Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Maui Welcomes back the Humpback Whales

The Humpback Whales are back in Hawaii for the 2010-2011 season and happily playing in the waters between Maui, Lanai and Molokai, called the Au Au Channel. They come down to Hawaii from Alaska every season (Dec-May) to give birth to calves and breed before returning to their feeding grounds in Alaska. We were fortunate on Christmas Day to be out on the water watching a competitive group of 7 whales who treated us to breaches out of the water, pec slaps and head lunges. It was fantastic. We got caught in several heavy squalls of rain which made it pretty challenging to shoot but I was able to get a few shots in between.
Happy whale watching!
A hui hou,

Monday, December 27, 2010

Bruno Mars packs the house and steals the show

The Maui Arts and Cultural Center was packed to the gills last week with Bruno Mars fans and he didn't disappoint with his show!Fans squealed at a pitch so high many thought windows would shatter. It was unreal that 1500 teenage girls could reach a fevered pitch that high but earplugs were the ticket that night for sure!
Hawaii born Brumo Mars was a colorful act from the start, singing his favorite hits while cameras flashed and video cameras followed his every move on stage as they shot a video.

Ever the showman, with many moves reflecting that of one of Mars' idols, Michael Jackson, the music and choreography was fun to watch. Mars has a great rapport with his band and it shows in his performances.
Another fun night for everyone!
Until the next rockin' show!

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

New! Gift Certificates for Private Photography Lessons!

Happy Holidays from the entire team at Aubrey Hord Photography!

Gift Certificates are now available for Private Photography Lessons starting at one hour sessions. This is a great gift idea if you know anyone who is getting started with a digital camera or getting one as a gift for the holidays! Or if you just want to go to some great places on the island to go shoot and dial in your talent!

Feel free to Call (808) 264-5226 or Email me for more details at aubrey@aubreyhord.com.


Saturday, December 4, 2010

2010 Faces of Hawaii book features Aubrey Hord Photography

The 2010 Faces of Hawaii exhibit opened in Hilo by HI Art Magazine a couple weeks ago and I was fortunate to have an image featured in the book and exhibit. My image entitled "Ashley" will be part of the book as well as part of the 2010 art exhibit in Hilo.
My image of Ashley is on the far left. To the right of the image are two images by Zach Pezzillo, my super talented intern who is only 17 years old and a senior at Seabury Hall. Zach and his mom, Susannah Christy were able to make it to the opening in Hilo (I had a photo shoot here on Maui and was unable to attend this year), and they sent these images to me.

A proud Zach with all the images below!

"Ashley" is on the left side. She is the beautiful hula dancer with the red ti leaf haku lei on her head as well as around her neck.

Thanks Zach and Susannah for the images from the show!

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Kaanapali Maui Wedding Photographer - Sarah + Joel

Wedding bells are ringing again! Sarah and Joel tied the knot at Ka'anapali Beach Hotel at the private oceanfront wedding site and had a little fun! Thanks for being such great clients. We wish you all the best!

Congratulations from all of us at Aubrey Hord Photography!

Kaanapali Maui Wedding Photographer - Wei + Peter

Congratulations Peter and Wei!

Maui Premiere of "Get a Job" sells out the MACC Sunday

The Maui premiere of the comedy film, "Get a Job" directed by Brian Kohne of Malama Pono Productions and produced by Stefan Schaefer of Cicala Filmworks drew a sold out crowd at the Maui Arts and Cultural Center on Sunday evening November 28 with a line going nearly to the street to get into the theater and laughter abounding throughout the evening. The Maui screening was a benefit for the MACC's Arts and Education Programs and the Maui Food Bank. Director Brian Kohne, above, pictured with the Maui Food Bank team, was on hand greeting people at the gates and thanking them for their donation to the food bank.
Cast and crew came out to celebrate the premiere and have a mini reunion on Maui. I had the pleasure of being the Still Photographer for the feature film as well as having a cameo role as the wedding photographer in the big wedding scene and in another scene which definitely featured my best asset (HEE HEE! See if you can figure that one one). The independent film was made entirely on the island of Maui by a Maui director and producer with the majority of the cast and crew from the islands. This was an important milestone in Maui's history of filmmaking since it is the first feature film produced entirely by Mauians, drawing on the extensive local talent we have in community theater, staging, production management, video/camera, lighting, sound, art, photographers (YAY!) and beyond... The film even offered internships for local students looking to get into the film making business.
The line formed quickly to get into the theater and wound its way all the way to the street.
Maui's musical "royalty" came out to see the premiere including musical greats who were also in the film including Eric Gilliom (as lead character Merton in "Get a Job"), Mick Fleetwood, Pat Simmons, Amy Hanaialii Gilliom, Dr. Nat and his band who comprised the fabulous wedding band in the movie. Later in the evening, after the premiere (was officially off duty then to celebrate with the rest of the cast and crew), the wedding band kept the MACC rocking with their musical talents onstage. It was great!

The film starred Willie K, Eric Gilliom, Carolyn Omine, Augie T, Marsha Kelly, Kathy Collins, Chelsea Hill, Vinny Linares and featured Henry Kapono, Mick Fleetwood, Willie Nelson, Charles Ka'upu, Jake Shimabukuro, Pat and Chris Simmons, Kealoha, Dr Nat, Amy Hanaialii Gilliom and many many more Maui greats!
Eric Gilliom with producer Stefan Schaefer above.
Part of the cast and crew on stage after the screening (above) and Mick Fleetwood with director, Brian Kohne, Eric Gilliom just before the screening.
Congratulations to the entire cast and crew of "Get a Job" and to Brian Kohne and Stefan Schaefer for giving me the opportunity of a lifetime as the Still Photographer for the movie as well as the Wedding Photographer role in the film!
Until the next showing of the film,
A hui hou,

Monday, November 22, 2010

Merrimans Kapalua Wedding Photographer- Karin & Dave

Congratulations Karin and Dave! What a wonderful day you planned up at Kapalua. Danielle and the team at Merriman's Kapalua did an excellent job of putting together your wedding day plans with a wedding site on the ocean with a spectacular view and delicious gourmet food from Chef Peter Merriman.

Thanks so much to Sasha Prince for second shooting the wedding perfectly and Nicole Angel for her lighting expertise!

We were honored to be part of your special day on Maui. Thanks so much for choosing Aubrey Hord Photography to capture your wedding!

A hui hou,
Aubrey and team

Hula O Na Keiki 2010 with Randy Jay Braun

Photographing anything with Hawaii's own Randy Jay Braun, is always an honor. Having the opportunity to assist him in capturing the winners of Hula O Na Keiki 2010 hosted by the Ka'anapali Beach Hotel a couple of weeks ago was no exception. Starting in the early hours before sunrise, Randy takes the Kane and Wahine winners to the beach and gets them warmed up for their session. The pride and confidence exhibited by the young winners is always evident in their eyes and the way they carry themselves. Randy instantly puts them at ease with a quick laugh and in talking story with their families and kumu hula. Once he established rapport with the dancers, the photo shoot gets underway. This is the second year I have had the opportunity to shoot with Randy and I always have a wonderful time. Here are a few of my shots as well as some behind the scenes shots of the exceptionally talented Randy Jay Braun at work. Congratulations to Kaui and Kaya on their honors! Until next year!

A hui hou,