Sunday, October 11, 2009

Tagger / Artist Writes for Hawaiianpix

It has been several months since our last post but we have a great reason. We opened a new studio in Mililani and have taken on some very cool projects. This is the story of Pheyr's art that hangs 10x10 in our space. Everyone.... and I do mean everyone that sees it says the exact same thing . . . Cool! That absolutely describes our artist. A quite, soft spoken kid that has some seriously mad skills.

This whole thing started when we approached a team of writers, taggers, Artists that were working on a wall near our studio. They had the permission of the owners to be there and while that isn't always the case these guys and gals are serious about their work. One particular artist "Pheyr" struck us as intense and focused, his sketch book shows it. Awesome stuff. This team of painters, are loosely held together by a former tagger who is working hard to get their art recognized in legal approved venues. Anyone that is seriously considering doing something like this for their place, needs to contact us and we will pass on their info.

OK Long story short, 4 weeks later Pheyr is painting a new backdrop for our studio to use with our high school seniors and youth portraits. We thought it only fitting that he get the "first shot" with his creation.

With just a few color selections by us, a couple of days of spraying and a wall sized canvas, our new backdrop was born. We think it is amazing and couldn't wait to shoot with it in the studio. Check out his 2 day odyssey in this slide show.

We are proud to know him by his first name, an incredible young street artist,who really wants to attend The Art Institute in New York. We hope that he makes it cause is work is crazy good. We want to say Mahalo to "Pheyr" for his awesome work.

Friday, July 3, 2009

Melissa's Senior Portrait

Last Sunday we had a great senior portrait session with Melissa. She will be graduating class of 2010 and is one of those all around kinda kids. She plays tennis.. quite well, and is a great student. She was selected for a very special scholarship that is given only to one student in each state by Nestle' and she was a blast to work with.

We first met Melissa when we were called to do her "promo" shots for the Nestle' scholarship booklet that is produced each year by Nestle' to promote their program. We of course agreed and had such a great time with our session, we were asked to do her "non- traditional" senior portraits.

What do we mean by "non-traditional"? Well, all schools have contract photographers that produce yearbooks for them. Most of these places spend 10-30 minutes per student doing the "sit, turn and pose" type of photos we all have in our yearbooks.

At Hawaiianpix we like to offer the kids the opportunity to spend a couple of hours doing their photos. We will do either a studio session with them or an environmental or both depending on their package. Before the session we consult with the seniors and work with them to produce a more personal and meaningful senior portrait. Hey this is the best time of their lives, they might as well have pictures that reflect that.

With our sessions we can provide prints, internet usage images and a line of other products that the students can use to share their special senior session. Below is the Mahalo vid that we produce for all of our seniors. This is our gift to them for choosing Hawaiianpix for their Non-Traditional Senior portrait.


Know a senior that want's something non traditional, call or visit for details.

Friday, June 26, 2009

Congratulations Kat & Shaun

Ok so a couple of weeks ago we got a call from one of our favorite brides, Kat. You will see Kat in a lot of our advertising, she has even done a "trash the dress session" for an entire class full of UH students. She is a bunch of fun to work with and no surprise, her hubby Shaun is no different.

She and her husband were married quickly before the whole deployment thing and will be doing a re-marriage in PA. in early July. Anyway, she decided to do a pre.... well really post engagement session. So we started kicking around ideas. I had wanted to do a session downtown Honlulu for some time. There is a ton of character in the buildings, the lights etc and it just fit.

A week ago Sunday we met downtown and Kat, her hubby Shaun, Scott and I went to work. 4 hours later, we had some great sample shots, a ton of laughs and a hunger ( we all missed dinner) that just wouldn't be contained. Shaun I hope you got a great meal. Anyway here are a few pix from that session.and a little videoslideshow, YOU GUYS ROCK N F'N ROLL!!

Tuesday, June 9, 2009

March.. April.... May, How did it get to be June?

Ok so we have to throw the new years resolution out the window on this one. Dude it's JUNE!!! Can you believe that 1/2 of the year has slipped away? For anyone that has read the other blog postings you know I made it a resolution to Blog more often, I really REALLY have to do that. So much has happened with Hawaiianpix since we attended the WPPI convention in Vegas in Feb.

Not just shooting but more classes at the University of Hawaii at Manoa's Outreach College, and LAB services. Wow! We are turning up the heat on our Lab services for 2009. Lets start there.

In February we began working to offer professional printing services to our MAC friends out there. For nearly 3 years now Hawaiianpix has worked with Express Digital to bring PC users direct sales through Photoreflect online. As a drop ship, online Pro Lab, offering photographers the ability to sell their work through a turnkey online service; Hawaiianpix has seen the number of photographers sending work to us increase steadily. We even offer online software for home use to PC based customers so that they too can get great quality images from our Pro Lab and never have to leave home.

We will soon be launching a new side to our website that will allow us to offer not only the PC based customer interface to our Pro Lab service, but our Mac customers will soon be able to send us orders as well. Thanks to a direct FTP upload and through a second online provider, Image Quix. As an online provider of image printing services, we also added the ability for photographers to setup websites through Image Quix to see how this works click here Stay tuned for all the latest developments. We will update and send customers an invite to try the services once they are online.

Wednesday, March 4, 2009

What Happens While You Are In Vegas

Tatyana & Ken
We want to congratulate Tatyana and Ken on their marriage on Feb 15, 2009. This wedding was shot by Scott Barnes of DigitalWorks 808 while we were in Vegas. Scott routinely shoots for us and was quite busy this particular weekend with 2 events to cover while we were gone.

Tatyana was a student of our KYC 1 & 2 classes at the UH and contacted us to cover her wedding for her and her Fiance' Ken. The affair was to be small but grew to more people than she expected prior to the wedding. No problem, while the total coverage for the wedding was about 2 hours she found herself planning until the last minute. See it really doesn't matter ladies just how much time you "think" you have it is never enough to get it all done.

Their wedding took place at the Izumo Shrine in Honolulu. This shrine was build before any of the roads in Hawaii were even paved. It has a great history and we encourage you to check it out.

We have inserted a slide show that we will be sending to Tatyana and Ken as our thank you for allowing us to be a part of their very special day. We love doing these intimate weddings

because you become such an integral part of the event. With 10-20 guests you have the ability to get to meet and even get to know some of the folks at the wedding. It makes the whole experience very enjoyable. Tatyana's images were posted online about 1 week following the wedding and she was just as pleased to see them as we were to do them for her.

Congratulations to you both we wish you all the best in your new lives together.


Monday, February 16, 2009

WPPI Las Vegas

Ok dudes and dudettes, if you are takin pix for a living or for part of your living andyou haven't joined WPPI you seriously need to make this a priroity. Then after you have your membership card you need ot register for the annual convention for 2010. I will be giving you some of the highlights from our trip this year.

The convention is taking place at the MGM grand, a much larger facility than the previous convention we came to in 2007 at the Bally's and Paris. Hotels. We were joined in Vegas by Connie Sister Kim and the Bobarino, a former Hawaiianpix shooter from the islands that has begun his own business in Tucson AZ.

We started out our first night together at the Hard Rock resaurant in Vegas enjoyin some music, a couple of beers and oh yea the bridal party that had their reception at the next table. Connie and "Bob abra cadabra rino" had attended the business institute during the day and had some great marketing and business ideas for the coming year.

We all discussed the latestest trends in the business from, websites to marketing to making your business stand out from the "digital Debbies" out there

Sunday was filled with print competition from weddings to commercial to "premier" this has become one of the biggest reasons we attend this event. Literally thousands of photographers from countries all around the world submit their photos for reveiw. As you sit and watch the judging, the intensity with which some of the images are debated is incredibly educational. Allowing the comments to filter through your own work as you run images through your mind that you have done recently. To see how other professionals percieve the work in front of them and gain insight into being a better image maker, this the reason we never miss this part of the show.

Monday was the opening of one of the largest trade shows I have seen yet. Everything photographic was there. unreal. It's like disney land, you have to go back to see it all. I will write more on this a after seeing more of it on Tuesday.

Saturday, February 7, 2009

Michael & Michele's 25th Wedding Anniversary In Hawaii

We had an interesting call a few weeks back from a soon to be customer that came to us as a referral. Now the interesting thing wasn't the referral, that happens frequently. It was that the referral came from Tennessee. Now we love it when people refer their friends and family members but I gotta say, we love it even more when that referral comes from 3000 miles away.

Mahalo to Charlotte and Jeff for sending us Michele and Michael, as they celebrated thier 25th wedding anniversary. What a great couple of people.
I loved the story of how they met and didn't really like for eachother on that first date. Seem's their friends knew that the two of them belonged together though and kept Michael up to speed on what Michele was doing after that 1st date. Sure enough, a few years after that first date, they had a chance meeting. Now 25 years later we get to be part of their celebration! We wish them 25 more years if happiness.
Aloha Michele & Michael.

Wednesday, February 4, 2009

It's February? Huh? What Year?

Wholey Moley,

I can not believe it is February 2009 already, where did the last ..... 6 months go? Don't know man it's a blurr. Wanted to share a few "New Years Resolutions" with you folks. Since it's February already, maybe I should be saying "kung hei fat choi resolutions" Cause my new year seems closer to the Chinese calendar than the traditional western one.

Sorry it's been so long guys, anyway the new year brings great promise for our Blog. Yep it's a resolution to post as much as possible all events that we participate in through the year. You will be getting the latest from us so check in often. We might even announce some cool stuff, offer specials you can only get if you read the blog etc. So stay tuned.

Today we are working hard on upcoming events. Trying to plan for the WPPI convention, our travel and business needs while we're gone etc. We spent part of January preparing competition prints for the 16x20 print competition. We have posted the pix we submitted for competition here below. We will update the posts once we know how well ..... or not so well we did with them.

This pic was posted on our blog during Kai's Senior Portrait Session. It was strong enough to enter in the competition

Title: "Waiting at opportunities door"

This image is one that is a personal favorite, again from Kai's Senior portrait session. Kai is an avid reader. The twilight series of book was the current passion when we did this shot. I wanted to create a great black and white scene that emulated where she usually reads, which is in bed. We shot this in a studio setting, switched out her jammies with her prom dress, and laughed about the concept.

Title: "What Did You Do On Prom Night?"

This next image was done during a bridal portrait session. It was submitted in the "bride alone" category. The session was awesome. Thanks Kat. We may even submit more images from this one in future competitions.
Title: " His Solace"

Have a great weekend everyone. - Aloha


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