Friday, December 25, 2009

Maui Engagement Photographer - Surprise proposal Chris & Emily!

My congratulations go out to Emily and Chris who got engaged on Maui in a surprise from the groom. I received a call from a woman a few weeks ago asking for my help with a special beach proposal that had to be perfect. She was the cousin of the bride the be and working with the groom to be to plan the perfect proposal on Maui.

Chris, the groom-to-be, chose a beautiful south side beach where he would have some privacy and a spectacular view of the sunset, and we were off and running.

Chris had planned to propose but they had talked about an engagement in about a year. Emily had no idea Chris was planning and plotting all along to arrange for everything to be perfect for his engagement.

I got the job of paparazzi for the evening which is an extremely challenging job on a beach.

The big challenge for me was that Chris wanted to have photos of the proposal but not have Emily know anyone was taking photos of them. So, I invited one of my amazing interns to pose as a "model" for me while I shot the entire photo session proposal over her shoulder.

I found out later that Emily works with movie stars on a regular basis and she was SURE that I was paparazzi.
Chris vehemently denied anyone was taking photos of them walking down the beach and just laughed it off.

Chris finally chose a spot on the beach an gave me the signal that he was about to propose. Emily said YES!! Magic was in the air for the rest of the evening.

We captured some wonderful images of a very special night for the couple and I am thrilled for Emily and Chris! Congratulations you two!
Best wishes and all the best in 2010!

Thursday, December 10, 2009

JAWS (Peahi) Big Swell Dec 8th

This week was magnificent for big waves and expert surfers on Maui doing their best to ride some huge waves into the north shore surf spot known as JAWS or Peahi. My spot was below. The surfers are riding the waves almost as far out as you can see. I wish I had a long lens to really get into the waves but I did the best I could with what I had.
Photographers with all types of cameras and onlookers lined the cliffs and perched in the trees above the surf spot for several days this week transfixed as big wave surfers got towed into huge waves by jet skies as if they were water skiing.

The surfers let go of the rope from the jet ski when they are ready to ride down the face and as the wave thunders towards the shore. Helicopters buzzed overhead constantly capturing images of the surfers and the crowds gathered with cameras mounted on the front of the aircraft.
It's just incredible to see the tremendous strength and power it takes this talented group of big wave surfers to take the ride of their lives down the enormous faces of these waves.
The bailouts and wipeouts were just as spectacular and scary.

These guys are amazing!

To the next winter storm that brings a huge swell,

Monday, December 7, 2009

Big Winter Surf at Hookipa on Maui!

Some of the biggest winter swells Maui has seen in years arrived this week and I had the opportunity to borrow a 300mm Tokina lens and go shoot at Hookipa on the north shore of Maui.
Surfers, stand up paddle boarders and boogie boarders were out in force yesterday ripping it up at the famous north shore surf spot.

Want to see more? More images available on the Aubrey Hord Photography Facebook Fan Page.

A hui hou,

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Maui Honeymoons - Natalie+Jared

Congratulations to Natalie and Jared who tied the knot just before Thanksgiving this year and came to Maui for their honeymoon. I worked with Jared's father at Starbucks and was honored to be asked to photograph the newlyweds as his gift to them.

We took the opportunnity to capture some romantic moments at Kapalua Bay on a beautiful evening on the beach.

We did some romantic shots, fun shots and enjoyed watching the Maui sunset.

The weather was perfect and Natalie and Jared were perfect models for the photo session.

I wish you many years of happiness together. Congratulations!!

A hui hou,


Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Living Maui Magazine Holiday 09 cover features AHP image!

The lastest Dec cover of Living Maui Magazine on Maui features one of my macro images of a protea flower. this is the third image I have had on the cover of this magazine. I love this one the best!

A hui hou,