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THE WONDERS OF BEING 7 YEARS OLD

The hair makeover booth

In the moment

Boys will be boys

The star performer of the night

Enjoying the show with poise

The dove started off the magic show

Fire starter demonstrating how to do a proper BBQ

Having fun and amazed by it all

Bob: The Happy Maker

Every kid needs one

Every kid needs one

Loot for the packing

Loot for the packing

Anticipating the day ahead

Anticipating the day ahead

Car jacking

Car jacking

Candy, candy, candy...

Candy, candy, candy...

The happy maker all raring to go

The happy maker all raring to go

The kiddies looking forward to the show...

The kiddies looking forward to the show...

A TV phenomenon taking the world by storm! Except the group has been around since 1999. I wouldn’t have noticed the Hi 5 show if I didn’t have a toddler. Which he watches religiously every weekday morning. Often times requesting Hi 5 by name and interacting with the show’s song and dance numbers. I highly recommend it. Hi 5 is multicultural and does not have any weird characters polluting kid’s subconscious.

The new Hi 5 (new members for 2010), are all from Australia that had a recent meet and greet mall tour in Metro Manila. We attended the one held at the SM North Edsa in Quezon City.

Dressed in bright colorful costumes Hi 5 ran out on the make shift stage while all children were chanting Hi 5 with a rhythmic clapping getting louder and louder. They sang and danced for a better part of half an hour. Entertaining children of all ages but from what I noticed, there were more adults than kids!

The fun begins.

The fun begins.

The whole show was a blur for me. I was running around trying to get a good angle until the song “Happy Monster” came on. It was nice of them to perform that one as it’s my son’s favorite of all the Hi 5 tunes. I lowered my camera and tried to see how my toddler was doing. Sure enough, with all the other kids, they were swinging and dancing to the beat!

Right when they finished their last number the group stepped right on up to the edge of the stage to shake hands with the kids. Good thing my wife was right there to lift my son up to get a high five from Fely Irvine (the girl in red jeans), who’s Filipino/Scottish. Good on ‘ya, kiddo!

Right after the show the group accommodated the first 50 attendees for a photo shoot on stage. We didn’t stick around for that as we were way past the number 50. Maybe next time…

Blaring out the popular Happy Monster tune and my son's favorite part.

Blaring out the popular Happy Monster tune.

Enjoying the show. There were more people than expected.

I am glad the security guards let the unofficial photographers shoot the event.

Capping off the show with their signature Hi 5 pose. A great time was had by all.

Capping off the show with their signature Hi 5 pose. A great time was had by all.

Classy way to mix different shades.

Preparing to party.

Balloon fun, mandatory at any party.

Balloon fun, mandatory at any party.

The last round before we call it a day.

The last round before we call it a day.

One of the funnest and most memorable gift a parent can give their children is a themed party. But this in itself is an exercise in detail management rather than a trip to the local toy store. Often, parents go at it on their own or simply employ an event organizer-with the budget willing, of course. Which ever way they choose, the details are really what matters.

During the day of the party it’s happy chaos. Parents need to run around making sure all the guest are happy and the party is going along without a hitch. Yes, even if an event organizer is present it’ll be the same sweat inducing and food starved event.

On a photographic stand point, it’s almost, always about the beautiful details. Believe you me… whatever happened during the party, it’ll be one nice blurry blob of a memory the next day.

An obvious advantage will be when the kids take a look at the photo album ten years down the line they will be amazed at what an exceptional job their parents have done.

Young and mature mixing it up.

Young and mature mixing it up.

Painting activities at the kiddie corner.

Painting activities at the kiddie corner.

Table center pieces.

Table center pieces.

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Some of the events I shoot are parties celebrating a 7th birthday. These are the fun ones. All the kids are running about and the photographer needs to be quick… more like lightning speed shooting. From one moment to the next happens in a second.

Need to be always on my toes trying to spot the next Kodak or as I like to say, Canon moment. This party in particular was quite a challenge as the children weren’t in one place watching the show on stage but running amok as fun activities were everywhere.

With colorful table centerpieces, an expert balloonist, a beautiful birthday cake and great food a good time was had by all! The night ended with the birthday celebrant happy as can be.

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