Framing photographs for compositional affect

  In this waterfall image I used the foliage on the left to frame the photograph.  The green leaves catch the eye and guide them into the three waterfalls behind.  This waterfall is along the road to Hana however be advised there is no parking.  Please respect other drivers and do not stop on the…

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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…

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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…

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Famous Photographer Quotes

“Amateurs worry about equipment, professionals worry about money, masters worry about light”  – Vernon Trent “Landscape portraits should have a foreground, mid-ground and background”                                                 “You dont take a photograph you make it.”…

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Maui Family Photography, Family Portrait – McDonald Family

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…

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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…

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Aloha Friday Photo Safari

We arrived at beach along Maui’s North shore in time to walk around looking for locations to create photographs before the sun came up.  During the drive the discussion was about composition and how point of view and perspective affects the impact. Many people take pictures with their camera a foot or two above waist…

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Learning Exposure – Repost from Article by Darren Rose about book by Bryan Peterson

From time to time we read a blog from another professional and the wisdom shared is worthy of reposting.    Thank you to Kevin and Nicole Photography  for bringing this article by Darren Rose  to my attention, it will be of great value to a lot of people. The book on which the article is…

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Posing and camera position are important elements of portraiture

Showing people how to pose is part of our portraiture workshop. In this image Mariah is sitting with her chest at a 45 degree angle to the lens. While a bit more shoulder on right would have been nice, in this pose Mariah is very comfortable.  Also worth while to note is that this image…

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Road to Paradise

  When creating composition using the rule of thirds allows for  dynamic and interesting photographs.  In this image for example the road intersects the 3rd and 4th power point, or more simply stated is in the right quadrant of the image.  Placing the road off center adds interest and guides the eye through the portrait.…

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