No Stress Approach to Event Photography

Part of my life is missing.

October-December 2012 to be exact.

I just finished printing my Blurb Family Photo Album for 2012 (yes, a year late!) and despite the 240+ pages and hundreds of photographs of our year, there is an entire quarter of time missing.
Obviously, I must have been too stressed or overwhelmed during that time to pull out the camera.

I missed:
my son’s 3rd Birthday.

No big deal right?


At the time I was relieved to just “be present” and not have to experience everything behind a camera. But I do admit there is a bit of regret at having nothing to remember that time of our life by.
I do believe in balance when it comes to photographing your own family. I don’t document everything that happens. Often, I just want to “be” and enjoy things as they happen. This is why I try so hard to photograph things ON DIFFERENT DAYS…


  • like photographing Halloween costumes before the holiday,
  • or when I photographed graduation pictures for my husband on a different day,
  • or even photographing wedding couples on a different day than their wedding.

  • This past Christmas I shot a handful of Christmas morning shots (like 5) and put the camera away and enjoyed the rest of our holiday. The light is bad at 7:00 a.m. in our house and none of those shots were worth much in terms of quality.

    After the chaos of the holidays settled, I had a little lifestyle photo session with Buzzy playing with his new toys during good light, in a clean house–less aesthetic distraction from the clutter of Christmas–and he too was less distracted with the excitement Christmas morning induces, so he was more content to play for longer and let me document the materialistic side of our Christmas.

    I’m grateful I’ll have a record of our Christmas this year–even though it was all taken AFTERWARDS.

    Never underestimate the perks of photographing things BEFORE or AFTER big events.

    1. You can shoot in better light.
    2. You can shoot with a more relaxed setting and schedule
    3. You can often enjoy the DAY OF EVENTS more because you’re not trying to experience it all through a camera.








    biopic2 Brooke Snow is the Professional Photographer for her own family and an Abundant Life Practitioner. She loves tree swings, the month of May, and early morning walks. She lives with her husband and adventurous son in Northern Utah. Join her FREE Photo Perspective Photography course for great instruction on easy ways to immediately improve your photos.

    3 Responses

    1. I love this post! I often find myself missing out on just being in the moment on special occasions because I am trying so hard to capture it! I will remember these tips for photographing my 2014! Thanks.
      Good seeing you the other day. Hope your little man is feeling better.

    2. I love event photography! I started back in 2006 with a Canon Rebel taking pictures at Events (birthday parties, bridal showers, baby showers, and family reunion). I would print on site and make so much money.

      I decided to focus on portrait and headshot photography because I am able to engage more with the subject, my client.

      However, everyone in my town knows that I am the “go-to photo girl” and still ask me to take pictures at their event. I had to stop. I wasn’t having fun but I was making money and it took a tow on me. I wanted to enjoy photography. I wanted to meet people, mingle, and embrace the entire process and the session. So, I am now building a photo booth to meet their needs. I set it up at the event, hand over the remote control, and they could click all night. This way, I watch and see how much fun the client and their guest is having…

      Reuniting with photography is a blessing. I thank God for that!

      1. Jackie! What a great idea to use a photo booth! Sounds like a great way to invite spontaneity and enjoy the entire event more yourself! Thanks for sharing!

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