February started with a flurry of activity this year with a surprise 70th birthday party to cover! 70th Birthday parties seem to be a recurring theme, and having covered a few recently, I was very pleased to be invited to shoot Sandra’s 70th birthday celebration at the Canary Club in Hitchin. This shoot was very definitely a surprise for the Birthday girl who arrived at her own party blindfold!
Much of my work comes from personal recommendation and repeat business, so I’ve taken pictures of Sandra at different events over the last few year’s going all the way back to Lee and Michelle’s wedding in 2010 (see those photos here), however this event was very much just for Sandra. Over the last few weeks Sandra’s family had managed to contact around 70 friends and family and had arranged for them all to be at the Canary club in Hitchin for 7:30.
At 7:45 a car was dispatched to pick-up Sandra, to give her a blindfold and to drive her around town for a few minutes so she didn’t know where she was. Then at 8:00 PM, Sandra was led (still blindfolded) into the Bessemer room at the Canary Club where she could remove her blindfold to cries of “Surprise!”
For me this was straight-forward shoot. The venue was just a few minutes walk from my home, and I was simply asked to capture some pictures of Sandra enjoying the evening and shots of the guests as a record of the event.
Like many birthday parties there was a cake which was produced at just the right moment. When I saw the cake I had to do a quick double-take – it’s always nice to see my photos being used, so I was really pleased when I recognised the picture of Sandra on the cake as one of mine!
With all the formalities taken care of Sandra and her guests enjoyed the evening and the disco, and partied on into the early hours of the morning!
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