I captured Ramon’s 80th birthday party last weekend in Monterey Park, just East of Los Angeles. The party was held at Luminarias, a well known Mexican restaurant and banquet hall. Ramon was totally thrown off guard when he entered the Buena Vista room. He thought he was meeting his immediate family for a birthday brunch.
People came from as far as Arizona to celebrate Ramon’s 80th birthday. I feel so lucky as an event photographer in Los Angeles. I get to capture and be part of so many wonderful moments in people’s lives. The excitement for me is especially the one time only aspect of it all. This occasion is only happening once, and I only get one chance to capture the moment. I got a great shot of him being surprised and also seeing the happiness in his face while he danced with his granddaughter.
Capturing events is a sacred thing to me. People will look back at these photos for generations to come and unlike a portrait session or other photo sessions where you get a second or third chance to get the shot right, during events it is only once. A truly seasoned photographer can capture a moment in time in any light and even have a backup camera at the ready in case it is necessary. It is a craft I enjoy and respect more after every photo shoot.