Saturday, May 31, 2008

Yea I'm There

Seen the commercials about how people are "there" in their lives? Well this installment of our Blog is a, Yea I'm there moment. Tomorrow my baby will be graduating from High School. I am both sad for me and excited for her. It hardly seems a day ago that she was this little pink bundle being handed to me in the hospital. The nurse mumbled something and I looked at her in complete amazement.

I still look at her with that RCA dog tilt to my head ( yea showing my age) because she has blossomed into this incredibly intelligent young woman with her whole life ahead of her.

We spent last Sunday taking her Senior pictures. Yea, Yea, I know I am a Photographer and my daughters senior pix are being taken just a week before her graduation. The old saying is true the barbers' kids have long hair. The cobblers kids have no shoes I know, I know but it's all good, like most things in life there is a reason, I wasn't ready.

I want to thank Christine of makeup808 and Flaunt. As well as Kris of on3photography for all their fantastic work, help and assistance.

Christine, Kai looked amazing, both you and your hair stylist did a great job ! Kris, always helpful, always goofy and fun to work with, I couldn't ask for a better person to help make my baby's senior pix everything I wanted them to be. You're awesome dude :-) smile!!

We did a lot of the images in Christine's makeup studio. I chose to shoot green screen so that we could add backgrounds as we saw fit following the session. It worked out great. We were able to add virtually any background we wanted to the images. Enhancing every shot to match the clothing change or Kai's mood.

My hope was to capture Kai as I know her. She's funny and bright with a quirky sense of humor. I know she has read more books in her 18 years than I think I have read my whole life. She's smart and beautiful, digs fashion and isn't afraid to laugh out loud, at or with you.

Following shooting in the studio, we went downtown and did some more urban setting images.

My personal favorite

While I really enjoyed this session with my daughter, it was a bitter sweet experience. Maybe that's why it took me so long to do this, I knew it would be hard.

As a father you always see your little girl as the one that was totally going to be like every princess, in every Disney movie she ever watched. You never see her as the woman she has so rapidly become.

To a Dad she is always that little girl, dancing in little pink plastic jelly shoes like they were glass slippers. Looking up at you, asking "will you twirl me like the prince does?".... and you do.

Tomorrow my princess will graduate from High School and in a cap and gown, begin a whole new chapter in her life. Yea I'm there, missing those days of twirling and jelly shoes.... but so very proud.
Congratulations Kai. I love you Dad.

Thursday, May 8, 2008

OMG that's a baby?!

For those of you that get our news letter, you already know that Jessica our designer/office associate, had a 10 lb baby in December. Yes ladies a 10 lb. baby! We had the distinct honor of shooting her and her new baby as well as her beautiful 3 year old daughter last week. Lots of fun and great pix too.

Jessica and her son are doing just fine. Jessica began designing albums just a few weeks after her son was born and is back creating great albums for all our brides. Her daughter was in rare form the day of our session. Always a blast to be around, she was having a great time showing off her new brother and doing the strong woman pose for the camera. Show us your "guns" Oh yea!!! Rock it girl!
This young lady is going to be a real man killer. Honest to a fault, confident and a great personality. I guess she is a chip off the ole' block. Say thanks mom.
Taking pix of kids is always so inpiring, energetic and honest. You've heard the phrase " from the mouths of babes" well I believe that if you ever want to know the reason we are all here, spend about 2 minutes having a conversation with a 3 year old and you will know. It will make you smile, frustrate you and open your mind to the universe all at the same time.
- Aloha


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