On Saturday I ventured to a most unusual place in Tampa called Sweet & Sassy to photograph Juliana's 9th birthday party. Juliana and her family are returning clients. I photographed her 7th birthday party and also made beach portraits of her family. At Sweet & Sassy she was joined by 25 (!) of her friends for a spa treatment and runway fashion time.
Apparently having mud put on your face and cucumbers on your eyes is something done on purpose. I am not sure if I would ever willingly try it, but it sure makes for an interesting photograph of Juliana that her mom can no doubt use to embarrass her at her 29th birthday party!
After the spa treatment and makeovers, it was time to hit the runway. Each girl got several changes to walk the runway and strike a pose. There was just enough space for me to set up two of my speedlights to get a strobist shot like the one above, which allowed for soft and directional lighting. With the speedlight on camera, this of course would not have been possible.
After the runway out came the mic for three karaoke songs. To my own embarrassment, and a blow to my punk rock cred, I knew all three! I believe the first was called "You Don't Know Your Beautiful," the next was "Call Me Maybe," and the last was a new catchy Taylor Swift song about never, ever getting back together, apparently.
There was sparkling glitter everywhere! So much that I had to be careful what I leaned up against and where I set my photography gear down. Juliana can be seen in the above photo with a glitter tattoo as well as a hairdo covered in glitter.
Mom and daughter together for a quick portrait before Juliana went back to having a blast with her friends helping her celebrate her 9th birthday. I am thankful that I continue to be her family's photographer for their life events.