Photographing Birthday Moments

ISO 1000 | f/1.4 | ss 1/40 | 50mm


30 candles provides enough light to shoot in Aperture Priority Mode with spot metering.It blows out the candles, but gets her face perfectly exposed!


Birthday cakes go quickly, so have your settings ready to go before the moment if you can. Aperture Priority gives you that little added assurance your exposure will be close. The silhouette on the right of the frame is a little family friend. I think Breena will love knowing he shared this special day with her.


This is also my Simple Things photo for this week.


If you’ve not found Rebecca Cooper’s blog, I recommend you stop by her Simple Things Challenge each week. She and her photos are lovely. And really, can’t we all use more lovely in our lives?


  1. I’ve tried this over and over again, but I always get a green “halo” of the candles somewhere else in the picture! It’s weird and I’ve never heard of it happening to anyone else, but it happens to me consistently. HELP! My son’s 12th birthday is on the 20th (tomorrow) and I’d love to finally pull off this shot!

  2. GREAT photo and your tips on birthday cake photos are wonderful! thanks for sharing!! 🙂

  3. AMAZING!! What a fantastic picture

  4. Romax love

    what a great tip. I will be trying this on the next birthday person. Love it


    Me too! Take many, hope for one but will keep these in mind for out next birthday. Thank you again Miss K, might even practice at home to get it right!

  6. What a beautiful photo… I love how this captured not just the birthday girl but also the person holding the cake. It almost makes me feel like I was there. Love it!

  7. I belong to the group who takes 20 pics and gets one good one. I'm always amazed by people who can plan this out. 🙂 Beautiful photo!


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