If you're in the market for a photographer, one of the first things you'll encounter is some marketing themselves as "natural light only" photographers. At first glance, that seems a bit noble, maybe somehow superior. In this article, however, I'd like to dispel some of the natural light vs flash myths and show you the difference so you can make more informed decisions on what YOU like. In my opinion, a professional photographer should be able to do both.
When I first fell in love with photography, I was working as a scuba dive master and I was mesmerized by the amazing images of octopus, seals, turtles, whales, dolphins and other incredible life that my fellow divers were taking. So I got my own underwater camera and dived in to the world of photography with a passion. I've always been a nature freak so it just felt like a natural extension of my lifelong love of the outdoors and nature. If you had asked me then if I'd ever become a family or wedding photographer, I would have laughed my head off. I was not interested in taking pictures of people!
Or, The Surprise Proposal I Almost Ruined!
Embarrassingly true story: Agustin spent two months planning his surprise marriage proposal to long time girlfriend, Alondra, and 15 minutes before he pops the question I nearly ruined it.
Yep. Even just writing this is making me cringe again in horror.
A Private & Intimate Sunset Beach Wedding
Kimberly & Tim wanted a simple, private and intimate destination wedding ceremony on the beach in front of the bungalow they had rented on Oahu Hawaii's North Shore. It was a quiet affair with just the two of them, the officiant, his assistant and myself as their wedding photographer.
Discover The Power of the Silhouette
I had long noticed I liked silhouette portaits but I'd really never given it much thought. Then one day I was browsing through thousands of my Hawaii family photography imageslooking for a particular photo when I noticed my eye kept stopping on the silhouettes. That's when I noticed that in a "counter intuitive" way, they were actually emotionally stronger. In a weird way, removing information (the flash in this case) actually improved the storytelling aspect of the image.f
Super-sized Family of 60 - Beach Portraits
I had done some pretty big, extended family photo shoots before, with upwards of 24-26 people, so when Donna contacted me to see if I was up for doing a large family photography session on Oahu's North Shore, I didn't even pause before I said, "No problem." It was only after she explained that she was talking about a family of 56-60 adults and kids that I had to sit back and consider her request more carefully.
How To Look Gorgeous On Your Wedding Day!
What every bride needs to know to look her best.
You probably won't be surprised when I tell you that most people don't particularly like having their photo taken. It kills me every time I hear someone say, "But I'm not photogenic," and look at me and my camera with nervousness or suspicion. The truth is, everyone can be photogenic as it has nothing whatsoever to do with our physical looks or our body shapes. Few of us grew up with professional photographers as parents, so our experience with being photographed has been cheezy family photos by people who didn't know a thing about photography, using the cheap little cameras set on auto, and usually taken during chaotic, stressful situations. No wonder we never looked good.
How To Choose A Wedding Photographer
At first, choosing a wedding photographer can seem daunting and overwhelming. This article is designed to give you the information you need to confidently choose a wedding photographer who will be perfect for you
15 Tips For Perfect Wedding Photos
What every bride needs to know to get the best possible photos of her wedding day!
So, you're planning your big day down to the smallest detail, agonizing over wedding gowns and a million other details, and now it's time to find a photographer. Regardless of who you choose, it’s important to realize how much of a difference YOU can make in the end quality of your wedding photos. Here are your 15 tips for perfect wedding photos!
Congratulation to Amy & Rob on your gorgeous and heart warming wedding ceremony at Camp H.M. Smith! Amy & Rob organized their destination wedding in Oahu Hawaii six months in advance, booking me after just a couple short but well organized emails exchanged. I literally showed up to Camp H.M. Smith marine base having never met either of them before, but that was clearly not a problem for them. After checking out the wedding ceremony and reception location and planning my lighting and shot list, Amy & Rob arrived and we met for the first time. I'm always amazed and appreciative when I can work with couples who are so relaxed and comfortable right from the get go.
Coming from a small family myself, I'm always amazed when I work with large extended families like the 24 member Lane Family. "Poppy & Nanna" (Grandpa & Grandma) asked me for the "Paparazzi" Family package, as they wanted lots of photos of them with their grown kids and 11 grandkids! In addition, they were celebrating both their birthday's as well.
It started with a glance, then a brush of hands, then a stolen kiss...and then, next thing you know there was an engagement photo session on the romantic white sands of Lanikai Oahu at sunrise, splashing in the ocean waves and all manner of lascivious behavior!
Boy Meets Girl, Falls In Love, Proposes, Girl Says Yes!
The photography request I'm always the most excited to get is the super secret surprise proposal! Arranging the secret plans, the code words and then getting to see it all fall into place and capturing the special moments as they happen is just, well, so...romantic!
Waikiki Honeymoon Sunset Portraits on the Beach
When Tamara & Mike first contacted me for a honeymoon photography session on the beach, it soon became clear Tamara was having a hard time choosing a location for their portraits. I noticed she liked nearly every place...and liked too many different looks. So when I suggested they simply upgrade to the Luminous Light Package - a double session - they quickly agreed when I explained that this way they'd get the maximum variety of backgrounds, styles, and loo
He suddenly drops to one knee during photo session...
I'm a little embarrassed to admit I'm a closet romantic. I love working with couples in love and I especially love when I get to help a guy capture that romantic special moment when he proposes and asks his girlfriend for her hand in marriage! How sweet.
Brandon & Purvi had an amazing wedding on the beach at Paradise Cove, Ko Olina on Oahu Hawaii. Their entire family, all hailing from New Mexico, were in Hawaii for the first time to witness a visibly happy Brandon tie the knot with his new bride, Purvi. I really enjoyed witnessing the obvious love and connection the two had with each other, which made making some beautiful images of them on their wedding day super easy despite the intense mid-day sun.
A Couples Session that became a Surprise Proposal
Analise booked a couples photo session with me 6 months before their vacation to Oahu Hawaii. She knew where and when she wanted her portrait session too: Lanikai Beach at sunrise. As the day drew near, we texted back and forth a few times to confirm where we'd meet and what time. Then, the night before we were to shoot, I received a text from her long time boyfriend, Michael. After sneaking a peak at her cell to get my number he texted to let me know he planned to propose to Analise during the session.
The Incledon's brought three generations of the family to Hawaii for the 2016 Christmas Holiday season - grandparents, kids and the grown up grandkids, 11 in all. With an ongoing week of clouds and rain, we headed for one of my favorite photo session location, Waialae Beach Park, a gorgeous palm tree lined beach not far from Waikiki but usually remarkably low on people.
Family Vacation Photos on Oahu's North Shore
The Loran Family of four (plus one girlfriend) signed up for our Luminous Light Package, utilizing the double session option. On New Year's Day morning, Jan 1st of 2017, we met at Kawela Bay Park on Oahu's North Shore (near Turtle Bay) for the first session of the day. On the agenda: fun family portraits in the trees and forest followed by beach play in the waves. And wow, did we all have a great time!
The Mayo Family called with what they thought was a special request: "We love your sunset photos! Can we get individual sunset shots as well and not just of the whole family?"
Well, of course! It's your photo session! That settled, I met the Mayo Family at Magic Island for an evening of creating beautiful family photos with scenic backdrops of Waikiki, Diamond Head, the park's trees, and of course, the beach. I loved that they brought a change of clothes and props for the two kids, with a ukulele for the boy and a hulu dress for the young girl - wow, what fun! I just love this image! (click title to read more...)