Saturday, May 31, 2014

Father's Day - June 15th, 2014

Happy Father's Day! 
It's right around the corner- June 15th!!

Father, Dad, Daddy, Dada, Daddio, Baba, Pa, Papa, Pop, Poppa, Pops, Pappy, Makua kāneOld man, 

Vader... wait what ..Vader??

Ok so he didn't win 
Father of the Millennium.....

Can you imagine how it would have been for poor Luke, driving to school?

Seriously, though, why do we have so many names for these great guys??
What do you call your Dad?

Do you know in countries all around the world, the many nicknames we use for fathers are the same? In the middle east and Asia fathers are called Baba , in Latin, papa and other countries dada and vater ( pronounced "fater") in German and vader in Dutch. All of these sounds are easy for young children to make, they're universal the world over no matter the language.

We feel so lucky here at Hawaiianpix to have great Fathers in our lives. Our own dads, and of course the dads we get to work with nearly every day at our sessions. 

Jerry gets to help out at sessions too and use his awesome Dad skills acquired over the years Here he is with three kids, not his but the skills work just the same.
Follow the Leader...

and of course Airplane!

Here are some dads we have had the honor of photographing the last few months here at Hawaiianpix. See how we have captured their love for their little ones in each image.

Dad's Are Loving

Dad's Are FUN!!!

Dad's Make Us Feel Safe, Confident and Strong Just Being There.
Whatever you call your dad, however you say it, we all want to wish all the Dads out there a Happy Father's Day! Just one day a year to recognize the tremendous job and responsibilities of being a father. We hope you have a wonderful day doing what you wish most to do!
Happy Father's Day from all of us at
Here's  a shout out to Andy's (our office manager) Dad, "Daddy Big Thumbs"
Andrea "Andy" called her dad, "Daddy Big Thumbs" cause when she was little, his fingers    (and thumbs) were big compared to hers. It must have felt safe as the baby of the family to hold onto his "Big Thumbs" Love you DAD!

Friday, May 23, 2014

Memorial Day Weekend

Memorial Day Weekend

We want to thank 
all of those who gave their lives
 in service to our country during a time of war.
For that is what Memorial Day is really about.
 Its not a "New Car" sales day.
 Its not all about "The Giant ONE day SALE" at the local mall or big name retailer. 

After World War II , May 30th became the day to recognize all who have died in war. Then in 1968, Memorial Day was moved to the last Monday in May. Soon every state accepted it as an official holiday and the 3 day weekend became the "start" of summer from coast to coast.
 But we all know there is more to it than an extra day off. 

 More than a THREE day weekend.

More than a BBQ and a big sale. 

Remember the fallen on this Monday, Memorial Day.
 Remember they died protecting your freedoms.
Here is a touching blog post by a young wife and mother
 who lost her husband all to recently to war. 
While it may be hard for some to read, we hope you will click on the link-read it- share it- and most of all... Remember.
We honor all those who gave their lives in the service of our great country. 
Thank you to all who still serve and risk their lives every single day.
Thank you and Bless you and your families.

From all of us at 

Monday, May 19, 2014

Jason & Jessica's Surprise Wedding Vow Renewal

Mahalo to Jason & Jessica  for inviting us to be a part of their wedding vow renewal. Jason surprised Jessica with all of her friends and the wedding they didn't have time to do the first time. So how do you go about conducting a " surprise vow renewal" ? Well it includes a couple of secrets, a conversation with your photographer and their experienced office staff, a few emails and it's way to go, Jason and Congratulations!

Thursday, May 15, 2014

Congratulations Grads - How to plan for your photos

Congratulations to all the 
Graduates of the Class of 2014!

We salute you and all of your accomplishments. Give yourselves a pat on the back! You have finished your senior year in style.

 Many of you took your senior photos over a year ago so you could get your picture in the high school yearbook right? You might have even been forced to go to a studio that your high school selected. You might have not gotten the photos you really wanted. Now a whole year has gone by, you have grown and changed and finished your high school career. 

Do something for yourself - take some photos now, of the new you, heading off into the world - done with the school days... YOU!!

Senior photos are a special type of portrait session. We don't believe they should always happen in a stuffy studio with dated backdrops and props. Many of our seniors have a unique style and personality and we capture this in their photos. This shoot was a lot of fun. Mom and son wanted pictures that showed Hiapo's style and outdoorsy, spirited personality.

 We started in early afternoon to capture the best natural light and the beauty of the bay Hiapo and his mom chose for the location. They brought fun props to highlight his session. Jerry set him at ease and you can see his personality come through onto the images.

They wanted a variety of looks from the sand, to the water and finally to the woods! This location had it all and each backdrop served to bring out the most in Hiapo and his smile.

How to plan for your Senior Portraits

 Senior photos require even more planning than some other types of sessions. 
Andrea "Andy" likes to tell the seniors to prepare like they did when writing an essay for school - Think.... Who? What? Why? Where? and How?

The "Who" of course is YOU. But will it just be you... or will you want friends there too? 

The "What" is easy- its your senior photos but what do you picture for them? What do you want to wear? Will you want to bright colors? Muted? What style fits you and your style? Casual or more dressy? Romantic or sporty?  What will be the perfect look plus still be comfortable and make you feel confident? What props would you like to have? 

The "Why" is easy also- why take them? Because you want to remember these days. These will be your glory days, the ones you want to look back on and share in the future. Why would you want to take photos just like everyone else's? Why wouldn't you want your real personality to shine through in every shot?

"Where?" Where do you want to be? Location, location, location, right? We have several top locations to choose from. C'mon its Hawaii --where isn't there a great beach location, seriously. Where do you picture yourself? There are so many beautiful beaches to choose from but maybe you want to be the main focus. Maybe you want more dramatic shots where the background doesn't steal the show? Or would you like a park? We can do that too.

"How?" How is simple, call us at Hawaiianpix 808-387-0869. Then think about how great and how amazing your senior photos will be! And how you will love to look back at them one day and remember this special time in your life.

Got it? We work with you to get to know you and make you feel comfortable.

The genuine smiles and personalities appear when we are all having fun.

Sunset or Sunrise...

Props or no props....

Our goal is to make it fun...

and help you connect and be the best version of you...not someone else's version of you
Saving those memories..and creating new ones...

Close up... or farther away from the camera....

We put YOU in the FOCUS!

Congratulations again from all of us! You DID it--- SMILE!!!!

Click on this link to see a special we are running for all you graduates this week!

Way to go GRADS!!!
from all of us at 

Monday, May 12, 2014

Video memories of your Portrait Session

Video Memories

Hawaiianpix can now offer you a custom video memory of your photo session as an additional item you can purchase to highlight your favorite images.

The R Family had so much fun recently shooting their photos at Waimanalo Bay with Jerry.

Their final images were wonderful.

Now take a look at this great video of the R Family
complete with fun music and background images.

The R Family Video

Hawaiianpix now provides pro quality video slideshows for all our portrait sessions. These videos can be downloaded and shared with your friends and family right to any mobile device from your online gallery and can be shared on Facebook. Need an HD 1080p quality version? Order it online for a special introductory price of just $59. 

The E family at the same location but their video is completely unique and tailored for their session style...
The E Family Video

We know you will love your custom video slideshow. 
Call Andy today at 808-387-0869 from 9am to 1pm (HST) Tuesdays - Saturdays to make your reservation for your portrait session with

Thursday, May 1, 2014

Hawaiian Weddings - Tips from our Years of experience

    You learn from experience right? Our photographers and staff at Hawaiianpix have attended and photographed hundreds of weddings over the years, yep, we said hundreds ...and hundreds. Along the way we have learned a few tricks of the trade and acquired a fair amount of common sense. We recently compiled some really great advice that we shared with our future brides and grooms in an email for our David's Bridal customers. 

But then we started thinking, we have a lot of followers of our blog who are planning weddings here in Hawaii. They really would love these tips too. So here you go everyone.....................

This is page one of several pages of great tips. You will want to read these in a larger format. 
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According to the Hawaii Health Department, in 2013
45,626 Marriages were performed in the State of Hawaii. 
877 Weddings Weekly
125 Knots Tied Daily 
                                         12.5 Nuptials Every Daylight Hour ! 
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