On the weekend I went to a three year old’s birthday party to be the photographer for it. It was an unpaid gig as it was a favour for a friend. It was also at MacDonald’s so it’s lucky she’s a friend because it’s not a place I go to willingly.
I was a bit nervous, even though I wasn’t being paid, because I’ve never been asked to do anything like that before and it was very flattering to be asked.
I ended up having quite a good time once I got into it and developed quite a rapport with the birthday boy.
How could you not. He was very cute.
He has twin sisters who are about to turn one. This is one of them.
He has a very cute friend too. I took rather a lot of photos of her.
The birthday boy must have liked me because he ended up letting me hold his dinosaur and two other toys he got for his birthday.
His parents haven’t seen the photos yet so I haven’t received any feedback but I did say to my friend I did the favour for (birthday boy’s aunt) that I wouldn’t be making a habit of doing unpaid photography gigs.
With the two or so hours I spent at the party, then at least two hours going through all the photos and doing some post processing it’s a bit time consuming to be doing it as favours for anyone who asks.
Below you can see my son sitting as close as possible to the cake so he doesn’t miss out.
Lovely photos Jen.
It must be hard to say no when people ask such ‘small’ favours …not really knowing all the work involved in the finished images.
They are great photos Jen. I often hand my camera to someone at the parties, because I get so busy that I forget to take photos of the important bits!
Really great photos Jen. How nice you could do this for them…it really is a compliment; but I don’t blame you for not wanting to make a practice of not being paid for your time and energy. Hey, maybe through word-of-mouth this kind of thing could become a little side job for you….paid of course. Hope you and JJ are having a really nice weekend…Hugs, Joy
Farmers Wife says
My son has a dinosaur just like that one. Those kids are so cute…