Lorraine and Cory * Engagement

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I’m a little addicted to this location. Partly because of the drama (we love drama) and partly because of the actual accessibility and convenience. It’s so deep and consistently provides light and motion. This is Lorraine aka Frenchie and Cory. When I heard that Lorraine was French…I have to admit I was a bit intrigued.  After all my wife is too French.  When you transplant your life so far sometimes you don’t know how your feet are going to land…  Frenchie did OK!  Cory is from Oahu and they make a great looking couple.  Their wedding will be at Dillingham Ranch so look for some amazing imagery from there coming up this summer!  I’m really looking forward to it!!

 

 



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Performing Arts Portraits

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Once or twice a year, we bring our studio to shoot portraits of the beautiful dancers at Na Maka O Puuwai Aloha dance studio in Waipio.  I can’t tell you how much of a joy it is watching these girls grow up. It’s exciting seeing the girls pick up their new costumes for the upcoming hoike and then perform and pose in front of our cameras!  Na Maka ‘O Pu’uwai Aloha is directed by Kumu Hula Mandi Scott and has been expanding into many genre of dance and performing arts… she’s even now adding ballet!  Dancers are indeed my favorite subject because they understand the visual communication that the body has.  Dance is the universal language of celebration and expression.  Cultures all around the world covet their heritage through dance.  When you see the beauty of it… there’s a reason why!

Junior hip hop

junior hip hop

pre-teen hip hop

junior jazz

keiki hop hop

junior jazz

junior jazz

teen hip hop

pre teen hip hop

senior jazz

pre teen hip hop

teen jazz

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Kauai Engagement Session – Meet Bianca and Joe

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Sometimes God points us in the most serendipitous circumstances. Bianca and Joe have an amazing spirit and are so totally in love!  They are a joy to be around and to work with… No restrictions and totally free! Their engagement session took us to Kauai where we explored a bit of the gorgeous north shore.  From the amazing portraits you can indeed see their passion!  I love this!

Bianca and Joe came from New York where they both study neurobiology at NYU.  If you check out this Ted talk you can get an idea of what they’re working on… cool stuff!

I can’t wait to share their wedding photos from the north shore of Oahu!

Enjoy!

 

 

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Sheana and Kai – Album

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I kinda broke a golden rule when designing this album…I never, under any circumstances, never, never ,never…. mix black and white images with color on the same spread!  On the same spread is critical because it feels like theres something not being communicated clearly.  We love black and white, don’t get me wrong. In this album, since it is a black and white themed wedding, I decided to pepper in a little color here and there where I felt it could use it.  I love the impact of the black and white has but the color just adds a bit of dimension to the story.  I love the way this album flows and Central Union Church looks amazing!  Enjoy!  Let me know your thoughts…

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Derrick and Anvie – A themed engagement session

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Telling stories is far more fascinating when you actually have a great cultural heritage to showcase.  Now, I know, hula’s been done and re-done, but it means so much individually when there’s a connection with two individuals.  I’ve been trying to gather a little more information about the courtship of Hawaiians and have learned that the imagery is not literal at all.  For example,  a man might court with flowers or music and the imagery might just be of that particular flower and the music will dance around in metaphor.  We don’t have specific imagery from Hawaiians that reference romance and relationships and from what I’m learning, relationships and marriage we’re not taken very lightly.  Men and women were married for life. That being said. royalty and the wealthy would take multiple wives and partners, but it didn’t dilute, or weaken the contract.  Derrick and Anvie have a bond that will last a lifetime.  I can feel it.  A relationship based on love and a drive to make themselves better as they grow. Hula and photography go very well together, and so for that matter does any performance art.  let’s celebrate the art that brings us together.

 





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