Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Destination Senior Pictures: Honolulu

This lucky high school student was treated to a trip to Oahu, Hawaii by her mom. She was accompanied by her high school sweetheart and her mom, of course. On a whim, she decided to have her senior pictures taken in Waikiki and called me for a "milestone" session.

If you would like more information about our outdoor or on location senior portrait sessions, please visit Senior Portrait Hawaii. Plans are in the works for a senior spokesmodel program for students attending Oahu high schools. Watch this blog for details or send us an email.

Thursday, February 19, 2009

Hawaii Lifestyle Photography

Lifestyle photography is all about capturing your essence. It is similar to the environmental portrait but it takes it a step further. Wikipedia defines lifestyle photography as "re-creating real life situations in a controlled setting."

What is lifestyle photography?

Lifestyle photography is very different from the traditional studio portrait session where the subject is posed (chin up, tilt your head, hands on the lap etc.), photographed and ushered out of the studio. The majority of lifestyle photography shoots take place outdoors or on-location, such as in your home or some other place that is significant to you. Lifestyle photography sessions usually last from one hour to three hours and include some formal or posed shots and lots of informal, fun photographs that capture doing what you do best. If it is a family lifestyle photo shoot, be prepared to run after your kids, roll around with them, take them for a piggyback ride or simply enjoy sharing an ice-cream with them - anything that you would normally do on a Sunday afternoon with your children.

Lifestyle Shoots in Hawaii

In Hawaii, where I live, lifestyle photography sessions often center around the ocean and the great outdoors where people spend a lot of their time. If you are a paddler or a surfer, the photographer will ask you to come to the photo shoot in your boardshorts with your paddle or your favorite surfboard. A typical session will include a few posed shots on your favorite beach and then the fun begins ... its off to the water to do what you love. Some photographers will get in the water with you while others will shoot from the shore.

Lifestyle Photography in the Studio

This is not to say that lifestyle photography can't take place in a studio - it can, but a studio can be limiting. There are photographers who specialize in studio lifestyle photography, and if the outdoors is not for you, a controlled studio environment is a good alternative.

Preparing for a lifestyle photography session is easy after you find the right photographer. Wear what you normally wear to do what you love, then show up for the session with a good attitude! Take along a friend if this person can help you relax and have fun in front of the camera.

Sunday, February 15, 2009

Family Portrait at Ko Olina Beach, Hawaii

A family from California vacationed at the Ko Olina Beach Club located next to the Ihilani Resort and contacted me for a family portrait. We all had a great time during the shoot. The lovely young lady is an Iolani grad and now, a captain in the Army! Yesterday, I learned that her husband, who is also in the military, has been deployed to Iraq. We pray for his safe return.

Friday, February 6, 2009

Family Portrait: Hilton Hawaiian Village