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.

Summer is just a few weeks away.

Summer vacations are always fun, especially when they are in Maui.  The island has so many fun activities ranging from tours of the island, snorkeling, diving, horseback riding, hang gliding, chilling at the beach, and more.

If you are coming to Maui this summer don’t forget to plan a family portrait.  Children grow and in a blink of the eye are soon graduating high school then college. Take advantage of the wonderful times your together as a family.  Later on you will glad you did.

Sunset portrait at Po'olenalena Beach

Another fun activity you might want to consider is a family photography workshop.  We will come to your hotel and teach the family the basics, how to set up the camera, how to pose, and light family members.

 

If you want to take some of Maui home check out this art gallery

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

Maui Family Photography, Family Portrait – McDonald Family

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

Many times families ask us to create a portrait that includes not only the beauty of Hawaii but also the playful nature of their family. One of the ways we do this is to ask the family to go for a walk on the beach.

If your coming to Maui or interested in photography these links might be of value.  More about family photography

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