Something a little different for you all this week. We have some BIRTHDAY SNAPS for you!
With all the craziness of work, an invitiation to our wonderful friend Paula’s (ahem) 50th couldn’t be missed. It was wonderful.
Hosted at the amazing Gunhill Signal Station, Sian and I had been there during the day, but we had never seen it at night. It is beautiful. I mean, crazy beautiful. Setup nearly four hundred years ago, the station had been positioned deliberately to allow the soldiers stationed there to look out over the country and see any potential invaders to the island. It could also see the four other signal stations around the island at any given time. This meant, that if they spotted anything untoward, they could raise a specific flag, which Gunhill would spot, and then relay the message onto the other towers. Genius.
As such, the place affords some amazing views, and at night it is even more magical.
Normally, when I shoot an evening reception, I have scouted the location beforehand and know what to expect. I also usually have my full kit bag, lenses, a tripod and my flash guns. For Paula’s birthday, I just took a 50mm prime, because we wanted to enjoy ourselves and not be burdened with all the kit.
As such, the photos relied on ambient light to get us through, which, I am afraid to say, was rather lacking! There were some fairy lights around the dance floor, so this is where I tried to take the majority of my shots.
Now, a little bit about Paula.
She is awesome.
In charge of the social networking and promotion of our hotel, I cannot think of a more perfect job for her. She is fun and bubbly and warm and glamorous…and like us, she has a big family, that she loves dearly.
It’s at things like this – parties, birthdays and such, that I always miss home a tad more. We are sociable people, and always enjoy a do with our families and friends. But even though we miss them, it is always such a privilege to be invited to something so special, all the way out here in Barbados.
Happy 50th 35th Paula – it was wonderful to be able to share it with you!!!