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Birthday Party Photographer in Cardiff, Caerphilly Bristol & South Wales

Capturing the Best of Your Children's Party

Cardiff, Caerphilly, Newport, Bristol & South Wales Birthday Party Photographer

**Please Note: This page is on children’s birthdays, but if you need photography for any other event, do contact me to discuss**


Chocolate Birthday Cake for Three Year Old with Train


Q. WE’D LIKE TO BOOK YOU FOR OUR FAMILY EVENT SO HOW DO WE DO THIS?

Email me, fill in the Form at the bottom or phone 07947 613070 any time to make an enquiry and book me as your birthday party photographer in Cardiff and South Wales!

**For prices see box further down the page.**


Toddler sitting on granddad's lap looking at birthday cake in Caerphilly

First birthday parties are very popular. They are good for capturing the youngster at a very young age before they become self-conscious in front of the camera. This little chap is sitting quietly with Granddad when the cake arrives.


Q. WHAT TYPES OF PARTY CAN I BOOK YOU FOR?

A. Anything that’s worth throwing a party for!  Children’s birthdays are most popular, but I also photograph anniversaries, business and Christmas parties.  Engagement parties and baby showers too as well as baby naming ceremonies. I have also been known to photograph birthdays of pets!  So whatever your occasion, do get in touch to discuss your options.


DJ pointing into air with children gathered around at birthday party

The choice of entertainment for your child’s birthday is huge. Here, there’s a DJ/entertainer but magicians, balloon artists, bands and even wizards (see below) are popular too.


Q. WHERE WOULD YOU BE WILLING TO TRAVEL TO FOR MY CHILD’S PARTY?

A. I primarily photograph kids parties in Caerphilly and Cardiff as I’m local to there.  I do frequent events Newport and even Bristol too.  Pontypridd, Bridgend, Blackwood and anywhere in the Welsh Valleys.  I cover pretty much all of South Wales including SwanseaPenarth and Barry but if you have a birthday party coming up elsewhere, do contact me to discuss.


Five children on bunked bed, one with hand outstretched.

This birthday party was at my home in Caerphilly. The middle boy is my George, and he had a great time playing in his bedroom with his closest friends.


Seven children seated on red sofa at party

Another group shot but this time at a party venue. They were playing on this sofa, so I had them quickly line up for some photos. The mum of the birthday girl had no idea I’d taken it and was over the moon when I showed it to her afterwards.


Q. WE’RE HAVING A BIRTHDAY AT OUR HOME. WOULD YOU COME TO OUR HOUSE TO PHOTOGRAPH IT?

A. Absolutely – yes! Probably most parties happen at home and this has many benefits. Not only is it far cheaper, but all of your child’s toys and games will be there too, meaning lots for them to play with and do. Some parents even hire entertainers to come out and keep the kids occupied.


Poppelwood Playcentre Wizards at Caerphilly Birthday Party

Wizards provide the entertainment at the amazing Poppelwood Play Centre in Caerphilly. The centre also has a large soft-play facility and is available to be hired out privately.


Q. HOW WILL YOU APPROACH THE PHOTOGRAPHY FOR MY CHILD’S BIRTHDAY PARTY?

A. I shoot in a mostly natural style and love to document events as they happen without fuss or interference.  Most of the photos you get will be candid moments that tell the story of the day.  Sometimes though, things need to be slightly tweaked in order to get the shot.  Particularly moments such as blowing out the birthday cake candles.  If you need any group shots, I can set these up as well.  If we liaise closely with each other both before and during the day, then you’ll be sure to end up with a great mixture of documentary and fun posed shots.  The emphasis is totally on people having FUN!!!

I also photograph all of those special details such as the cake, table settings, menus, wall art etc.


At a birthday party, children dance on dancefloor with arms in the air

I try to take shots like this, where the children are unaware that I am photographing them. They help to illustrate perfectly the story of the day.


 

2 Hours Birthday Photography Coverage (not Saturday)

**£160**

Special Price for 2 Hours Photography on a Saturday

**£190**

Photographic coverage + beautifully edited photos provided in a mixture of colour and black and white.

Extra Hours = £70/hour

 


Little girl laughing with family at birthday party

Connection between children and their parents is wonderful to capture as in this photo taken shortly after she blew out her birthday candles.


Q. HOW DO YOU WORK WITH CHILDREN?

A. I have a background working with children in both a care setting and on film and TV sets.  Being a licensed and DBS checked chaperone, I am used to dealing with them and their different ways.  Use of subtle methods ensures they are comfortable with my presence and I think this shows in the end results. I don’t intrude on their space, but am always friendly, approachable and happy to chat and play.  Sometimes, I even let them help take some photos – touch wood there has been no breakages yet!

Photographically, shooting low at their height level helps with more dynamic and striking photos.


At a girl's party, her mum places a 'planet' on her birthday cake

If I arrive early, I can take a few shots such as this where mum was setting up the feature birthday cake table.


Table of food and cake with 'Happy Birthday' sign laid out for child's party

As well as the party itself, it’s vital to take some details shots. A lot of thought goes into the theme and party food which will soon be demolished by ravenous little ones. I try to capture this before it happens.


Q. HOW LONG IS THE AVERAGE CHILDREN’S BIRTHDAY PARTY AND WHAT COVERAGE DO YOU PROVIDE?

A. Children’s parties are usually considerably shorter than those for a grown up.  They generally last about 2-3 hours at a maximum, so I provide photography to cater for this time span.  However if you need photography for shorter or longer than this, do get in touch to discuss.


Girl with Party Wig Holding Glasses from Dressing Up Box

Dressing up boxes are a good and fun idea to keep children (and adults) entertained. They also lend themselves to happy and vibrant portrait shots such as this.


Q. HOW WILL YOU EDIT OUR PHOTOGRAPHS? CAN WE CHOOSE?

A. I’ll process your photographs in a mixture of colour and black and white as I think suits. There are examples of my photographic styles throughout my site so have a browse through. If there’s a style you really like or one that you’re not so keen on, please feel free to tell me and I’ll remember this during your shoot and editing.  I don’t have to edit in black and white, so if you prefer all colour, do say.


A girl throws a green hoop at a birthday with DJ in background

I love the vibrancy in this little girl’s dress, so I boosted the saturation in the edit to highlight it. Birthdays generally have lots of colour to work with.


A little girl throws a hoop at a birthday party in Cardiff

Another ‘hoopla’ shot as the birthday girl had a go at this party game.


Q. WHAT TYPES OF VENUE AND ENTERTAINMENT IS TYPICAL FOR A KID’S PARTY?

A. I don’t think there’s any such thing as a typical venue.  Obviously the family home is very popular whether the parent’s or grandparent’s house.  There are also numerous venues to hire in Caerphilly and South Wales and Bristol for a few hours. Most family pubs have a children’s birthday party package option.

There are also now many options that go way beyond the traditional blind man’s buff at home.  For older children and teenagers there is now laser quests and paint-balling courses, obstacle courses and outdoor adventure such as Go Ape and water raftingGo-karting is popular as is tenpin bowling.

For younger children there is soft play, slime parties and magicians available to hire.  Toddlers and early years children are usually more easily amused.  For them, just the chance to run around with friends and eat party food is usually enough.


Boys in Suits with Girl on Bar Stools at in Caerphilly - Birthday Party Photographer

One of my more staged portraits: These siblings and cousins looked so great in their outfits that I couldn’t resist lining them up at this Bristol bar.


Children playing with boy trying to get a ball off a girl

Things aren’t always as chilled as in the above photograph. When things get a little boisterous, I’m there to catch the action too!


Here is a brilliant resource at Mum’s Make Lists for planning your perfect children’s birthday party!


Little boy happy with candles on birthday cake

Finally, I sometimes like to shoot in a more experimental way. The cake candles often give me a chance to take some striking and atmospheric photographs using only candle light.  And the little boy’s excited face says it all…


Children’s Birthday Party Photographer – Guy Milnes Photography

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Guy Milnes Photography is based between London and Caerphilly covering South Wales, Bristol, London and the home counties.
He has been a professional photographer since 2008 and loves to capture the true atmosphere of the wedding day as it unfolds naturally.

 

Preferred Contact Number:
07947 613070

https://www.guymilnes.com/

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