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

 

 

 

 

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.

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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

After kids go to sleep…

Maui Photography, Inc. Mieko Hoffman I like looking up the sky, night and day.  Tonight was still new moon enough to enjoy beautiful Hawaiian star lights.  Van Gogh is my favorite master artist.  I absolutely admire his work “Starry Night”.  This shot has similar composition to that master piece.  This is straight out from my dear Nikon D3.  I may work on this piece later to make a piece to shine.  ISO 100, 17 mm lens, F2.8, 30 seconds shutter speed.

I love photographing “Night”.

PS. I shot this in our back yard.

PS2.  We do offer Photography Tours and Workshops in Maui.  Please call (808) 879-5753.  mauiphototours.net

Good night…