I had the privilege of photographing Frances' Debut this past Saturday at the Winding Walk Recreation Center in Eastlake. For those who don't know, a debut is the Filipino version of a Quinenera or Catillion, but celebrated at the age of 18! It's typically very festive and active and sometimes, pretty crazy -- in a good way!
Before the celebration started at 4pm, we went ahead and took some portraits of the celebrant, her family (as usual, a huge Filipino family!), friends and the court. Portraiture's always one of my favorite things to shoot, so I like taking my time with this part. Plus, you get the people in front of your camera feeling more comfortable and natural when there's a bit more time to spare instead of rushing them.
Frances and family entered as all the guests welcomed her in with smiles and cheers. Now it was time for the party, feasting and dancing to start. Though intimate in numbers, this party had so much energy from start to end -- the emcee made people cheer, the DJ's blasted popular music, the food was delicious, and the dance-off made people laugh til they cried. Being able to photograph these kinds of events is always fun. Everyone seemed to enjoy Frances and family's special day as it ended with more dancing.
Thanks for letting me be a part of your special day, Frances! :-) Happy 18th birthday!