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Thursday, October 31, 2013

How to take photos at parties

Holiday parties are coming up soon, but they can be hard to photograph, don't you think? With dim lighting, moving guests and (most likely) a tipsy photographer, it's tricky to get good shots that capture the evening. Well, as part of a three-part series sponsored by Canon, here's a way to inspire fun photos...
Create a photo scavenger hunt! Simply write out photo challenges on a piece of paper and tie it to a digital camera. Your guests can pass around the camera to take photos—which ends up being a great ice-breaker and conversation starter.

Ideas for photo challenges:
* tallest and shortest party guests
* a photo of the hostess, unaware
* people's shoes
* a shot from outside the party looking in
* guests coming and going
* as many people in the photo as possible
* balance as many objects as possible on your head
* hear no evil/see no evil/speak no evil
* spelling out a word with body parts
* people laughing
* food and drinks
Tallest and shortest!
Someone laughing...
Drinks...
Shoes...
Balancing things on heads...(the cracker is impressive haha)
L-O-V-E...
As many people in the photo as possible...
The outside looking in...
A photo scavenger hunt is a great way to get your guests talking and taking snapshots, and to end up with fun shots that capture the spirit of the night:)

What do you think? Any other challenges you can think of?

P.S. How to take photos of kids...

(This post was sponsored by Canon as part of a three-part holiday series. Thanks for supporting the sponsors that make Cup of Jo possible. Photos by Alpha Smoot for Cup of Jo)

67 comments:

Rachel Elizabeth said...

this is such a cute idea :) thanks :)

Shoko said...

i love this! such a lovely, festive, fun idea!

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Meredith W. said...

This is a perfect task for us "Monicas" who need something to do at parties other than just hang out. Eventually we run out of dishes to wash and trash to take out and pets to befriend. :)

Hanh said...

I have the camera feature in this post. I thought it was pricey for a point and shoot, but it is worth every penny. Takes awesome pictures in dim light.

thecityspace said...

This is brilliant. Definitely going to try it sometime.

Lauren Knight said...

Love this! And can I just say that I want to be at that party with those cool friendly people?

Michelle Ash Latham said...

What a great idea! It has me itching to plan a holiday party... :)

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Kellyn said...

That's a cool idea! This would be good for a wedding too, I think :)

Ladies in Navy said...

this is so fantastic!

Philline Dilao said...

Love this Joannna! Now I want to throw a party just so I can do this!

Elle | nutritionella said...

Love this idea! Thanks for sharing - I love my Canon!

Emmy M. said...

haha! so true! pets and photos are definitely good diversions...

Emmy M. said...

Camera tips aside, this party looks fun. What a cool space. Someone must study art history if they're balancing Ernst Gombrich's Art and Illusion on their heads...

Anitra Sweet said...

Awesome tips! Ps. my mom has this camera and LOVES it! Always takes the best pics!

LeeLee said...

Great suggestions. I like the challenge ideas.

Margin and Column said...

Yay, I actually bought this camera last week! I cant wait to try it out and use these tips :)

q said...

was this at someone's home? love the space especially the shelves !!! :)

The Slow Pace said...

I love this post!!! I always end up with the ugliest pictures of people posing with fake smiles!!! I'm going to try it this holidays! I think that a picture of a kiss or a hug would be nice... at the end, this holidays are all about love, aren't they?
xx,
E.
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Nancy said...

What a cool idea! I am sure to use these ideas for the next party :)

Rachel Weaver said...

As the hostess I'm usually the one trying to make drinks, serve food, clean dishes, and get guests mingling. Soooo...the photos are sometimes lacking. I'm pretty excited to try this out.

Amnooz said...

Off topic but I love their home!!!

Michelle Panting said...

Very cute idea. These pictures are lovely. And I agree, the home in this shoot is amazing.

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Kelly Rae said...

Such a wonderful idea! :)

boardingtogether said...

This is a fantastic idea! I will definitely have to give this a try this coming holiday season. Love the candid shots.

Carol said...

I'm guessing this is a sneaky preview of your home? (I have the same rug in my dining room.)

Gabriella said...

This is a great idea! Sounds like it would lead to many more interesting pictures than what you usually get from parties...would be fun to try at weddings, too, with those disposable cameras people sometimes pass around.

mannabread said...

what a great idea! so simple, and easy to do! makes for a great time, plus that great time is documented :)

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Michelle Lee said...

great

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Jamie Farshchi said...

Great post Joanna! (Awesome sponsor too!)

liz @ btb said...

Cups! We can be in charge of cups! ;)

liz @ btb said...

Love this idea! As the mom of a 21 month old/hostess of the parties, I never seem to end up in any of the pictures. Womp womp. Not this year!!

lidia said...

Will definitely be trying this out! Great idea (:

Vicky Barone said...

Such a great idea! This would be great for wedding guests to do too!
Love it!
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Eliza Hix said...

I have seen comments that this is a great camera. What Canon camera is it? (I am thinking this is already written somewhere and I missed it but I can't find it!)

rosemary elizabeth donahue said...

Yes, which Canon is this? I'm looking for a simple digital to replace all my old film point and shoots because they're so expensive to develop, and it looks like this one takes great photos in low light!

Cute Counselor said...

What a fun game... We will share with our viewers too.
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Lisette said...

Love this idea!

Alicia said...

Love this! Definitely will have to try it out : )

kaela said...

Good to know. :)

girldanslacite.com said...

Oh my goodness. This is such a great idea. My friends and I are hosting Friendsgiving this year - we will definitely do this.

Gracy said...

wauw, this is a great idea! love this

his little lady said...

So perfect! Love these little tips ;)
xo TJ

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Kelly Lee said...

Love this idea! Will have to try at our next party.

Stacia, the Homey Owl said...

I am in love with this idea! Thank you so much for the inspiration!

Lynn said...

Sponsored by? Canon, I presume? Odd, those missing sponsor names. Which Canon is the one pictured?

jasmine said...

I love this! So cute, and especially love the option to pass responsibility of documenting to anyone/everone :)

Bucktown Mom said...

It sounds so fun...how does the scavenger hunt work? So it's not teams or anything, right? Just put the list out and have people take the pics for fun?

cheyenne said...

how fun! i'm definitely keeping this in mind for the next party!
xo, cheyenne

JeanneW said...

Omg that first photo. Kiss her already!!

Laura D said...

This looks like fun! And I'm impressed by the balancing, too

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Ruby Sterland said...

Really great ideas here! Going to give these a go x

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Merisa McCollum said...

I love this article!!!

brandieraaschphotography said...

Fun idea! And I love the string lights they used. Any idea where they're from?

Alice said...

I love this!! I think I'm going to give some of these a go next time I get the chance- thanks!

Kelsey Foster said...

uh that guy is my friend ladd. How random!

Amy @ The American-Made Guide to Life said...

I like the idea of creating a wish list for photos for partygoers to tackle. Now, if only I can figure out how to take a photo from the outside looking in when one lives on the upper floor of a NYC apartment building. Ha!

Preeti Kaur said...

Very cool ideas :)

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Anna Sullivan said...

Absolutely love this post! What great ideas! They will deff come in handy this holiday season.

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women-fight said...

That's a cool idea! This would be good for a wedding too, I think :)

Kayli Schattner said...

What a fun idea! May have to try this at a few of my holiday get togethers :) cool!

loveonthewall said...

I love this! Always wondering how to get great party shots!

Diana said...

I echo the comments above, Jo. Can you please tell us which camera was used for these photos?

dakotabee said...

Looove this post as well. Made me want to throw a holiday party with pretty lights all around:)
xo! Dakota

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Ellie Kornexl said...

I love this idea, but I was so hoping this post would be tips on how to actually take better photos at parties!

The Three Bite Rule said...

so smart! nicely done!

Pá! said...

Lovely idea!
xx, Pá.
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