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.
Maui is famous for sugar, pineapples, and fabulous sunsets. This sunset is was captured at Poolenlena beach in Makena Maui, and will be on display at the Waterfront Restaurant in Maui when it re-opens in Mid May, 2012. The new location is in the shopping center at Maalaea Harbor. If unable to come in please check out the online gallery.
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The Shepard kids were visiting Maui, and we were on a beach in Makena making family portraits. Once the main portrait was finished, it was time to relax and let the kids be kids. These kids were unaware of this photograph being being taken thus captured a real candid moment that preserves the joy of youth.
Many of our clients tell us that the highlight of their vacation was the time we spent together on the beach & the portraits we created.
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.
Each year we make it a point to donate our time and resources to schools and worthy non-profits. In March, we volunteered to be paparazzi at the Montessori Hale o Keiki School fundraising event at Gannons restaurant.
While walking around and flashing people as they arrived I managed to get these images.
It seemed like a wonderful event, and the restaurant was packed, so we hope the school made a lot of money.
This week I photographed a large family with four kids under 6 years old. This is nothing new but hearing a comment from one of the parents resonated with me because I have been in the same position with my family. We were about halfway done with the session when the one of the kids decided it was time to have a fit. Tarzan screams, funny animal sounds, and bribes with ice cream had no affect. I saw the frustration build in the parents faces and the child fed off this energy as if there were sharks smelling blood in the water.
The last time my family planned to have a family portrait created, I wanted it too bad and our eldest child knew it. For a little while she had the power and decided to be uncooperative. If I would have only relaxed and let go, things would proceeded much better. Instead, I became the frustrated father. In retrospect it would have been better to take a brief timeout.
Life gives us opportunities to learn and it when it comes to kids, sometimes its smart to try and understand what its like to be a kid. Our child is testing her boundaries and finding out what she can and cant do. This is important for her development.
So, the next time we have our family portrait created I will be more relaxed. Hopefully without the scent of blood, our daughter will be relaxed as well. However, in the event one of the kids should have a tantrum, rather than get stressed, I will take a short time out in order to relax. I will offer the same advice to our clients.
Mieko and I know as professionals that with the absence of pressure on children, most of the time kids have fun and enjoy the family portrait session. However, each child is different. Sometimes, regardless of what parents do, a child will melt down.
If this should occur, portraits can still be made that capture the personality of a family. In this case we would have the everyone sit on the beach and look at the view, sunset, boat or whale on the horizon. We might also have everyone looking at each other. This often stops frowns and starts smiles. Walking away from the camera and jumping into the setting sun are also great options. This captures a family in action. While we cant see the faces we can feel the emotional impact and let our minds go back to a beautiful place called Maui.
When it comes to having portraits of family created the goal is to capture the love and relationships that exist within a family. If their is frustration & stress it will show up, so its best to just let go. Otherwise its time for time out!