Monday, June 28, 2010

Addie: 1st birthday party

June 19, 2010
Northeast Greenhills Clubhouse
Party theme: Mario Bros.

I wanna start this week by posting one of my most recent kiddie parties. I photographed Addie's party just the other weekend at one of my favorite kiddie party venues. Mommy Rhea first contacted me around 8 months before Addie's party.  She said she regretted not getting a professional photographer for Addie's baptism so she wanted to make sure she got one for her baby's 1st birthday.  As soon as January came and I started accepting bookings for June, she contacted me immediately and made the deposit.  We didn't actually see each other in person until the day of the party, but she was wonderful to work with.

I was also surprised to see some familiar faces at the party--people who knew me when I was still an engineer. It turns out Daddy Albert works for the same company where a lot of people I knew from college work! Small world!:)

I think one of the indicators that a kiddie party is a success is when you see the adults having as much fun as the kids. During Addie's party, every one enjoyed the program and people seated at the back were on their feet by the time Chayno put on his magic act.

Here are some of the photos from Addie's Mario Kart party.

Addie's Mario costume.

The cake and the mini cakes!

Venue decorations by Kidstar Kastles led my Imma Ongteco.

See why I love this venue? (Of course, it doesn't hurt that Kidstar Kastles did a great job with the venue set-up either.)


These cute custom tumblers were the kiddie giveaways.

Each kid also got one of these pouches.

Addie enjoying all the attention.

It was still pretty hot outside when the guests started arriving, but I asked the birthday family if they wanted to take a few shots outside before the party started because we have had late-afternoon rains in the past weeks. I'm glad they agreed because it started to pour in the middle of the program!

Addie got a bit distracted at the playground, but we did get a few big smiles out of him.

One last shot before we headed back to the party.

Ice Monster was there to cool every one off.

Addie's cousin was in a cute Luigi costume!

The mommies during one of the games.

The daddies also had their chance to play.

And dance.:P

Chayno was a hit with the guests.

A closer look at the colorful birthday cake.

The grandparents cheering on their apo during the candle-blowing.

Friday, June 25, 2010

Chayla's baptism and 1st bday party / Nathan's 7th bday party

March 14, 2010
Santuario de San Antonio
North Forbes Pavillion Clubhouse

This one was a very special triple celebration!  It was Baby Chayla's baptism and 1st birthday party AND big brother Nathan's 7th birthday party!  Mommy Tiffanny booked me through the lovely Imma Ongteco of Kidstar Kastles.  I always love working with Imma and her Kidstar Kastles crew because they're famous for their colorful party decorations.  I always know my camera would have a feast!

We started at the church.

Here's Chayla with Mommy and Daddy.

A couple more shots of the baptism ceremony.

Because it was both Nathan and Chayla's party, they had a fusion of two themes. And it worked beautifully.:)

They also had two gorgeous cake ensembles!

Closer look at the cakes.

Yummy yummy colors by Kidstar Kastles!

Chayla all dressed up and ready to party!:)

We took a few family shots outside. 

After a couple of shots, Nathan wanted to go back to the party, so we took a few more shots of just Chayla with Mommy and Daddy.

While waiting for the party to start, I took photos of the baptismal gown at the playground near the venue.

Kids kept busy with their crayons while waiting for the other guests.

Birthday boy Nathan was more interested in his phone though.:D

Party host Shay leading the birthday parade.

One of the best magicians (and one of the most expensive ones too, I'm told) in the country, Lou Hilario.

The kids blew their birthday candles simultaneously.

Chayla, already a bit tired after the fun party.

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Julia: 1st birthday party

March 7, 2010
The Blue Leaf

Ruth and Marc are two of the nicest couples I've ever met.  I've only heard great things about them from my friend Ces Kasilag who photographed little Julia's baptism.  And when it was my turn to have the honor of working with them, I was happy to find out that all those things were true.:)

March 7 seemed to be a very popular day for kiddie parties but I was glad I got to work with some of my favorite suppliers like Jhoanne Alone (Polkadots Events), Flooch, and even Warren Camitan who is a talented young photographer and Ces Kasilag's business partner (Image Warehouse Photography). Yup, Mommy Ruth made sure Julia got the best for her special day. It was a very hot summer afternoon but the party was fun and colorful and magical.  Everybody enjoyed the celebration, including me!:)

Below are some of the photos:

We started the shoot at Ascott where I was able to take photos of the details.

The star of the day getting a superstar treatment.

And there's that lovely smile again.:)

Aren't they such a good-looking family?

Then we headed to the venue and was greeted with the beautiful venue set-up by Jhoanne Alon of Polkadots Events!

Look at all those colors!

This huge cake? It moved!

Dessert buffet! And they also had Starbucks, Jimini Pizza, Nacho King...and all these other treats for the guests!

Two of the most talented women in the kiddie party industry: Cha the face painter and Jiggles the Balloon Lady!

Julia seriously watching her birthday program.

Of course we went outside to take a couple of family portraits.

The sunlight was still pretty harsh, but we still got a few nice shots.

The kids enjoying their prizes.

Flooch was there to do his magic!

And this was the signature book that I made for Julia using the photos I took during her pre-event portrait session.
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