Workshop on composition

blog imsge tour 9:30In 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.

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

 

 

 

 

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.

 

 

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

Maui Photography – Beautiful Hawaiian Sunsets

Maui Magic

The sunsets are beautiful in Maui.  If coming to the island make sure to take time and enjoy them. Each day the sun sets differently with some more spectacular than others.

To get a good exposure point your camera off to the side of the brightest point in the scene and meter the light.  Most digital cameras today have a light meter inside and that’s what your using to set the exposure.  Once you have determined the values set the shutter and f-stop to match.  Now your ready to then recompose the scene and make the photograph.

If coming to Maui and want to learn more about taking better pictures check this out.

Sunset photography workshop

Maui has incredible sunsets, and we will teach you how to photograph them with your digital camera.  We suggest using a tripod and wide angle lens. 

Workshop topics covered will include camera angle, composition, design, & slow shutter speed. speed,

Sunset in Makena Maui