Shopping for a suitable outfit on a limited budget was Part I of The Kid’s Birthday Party… once home, Part II begins… Arriving late afternoon was a well-known commercial fashion photographer and with him came two crew members… I had contacted the photographer two weeks earlier and he was so incredibly kind to accommodate this unusual request, to do a photo shoot of 7 girls aged 12 or so… for just a few hours of time. Honestly, I thought he would bring a camera and one lamp or light, but when he arrived, our living room was transformed into a mini-studio complete with huge blue backdrop, tons of lights and a camera that looked more like a nuclear weapon. A few minutes after he arrived, he also arranged for hair and make-up artists who rushed in to “zhuge” up the girls if they wanted to get the works….
So imagine a living room full of 7 12 year olds, 3 photo crew setting up, a portable make-up station and hair chair with stylists and you have seriously organized pandemonium. Throw in a large salad bowl filled with potato chips and music blaring and I am thinking I have completely and totally finally lost my marbles. But after a few tentative minutes up front when the flashes started, the girls TOTALLY figured this out and 2 hours and nearly 300 photos later, the girls probably had a once in a lifetime experience and they went home the next day with a CD of photos that will either stun or shock their folks…
It was all in good fun. I know this may sound a bit bizarre to some, but in the final analysis, The Kid and her friends had a great time and their photos were worth the effort. Plus Mrs. MM, Marketman and The Kid snuck in a family photo or two for the holidays. And even our crew each got fashion magazine cover like head shots as personal keepsakes… after all, it isn’t just any old day that The Kid has her 12th Birthday. Many, many thanks to the wonderful photographer and crew that made this all possible!