Surprise Party

No matter how you are, birthday parties are always a lot of fun–especially when it’s a SURPRISE party!  In Michael’s case, it was a night of unexpected celebration with his friends and loved ones from all over.  Michael’s girlfriend, and family, did a great job keeping the event a surprise.  The decorations were lovely, the atmosphere was fun and lively, and the food was amazing!  The dance floor stayed full and the smiles on everyone’s faces filled the room.  Everyone should be so lucky to have at least one party like this one!

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Hip Kitty – Phat Cat Swinger – Swing Times!

Phat Cat Swinger

Phat Cat Swinger at Hip Kitty Jazz Lounge

Phat Cat Swinger at Hip Kitty Jazz Lounge

Phat Cat Swinger at Hip Kitty Jazz Lounge

 

Over the weekend I was lucky enough to see Phat Cat Swinger at the Hip Kitty Jazz & Fondue Lounge. My love of swing aside, this band was incredibly lively, talented, and just a lot of fun to experience. I really wanted to capture at least a fraction of the heart and soul this band brought to the stage.

 

Despite my love of getting particular shots, I can be a pretty “shy” photographer. If I’m not assigned the task of taking pictures, I try to stay out of the way of others and remain as generic as possible. Therefore I felt pretty limited in photography angles as my home base was my dinner booth. Still, I was very happy with a lot of the shots of that night.  Despite feeling limited to one general location, I had a lot of fun trying to document the band members in creative ways.  After all, you can’t always shoot from where you’d like–best to make magic from where you CAN shoot, right? :)

 

Lesson of that evening: you can still get great shots even if you’re unable to move as freely as you’d like.

 

One of the great things of having a digital camera is that you’re able to experiment with angles and styles freely without the worry of “wasting film.”  That said, I highly recommend shooting away when you’re at an event–you never know what kind of jewels you may capture in the process!

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