{ J & J surprise baby shower } the gifts

{ J & J surprise baby shower } 10 of 10The gift part of the shower was probably the most difficult for me to shoot as I have very little experience shooting indoors at night. Most of the weddings I've shot were not this hard. haah. Anyways... lucky for me practice makes perfect, so this was a great learning experience for me.

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I really appreciate any opportunity to practice using my camera, so I feel completely honored to shoot the surprise shower for Jas and Joel!

{ J & J surprise baby shower } indoor unscramble

{ J & J surprise baby shower } 8 of 10So.. oh man did I struggle with getting a good picture. There was a lot going on and a lot of great shots, but trying to figure out my camera + flash = these pictures. eek. haha. Anyways, the game was real simple and straight forward- unscramble! People got so into it I could help myself from laughing. :) Some of the words were hard to decipher... Loads of fun!

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I really appreciate any opportunity to practice using my camera, so I feel completely honored to shoot the surprise shower for Jas and Joel!

{ J & J surprise baby shower } the surprise

{ J & J surprise baby shower } 7 of 10So in these many postings.. I'm now at 7 of 10 and finally the guests of honor arrive! It was a good surprise. I think a wonderful thing for a mom-to-be. Way to go to everyone who planned this whole shindig.

I love this picture of Binh.  I was curious when they'd show up, too!

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I really appreciate any opportunity to practice using my camera, so I feel completely honored to shoot the surprise shower for Jas and Joel!

{ J & J surprise baby shower } guestlist only

{ J & J surprise baby shower } 6 of 10As the guests arrived, I went into "photographer" mode. Not really paying attention to people.. and not socializing. haha. I guess that since my experience is shooting strangers, I'm used to not talking to anyone. Anyway, this was good practice on shooting people in motion indoors. Next time I'll take Jas' advice and shoot in raw. p.s. I love Jas' photos.

Many props to Peter Lee who grilled with a broken foot. What a trooper!

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There were also other people with DSLR's. I'm excited to see everyone else's pictures! I really appreciate any opportunity to practice using my camera, so I feel completely honored to shoot the surprise shower for Jas and Joel!

{ J & J surprise baby shower } yum...the food!

{ J & J surprise baby shower } 5 of 10This food took a lot of love and time to prepare... but boy was it tasty! I couldn't get enough of the chinese chicken salad (not shown) or the yummy meatball + pineapple. delicious! Thanks to Ang, Katy and Alison for knowing how to coook! I also love the idea of little name-tags for the food.

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I really appreciate any opportunity to practice using my camera, so I feel completely honored to shoot the surprise shower for Jas and Joel!