Popping Water Balloons (Over My Kid’s Head)

Forget poppin’ tags, in my house it’s all about popping water balloons. For as long as I can remember I have been in love with water photography, or any photography that freezes a moment we would otherwise miss. Cats flying through the air, people getting it in the face with a blast of air, bullets flying through fruit and of course, water splashing. Last week I got the urge to create some water balloon photos of my own with the help of my lovely assistant Addie. I thought it would take a dozen or so tries to get some really cool shots but it took less than one to take my breath away. Of course we took a dozen more only because we were both so geeked out by what my camera was capable of capturing.

Check out a few of our best, including the grand finale of an enormous water balloon popping over Addie’s head.

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  • Poppin’ Water Balloons 1 of 10
    Poppin' Water Balloons
  • Anticipation! 2 of 10
    Anticipation!
    This was the first balloon she popped, the anticipation showed in her face.
  • Freeze! 3 of 10
    Freeze!
    The water held the shape of the balloon for the tiniest amount of time.
  • Fall 4 of 10
    Fall
    Don't you love how the water fell in one big ball? Also, Addie's face.
  • Unreal 5 of 10
    Unreal
    I can't even believe I captured this, the exact MILLISECOND the pin touched the balloon.
  • Expert 6 of 10
    Expert
    By this point Addie was an expert balloon popper, it was time to move on.
  • Head games 7 of 10
    Head games
    She was such a good sport, especially when this giant ball of cold water hit her from above.
  • Aiming 8 of 10
    Aiming
    I had to learn to aim the balloon towards the front of her head for the best splash.
  • Mushroom splash 9 of 10
    Mushroom splash
    How cool is it to know what a splash really looks like in slow motion?
  • Sheets of water 10 of 10
    Sheets of water
    Water photographed at high speeds is easily one of my most favorite things to shoot. So amazingly unpredictable.

Find more of Casey’s writing on her blog moosh in indy. She’s also available on twitter, facebook, flickr and Instagram. If you can’t find her any of those places? Check the couch, she’s probably taking a nap.

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