I am not a party genius, but I have a friend who is. She puts together these fantastic, fun, inventive parties for her kids, AND she makes beautiful cakes. I, on the other hand, can take an ok photo but can't make a cake that looks worth eating (though it may taste fantastic). She and I got smart this year and joined forces for our girl's parties. She will bake a cake for Vivian come November, and in return, I photographed her kid's party and set up a photo booth.
The party was great - a spy scavenger hunt, of all things, how brilliant is that? Let me tell you, it was the best party ever. I followed around the party snapping shots of all the excitement, and when the birthday bandit was finally foiled and the cake was found intact and ready to eat, I set up a photo booth to capture a photo of every kid.
I used a simple setup of some cloth hung over a bar as a backdrop. I placed the entire setup in open shade and used a single flash on 1/16 power in a softbox on camera left for lighting. I set up my camera on a tripod and had every kid sit in the same spot, using the props of their choice. All these fun props, and more, I downloaded for free from accent the party and ohhappyday. The kids will each get a print of their photo when thank-you cards are sent out later in the week.
Let me know if you are in Qingdao and want a photobooth at your next kids party! I trade photography for cake...or party planning...or even cash.