Archive for Birthday Party Photographer

I love being around a ton of high schoolers. So much energy. So much potential. And when a dance floor is involved, the latest moves to the latest songs make for fun moments to capture. Held at the SRCAR venue in Murrieta, California, Ray’s Sweet 16 was all of the aforementioned and more. Family and friends gathered to celebrate Ray’s milestone and I must give a special shoutout to Ray’s parents who went above and beyond to throw her an extravagant Sweet 16 Masquerade. But don’t just take my word for it – check the shots below.

You’re starting to understand why I gave the parents a shoutout, right? This is love.

A few fun moments before Ray’s grand entrance.

Crowning her princess.

Siblings giving their big sis some bling.


And then there’s dad trading out the fresh Chucks for those fancy dress shoes.

For me (a daddy to my little girl), this dance with the video montage in the back was really special to witness.

Total Daddy’s Girl.

And a total Mama’s Girl too.

Keeping that crown in place.

So much love from the squad that they couldn’t fit into the background. #WidenThatLens

The littles ones having some fun.

And the old(er) folks showing that they can have some fun too.

The party was live, y’all.

Big sis. Little sis.

This is what happens when you leave your cell phone just hanging out all by its lonesome.


Time to sing happy birthday to the star of the show.

This young man was GETTING.IT.

Not a dull moment at this Sweet 16. I’m very thankful I got to capture this birthday extravaganza and I am most certain (as evidenced by all the love and support that surrounded her) this young lady is going places.

Birthday Party Roll Call:

Photographer: Charles Maceo Photography

Venue: SRCAR


Ava is the sweetest, cutest, most amazing kid in the world. I might be a little biased because I’m her daddy. But she’s incredible in so many ways. Her mother and I adore her to the moon and back. She turned 1 on March 1, 2017 and we set out to the park for a somewhat quick shoot. She braved the slight wind and chill…but as always, finds so many ways to warm our hearts – especially with that smile. Love you sweet pea.

Camera ready at all times. I thought it would take FOREVER to get this shot but it was actually one of first captures I took!

Candid cuteness.

Further proof that God loves me. So blessed to be able to raise this little darlin’.

Aw. Those little teeth 🙂

This girl has been walking since the early part of 9 months. And she loves every…single…second of it. Clearly.

My little princess with the beautiful backdrop that is The South Bay.

Always exploring. Oh so curious. Brilliant. And radiant just like that sun. Keep letting your light shine, my dear.


Set at a gorgeous private residence in Irvine, California, beloved guests got to experience a 1st birthday party that was truly, “One in a Minion.” Coined with that phrase for obvious reasons, little Kaden was gifted an amazing 1st birthday party by his lovely parents and surrounded by friends and family who absolutely adore him (including this here photographer). Guests got to enjoy beautiful Minion-laden decor, face painting (for the kids), a ballon twister (adults joined in on this fun), a photo booth, ridiculously delicious desserts, and AMAZING catered dinner. Straight up. I know because I may have had a plate. Or three. Check out some of the captures from this beautiful day that I know Kaden will look back on and be reminded of how much he’s always been cherished by such a loving community of people.

That one photo of the dessert table could be my entire blog and I’d be content. Just wait until a little later when you see them up close 😉

This right here is the reason why I almost shed a tear when I was told, “Make sure you get something to eat.” Everybodyyyyyy was tearing this food up.

Ladies and gents – the little man of the hour.

Because…It’s his birthday. And who needs socks, anyway?

So who enjoyed the ballon twister more – the little ones or the adults? You be the judge LOL!

The face-painter did a phenomenal job.

Because…and once again…It’s his birthday.

Everyone wanted some quality time with the star of the show. And understandably so.

Mommy and Daddy trying to show little man how to blow out his candle.

But then Daddy and Uncle decide to just do it for him…

The smash cake didn’t get quite smashed. That just means Kaden is a neat kid who never makes a mess. ***For the record, I did not verify that last statement with Kaden’s parents…just me taking a wild guess***

And speaking of cake and the like…here are the dessert close-ups I was talking about. Need I say more?

The guests, young and old(er), had a ball for hours upon hours.

Some “behind-the-scenes” photo booth action.

And can I just give a major shout-out to Lisa & Adrian for being such amazing hosts and even more amazing-er parents? And yes – I know amazing-er isn’t a word. It is on this blog, though.

And one more time: Happy 1st of many wonderful birthdays to you, Kaden. The world is your oyster, kiddo.

Birthday Party Roll Call:

Photographer: Charles Maceo Photography

Food: Capital Seafood & Capital Noodle in Irvine

Desserts:  Ngoc Tran

Floral: Scarlet Le at Bolsa Florist

Balloon Twister: Anthony

Face painter: Vanessa

Photobooth: Pixta Perfect