I mentioned yesterday that I hired a professional photographer to shoot Noah's birthday.
The reasons for this are many, but I'll focus on two.
First, there were so many moments during the party that as a host, I would have missed.
Like this one:
More than that though, it took the stress off of me. Hosting a party, especially for kids can be a difficult endeavour. Add in the desire to actually visit with your guests, trouble shoot AND take great pictures and you're in for it, big time!
Hiring a photographer that I trusted, allowed me to do what I needed to do without even thinking about the pictures.
She was also fantastic at just capturing the kids being together. This is James and his cousin Jaylen just playing around on the couch. I have no idea when this was or the context for it, but I would certainly have missed it had I been trying to get pictures all day.
The second reason is more specific to me. I've had many a comment lately regarding my parties and going professional with them. Last week I finally decided to take the plunge and begin an event planning business with a focus on children's events. When I was planning Noah's pizza party, I had begun thinking about this and decided that given my main reason for wanting a professional photographer, coupled with the possibility of needing good pictures in the future, I couldn't go wrong. Thankfully I was right and some of these pictures will end up on my website in the near future.