14 Oct2007


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!



  1. S says:

    hmmmhmm….. lucky KID, huh! got my first photo shoot w/ — a professional photographer- the famous- “JS” at age– 30ishhh already…… & how old is she?!- 12?????? cant imagine how excited they must fell! sooooooo haaappppyyyyy for you KID! wish i have that kind of childhood…. haaiiiiiii…..

    congrats mr&mrs. MM

    Oct 14, 2007 | 12:47 pm


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  3. noemi Dado says:

    12 year olds just love these kind of parties. I am sure she will treasure these memories.

    Oct 14, 2007 | 1:04 pm

  4. Fabian M says:

    :) too bad it’ll be a bit much to post how those shots turned out. good job on the party MM!

    zhuge or “tszuj”

    Oct 14, 2007 | 1:38 pm

  5. Marketman says:

    Fabian, hahaha, I had no idea how to spell zhuge, zuje, zoooj, tszuj… I like the last one best! And yes, the parents of her friends would KILL me if I posted the actual photos…they were good though!

    Oct 14, 2007 | 1:48 pm

  6. Mandy says:

    wow! you guys really think of everything for the theme. i’m sure the girls were tickled pink by it all. :) and with a real fashion photographer at that! happy bday to the kid and congrats on making her party another huge success!

    Oct 14, 2007 | 2:28 pm

  7. bernadette says:

    wow! every young girl’s dream—a fashion pictorial! Yep, I would also like to see how the pics turned out but then sharing your dalagita’s party concept is more than enough. Belated happy birthday to “The Kid!” :-D

    Oct 14, 2007 | 2:43 pm

  8. Maddie says:

    Oh my gosh! Can i grab the same party theme with my friends, too?!!! La-la-love this concept! Belated birthday indeed to the Kid!!!

    Oct 14, 2007 | 3:44 pm

  9. Em Dy says:

    MM, you’re a very cool dad. Same goes to Mrs MM – hip mom. The kid’s really lucky to have you.

    Oct 14, 2007 | 4:12 pm

  10. millet says:

    MM, you and Mrs. MM are super! The Kid is one super-happy kid for sure. Now who says I can’t do the same thing for my 50th birthday in a few years?

    Oct 14, 2007 | 5:14 pm

  11. nina says:

    It’s so cool!

    Oct 14, 2007 | 5:39 pm

  12. shalimar says:

    MM this is not weird its a matter of having ideas and great bdays.
    my ex boss flew friends of the daughter to sun city south africa for the 21st bday..
    and it was 3 days of party safari, etc

    Oct 14, 2007 | 6:42 pm

  13. odette says:

    You and Mrs.MM are the coolest! Im no teenager anymore, but reading these things gets me all excited!

    Oct 14, 2007 | 8:46 pm

  14. kitkathie says:

    Wow! Belated Happy Birthday to you, kid! cool idea! You rock!

    Oct 14, 2007 | 8:49 pm

  15. Myra P. says:

    I recognize your photog, you can’t miss that ponytail :) He’s a great person to work with — very professional and always game! He shoots for tweens mags too, so seven 12-yo girls is peanuts for him, lol. Glad The Kid and her friends had fun. It’s a total trip to be a model for a day.

    Oct 14, 2007 | 11:36 pm

  16. dhayL says:

    This was awesome!!! What a great party idea, i’m sure the girls were thrilled and overly excited, imagine getting made-up and having your own pictorials, that’s so cool! :) Belated HAppy Birthday The Kid!

    Oct 15, 2007 | 1:35 am

  17. Candygirl says:

    Wow, you’re such a cool dad!

    Oct 15, 2007 | 1:45 am

  18. The Knittymommy says:

    What an excellent birthday party for The Kid! Such a great idea! Happy Birthday!

    Oct 15, 2007 | 1:54 am

  19. bedazzle says:

    You and Mrs. MM are the coolest parents! I’m sure my daughter would also like something like this but I don’t know how I’d be able to pull it off. Besides she’s already 22 (hehehe). Anyway, I’d like to greet The Kid a Belated Happy Birthday. Wish I was young again (sigh). Wouldn’t it be awkward if I had this for my 50th birthday next year? What do you think, MM? Any suggestions for a golden girl?

    Oct 15, 2007 | 8:05 am

  20. portugalbear says:

    Wow MM, you and Mrs. MM are such cool parents. But I must you’re more an exception than the norm. Dads are normally tasks to foot the bill and the moms will do the creative thinking. But for you to come up with concepts up to the last detail is really amazing.

    Oct 15, 2007 | 11:15 am

  21. asunta says:

    I wish I had a Dad like you! Cool! Thanks for the never ending ideas.

    Oct 15, 2007 | 2:35 pm

  22. linda says:

    Happy Birthday to the luckiest Kid in this planet! Your parents are the coolest!!

    Oct 15, 2007 | 8:37 pm

  23. peanutbeanma says:

    again with the awesomeness that is marketman (and mrs.mm) – happy bday to the kid! what a thrill for a 12yr.old!!!!!

    Oct 15, 2007 | 10:10 pm

  24. caryn says:

    MM! this is such a lovely gift to give a young woman! hope she and her friends enjoyed it!

    Oct 17, 2007 | 10:50 am


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