In this image their are three compositional designs in use. First is framing. The bamboo trees serve to frame the image and draw the viewers attention. Next are the repetitious lines of the bamboo trees which also directs the viewers eye. Third, the S-curve going through the image guides the viewer down the trail and beyond. These are some of the concepts we discuss and practice in a photography workshop.
IF planning a trip to Maui, let us know we offer a variety of workshops. We can come to your hotel and teach you how to use your camera, and take better photographs as well as take you on a tour of the island and teach you on location. Call 808 870 3686 for information.
Having a family portrait created is something people do not do often. Accordingly most people do not know very much about photography, so they shop based on what they know and that is price. As a parent that has to live within a budget I understand that.
As a professional portrait photographer I am concerned because their is a huge difference in knowledge, experience, and artistic ability between a professional that charges what they are worth, and a newer younger, less experienced shooter who is willing to charge a lot less.
It seems people hire a photographer when they have a need for a portrait much like when a Dr. is hired because of a medical problem. There are general Dr.s and specialists and depending upon the need is the type of Dr that is hired.
Since people do not have portraits created often, it makes sense that when they do they should do it to the best of their ability. There is nothing worse than paying for a service and not getting what you want. Unfortunately this happens in Maui, as people shop for photographers using price as their main consideration.
We are proud to offer all our clients a 100% WOW guarantee on all wall portraits on canvas or aluminum. If the finished portrait arrives and you don’t react with a WOW, we will work on the portrait until you do. In the unlikely event we can not get a WOW, all money for that portrait will be returned.
It always makes me smile when families are up to creating portraits that show some action and animation. I really believe that this style of portrait communicates love, playfulness, and togetherness. Take this portrait for example. You can’t see the faces of the people, but you know they are having fun and making the most of their time together in paradise. Years from now when the family members view the portrait they will immediately go back to Hawaii and remember all the great times and experiences had as a family. As kids grow and get married this portrait will become one of their favorite family possessions.
In this image of Chef James, you see him in the garden on his knees picking beets. This speaks to the Chefs attitude toward cooking of going from the farm to the plate. Use this as an example when photographing your family and tell a story with your photographs.
This portrait is titled Mystic Waterfall and it is located on the road to Hana. It is 30 x 60 and printed on aluminum. It will be on display at the Waterfront Restaurant when it re-opens in mid May. I was a waiter there in 1990 and it is an honor to come back as the artist providing the decor. The new location is in the shops at Maalaea Harbor. See more images here
We had the pleasure of photographing a family reunion recently and produced this slide show with the images. http://youtu.be/YjWTGNPXXMI
Coordinating a session with this many people involves a lot of pre planning and communication. We want to make sure the clothes fit the room the portrait will be displayed and that each family gets the size and style of portraits desired. This takes time but its easier to do it it before coming to Maui.
This image was created last week just minutes after sunrise. I used a low camera position because I wanted the horizon in the upper third. Thankfully my carbon fiber tripod was made to use in uneven topography as the ground was anything but even.
I wanted to show the wide angle view of Hawaii’s beautiful coastline and decided to use the fish eye lens. In part thats because the lens has a 180 degree angle of view, but the secondary reason is I love the fish eye lens because of the way the image bends at the ends.
We live on a round planet and for some reason people have come to expect straight lines on the horizons of photographs seen. I think its refreshing to see the curve. In addition, it adds a secondary line that repeats the round line of the water surrounding the rocks in the foreground.
The portrait will be printed as 30 x 60 and will be displayed in Waterfront Restaurants private dining room. The Waterfront is one of Maui’s most established restaurants and is located in Maalaea Harbor.