This past Saturday I photographed my friend Milagro’s niece Xindi’s birthday party to celebrate turning 5. It was fun.
La Vaquera Pequita
The kids running around screaming, the Bouncy Castle, the taco truck, the birthday cupcakes, the presents. All of it was fun.
Zooming Around –
During my time covering news for newspapers, I found that going to a park or wherever kids would play and photographing them to be great therapy. It gave me balance.
From photographing a woman while she anguished over the loss of her apartment from a fire, to photographing children as they play was soul lifting. It adds a positive to the negative.
Pausing for a Photo
Landscapes are the same way. The peace and quiet, the time to set up and compose a shot, the solitude, all work to give me the time to remember what’s good in the world.
In the Castle
Birthday Girl Taking a Slide
I arrived early to get lay of the area and plan some shots. There was a “selfie booth” where the party goers could take photos of themselves wearing sombreros and then instagram them using the hashtag #xindicinco. there was a bouncy castle for the younger kids. Yes, I was tempted to climb in using the excuse “Just doing My job.”
The difference between shooting a birthday party and breaking news? None really. They both need you to be fast on your feet, fast with the camera, fast with your creativity, and agile. To get good photos of kids, you have to become a kid yourself.
Queen of the Castle
I really wanted to climb in and photograph the kids in their natural element. But, alas, I couldn’t. I feared being attacked by the kids. And I fear that more than the front lines in a war zone.
Candy Candy Everywhere
For gear, I mostly used my D300s with my 17-35 f/2.8 attached. No fill flash as it was overcast sky. The light was beautiful
Rushing in To Get Sum
A taco truck from El Tapatio in Bellingham, Wash., showed up. Xindi and her friends took aim at a piñata, spilling candy everywhere.
Saying goodbye to the Last 4 Years
And of course the cake and presents. The “cake” was actually vanilla and chocolate cupcakes.
Opening Her Gifts
Yep. Shooting birthday parties are fun.
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