Moana + Ice Cream + Lexi | A Pool Party in Topanga | Los Angeles Kids Birthday Photography

Moana + Ice Cream + Lexi | A Pool Party in Topanga | Los Angeles Kids Birthday Photography

Lexi turned six last weekend!  And what a lovely poolside affair it was.  I met Lexi’s mom after shooting a birthday party at her studio in the Pacific Palisades.  (They host aerial yoga parties, such a fun time! -> http://www.studioktraining.com/birthday-parties)  I arrived at her house in Topanga and was amazed by the tranquil atmosphere and gorgeous views – she even had a rig set up to do aerial moves in her backyard.  Lexi must take after her mother, she had absolutely no fear doing backflips and summersaults all over the pool.  Moana was a surprise guest and she was quite the hit, I don’t think the kids gave her more than an inch of space the entire time.

I just love the decorations, splashing madness, Moana sing-alongs, and ice cream creations from this summer party, thanks for having me Jennifer!

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Until next time…

Shannon @remembermakers

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Laser Tag Birthday | Kids Party Photography Los Angeles | Ultrazone Sherman Oaks

Laser Tag Birthday | Kids Party Photography Los Angeles | Ultrazone Sherman Oaks

Happy 9th birthday Chiara!  I absolutely love laser tag parties – the lasers show up in the pictures which is pretty fantastic and I get to run around and remember the good ol’ days when I used to play.  Next time I want to try wearing a vest, I’m sure a lot more lasers would be pointed in my direction!  Interested in having your next kid’s birthday party at Ultrazone?  Check them out here:

http://www.zonehead.com/birthday-parties

Here are the setting ranges I used on my Canon 5d mark iii with a 24mm 1.4 Canon lens:

ISO: 16000 – 20000

f-stop: 1.4 – 2.0

shutter speed: 1/250 – 1/500

 

Here are some of my fave shots!

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xoxo

Shannon @remembermakers

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Archer is One! | Birthday Party Photography Los Angeles

Archer is One! | Birthday Party Photography Los Angeles

Look at that face!  Such a fun backyard get together for such a cutie pie.  Loved seeing the birthday boy crawling around the grass, interacting with his cousins, and testing everything in reach to see if it was edible.  He shared his birthday party with two other family members…that means 3 cakes!  Triple the happy birthday magic.  So much family love in one place, I am very grateful that I was invited in to capture it all.  Thanks Amanda and family!

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Such fun!

 

Until next time,

Shannon @remembermakers

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Books and Cookies + Evalyn | 1st Birthday Party in Santa Monica | Cake Smash

Books and Cookies + Evalyn | 1st Birthday Party in Santa Monica | Cake Smash

Loved this birthday!  It was a hot summer day in Santa Monica, Books and Cookies offered a magical little oasis for the birthday bash.  The decorations Morgan brought along made for an even more adorable shindig!  Keep scrolling, you’ll see what I mean.  Evalyn had a blast crawling around and being swept up and doted on by loving family members and friends.  Pretty perfect 1st birthday if you ask me.

Interested in planning a kids birthday at Books and Cookies?  Check them out here.

Birthday Cakes by Susie Cakes

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Until the next party, ciao!

Shannon @remembermakers

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Aerial Party at Studio K | Kids Birthday Photography Los Angeles

Aerial Party at Studio K | Kids Birthday Photography Los Angeles

Looking for a creative idea for your next kid’s birthday party?  Have an aerial party!  Studio K is tucked away in the Pacific Palisades and they are masters at hosting parties up in the air.  Take a look at their website here:  http://www.studioktraining.com/birthday-parties

I had way too much fun watching these girls, I think I’ll have to try an aerial class myself!

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xoxo

 

Shannon

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10 Kids Birthday Party Ideas in Los Angeles | A Photographer’s Perspective

10 Kids Birthday Party Ideas in Los Angeles | A Photographer’s Perspective

 

Need some ideas for your next kids birthday party?  There are so many birthday spots in LA, it can be overwhelming and mind boggling.  I’ve been photographing birthdays in Los Angeles for years and thought it would be helpful to come up with a short list of my favorite kids party locations, ideas, and vendors.  All local to Los Angeles!  Hopefully this helps narrow your search and ease some of the stress of party planning.  Enjoy!

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1. Bubblemania

I’ve seen this company at a few backyard birthdays and, let me tell you, it is entertainment for all ages!  Even the adults look mesmerized (yes, me included).  It starts off with a structured bubble show and ends with party guests taking turns to be inside giant life size bubbles!  Also, bubbles make for fantastic pictures, a big plus for this photographer lady.

Check them out here – http://www.bubblemaniaandcompanyla.com/

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2. Bowling – Montrose Bowl

This bowling alley is picture perfect, such a cool vintage style.  And who doesn’t love throwing a ball around?  This is great for active kids who are old enough to navigate a bowling ball and keep a little focus.  There’s also a small arcade attached for extra entertainment.  Add a giant pizza into the mix and you’re golden!

Check it out here – http://www.montrosepartybowl.com/

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3. The Coop

The Coop is one of my absolute favorite indoor/outdoor playgrounds.  Giant ball pit, light up dance floor, climbing equipment, and a beautiful outdoor area with a tent and hangout lounge.  All ages can have fun here.  Photo tip: Get down low on the dance floor and get some cool colorful shots of dancing faces!  (That’s how I got the first photo on my about page – http://remembermakers.com)

Check out The Coop here – https://thecoop-la.com/party/

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4. Mobile Petting Zoo

The simplicity of animals hanging out + kids hanging out is just magic.  I’ve seen ones with llamas, mini horseback riding, cuddly bunnies, birdies, and everything in between.  The kids can touch, learn, experience, and explore…just as kids should!

Check this one out – http://www.reptacularanimals.com/los-angeles/la-photos/la-petting-zoo/

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5. Ultrazone Laser Tag

Laser tag birthday parties are a blast! (hehe) This is great for older kids with a lot of energy and a team spirit.  Luckily the laser beams show up in pictures and make for some great action shots!  After the game(s) you have your own private room to relax in or you can play around on the large selection of arcade games.  If you’re looking for high energy, you’ve got it right here!

Check them out here – http://www.zonehead.com/birthday-parties

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6. Aerial Yoga 

Have an aerial party!  Studio K is tucked away in the Pacific Palisades and they are masters at hosting parties up in the air.  This is great for physically active kids and a wonderful introduction to a new skill.  Never a dull moment in this studio.  To see more photos from the aerial birthday I shot click here.

Check out more info on the studio here – http://www.studioktraining.com/birthday-parties

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7. Travel Town

Travel town is a solid birthday spot.  It almost feels like you’re at a picnic table in your local park…except…you’re surrounded by TRAINS!  Kids love to explore around the tracks, and some just like to stick to the picnic area where a mini train set is often set up in the grass.  All of the kids end up going around the property in the mini train.   I don’t think I’ve ever said the word train so many times!

Check out Travel Town here – http://www.traveltown.org/rental.shtml

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8. Fire Truck Party 

This is not just any fire truck, this one has been converted into a kids birthday party machine!  Photo booth, rockin’ music, PIZZA, and even a hose that sprays out water for playing and frolicking.  Perfect for a hot summer day (and it sure was one for Asher’s fire truck party).  Love love love this company!

Check them out here – http://www.company77.com/

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9. Gymnastics Party

A nap is guaranteed after this kind of energetic birthday bash.  There are so many activities to keep these youngsters entertained – rope swings, jumping into foam pits,  climbing the walls, balance beams, organized games, etc.  Great for active older kids who love to move their bodies, the room is their oyster!

Check out Jag Gym here – http://www.jaggym.com/parties-events/party-package-details

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10. Hire a Photographer

Hello!  It’s time for me to toot my own horn.  Planning a party (and being a parent)  is hard enough, you don’t have to add “photographer” to your many hats.  When you hire a photographer you actually have time to enjoy the moment and be in the pictures!  Birthday celebrations are fleeting and it’s rare to have so many family and friends in one place – you will be thankful to have photographic evidence of these joyous times.  Pro tip: Have a photo book made of your birthday celebration!

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Did I miss something amazing?  Let me know!  I’m always interested in learning about new birthday gems in Los Angeles.

 

Shannon

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Travel Town and Three | Kids Birthday Party Photography Los Angeles

Travel Town and Three | Kids Birthday Party Photography Los Angeles

Elijah is 3!  It doesn’t feel so long ago that I was photographing his older brother’s first birthday.  Can someone hit the pause button?  Travel town birthdays are a lot of fun and the trains surrounding make for pretty epic backdrops.  You even get to ride around the property in a mini train!  Oh the simple joys of the wind in your hair and the echo of a choo choo in your ear.  Check the link below for Travel Town birthday information ↓

http://traveltown.org/rental.shtml

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