Smile for the Camera

Houston Wedding DJ New CameraI love taking picture.

Especially pictures of people having fun, with great big smiles. I believe that a picture like that captures the person in a time that they are free, they let go, so to speak. Really, they are behaving like a small child would when he is playing and having a great time at the local park, pool, or even at school.

During a reception, whether it’s for a wedding or a Quinceañera, you see a lot of that. A lot of people smiling like they never smiled before. They get filled with all kinds of unexplainable emotions. Emotions when the bride walks down the isle for the first time, when they exchange their vows and promise each other their Life-Long-Love, when the officiant pronounces them Bride and Groom, and all throughout the day. I feel all the emotions every time and I am not even a part of the family. Once we allow those emotions to fill our heart, it is easy to have a great time and give the biggest smile you can to your photographer or video camera person. The emotions I describe are; Love, Happiness, Enthusiasm, Joy, Accomplishment, Optimism, and Gratitude. As a DJ I have learned to use these positive emotions to help me in creating a fantastic evening of dancing and entertainment and help them grow into “The Best Time of Their Life.”

This past Saturday I had my most challenging event ever. It was a Quinceañera for some very prestigious people in the Hispanic Community. They had the highest expectations that anyone has ever had at any of my events and the crowd was so diverse that I felt it was going to be hard to spark up a continuous dancing atmosphere for the entire night.

The guests consisted of Latino People from Houston, a few Family Members that flew in from Mexico, Some American Business and School Friends of the parents, and all the friends of the Quinceañera.

The Quinceañera, a very beautiful and nice girl, had her list of songs, 3 pages long, 1 Column, single spaced and they were all fantastic, dance able songs. However, they only covered the younger teen guests: Her Friends. And that only made up about 40% of the guests in attendance. The adults, Latino and American, made up the rest guest list and of course they want to dance more of the Oldies and Slow Dance Hits.

Add to that a few technical problems with the sound equipment and you can say I was a little nervous about the outcome of the event.

The presentation was done by a close family member and choreographed by a professional Choreographer. So the presentation was beautiful and well organized. Right after the presentation, the Quinceañera and her father gave a very emotional thank you speech to the guests and everyone in the room felt and heard the message. It was one of appreciation, love, and accomplishment. It did a great job of helping lay the foundation for a wonderful night.

I played the first song Crank That by Soulja Boy, next th Cupid Shuffle, then the Cha Cha Slide, and it was on cruise control after that.

At the end the parents came over an showed their gratitude with a big thank you and said how everyone enjoyed themselves.

Below are some Pictures of the event.

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However, as you can see from the pictures, the camera used is a small Canon PowerShot SD100, which is an older model and the pictures come out better than most consumer cameras, but they don’t really come out appealing. So I recently made an upgrade to a photographer’s camera. I purchased the Nikon D50, which is a Professional Photographer’s Camera. I want to show the pictures in their true color.

As soon as I get it and as soon as I learn how to get it in good working order I will come back and let you guys know, or actually show you how the pictures come out. Until then, you can settle for these good Canon Pictures.

Happy Planning.


Francisco H. Perez
“Simply Frank”
Your Hispanic Houston Wedding DJ

About the author: Simply Frank

Francisco Perez has been a Professional Wedding DJ in the Houston Area Since 1999 which has allowed him to grow into a leader in the community. Now he is sharing his wisdom with informative posts about the industry. Weddings are his passion because they are centered around LOVE and commitment that two people make to each other for the rest of their lives. The name Simply Frank describes his style perfectly, Simple and Frank or Simply Frank

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