2012 – A Year of the Couple

2012 - A Year of the Couple

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.


The 2011 Model of the Year

2011 Model of the Year

It was a year of growing portrait photo shoots; more individuals, couples and families. It took a while to pick just one out of the hundreds of images. Most of the images are family portraits, and there are lots of stand out images. Couples come in second and individuals are third. There are very few individual portraits in any given year. Not that individual shots are not taken during a family or couples photo shoot, but rarely does a single individual want professional portraits, on the beach, at sunset. And, those few that do, are women. This year a semi-professional male model was in Maui and contacted me for a ‘TF’ photo shoot. TF is ‘trade for.’ I take, and keep, the pictures, as digital files, for my portfolio, and he gets, at no cost, those same pictures, in digital format, for his portfolio. Win-win.

The 2010 Standout Portrait

Going through previous years photo shoots and picking the one standout portrait is generally a process of editing, culling, removing, which when so many are themselves standout images within their own collection, makes the process one of ambivalence, indecision and frustration. But, after some struggle, one picture is chosen. This year, it was rather easy to choose.  The image below has been one of my favorites ever since I got home and processed the collection of images from that photo shoot. What words and feelings come up for you when you view this image?

standout portrait


The 2009 Maui Family Portrait Choice

Every photo shoot session with a family yields several hundred images; of those images, well over several dozen are selected and edited to be part of the final collection. With over 12 families to choose from during 2009, there are some difficult choices as to which one I personally find the best. The below picture struck me as different because of the attire. Although many families will color coordinate their attire, very few dawn matching outfits. So, here we have the 2009 Maui Family Portrait choice…..

maui family portrait

Family Portrait Editing – The Hard Choices

When you have over several dozen ‘keepers’ and trying to decide which of the keepers are real keepers, and then which one(s) deserve to be printed, or shared, is a difficult choice. As finished product from a family portrait photo shoot session, I often provide a host of images, usually well over several dozen, from which to choose the ones YOU really like.  You have the digital files for them all, so can print whichever one(s) you like, at what ever size you like, at cost to you from your favorite store or lab. And yet, there are going to be some you like more than others, and some others like more than you. Choosing which to put aside and which to keep as keepers is part of family portrait editing – the hard choices. And those hard choices I leave to you within the collection of images from Maui Island Portraits. Looking back to the beginning of Maui Island Portraits in 2008, in which year there were few family portrait sessions, I found an image out of about 100 I like, that I would say is the one standout image of that year.  It is representative of what we provided in 2008. Wait till you see 2009’s choice(s), out of several hundred.

family portrait