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.

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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.

Maui Photography captures all the fun of a family reunion in a music slide show

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.

If you have ever wondered it would be like to have professional portraits of your family made, check it out.  You will be amazed.  If you would like to learn about your camera take a photo workshop in Maui.

 

 

Doing our part for the community

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.

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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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Clothing is an important consideration and part of the portrait planning process

“What should we wear” for our family portrait  is a question Mieko and I get frequently.  I tell clients that as much as we create beautiful portraits that capture the emotion and expressions of their family, we are also creating custom home decor. So it makes sense that the clothes compliment the color scheme of the room the portrait will be displayed in.

This means that for rooms that have soft colors and wooden tones, colors like white, khaki, denim and soft pastels work well.  Clothes with logos, stripes, checks, or loud patterns do not. Black should be avoided.

Our goal is to help families determine the number of different poses or breakdowns desired so we have time to create everything.  Knowing what is desired also allows us the opportunity to inform clients what the costs  are so any issues or inconsistencies can be taken care of.

So, a fair amount of advance planning is required.  While this does take time, it enables families to  make important decisions before they get here so  in the end they get what they really want.

Maui Wailea Po’oleanlena Beach, Family portrait, Family Photography

Our web site has a portrait planning guide and a consumers guide to photography on Maui, located on the family portraiture gallery drop down menu.

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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.

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