Holiday parties are coming up soon, but they can be hard to photograph, don’t you think? With dim lighting, moving guests and (most likely) a tipsy photographer, it’s tricky to get good shots that capture the evening. Well, as part of a three-part series sponsored by Canon, here’s a way to inspire fun photos…

Create a photo scavenger hunt! Simply write out photo challenges on a piece of paper and tie it to a digital camera. Your guests can pass around the camera to take photos—which ends up being a great ice-breaker and conversation starter.

Ideas for photo challenges:
* tallest and shortest party guests
* a photo of the hostess, unaware
* people’s shoes
* a shot from outside the party looking in
* guests coming and going
* as many people in the photo as possible
* balance as many objects as possible on your head
* hear no evil/see no evil/speak no evil
* spelling out a word with body parts
* people laughing
* food and drinks

Tallest and shortest!

Someone laughing…



Balancing things on heads…(the cracker is impressive haha)


As many people in the photo as possible…

The outside looking in…

A photo scavenger hunt is a great way to get your guests talking and taking snapshots, and to end up with fun shots that capture the spirit of the night:)

What do you think? Any other challenges you can think of?

P.S. How to take photos of kids

(This post was sponsored by Canon as part of a three-part holiday series. Thanks for supporting the sponsors that make Cup of Jo possible. Photos by Alpha Smoot for Cup of Jo)