Maui Suzuki Violin plays in public!

 

This weekend I had the chance to listen, watch, and take photographs of the Maui Suzuki Violin students do their thing at a public fund raising event.  It was incredible seeing kids of all ages be excited about music.

The kids played for 90 minutes and the music was like candy to my ears.  Seeing the passion and joy in the faces made it worth all the investment of time and money.

I think learning to play music is like learning another language.   Good for them!

Learning the violin takes practice and this means less time in front of the T.V.

As I write this post my family is upstairs playing.  It is wonderful!

I know the parents of these kids are very proud.  I was thinking a the next recital I should photograph them so they can see the joy and pride that shows on their faces.

 

These are just some of the magical moments of our lives.   If there is a special event or family function coming up please call Maui Photography to talk about your families portrait needs.

Live Pono!

One of a kind books

In 2002, we started designing one of a kind books and have worked with many companies to print and bind them.  We found one in New York that runs a great operation and love selling their books with our photography.

Coffee table books are truly one of a kind pieces of family art.   Each page is designed with one goal to tell the story of your family. We do not use any software to make a book, just your photographs and our imagination.

 

If coming to Hawaii and want to learn about photography and go on an island tour check out Maui Photo Tours.   Looking for the perfect gift.

You dont always have to look at the camera

Looking at the lens and saying “cheese” in order to evoke a smile is not the status quo anymore.  Sure the pictures have their place but families today seem to want something that evokes some emotion and tell a story.

Family Fun

Walking towards the camera and away from the camera are very popular as each evokes a different emotional response.  Portraits like this include an element of interaction and animation & in the process capture each individuals expressions & emotion even if you cant see all the faces.

See more family portraits or scenic portraits.  Interested in seeing the island while learning how to take scenic and landscape photographs

 

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.

Anniversaries & reunions are the perfect time to have a family portrait made

A large percentage of our portrait business is made up of anniversaries and family reunions. We understand there a lot of logistics involved in getting multiple families together  and over the last 13 years have designed a three step process that takes into account the needs of the group as well as individual families within the group.

Daddy's girls are growing up

First is planning. Lets say we have a client whose parents are about to celebrate their 50th anniversary.  In this example lets imagine we have three siblings with their families in addition to the parents celebrating their 50th.  That means we really have four families.
Each family needs to be involved in the planning. This process takes time and energy, but pays off in the end because you determine what you want and establish the costs are so there are no surprises.
Most important  planning makes you look at your walls and think about sizes before the session.  Planning also lets us consider the clothing to be worn so the portrait completes the room rather than competes with the room.
It may be that one of your siblings recently had professional portraits done and is not interested in more of their family but is motivated to be part of the group image for your parents.  We do not want to pressure siblings into having portraits created.  Nor do we wish to take time away from members of your family that want to have portraits.  When planning is done well, we know what sub families want portraits and make time to do everything.
Will the siblings be hiring the photographer and providing the session and a modest wall portrait as a gift to the parents. Has a plan been devised.
The second step is to do what we planned.   We will meet on location and create the images discussed.
The third step is the image projection.  This is where famlies see the images for the first time and place thier order. We suggest large families stagger the times of the progjection so there are only two-three families in the projection room at time. We can show you the portraits at the sizes you planned for as well as any other size you might want to see.  We can also show different cropping .  This way you know what to expect when your order arrives.
Portrait Planning Worksheet
Name:__________________
Family Members:_______________________________________ Address:_________________________________________________________________
Phone:______________________ Email:____________________________________________
When was the last time you had a professional portrait made?
What did you do with the portraits?
What did you like or dislike about them? What would you do different?
What is the primary reason having a portrait created now?
How many people will be in your family portrait?
Please list everyones name and the kid’s ages.
How many portraits do you want? For example, do you need a portrait of the entire family, another with grandparents & grandkids, and a third of just the grandkids.
Do you want formal or casual portraits?
Do you envision portraits with peoples faces looking at camera, looking at baby, looking off camera, looking at each other. Please explain your vision.
Do you want a portrait that tells the story of living in Hawaii, or do you want portraits that focus more on the people less of the environment.
If you could go anywhere you wanted to make the portrait where would you go? Will you need duplicates of any images as gifts for family members?
Do you know where in your home the portraits will be displayed? Would the space complement a vertical or horizontal portrait?
Are you familiar with coffee table books, paintings, collages, canvas portraits, and Kodak Prints?
Do you have an established budget?
Have you thought about what to wear?
IF looking for a fun family activity on Maui consider Maui Photo Tours.  Learn photography while you see beautiful parts of the island.

A portrait should tell the story about the person in the photograph

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.

If coming to Maui, why not schedule your own location portrait session?

Mystic Waterfall

This portrait is titled Mystic Waterfall and it is located on the road to Hana.  It is 30 x 60 and printed on aluminum.  It will be on display at the Waterfront Restaurant when it re-opens in mid May.   I was a waiter there in 1990 and it is an honor to come back as the artist providing the decor.  The new location is in the shops at Maalaea Harbor.    See more images here

Celestial Sunset Maui

Sunset in Makena Maui

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.

 

If you would like to learn how to make beautiful landscape portraits check out Maui Photo Tours