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!
I love what I do! I have the wonderful opportunity to capture people, places and things at their best every day I go to work. I get invited to have the unique opportunity to be part of milestones in people’s lives like weddings, pregnancy, newborns babies and time with family. I consider it an honor when someone likes my work and asks me to be part of an important day in their lives. I get to do what I love, people look their best and we all have fun. What’s better than that? Photography is like music to me-different notes, instruments and elements all come together at the right time to create amazing works of art. My job as a photographer is about passion meeting vision and having great clients as my subjects!
My images are featured in the Te Papa Museum of New Zealand, Faces of Hawaii 2009 book and published in Global Traveler USA magazine, Maui Arts and Cultural Center’s magazines, Living Maui Magazine, the Maui News, Kauai Traveler magazine and Maui No Ka Oi magazine. I also teach digital photography at the Hui No'eau Visual Arts Center on Maui.
My husband and I currently enjoy island life on Maui.