish! Vasso Vantali of My Best Wishes Events fashioned this party to have a more grown up feel — with glamorous decor, classy desserts & of course, the iconic Chanel logo throughout!

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

– Black & white paper straws with fuchsia party flags + white anemones in chic black vases
– Quilted Coco Chanel inspired birthday cake + Chanel logo topped quilted cupcakes & cookies
– Black lace vase & fuchsia rose arrangements + rose boutonniere & pearl bracelet party favors

Coco Chanel Meets Cabaret 30th Birthday Party

Coco Chanel Meets Cabaret 30th Birthday Party

Coco Chanel Meets Cabaret 30th Birthday Party

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{Party of 5} Construction Birthday, Barnyard Bash, Princess Party, Monster Truck Birthday, Twins Frozen Party

Here we go with the latest round of Friday Party of 5 picks from our HWTM.com members! Just click on a party title or collage to check out the full album & details from the following creative events:

 Construction Birthday Party
 Vintage Barnyard Bash 1st Birthday
– Perfectly Pink Princess
 Birthday Party
– Joint Monster Truck Birthday Party

 Twins’ Frozen Birthday Party

1. Construction Birthday Party (pictured above) from MayDetails Printable Celebrations

{Party of 5} Construction Birthday, Barnyard Bash, Princess Party, Monster Truck Birthday, Twins Frozen Party

2. Vintage Barnyard Bash 1st Birthday by Simply Perfect Events

{Party of 5} Construction Birthday, Barnyard Bash, Princess Party, Monster Truck Birthday, Twins Frozen Party

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Surfs Up! Summer Family Beach Bash

When you can’t go to the beach, bring the beach to you! That’s exactly what Angela DiVincenti Babin of Angela Marie Events did when she shipped in truckloads of sand and set up this  ‘Surf’s Up!’ Summer Family Beach Bash in her front yard! Other seaside additions included the Shaka Sweet Shack, beach chairs with coolers nearby and a huge crab feed! Proof that being landlocked is not so bad! ;)

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

– Hanging paper lanterns & string lights + vintage surfer & station wagon printables
– Shark cake balls, blue coral popcorn, Goldfish shark bait + bikini rice krispies
– DIY wooden arrow sign & painted wave photo booth backdrop + a cake with a giant surf wave
– A Snow Cone machine & water slide + towels, sunglasses & woven bracelet party favors

Surfs Up! Summer Family Beach Bash

Surfs Up! Summer Family Beach Bash

Surfs Up! Summer Family Beach Bash

Surfs Up! Summer Family Beach Bash

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Is there anything sweeter than a family pulling together to create a magical day for their special little one? For Sagan’s first birthday, her family combined sweet pinks, tons of DIY & a touch of glitter to create this Charming Pink & Gold First Birthday Party. And to make these memories last, Dianne L. Rousseau of Dianne Lisette Photography beautifully captured […]

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With all of these Minion parties popping up, I think it’s time I finally see these Despicable Me movies (I know, I know — how have I not?!) It’s easy to love all of the details Aline Menezes of Pink Atelie de Festas put into this One in a Minion Birthday Party though, even without having seen the movies. From Gru’s […]

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