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June 2014 Photos: Recent Hawaii Weddings and Stuffs

June 28, 2014 – Pupukea Vow Renewal – Close to Sunset

Close to sunset shots look great.  Vow renewals, when there are kids involved, are always interesting.   Probably the most difficult shot of the day is the simple family shot.

June 27, 2014 – Pupukea – Sunset

This was a bad weather day at Pupukea.   Bad weather…. and a very lucky couple.  This spot of the beach was probably the only place where there was zero rain.

June 26, 2014 – Sherwoods – Morning…

I’m really not an morning person.  I work late, so I love getting up for business around 12pm.  This couple got married at 10am.  That’s still too early for me.   But I don’t complain.   A couple wants  me there early, I’m there and on-time.

June 26, 2014 – Ko’olina – Sunset time!

I had two weddings today.  One in the morning at Sherwoods, another at Ko’olina.  This is my sunset couple at Ko’olina.

This couple had booked my eloping package.  I was really excited to shoot on film, as I haven’t done so in awhile.  But unfortunately, the weather broke down rather quick so I had to switch to digital.   I love film, it looks smooth, it’s awesome for sunsets.  But the crappy thing about it is that it shoots pretty much what the eye sees.   And if the weather is bad, I can’t really fudge the colors too much.

June 22, 2014 – Ko’olina

As you can probably tell, I love shooting at either Ko’olina or Pupukea.  Every photographer has their favorite spots right?  Waikiki, downtown, even the east side of Oahu…it just doesn’t really do much for me.  Town is too busy, the east side is way too windy.    By the way, I’ll try to post more all of my weddings here, but it may be tough in the next few weeks.   I’ll try…but I have tons of back-to-back weddings coming up.

June 18, 2014 – Pupukea

Just shot at Pupukea.  The weather has been a little funky lately, especially for summer weddings.  We had blue skies at the wedding, but it started to rain.   What gives?   The weather was good enough were I was able to shoot film for this couple.  Here are the digital shots.

June 14, 2014 – Wedding Film Photos

There are not many photographers who shoot on film these days.  Unfortunately, I’m “becoming” one of them.   As much as I love film, even if a couple books me for film coverage, in order for me to break out the film rolls, the weather has to be good.  We’re talking…even lighting, a bright sun, very little storm clouds.  If the weather cooperates, then professional film will outperform the best digital cameras any day.  But if mother nature fails, digital always comes to the rescue.  The reason?  I can “fudge” the color dramatically; over-processing blues to make pictures look like postcards, lighting shadows.

For this couple, they were lucky.  They ordered film, and got great weather.

June 11, 2014 – Modeling Couple Shots

Who said couple photos have to look boring and “un-model” like”? Un-model…okay, so I just made up my own word.  But you know what I mean!  There’s no extra cost for these shots.  You just have to have the courage to do them.  Having the body helps too.  And just in case you didn’t know.  I do have a background doing fashion, editorial, modeling type of photography as well.  That’s why these photos come out looking like this :)

June 5, 2014 – Pageant Headshots

I’m not like many other photographers.  To start, I’m probably the only professional photographer out there in the world who is also a first-class wedding planner.  Hey, I’m not bragging here, just stating the facts.  I’m also one the only professional photographers out there who doesn’t think any project is below them.   If someone wants headshots of the their kids, I’m fine with it.  If Sports Illustrated needs me to photograph some models, I’m really fine with it.  If a start-up restaurant needs some appetizing food pictures…I can do it.   Nothing is off limits.

Here are some headshots that are 3/4 body shots for a young gal who competes in pageants.  It can be cropped to be headshots with no loss in quality.

Okay, it looks like I have a break for a while until my next shoot.   Next photograph assignment is June 18, 2014.   I may post some previous work though in the meantime, or some film stuff that I need to pick up from the lab.

June 4, 2014 – Wedding 

Today’s couple booked me for the eloping package, which includes: 2 rolls of film, a small digital photography package, and 1 1/2 hours of photography coverage. The robust photography package is used to capture both blue sky and sunset shots.  The bride wanted blue sky shots; the groom, sunset shots. I thought today’s weather was going to be awesome.  The weather report for called for clear skies.  Well, we got clear skies…well sorta. The skies were clear of storm clouds, but high altitude clouds covered the entire sky, taking away all of the blue skies at 4pm.   I immediately told the couple that I would make the executive decision to shoot everything on digital.  Film under this circumstance would not perform well at all.  My couple was very laid back and told me, “Do whatever you need!”

The shots that came out today were very awesome. For some reason, my brain was on overdrive and I created some shots that I never attempted before.

June 1, 2014 -First Wedding of the Day

These were taken at 4pm and to 7:20, with a break from 5:45pm to 6:45pm.   One hour till sunset, the sky becomes “somewhat” unusable because the sky turns bright white, so that’s when my couple’s usually takes a break for 45 minutes and comes back to the beach closer to sunset.   I would say 100% of my couples welcome the break.  Modeling for an hour in the blazing sun is hard work.

June 1, 2014 – Second Wedding of the Day

I shot two weddings today.  One was at 4pm, another at 6pm, and both couples needed sunset shots to make their life complete.  This was not a problem at all as one couple booked me for just sunset photos, the other for blue sky and sunset photos.   Sunset photos actually only take 10 minutes to shoot can be taken about 20 minutes prior to the sun going down.  Squeezing both couples in one-at-a-time (not at the same time), without any rushing is not an easy task.  But I have to say…I make look very easy!  I’ve just been doing this very long, and I’m very good at micro-managing…myself!  I shot this couple from 6:00 to 7:00pm. My 4pm couple arrived at 6:45pm, shot some stuff with my assistant, and then kicked them over to me at 7pm.

This couple was a blast to work with.  The kids made everything a lot more fun too.  I love it when kids are part of weddings, it really lightens up the mood…if they are not being buttheads.

Here are the shots from my 6pm wedding.  I’ll be posting the 4pm wedding shots tomorrow.

me June 2014 Photos:  Recent Hawaii Weddings and Stuffs
I'm self-employed, so I pretty much do everything around here, from photography and video production, to the organization of all of my weddings. As you can see, I'm also the head writer too! If for some reason you can't reach me at my direct line, or my toll free number, feel free to hit me up on my personal cell at (808) 489-7633. Call anytime...well, almost anytime. Don't call on Superbowl Sunday or when the Philadelphia Eagles are playing!
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