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 Wedding Photography – Rhonda and John

Sneak preview for Rhonda and John’s wedding.  It was such a heart warming ceremony.  I’ve been so many weddings and got used to swallow up my tears while shooting.  However, when John’s son gave beautiful speech right after the ceremony.  It gave me tears.  Congratulations from bottom of my heart to Rhonda and John! I wish you many more of happy and happier years to come!

Love,

Mieko

Maui Baby Portrait – Baby’s first portrait session in your house

 

When baby is born, pack up every little things that baby needs and leave your house could be challenging.  Your body is healing from child birth.  Baby’s sleeping pattern is not set yet.  Your other family member’s daily routine.  etc. etc….  That shouldn’t prevent you from giving him/her a first portrait session of life.  I will come to your house and find/create a beautiful professional lighting to produce memorable portraits.  Planning it is easy.  Contact me today info@mauiphotography.net  or (808) 879-0260.  Look forward to hear from you.

 

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!

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.

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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.

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.

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