Maui Engagement Photography – Mark and Judy

My passion toward my profession is to capture my clients highlighted moment and make it into a treasure.  I capture your love, laughter and happiness.  Thank you.  You are energizing me.  lol!

I received a phone call from Mark.  He was so excited with his idea of how to propose to his girlfriend Judy.  He reserved a table at Banyan Tree Restaurant in Ritz Carlton Kapalua and asked them to create a Menu just for Judy.  Menu looked like this.

“A hand picked husband complete with a life time of love, filled with devotions and covered with delicious happiness.  All that is required is that you say yes – Judy.  Will you marry me?”

When I saw this menu, Tears came up to my eyes.  Oh no, I go to work.

Judy have no idea what is going to happen.  I’m hiding behind bushes being Paparazzi.

She is reading the Menu.  Probably, twice, three times and…

“Oh my…  Yes!”

Can you see her happy “Surprise” tears?

Seal that promise with kiss.  Congratulations!

Phew!  I’m off from Paparazzi duty behind bushes.  Now, engagement portrait begins.

Because, we did not have enough time till Dinner, I offered them to do proper session at the beach next day.

Wishing many years of happiness to Mark and Judy.

Love,

Mieko

 

 

 

 

Love is a measure of happiness and the glue that keeps families together and thriving

The wonderful thing about being part of a family is the love and relationships that exist amongst parents and children.   True things are not always perfect, and once in a while things can get hard, but the bottom  line is that being part of a family means your never alone and part of something bigger than yourself.

The day may come when you find yourself wondering why you care and do so much for family and they don’t seem to appreciate it.  If and when this seek out the family photos that are hidden in a closet somewhere.  Looking at these portraits created over time will make you smile and bring back all kinds of good memories.

If coming to Maui and interested in having portraits created check out this site.  IF looking for gifts for people from Maui, check out this site.

Kids will be kids


Kids will be kids

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.

If you would like to learn methods and techniques to better photograph your children consider taking a family portrait workshop.   If in need of the perfect gift check out this fine art photography.  If you want to create a family portrait during your next Maui trip check this out.

North Shore Sunrise

North Shore Sunrise

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.

If interested in a participating in a photography workshop or tour check out Maui Photo Tours.  Click here interested in fine art photography.

Waterfront Restaurant in Maui

The Waterfront Restaurant in Maui has been an island favorite for over 25 years.  The restaurant has moved a small distance and now has a very large space overlooking Maalaea Harbor.  We have eaten there to celebrate all of our anniversaries and are so excited that Douglas’ photography was selected for the decor.  When the doors open in mid-May their will be over 40 pieces of art on the walls.


This photograph is of Oneloa Beach, commonly called Big Beach.  It is located on the south side of the island in Makena.  I used a fish eye lens in order to show the beaches size and incredible topography.  This is an iconic location for Maui, and is visited by a large number of tourists and is a favorite amongst locals too.

To see more fine art check out the Art of Photography.  Interested in learning more about photography?  Check out Maui Photo Tours.  Is it time to have a family portrait created, if so check out our portrait planning guide on the family portrait/ gallery page of this site.

How to photograph kids and pets

Below are 7 tips to photographing pets and children.  Enjoy!

1) get out of your comfort zone and into theirs.   Kids and pets are not tall like adults, so go down to their level.  Try getting low or even on the ground.  You will see all kinds of new angles and possibilities.

2) Dont bark commands and force them into cooperation. Parents are famous for this.  Yes, we want respectful children, but we dont want tantrums, tears, and conniption fits. so sometimes parents just have to relax.

3) Let kids & pets be themselves.  If they want to explore let them, you might just get something really special that you would otherwise not have even considered.

4)  Remember the best portraits are the ones that tell a story and evoke an emotion, not just looking at the camera.  In this way you capture the personalty and emotion of the subject and this is timeless.

5) Saying cheese triggers the mind to make a cheesy smile.  Instead capture a portrait with a real expression.

Smile for the camera

7) Use props like a noise making chicken, sea shells, bubbles, toys, & sand castles for kids, frisbees, dog toys, treats, ocean, and squeaky noise makers for dogs.

6) Have Fun – Remember Getting wet or dirty makes for great story telling.

7) Have dog treats, kids snacks, drinks, towels, and extra clothes standing by.

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If coming to Maui and are interested in a family portrait please contact Maui Photography.   If interested in learning about photography, check out Maui Photo Tours.  Workshops on landscape, basic, I-phone, portraiture, and underwater photography are offered.               If interested in fine art photography or joining wildlife  photography expeditions check out Douglas J Hoffman

Sometimes we all need a time out…..

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!

Enjoy family.  Live life.  Aloha