Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Prop Me Up!

Consider using props in your next portrait session.

What could you bring along that would enhance your photos without overtaking them? 
Are you a surfer? 
How about taking photos with your surfboard?

This couple brought their surfboards along!

 Golfer? Beach Volleyball player?

 Does your child have a favorite stuffed animal? 
This young lady was always called Lilo growing up and she loves the movie "Lilo and Stitch". For her graduation photos she brought "Stitch" along.

Want to use fun signs? 
Here are some that our creative customers brought with them!

These props tell the story. The photos can be used for engagement announcements or "save the date" cards.

This is a famous jumping rock at Waimea Bay on the North Shore! We loved their signs!!

And of course we are taking pictures on location in Hawaii so how about some flowers in the hair or wearing leis?

Between the incredible scenery and your giant smile there is no mistaking your pictures were taken in Hawaii. Add a floral or kukui nut lei and the image becomes iconic!

In Hawaii, a wahine (girl), will wear a single flower over her ear. Interestingly, wearing one over the right ear signifies you are single and over the left ear means you are "taken".

Well these boys are just having WAY too much fun with their props!!! 

Even little touches like a hat can help to tell your story.

You get the idea-- now run with it! 

Here are some more of our favorite uses of props.............

Simple prop but simply perfect!!!

Call Andrea "Andy" our office manager at 808-387-0869 or email her at office@hawaiianpix.com. She can give you some more ideas and help you to schedule your session today!!!

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

The Beauty of Black and White Photos

The Beauty of Black and White Photos

      For decades now color photos have dominated the photography landscape, with good reason of course. Here in Hawaii we are so lucky to have amazing colors all around us. The local phrase is " Lucky we live Hawaii, Ya?" and its true "fo sure brah" ( translated: for sure it is most definitely right). So why would you ever want to have your photos black and white?? The reason is that Black and White photos are 1) Powerful 2) Beautiful and 3) TIMELESS. Yes, that is right B+W photos are absolutely timeless. Think of that 90's wedding with peach, teal, pink or powder blue bridesmaid dresses and matching groomsmen bowties or cumberbunds? If the photo was in B+W you may not have guessed the era they were taken in so quickly would you? Yep, color can be distracting and make it hard to focus on the subject. Black and White photos are more classic and dramatic.

This applies to the background setting and mood for your photos too. Black and White photos as opposed to color work even on gloomy overcast days. OK, we know you are thinking, come on they shoot on location in Hawaii, they never have a BAD photo day right? Well, we do have a few cloudy days, although an entire day that is completely overcast and rainy is rare here, it can happen. But guess what, the lower light and contrast works amazing for black and white photos and no one looking at your photos would ever guess it was hazy or drizzling!!!
Since in a B+W photo you aren't using color to lead the eye around the photo this means that textures, lines, shapes and tones become the elements that the viewer will focus on. Shadows and highlights pop and you will notice so much more than you may have if the shot was in full color!

Black and White portraits are amazing. The focus becomes solely on you!! And that's what its all about- YOU!  Look at this comparison of this picture of a beautiful bride in color, which is a stunning image in full color. Now look at the classic, dramatic look of the same image in Black and White! See??? 

As our technicians adjust the images from your proofs they may choose some photos to highlight in black and white. Of course you will still have the color option too but consider those Black and White images that they may add to your proofs and you may see your photos in a whole new light,.. a dramatic light or... shall we say- well, "its right there in black and white"!!! 

Call us today at 808-387-0869 to schedule your session or email Andy at office@hawaiianpix.com !

Saturday, June 8, 2013

The Hawaiianpix Ohana - Andrea "Andy"

The Hawaiianpix Ohana 

Andrea aka "Andy" 

      Aloha! Hello! My name is Andrea (aka Andy). Yes, yes, I do spell it like a boy, even though I am a grown woman, all thanks to my three older brothers and two older sisters who lovingly nicknamed the "baby" of the family way back when. I am the new office manager and I'm proud to be part of the amazing team working here at Hawaiianpix. I look forward to providing you with the best customer service that our clients have come to expect for decades now.

    If you have called to schedule an appointment with us since mid April you have probably talked to me on the phone at 808-387-0869 or emailed with me at:   office@hawaiianpix.com  

     Now you may never see me in person but at some point you will probably talk to me. Here is a picture of me so you know who you are talking to on the other end of the phone line!

Here I am in the kitchen. Believe me with three kids I spend a lot of time in the kitchen.

When I am not at the office (or in my kitchen) you will find me at the beach!!!

   Tuesdays through Saturdays from 9 am to 1 pm HST ( Hawaiian Standard Time), I help to schedule photography sessions. In between appointment setting, I am a major multi-tasker who takes care of the paperwork, confirmation of appointments and all of our social media networking on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Pinterest, our Hawaiianpix Blog, and Google+, and... well, I guess you get the idea!

   I love sharing the amazing pictures of you and your loved ones that our talented photographers capture at each and every session. We also offer lots of exciting deals and promotions on these sites that you won't want to miss out on! So I want to invite you right now to follow us on your favorite site.

AND if you haven't liked our current facebook page please hurry and do so because we 
want to keep in touch with you!    

Our goal is to get to 1,000 likes and we are getting so, so, so close! Once we have hit our goal we will randomly select one of our facebook fans to win an amazing $300 prize package. Please, pretty please spread the word so we can get to our goal fast! 

The red arrow shows you were to click "like" !  MAHALO  (Thank you)

I am very excited to be part of such a wonderful team. If you have any questions or requests, please feel free to contact me (Andy) at (808) 387-0869 or office@hawaiianpix.com

Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Maternity Photos

Maternity Photo Sessions

Moms-to-be and future Dads maternity photos are an awesome way for you to highlight the growth of your family as it happens. These romantic and intimate images are a great way for
you to share the magic and wonder the creation of life. We love to
work with our clients to help them make this personal experience
a memory making event. simple or elaborate, we are here for you.

First of all, we shoot at a location where the great outdoors and nature can be a wonderful backdrop to the new life you are bringing in to the world. Choosing a setting that is both relaxing and dramatic is paramount to the success of your session and it will create a wonderful
familiarity for your images that you will be happy to share.

Consider an evening setting where lighting and clothing that can enhance your portraits. The time of day at sunset can be both muted and dramatic. Combine this with a well thought out wardrobe and your images will highlight the subject of your session, your new baby.

close, intimate shots highlight "Mother and child". It isn't until most mom's see what other see, that they realize how really beautiful they are at this moment in time.

And of course your partners are an important part of this whole process. Be sure they are included so that we can place the focus squarely on the amazing relationship the two of you share.

Our office manager Andrea (aka Andy) wishes she had planned ahead now and taken some photos like this before, well, before all her kids became teenagers! 

While we can't roll time back for her, she can help you, just call Andy today at 808-387-0869 to schedule your maternity session. 

Capture the beauty of your future child even before they make their big appearance into this wonderful world ( you have the song "What a Wonderful World" in your head now don't you?) Yep- so do we 

Saturday, June 1, 2013

Surprise Engagement Ideas

OK, so what would you say if I told you that  Justin and Jerry, our Hawaiianpix photographers, have been a part of no less than a 1/2 dozen wedding proposals in the last year?

  All you guys out there would be saying " really? " wow, why do these dudes wanna get married so bad? All the ladies would probably say Eww, where do they hang out, we don't wanna go there. 

Ok well it is true, but the thing is that these proposals were made by other guys surprising their new fiance' to be. Our photographers were just there to record the event! Wooot. Yep these dudes thought ahead and the girls had no idea!

Romantic Wedding Proposal..
Who Ya Gonna Call?

Try this, print a photo book of your favorite pictures of the two of you together.

Then plan a picnic on the beach at sunset in Hawaii and present her with the book.... 

Honey, Look.... what is this?
Will You Marry Me???

Just to set the record straight, Jerry our primary photographer and owner is happily married and has been for more than a dozen years. Justin has been in a committed relationship for a very.. very long time. So guys take notice if you are planning something like this, who better to help you with all that romantic moment? These guys have been there done that and have the puka tee shirts to prove it. We can help you plan that very special moment. 

Here are some examples of all the "YES" answers we have been a part of.
(BTW, we haven't heard a single NO from any of our proposals! )

She said YES!!!

Getting down on one knee....
Will you?



Now all they need is to book a wedding photographer for the BIG day! Once again, who ya Gonna Call??? 
Call us at 808-387-0869 or email us at office@hawaiianpix.com
and check out these incredible wedding specials we are offering on our Hawaiianpix website right now!! Hurry and get your date reserved!!!
June Wedding Special


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