Once in a while a family will come back to Maui after several years and we’ll do a Maui family portrait photo shoot. And, so it happened this year, 2018. Four years ago we spent a good time at scenic beach taking pictures; then, this year, we did it again. Same beach, different sunset, different clouds, the sand has moved a bit. Everybody is 4 years older. It’s an interesting comparison, the passage of time….
The above picture is from 2014, the bottom picture this year, 2018.
Yeah, hard to choose one family portrait image in a year of many stand out images in many collections of a Maui family portrait session. This image was actually two families, close friends, visiting Maui form the mainland. Everybody was happy, and the sunset sky was on fire. A lot of factors go into a good image; location, of course, attitude, apparel, stance, posture, gaze. But, what might make a good image a stand out image is the atmosphere of the location, which is often dependent upon weather and time. Half an hour earlier, or later, and this image may not have made the cut. If the clouds were more, or less, prevalent, it might not have made the cut. But, many of the factors were present, and so here we have 2013 Maui Family Portrait of the Year.
Of the many dozens of families, and some couples, this year of 2012, a couple stands out. The weather, by shear happenstance, which most always the case, offered a very soft, moody sunset on the beach at low tide. The image is filtered lightly through a paint program giving the image a softer painterly effect. Maui can be a uniquely romantic experience, especially at one the world class beaches at sunset.