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March For Bernie Rally in Bellingham, Washington

It was a beautiful sunny day the Sunday before the 2016 Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia, over 200 supporters of Sen. Bernie Sanders gathered to show support for Vermont Senator. Still “Feelin’ the Bern,” they began their march at Bellingham City Hall at the intersection of Commercial Avenue and Lottie Street.

Still Feeling the Bern

Christina Farsovitch, left, her daughter Elaina Farsovitch, both from Marysville, and Scott Sanderson of Bellingham, right with flag, cheer as the March for Bernie Rally begins on Saturday afternoon July 24, 2016, in downtown Bellingham, Wash. (© Paul Conrad/The Bellingham Herald)

Christina Farsovitch, left, her daughter Elaina Farsovitch, both from Marysville, and Scott Sanderson of Bellingham, right with flag, cheer as the March for Bernie Rally begins on Saturday afternoon July 24, 2016, in downtown Bellingham, Wash. (© Paul Conrad/The Bellingham Herald)

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#MountBaker vs #Montesano #Football in #District1A #Playoffs

Just a quick post with a few photos.

This past Saturday I photographed Mount Baker Mountaineers as they soundly defeated the Montesano Bulldogs 41 to 28 in the first round of the Washington state District 1A playoffs. It was a cold bitter night as the Mountaineers took control of the ball from the start.

Missed Opportunity:

© Paul Conrad/The Bellingham Herald - Mount Baker running back Johnny Mata (23), right, evades an open field tackle by Montesano linebacker Logan Truax (5)  during the first quarter of the 1A State Playoffs at Civic Field in Bellingham, Wash., on Friday evening November 14, 2014.

© Paul Conrad/The Bellingham Herald – Mount Baker running back Johnny Mata (23), right, evades an open field tackle by Montesano linebacker Logan Truax (5) during the first quarter of the 1A State Playoffs at Civic Field in Bellingham, Wash., on Friday evening November 14, 2014.

The Mountaineers play Saturday Nov. 22, 2014, and I’m looking forward to seeing them and their powerhouse offense against Eatonville.

You can view more images in the gallery Montsano vs Mt. Baker in District 1A Playoff

 

Behind the Line:

© Paul Conrad/The Bellingham Herald - Montesano running back Tanner Birdsall (22) is tackled behind the line of scrimmage by Mount Baker linebacker Jed Schleimer (4) for a loss of yards during the second quarter of the 1A State Playoffs at Civic Field in Bellingham, Wash., on Friday evening November 14, 2014.

© Paul Conrad/The Bellingham Herald – Montesano running back Tanner Birdsall (22) is tackled behind the line of scrimmage by Mount Baker linebacker Jed Schleimer (4) for a loss of yards during the second quarter of the 1A State Playoffs at Civic Field in Bellingham, Wash., on Friday evening November 14, 2014.

 

Interception:

© Paul Conrad/The Bellingham Herald - Montesano's Logan Truax (5) intercepts a Mount Baker pass  during the final minute of the second quarter of the 1A State Playoffs at Civic Field in Bellingham, Wash., on Friday evening November 14, 2014.

© Paul Conrad/The Bellingham Herald – Montesano’s Logan Truax (5) intercepts a Mount Baker pass during the final minute of the second quarter of the 1A State Playoffs at Civic Field in Bellingham, Wash., on Friday evening November 14, 2014.

 

Line Dancing:

© Paul Conrad/The Bellingham Herald - Mount Baker running back Jed Schleimer (4) attempts to stay inbound after Montesano line backer Jake Herzog (9) misses the tackel during the second quarter of the 1A State Playoffs at Civic Field in Bellingham, Wash., on Friday evening November 14, 2014. Schleimer was called out of bounds by the sideline referee.

© Paul Conrad/The Bellingham Herald – Mount Baker running back Jed Schleimer (4) attempts to stay inbound after Montesano linebacker Jake Herzog (9) misses the tackle during the second quarter. Schleimer was called out-of-bounds by the sideline referee.

 

Barreling Through:

© Paul Conrad/The Bellingham Herald - Mount Baker running back Jed Schleimer (4) barrels through Montesano's Tanner Birdsall (22), left, Cole Nleson (10), right, and Sawyer Rhoden (8) for a five yard gain during the second quarter of the 1A State Playoffs at Civic Field in Bellingham, Wash., on Friday evening November 14, 2014.

© Paul Conrad/The Bellingham Herald – Mount Baker running back Jed Schleimer (4) barrels through Montesano’s Tanner Birdsall (22), left, Cole Nelson (10), right, and Sawyer Rhoden (8) for a five yard gain during the second quarter.

 

Reaching:

© Paul Conrad/The Bellingham Herald - Montesano defensive lineman Taylor Ruper (52) nearly blocks an extra point attemt during the first quarter of the 1A State Playoffs at Civic Field in Bellingham, Wash., on Friday evening November 14, 2014.

© Paul Conrad/The Bellingham Herald – Montesano defensive lineman Taylor Ruper (52) nearly blocks an extra point attempt during the first quarter. Due to an earlier blocked kick by Montesano, I positioned myself next to the goal post to get another one. Almost did. Almost.

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The 2014 October Challenge Swim Meet

Sometimes, the most seeming disorganized event can be the pearl in the oyster when it comes to images. Case in point, the 2014 October Challenge Swim Meet in Bellingham, Wash., at the Arne Hanna Aquatic Center on Saturday Oct. 11th.

The Bellingham Bay Swim Team sponsored meet featured over 300 swimmers in five teams from the Pacific Northwest. Swimmers in high school and below competed in many different events.

Butterfly:

© Paul Conrad/The Bellingham Herald - Cole Avery, 17, of Bellingham, Wash., competes in the 200 yard butterfly during the 2014 October Challenge swimming competition at Arne Hannah Aquatic Center  in Bellingham on Saturday afternoon Oct. 11, 2014. Avery ended with a time of 1:57.16 winning the event.

© Paul Conrad/The Bellingham Herald – Cole Avery, 17, of Bellingham, Wash., competes in the 200 yard butterfly during the 2014 October Challenge swimming competition at Arne Hanna Aquatic Center in Bellingham on Saturday afternoon Oct. 11, 2014. Avery ended with a time of 1:57.16 winning the event.

The first thing I did was find and introduce myself to one of the hosting coaches. It’s a good idea to let them know you’re there and shooting. Make sure you get a roster and list of events from the coach. You need to keep track of the races you shoot and the competitors names.

Warming Up:

© Paul Conrad/The Bellingham Herald - Swimmers warm up during the 2014 October Challenge swimming competition at Arne Hannah Aquatic Center  in Bellingham, Wash., on Saturday afternoon Oct. 11, 2014. Over 300 swimmers up to age 18 from four swimming teams in the Pacific Northwest participated in the competition.The annual event is hosted by the Bellingham Bay Swim Team.

© Paul Conrad/The Bellingham Herald – Swimmers warm up during the 2014 October Challenge swimming competition at Arne Hanna Aquatic Center in Bellingham, Wash.

What I usually do is take a photo of the scoring board before the event starts so I know what event and heat number is competing. Then I focus on the faster swimmers to see who is more aggressive. Those are the ones that will get you a good facial expression as they are trying harder.

Breast Stroke:

© Paul Conrad/The Bellingham Herald - Rowan King, 15, of Bellingham, competes in the 200 yard breaststroke during the 2014 October Challenge swimming competition at Arne Hannah Aquatic Center  in Bellingham, Wash., on Saturday afternoon Oct. 11, 2014. Over 300 swimmers up to age 18 from four swimming teams in the Pacific Northwest participated in the competition.The annual event is hosted by the Bellingham Bay Swim Team.

© Paul Conrad/The Bellingham Herald – Rowan King, 15, of Bellingham, competes in the 200 yard breaststroke during the 2014 October Challenge swimming competition at Arne Hanna Aquatic Center in Bellingham, Wash.

As I shot, I circled the name of the competitor I concentrated on then verified the name with the coach when I had a few moments. I also shot the scoring board after each event to get the time. And then when it switched I shot another. Doing that bookmarked the series of images so I could get the correct identity of the event and swimmer.

Cheering:

© Paul Conrad/The Bellingham Herald - As their teammate Rowan King, 15, approaches the edge, Cole Avery, 17, of Bellingham, left, and Kean Rouse, 16, of Ferndale, cheer him on as he competes in the 200 yard breaststroke during the 2014 October Challenge swimming competition at Arne Hannah Aquatic Center  in Bellingham, Wash., on Saturday afternoon Oct. 11, 2014.

© Paul Conrad/The Bellingham Herald – As their teammate Rowan King, 15, approaches the edge, Cole Avery, 17, of Bellingham, left, and Kean Rouse, 16, of Ferndale, cheer him on as he competes in the 200 yard breaststroke/

Here’s a few tips:

Get Low: Don’t be afraid to get a little wet. Lay down at the edge of the pool where the swimmers turn around. Laying down gives you a better angle to capture the faces as they swim. Except the backstroke swimmers.

Protect Your Gear: This may sound like common sense but keep your camera bag and extra gear to the side away from the pool and away from the swimmers. Make sure your bag is closed. I inadvertently left mine open and a swimmer who had just finished, began to drip water in it. They were unaware. Luckily, just a few drops made it in. But keep it closed, covered, and on a shelf away from spectators and swimmers.

Breaking Through:

© Paul Conrad/The Bellingham Herald - Rowan King, 15, of Bellingham, Wash., comes out of the water as he competes in the 200 yard breaststroke during the 2014 October Challenge swimming competition at Arne Hannah Aquatic Center  in Bellingham, Wash., on Saturday afternoon Oct. 11, 2014. Over 300 swimmers up to age 18 from four swimming teams in the Pacific Northwest participated in the competition.The annual event is hosted by the Bellingham Bay Swim Team.

© Paul Conrad/The Bellingham Herald – Rowan King, 15, of Bellingham, Wash., comes out of the water as he competes in the 200 yard breaststroke.

White Balance: Due to the fluctuating color balance, like in High School football stadiums, leave set it to automatic. This is to get a more correct exposure meter reading and make it easier to keep your colors “accurate” during your workflow.  When shooting, you’ll notice the color change frame to frame as you scroll through your images.

Exposure. Most my images were exposed about 1/3 to 2/3 under. I wanted a fast shutter speed and the pool was dark. It was cloudy out and the windows are on the north side of the pool so it doesn’t get direct sun. So to keep a reasonably fast shutter, I underexposed a touch.

Backstroke:

© Paul Conrad/The Bellingham Herald - McKenzie Pham with the Bellingham Bay Swim Team compets in the 200 yard backstroke during the 2014 October Challenge swimming competition at Arne Hannah Aquatic Center  in Bellingham, Wash., on Saturday afternoon Oct. 11, 2014. Over 300 swimmers up to age 18 from four swimming teams in the Pacific Northwest participated in the competition.The annual event is hosted by the Bellingham Bay Swim Team.

© Paul Conrad/The Bellingham Herald – McKenzie Pham with the Bellingham Bay Swim Team competes in the 200 yard backstroke.

Aperture: Keep it around f/4. You want a little depth of field but not too much as you want to keep your shutter speed fast. But don’t forget to get creative and play with slow shutter speeds.

Lenses: I used both my 80-200 and 17-35. The wider focal lengths for features and the longer for competition shots. With the exception of a few shots when I first arrived, I avoided using  the wide lens as that meant getting close to the pool and increasing the chance my gear will get splashed.

******  Waterproof Housing: Although I wanted to, I was not able to use my underwater housing. I have a Ewa Marine U-BFZ100 that I like to take so I can get a few underwater shots. However, as the officials don’t allow being in the pool, usually I lay on my belly, and stick the camera as far down into the water as possible. But the design of the pool dictates that and this pool’s sides were not conducive.

Example of an Underwater Shot

©Paul Conrad/Pablo Conrad Photography - Aspen High freshman Keely Roberts approaches the middle of her 6th lap during the 500 yard freestyle of the Tri-Met at the Aspen Recreation Center in Aspen. Roberts won with a time of 6:53.13.

© Paul Conrad/Pablo Conrad Photography – Aspen High freshman Keely Roberts approaches the middle of her 6th lap during the 500 yard freestyle of the Tri-Met at the Aspen Recreation Center in Aspen. Roberts won with a time of 6:53.13.

 

 

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He is available for assignments in the Pacific Northwest. Contact him at paulconradphotography@gmail.com or (206) 450-8632 for availability.

The 2014 Bellingham Bay Marathon

First, sorry for the delay in blog postings. I broke my laptop screen early last week and it is now at TD Curran in Bellingham getting new life.

On Sunday morning September 28, 2014, I shot the 2014 Bellingham Bay Marathon for The Bellingham Herald. It is an epic race that goes from the Lummi Nation School at Gooseberry Point to downtown Bellingham, Wash.

And it started at 7:30 a.m. so I had to get up before dawn and drive the 20 miles to the school.

Leading the Pack:

© Paul Conrad/The Bellingham Herald - Steve DeKoker, center (1), of Seattle begins the 26.2 mile run of the 2014 Bellingham Bay Marathon run from Lummi Nation School to downtown Bellingham, Wash., on Sunday morning September 28, 2014. DeKoker won the men’s division with a time of 2 hrs., 30.51 mins.

© Paul Conrad/The Bellingham Herald – Steve DeKoker, center (1), of Seattle begins the 26.2 mile run of the 2014 Bellingham Bay Marathon run from Lummi Nation School to downtown Bellingham, Wash., on Sunday morning September 28, 2014. DeKoker won the men’s division with a time of 2 hrs., 30.51 mins.

The night before, I studied the map and planned my shoot. It was fairly simple, but I also had to negotiate around the various roadblocks while leaving myself some time to get downtown to shoot the winners as they crossed the finish line.

My plan was simple. Photograph three things to have somewhat complete coverage:

  • The Start
  • A water station
  • The Finish

Emergence:

© Paul Conrad/The Bellingham Herald - The first female runner approaches the 10 mile marker on Red River Road in Whatcom County during the 2014 Bellingham Bay Marathon on Sunday morning September 28, 2014.

© Paul Conrad/The Bellingham Herald – The first female runner approaches the 10 mile marker on Red River Road in Whatcom County during the 2014 Bellingham Bay Marathon on Sunday morning September 28, 2014.

I wanted to photograph the start so I could get the runners compressed together and show how many there were. To do this, I arrived about an hour early t check out all the different angles. It wasn’t that spectacular, but you work with what you’re given.

Big Sky Country:

© Paul Conrad/The Bellingham Herald - Runners push past fog envoloped fields along Red River Road in Whatcom County during the 2014 Bellingham Bay Marathon on Sunday morning September 28, 2014. Steve DeKoker of Seattle won the men’s category with a time of 2 hrs., 30.51 mins. Rika Hatachi of Coquitlan, B.C., won the woman’s with a time of 3 hrs., 2.24 mins.

© Paul Conrad/The Bellingham Herald – Runners push past fog enveloped fields along Red River Road in Whatcom County during the 2014 Bellingham Bay Marathon on Sunday morning September 28, 2014. Steve DeKoker of Seattle won the men’s category with a time of 2 hrs., 30.51 mins. Rika Hatachi of Coquitlan, B.C., won the woman’s with a time of 3 hrs., 2.24 mins.

As I wanted somewhat good coverage, I then headed to one of the 3 or 4 watering stations to photograph the volunteers as they gave runners water and snacks. I picked one about 1/2 through the marathon as I wanted to leave myself some time to negotiate the road closures downtown. The station I picked was at mile 10 in the race along Red River Road. It was hosted by volunteers from the Whatcom Football Club Rangers, a local soccer club that has a lot of teams from ages 12 up.

Supply & Demand:

© Paul Conrad/The Bellingham Herald - (l to r) Dylan McCoy, 10; Grace Meyer, 11;  Grace Holzer, 11, and Melissa Meyer hand water and cheer on a runner at the 10 mile marker on Red River Road in Whatcom County during the 2014 Bellingham Bay Marathon  on Sunday morning September 28, 2014. Meyers says the volunteer group is with the Whatcom Football Club Ranger soccer team.

© Paul Conrad/The Bellingham Herald – (l to r) Dylan McCoy, 10; Grace Meyer, 11; Grace Holzer, 11, and Melissa Meyer hand water and cheer on a runner at the 10 mile marker on Red River Road in Whatcom County during the 2014 Bellingham Bay Marathon on Sunday morning September 28, 2014. Meyers says the volunteer group is with the Whatcom Football Club Ranger soccer team.

The fog was particularly heavy here as it sat next to a stream. So I wanted to work with that and try to capture runners as they emerged from the fog. Within 15 minutes of me arriving, the first runner, Steve DeKoker of Seattle, came through being followed by a Whatcom County Sheriff’s deputy on motorcycle. Had it not been for the flashing lights of the officer, I would have not seen him come out of the fog.

Watering Hole:

© Paul Conrad/The Bellingham Herald - Tommy Meyer, 9, grabs more water cups while volunteering at the 10 mile marker on Red River Road in Whatcom County during the 2014 Bellingham Bay Marathon  on Sunday morning September 28, 2014. Group leader Melissa Meyers says the volunteer group is with the Whatcom Football Club Ranger soccer team.

© Paul Conrad/The Bellingham Herald – Tommy Meyer, 9, grabs more water cups while volunteering at the 10 mile marker on Red River Road in Whatcom County during the 2014 Bellingham Bay Marathon on Sunday morning September 28, 2014. Group leader Melissa Meyers says the volunteer group is with the Whatcom Football Club Ranger soccer team.

For me to feel that I worked the watering station properly, I shot from above, below, and worked various angles and places. Shot wide, medium, tight and then stretched. Here’s a quick tutorial of how I work a situation: Wide, Medium, Tight – Then Stretch.

Getting Low:

© Paul Conrad/The Bellingham Herald - Volunteers from the Whatcom FC Rangers  hand water and cheer on runners at the 10 mile marker on Red River Road in Whatcom County during the 2014 Bellingham Bay Marathon  on Sunday morning September 28, 2014. Group leader Melissa Meyers says the volunteer group is with the Whatcom Football Club Ranger soccer team.

© Paul Conrad/The Bellingham Herald – Volunteers from the Whatcom FC Rangers hand water and cheer on runners at the 10 mile marker on Red River Road in Whatcom County during the 2014 Bellingham Bay Marathon on Sunday morning September 28, 2014. Group leader Melissa Meyers says the volunteer group is with the Whatcom Football Club Ranger soccer team.

When I dropped down, I got up close to one of the kids as they were holding a cup and worked it so you could see her hand holding the cup with runners as they passed. I was hoping for someone to pick her cup as I wanted a runner’s hand getting it with the layers of others in the background. I got something, but it’s one of the “Almost” photos.

Celebration:

© Paul Conrad/The Bellingham Herald - Women's winner Rika Hatachi of Coquitlan, B.C., celebrates her victory at the finish line of the 2014 Bellingham Bay Marathon at Depot Market Square in downtown Bellingham, Wash., on Sunday morning September 28, 2014. Hatachi won the women's category with a time of 3 hrs., 2.24 mins.

© Paul Conrad/The Bellingham Herald – Women’s winner Rika Hatachi of Coquitlan, B.C., celebrates her victory at the finish line of the 2014 Bellingham Bay Marathon at Depot Market Square in downtown Bellingham, Wash., on Sunday morning September 28, 2014. Hatachi won the women’s category with a time of 3 hrs., 2.24 mins.

After the first 50 or so runners went through, I decided to make my way to the finish line. Along the way, I stopped to photograph the runners as they passed freshly harvested fields. The Sun was peeking through the thick fog and made for some nice photos.

Exhausted:

© Paul Conrad/The Bellingham Herald - Men's winner Steve DeKoker pauses for a rest at the finish line of the 2014 Bellingham Bay Marathon at Depot Market Square in downtown Bellingham, Wash., on Sunday morning September 28, 2014. DeKoker won the event with a time of 2 hrs., 30.51 minutes.

© Paul Conrad/The Bellingham Herald – Men’s winner Steve DeKoker pauses for a rest at the finish line of the 2014 Bellingham Bay Marathon at Depot Market Square in downtown Bellingham, Wash., on Sunday morning September 28, 2014. DeKoker won the event with a time of 2 hrs., 30.51 minutes.

Overall, I feel that I did a pretty decent job. I got some nice creative shots as well as what I like to call “Cover Your Butt” photos. The basic ones you should really make sure you get.

Thank you for stopping by to read and view my work. Feel free to comment, critique, or just ask questions.

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He is available for assignments in the Pacific Northwest. Contact him at paulconradphotography@gmail.com or (206) 450-8632 for availability.

Xindi’s Cinco: An Epic Birthday Party

This past Saturday I photographed my friend Milagro’s niece Xindi’s birthday party to celebrate turning 5. It was fun.

La Vaquera Pequita

© Paul Conrad/ Pablo Conrad Photography - A party goer sports a sombrero during Xindi's birthday party on Saturday afternoon May 3, 2014.

© Paul Conrad/ Pablo Conrad Photography – A party goer sports a sombrero during Xindi’s birthday party on Saturday afternoon May 3, 2014.

The kids running around screaming, the Bouncy Castle, the taco truck, the birthday cupcakes, the presents. All of it was fun.

Zooming Around –

© Paul Conrad/ Pablo Conrad Photography - © Paul Conrad/ Pablo Conrad Photography - Kids zoom around on a wagon during Xindi's birthday party Xindi's birthday party on Saturday afternoon May 3, 2014.

© Paul Conrad/ Pablo Conrad Photography – Kids zoom around on a wagon during Xindi’s birthday party.

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.

© Paul Conrad/ Pablo Conrad Photography - Kids try their luck playing ring toss during Xindi's birthday party on Saturday afternoon May 3, 2014.

© Paul Conrad/ Pablo Conrad Photography – Kids try their luck playing ring toss during Xindi’s birthday party on Saturday afternoon May 3, 2014.

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

© Paul Conrad/ Pablo Conrad Photography - A boy pauses for a photo during Xindi's birthday party on Saturday afternoon May 3, 2014.

© Paul Conrad/ Pablo Conrad Photography – A boy pauses for a photo during Xindi’s birthday party.

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

© Paul Conrad/ Pablo Conrad Photography - Kids bounce in the Bouncy Castle during Xindi's birthday party on Saturday afternoon May 3, 2014.

© Paul Conrad/ Pablo Conrad Photography – Kids bounce in the Bouncy Castle during Xindi’s birthday party.

Birthday Girl Taking a Slide

© Paul Conrad/ Pablo Conrad Photography - The guest of honor Xindi takes a slide during her birthday party on Saturday afternoon May 3, 2014.

© Paul Conrad/ Pablo Conrad Photography – The guest of honor Xindi takes a slide during her birthday party.

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.”

Climbing In

© Paul Conrad/ Pablo Conrad Photography - The guest of honor Xindi climbs into the Bouncy Castle during her birthday party on Saturday afternoon May 3, 2014.

© Paul Conrad/ Pablo Conrad Photography – The guest of honor Xindi climbs into the Bouncy Castle during her birthday party.

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

© Paul Conrad/ Pablo Conrad Photography - Xindi and a friend bounce the day away during her birthday party on Saturday afternoon May 3, 2014.

© Paul Conrad/ Pablo Conrad Photography – Xindi and a friend bounce the day away during her birthday party.

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

© Paul Conrad/ Pablo Conrad Photography - Xindi's birthday party for Milagro Speaks on Saturday afternoon May 3, 2014.

© Paul Conrad/ Pablo Conrad Photography – Kids hit away at the piñata during Xindi’s birthday party.

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

© Paul Conrad/ Pablo Conrad Photography - Kids race to grab all they can after breaking the piñata at Xindi's birthday party on Saturday afternoon May 3, 2014.

© Paul Conrad/ Pablo Conrad Photography – Kids race to grab all they can after breaking the piñata at Xindi’s birthday party on Saturday afternoon May 3, 2014.

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

© Paul Conrad/ Pablo Conrad Photography - Xindi blows out her birthday cake during her party on Saturday afternoon May 3, 2014.

© Paul Conrad/ Pablo Conrad Photography – Xindi blows out her birthday cake during her party on Saturday afternoon May 3, 2014.

And of course the cake and presents. The “cake” was actually vanilla and chocolate cupcakes.

Opening Her Gifts

© Paul Conrad/ Pablo Conrad Photography - Xindi shows off a drawing by one of her friends that she received as a gift during her birthday party on Saturday afternoon May 3, 2014.

© Paul Conrad/ Pablo Conrad Photography – Xindi shows off a drawing by one of her friends that she received as a gift during her birthday party on Saturday afternoon May 3, 2014.

Yep. Shooting birthday parties are fun.

Do you know anyone needing an event photographer in the Bellingham/Whatcom County area? If so, give me a call at (206) 450-8632 or use my Contact Form to discuss pricing plans and options.

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