• Lisette Gatliff

Sweet 16 Birthday Party | Long Beach Event Photographer


One of the most fascinating and wonderful things about life is that we’re constantly in a state of change, moving and transitioning into new phases filled with different experiences and people, yet still able to cherish old friendships and memories. We are always traveling forward on to new adventures.

My career as a photographer gives me the amazing opportunity to capture those beautiful life moments—the ones where people are stepping into new eras with weddings, babies, anniversaries, and pivotal birthdays. With each of these milestones, there is always a foundation of friends and family there to usher them into the new phase with love and encouragement. What a beautiful balance. For this Long Beach photo shoot, I had the honor of capturing Mia’s Sweet 16 birthday party—a momentous milestone for sure! I’ve known Mia’s mom, Danai, for several years, so it was fun to attend and photograph the surprise party that she threw for her daughter with the help of Mia’s friends. The theme was Alice and Wonderland, perfectly pulled off with some edgy teenage style. For photos, a funky checkered backdrop with colorful eclectic flowers hung behind an iron bench. Mia took lots of pictures with her family and loved ones and also with her amazing friends who attended the party. They kept it low-key and fun, but with plenty of amazing decorations and great food. Some of her friends who are in a band entertained everyone with their music. I really enjoyed this shoot because it was so real. In all of the pictures, the guests both young and old, new friends as well as family, looked so genuinely excited to be there celebrating Mia—and knowing her as the extraordinary young lady that she is, who wouldn’t be?! Happy 16th, Mia!!































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