Denise And Ricardo - Capturing Their First Visit to Hawaii

I really, really, really LOVE what I do for a living. Capturing those special moments and saving them for a lifetime. 

Denise found my website and asked for a special shoot for her and her husband Ricardo. They were happily married and visiting Hawaii for the very first time. Having seen some of my previous work they wanted me to capture some special moments of their visit to the islands.

Instantly I knew the best location to take them to, Lanai Lookout just behind the world famous Hanauma Bay. Here lies an amazing stretch of coastline, born from volcanoes and fire and sculpted by the ocean. The layered rocks and crashing waves make for a breath taking backdrop.

First off we visited a Lava tube, carved millions of years ago by an active volcano, it takes you under a busy freeway and out to a small plateau. You feel isolated and away from the hustle and bustle. Its a good place to relax and reflect.

Following that I took them on another little hike to a reef outcrop and tidal pool area. The rocks here are multi layered and sworn smooth from the ocean that rages right next to you. And raging it was, probably the biggest storm surf Ive seen which made for spectacular wave action behind my couple. 

Lastly we returned back to the lookout area for the majestic cliffs and beautiful afternoon light that pours over that side. Such a great couple, a joy to work with, I love showing people unseen Hawaii. They had an absolute blast!

A small note on safety: This area is high risk for people getting swept away, always go with a guide and observe the conditions before venturing close to the water. Wet rocks generally mean the tide washes up high and you could be swept into the ocean. Never turn your back on the water either, she's an unforgiving beast.

Lava Tube Romance

Lava Tube Romance

Happy Couple, Happy Life

Happy Couple, Happy Life

Maile Lei Exchange

Maile Lei Exchange

A kiss while the Ocean rages on

A kiss while the Ocean rages on

Reflections of Love

Reflections of Love

Mother Nature showing off

Mother Nature showing off

Aloha

Aloha

Happy To Be In Hawaii - so much LOVE

Happy To Be In Hawaii - so much LOVE

Didi and Luke - From the UK to Hawaii - A beautiful Elopement

Didi and Luke chose Oahu as their vacation destination and decided to elope at the same time. Without a doubt Kawela Bay on the North Shore of Oahu is one of the most picture perfect locations and ideal for small weddings, most notably elopements.

Kawela Bay is also very famous for its Banyan Trees and has been used in Hollywood blockbuster films like Pirates Of the Caribbean, Snatched, LOST, Jurassic World and most recently the new Jumanji 2 starring 'The Rock' and Kevin Hart. Its an escape to another world and you quickly forget you are in Hawaii, feeling more like an escape to a deserted island in the pacific.

The couple decided on a hidden bride and I made sure Luke was facing away from Didi when she arrived. She slowly walked up behind him, touched his shoulder only for him to turn around and see his beautiful bride to be.

I love seeing the grooms expression with that first look, gets me every time. 

They chose a picnic with a taste of Hawaiian foods and enjoyed a romantic sunset together.

All of this was organized with the help of  www.marriedwithaloha.com - your go to all in one wedding/elopement planners for all the Hawaiian Islands.

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Toneth And Victor - Say I do in Hawaii

Waimanalo Beach on Oahu's south eastern side was voted as most beautiful beach in America in 2015, its very easy to see why. Toneth and Victor chose this location as their wedding venue and together with www.marriedwithaloha.com planned their special day.

Everything came together so perfectly on the big day, the light was amazing which is huge for me as a photographer, the beach uncrowded which again was a big deal and everything went ahead without a hitch. 

Such a stunning couple, they were just naturals and you could just feel the love they had for each other. I am so glad I got to be a part of their special day and capture those moments both scripted and unscripted and make memories that will last a lifetime.

Sunset Paparazzi Proposal - Hector And Paulette - Kawela Bay, Oahu

What an amazing couple!

Hector contacted Paradise Proposals, a company I work with for most paparazzi style proposals on Oahu and asked us to set up our premier picnic so he could propose to Paulette his beautiful fiance to be. He chose the amazingly beautiful Kawela Bay on Oahu's North Shore as the place he would ask Paulette to be his wife.

The young couple approached the picnic with their tiny 2 month old baby and I could see Hector checking to make sure the ring box was still in his pants pocket. He knew the protocol as we had briefed him beforehand, make sure Paulette was facing the blue umbrella (I'm hiding under it at this point), his back to us. He wasted no time, down on to one knee he went, ring box in hand. I could see Paulette's smile from far away, SUCCESS! She said yes! 

They kissed, hugged and laughed - Hector pointed me out to Paulette and out I came from my hiding place to congratulate the couple. I let them settle for a minute, then came over for the classic  cider toast and kiss. After that I left them to it, I flitted around them grabbing frames as they interacted but doing my best to be unobtrusive.

As per the norm on our paparazzi proposals once they had time to enjoy each others company for a minute I took them up and down the beach for some classic formal images. The chemistry between these two love birds was amazing and I was able to capture amazing unscripted interactions of love between them.

On behalf of myself and Paradise Proposals, I really want to wish them all the best in the future together.

A Canadian Elopement at Waialae Beach Park, Oahu, Hawaii

A beautiful fun couple, Lori and Jason are from Manitoba, Canada and switched out the cold weather for a beautiful sunny holiday in Hawaii. They chose the 'Just the two of us' package from Married With Aloha, a company I collaborate with on a regular basis. Married With Aloha organizes everything on your big day, including me as your photographer.

Lori And Jason were accompanied by close family members at Waialae Beach park which is in the beautiful Kahala neighborhood, this beach is a favorite for small weddings and elopements and the palm tree backdrop is ideal for photos.

Lori's dress was styled for a vintage look and made by hand by her aunt, it was stunning and very Marilyn Monroe'sqe. Her style perfectly suited this very intimate wedding ceremony. We had a lot of fun doing this wedding and I'm looking forward to more elopements as the season progresses.

Sunset Elopement At Kawela Bay, North Shore, Oahu

Kawela Bay on Oahu's North Shore is a prime wedding destination, perfect for small personal weddings, elopements and engagement shoots. It has been the backdrop for some big Hollywood blockbusters, including LOST, Pirates Of the Carribean, Hawaii 5-0 to name a few.

Dominique and Sean flew all the way from New York for their elopement. A fun, relaxed couple they kept her dress hidden from the groom and had him blind folded all the way from their hotel in Waikiki, over an hours drive away.

Sean trusted Dominique to lead him down to the waters edge still blindfolded, once the groom was safely in the hands of our officiant I whisked her away to take advantage of this amazing light coming through trees. Not my usual protocol but we couldn't waste a good opportunity. I'm sure you will agree it was well worth it! Dominique and Sean were such a cute couple, super fun and relaxed, just a perfect match for each other.

A special thank you to www.marriedwithaloha.com for organizing the event

Congratulations!

I'll let the photos do the rest, 

 

 

 

Bikini Model, A Speargun and a Monk Seal make for a great shoot!

Im continuing with my Spearfishing themed shoots and this time I worked with an awesome young lady by the name of Mandy Butler. I found her to be very professional, showed up on time and posed naturally and moved perfectly for the camera, taking direction very well.

The Speargun was provided by www.hatchcustomsusa.com and is a custom painted affair with a matching mask but more about this in a future blog post.

I had scouted the location a few days before having seen many photos of it online, I just knew it would be perfect. Known as Lanai Lookout, its a series of amazing volcanic rock formations that form a jagged and often dangerous coastline with unique colors and shapes. Getting down to the waters edge can be tricky and the waters below very unforgiving. Don't try to walk down without closed toe shoes, I've personally donated skin to the Hawaiian gods walking down the steep pathways. Also do not take the warning signs lightly, waves splash up onto the rocks and many have been swept away, a daring photo opportunity is not worth ones life.

Enough doom and gloom but it needed to be said and now on to our shoot. We trekked down a steep path to a tidal plateau below a beautiful bridge and incredible rock formations. I setup an Alien Bees flash with a 47" octobox rented from my friends at www.hawaiicamera.com powered by a Paul C. Buff battery pack and triggered by my trusty Youngnuo triggers. I had this setup to the models left and secured by my trust assistant. To the models left I had a www.saberstrip.com housing my canon 580EX II and secured with a heavy sandbag.

Now dealing with the harsh sunlight and overpowering the sun with a flash sync of 200th of a second and a narrow DOF, for this I slapped on a breakthrough.photography.com X2 6 stop ND filter and got 200th of a second at f4, perfect for what I was doing.

The shoot was going great, we were standing on this huge tidal plateau, safe from the crashing waves pounding the coastline or so I thought, half way into our shoot a huge wave crashed over the rocks and almost instantly we were knee deep in sea water. We werent in any danger but the same cannot be said about my saberstrip and canon flash, even with a heavy sandbag it was toppled over by the power of the water, submerging it all and smashing my youngnuo to pieces. I sacrificed an expensive strobe that day but it was all worth it in the end. We got some great pics, thats for sure.

On a side note I mentioned a monk seal, a very rare mammal endemic to Hawaii with only 1100 left in the wild and guess who was on the rocks, having a lazy day snoozing away but a giant Monk Seal called 'Kolohe'. By law you are not allowed to harass them or interact with them. You must remain at least 50 feet away and let them be. Take your photos from a distance and remember that moment, its not everyday you get to see such a rare animal in the wild. We let him be and did our shoot around him without bothering him, was super cool to see one so close.

On to the photos, please enjoy...

 

Cat Mask Forest Photo Shoot

I discovered Wintercroft masks on instagram some time ago and I knew I had to somehow get my hands on one. Luckily they make life simple in that you can pay a small fee ($6.50) and download the template and instructions to make your own mask.

After a lot of glueing, cutting and pasting, swearing, trashing one mask, almost trashing another I finally had a finished product, it wasn't perfect but it would do the job. My good friend and model Katt Kitchen was going to be my model and I knew that the Manoa Falls trail would be an ideal back drop.

We braved the mosquitos and managed quite a productive shoot, sometimes interrupted by hordes of tourists making their way up the trail but nothing too bad.

This was a personal project, something I feel is very important for fellow photographers to do from time to time or even all the time. Keep those creative juices flowing and keep shooting!

BOND GIRL PHOTOSHOOT - 2016 with KATT KITCHEN

I have learnt that as a photographer you should always have personal projects lined up in your down time. Being busy is great but I think shooting other people visions, even if its in your own style will get old over time. Stay fresh and creative, shoot projects for yourself and maybe go out of your comfort zone a little.

I have had this vision for this shoot for so long, Katt was very patient and waited for me to have a day off so we could shoot together. On a side note, she is an amazing up and coming model, very professional and on time, takes direction well too.

I knew I wanted a late afternoon shoot and I had the location mapped out in my head, a quick scout a few days ahead of time confirmed my vision. Quiet beach, Palm trees and the sun in the right place. I chose Cromwells Beach, a small stretch of sand in the Kahala Neighborhood of Honolulu on the island of Oahu, HI.

My go to rental shop of choice is Hawaii Camera Rental in Kaimuki, I needed a strobe and a large Octobox - I chose an Einstein 640 strobe from Alien Bees and the matching 47" Octo from Paul C. Buff. I already owned a battery pack and light stands so was good there.

I met with Katt on time and together with my assistant walked the length of the beach, I had already given her a brief on what I wanted so she had prepared herself mentally for the look. I told her think Bond Girl - show attitude but be sexy.

Shoot: I setup the Octo and the strobe at a 45 degree angle to the model, I used full power to overcome the very bright sun still high in the sky and placed the light about 2 feet away from her. In order to bring the shutterspeed down to 250th of a second and a wide open aperture I used a 6-stop ND filter from Breakthrough Photography. I was Happy with 250th at f5.6, 400 iso.

I used a Canon 5D MK III shooting RAW, a Sigma 50mm Art lens and Yongnuo 622 Flash Triggers for the strobe.

Props for the shoot where supplied by me, a Speargun by Torelli Spearguns, Fins by Hatch Customs and a dive mask from Maui Sporting Goods.





Retouching - Beauty and Portrait Photography

For some reason I have always passed the buck on retouching, if a client requires it I will send it out to a third party that specializes in this type of work. I add my touch to 99% of images I shoot, going in with an idea of what my final product will look like before Ive taken the picture.

This year has been a huge change for me as I embark on some serious self education on the dark art of retouching and photoshop, delving deep into what these programs have to offer and what I can achieve if I put my mind to it.

I have become enthralled by seeing my progress and am really enjoying this new challenge. New doors are opening up for me, I'm meeting and finding new photographers that inspire me as a creative professional. I cannot wait for what 2016 hold for Bret Thompsett Photography. Expect more creativity, gear reviews and the possibility of a fe eccentricities thrown into the mix.

Below is an image of a before and after of a shoot I did for a local brand here in Hawaii, more like this please!

Before and after - really excited about the prospects for 2016 - Now Booking


Phantom 3 Professional - Drone Review

So I am a long time fan of UAV's or Drones ever since the first DJI Phantom came out. I have never personally owned one till now as I just could not justify the cost versus how much use I would get out of it. A couple of fellow photographers had them and I got to have a play with those and get some idea of what it was like to fly one of these crafts.

I finally made the decision to purchase the DJI Phantom 3 Professional, it was an easy choice really, it shoots 4K video and does not need an extra camera like a gopro 4 to be added. DJI claims it has a 1.5 mile range through a Lightbridge connection, this is DJI's own hardware setup and allows the drone to be controlled over great distances. It broadcasts a live feed to your phone and allows full control of the craft through a remote controller to which your smart phone or tablet will attach.

Learning curve: I flew the drone in an open field for about 2 weeks before venturing out into more congested areas. What I love is that DJI include a beginner mode as standard on the craft which not only slows it down but also limits the distance out and up that the UAV will fly. Once you feel confident enough, you can use the setup option in the app to change and configure your flying modes. I have mine set to below 400 feet elevation but maxed out on distance out the drone will fly. I do not however fly the drone out of my line of sight as per FAA regulations.

 Very easy to fly as mentioned before, take time to watch as many youtube videos as you can, read the manual and practice in an open field before going anywhere with trees, buildings or people. Learn to fly figure 8's, counter and clockwise circles and in reverse.

Picture and video quality: As a photographer and amateur videographer, picture quality is very important, eventually I want to be able to use footage and stills for professional use. The Phantom 3 does not disappoint, stills quality is excellent and video at 4k is rather breathtaking. I highly recommend a ND filter as well as a Polarizer for the camera, the polarizer reduces glare off buildings, roads, water, sand and snow and the ND filter will help with difficult exposures and 'jello' effect in video which seems to plague many a drone at this price point. Link in button below:

Overall: If you are in the market for your first drone, these are the ones for you. There are currently 3 models available and prices start at $799 for the standard model up to $1349 for the professional model reviewed here. I purchased my drone from Aerial Media Pros and I highly recommend them for all your drone needs.

Pre Flight Inspection  

Pre Flight Inspection

 

Waikiki from the Hilton Hawaiian Village

Waikiki from the Hilton Hawaiian Village

Coco Palms Hotel destroyed by Hurricane Iniki in 1992 - Made famous by Elvis Presley in movie Blue Hawaii, Kauai, 2015

Coco Palms Hotel destroyed by Hurricane Iniki in 1992 - Made famous by Elvis Presley in movie Blue Hawaii, Kauai, 2015

Wailua Falls, Kauai, 2015 

Wailua Falls, Kauai, 2015 




A Blog a Day - Lulumahu Falls hike and a product review

So I have decided to inundate you with my glorious exploits of day to day life, ok maybe not as somedays are just not that exciting. 

Yesterday I went on a hike, one of my favorites to be exact. King Kamehameha's summer palace and Lulumahu falls hike off the Pali highway in Oahu, Hawaii. The ruins are amazing, a plaque at the entrance tells the story of the summer palace and how it once was the site of a 10,000 strong Luau. When you get here you will see how spectacular that must have been, given the small space. This are is very sacred to local Hawaiian people and needs to be treated with respect, I cant explain it but the energy surrounding this area is both eerie and peaceful at the same time. I have come to enjoy it and embrace the solitude.

The Lulumahu Falls hike is an unofficial hike but quite well known. The entrance takes you through a tight singletrack trail that weaves through a bamboo forest, eventually spitting you out on a wide path that you follow, down a small decline, across a sluice gate, a forest and eventually a clearing. You are now on Dept of Water land so be careful and dont hurt yourself, this may lead to the trail being closed down. Take some steps up an embankment, there is a no entry sign but keep going and just follow this trail all the way up. You will cross a stream 5 or 6 times to the waterfall. As always dont go when its raining as flash floods are common place. Be safe and dont do anything stupid. Have fun and enjoy the Waterfalls.

For the most part of my hike I used my Iphone as my image capturing device, it simple and quick and produces image quality good enough for web and instagram use. We were also on a deadline as I was with a friend who needed to be back home by a certain time. Setting up my DSLR would have just taken too long.

For the waterfall however I wanted my DSLR as I had just received a brand new Neutral Density filter in the mail and wanted to shoot some long exposure moving water shots.

This filter is a 77mm 6 stop ND filter made by Breakthrough Photography, its only 3.5mm in thickness which makes it ideal for wide angle lenses and will not vignette. When I received it I was immediately impressed with the packaging and presentation. The filter is labeled as being color neutral which is important when shooting Landscapes, some high end filter will add a noticeable color cast and you dont want this.

Setup was easy, I simply screwed the ND filter onto my Canon 17-40 f4 mounted onto a Canon 5D Mark II, tripod support by Calumet and a Manfrotto 496RC2 ball head, exposure was set for 20 seconds, 100 iso at f16. 

Lulumahu Falls, Oahu, Hawaii - Canon 5D MK II, 17-40L and 6 Stop ND

Lulumahu Falls, Oahu, Hawaii - Canon 5D MK II, 17-40L and 6 Stop ND

This area has become increasingly more popular and even though when I showed up I was alone, by the time I had setup my gear a crowd had arrived and proceeded to take over the area I was photographing. This resulted in a slightly peeved photographer and not many pictures being taken. I will return earlier in the day and capture some more photos very soon. 

On a final note, I love this new ND filter by Breakthrough Photography, the quality really shows on a well though out product and I highly recommend it to anyone doing landscapes or video work that needs a high quality Neutral Density filter.

King Kamehameha Summer Palace ruins, Pali HWY, Oahu, Hawaii

King Kamehameha Summer Palace ruins, Pali HWY, Oahu, Hawaii

Though Shall Not Pass - I love this tree, standing tall in the middle of the trail, Lulumahu Falls Trail Hike, Oahu, Hawaii

Though Shall Not Pass - I love this tree, standing tall in the middle of the trail, Lulumahu Falls Trail Hike, Oahu, Hawaii

BTS - Shot with my iphone - My view before the tourists took over

BTS - Shot with my iphone - My view before the tourists took over




Waikiki Sunset Swim

Its been a while since Ive gone for a swim in Waikiki, especially for sunset. Commitments have kept me away, mainly my Jiu Jitsu classes which is a positive thing at the end of the day. I knew the surf was up so I felt it would be an ideal time to grab my Essex Surfhousing, Dafin Fins and my trusty Canon 5D MK II with a 50mm 1.8 attached. 

I always swim out at one spot, its called Waikiki Walls and is situated at the east of end of the Waikiki Strip, its easily identified by a long concrete pier that goes out in to the ocean. I like this area as its shallow and the waves are a little more hollow. Also there is less traffic in the water as its a bodyboarding only spot. Being shallow has its downfalls as I always seem to get tore up by the reef when I'm here, but hey its worth it at the end of the day...

Enjoy the photos:

Unknown Uncle paddles out with his little dog sitting on his back

Unknown Uncle paddles out with his little dog sitting on his back

The things you see while swimming in the waters in Waikiki - hehe.

The things you see while swimming in the waters in Waikiki - hehe.


Wonderful Wedding on Waimanalo Beach

I currently work alongside a fantastic company called 'Married with Aloha', they specialize in quick simple ceremonies on all the Hawaiian Islands. Leave it to them and they will organize it all for you with the option of choosing your own breath taking backdrop.

This wedding was for Tracey and Evan, a lovely young couple from Sydney, Australia. I met with them on a beautiful afternoon on Waimanalo beach, which is situated on Oahu's windward side of the island. They had brought a small group with them as guests and it made for a wonderfully intimate ceremony on the white sand beach.

Check out: WWW.MARRIEDWITHALOHA.COM

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Choosing the right photographer

I get asked all the time, how much do you charge? I know cost is always a factor when choosing your photographer but at the end of the day, cheap is not always good and expensive isn't much of an indicator either...

I think the most important thing is how your photographer comes across when you first meet them. I am very open, super friendly and passionate about what I do, I really love my job and wouldn't change it for the world. I don't price myself at a super high end but I'm also not going to shoot for free. This is my livelihood, my gear cost money, my time, my gas - it all costs something.

I do however trade my time, for good and services - I believe in trade, it makes sense - both parties benefit. 

Some great food for thought when choosing a photographer:

It isn’t really possible to compare photographers by their web site and a price list.  Anything with photos in it can be called an album, and enough images can be put together to look suitably impressive on a website. In order to understand how photographers differ and to understand why one costs more than another, you are best off seeing them personally and asking everything that you can think of.

You only get to choose a photographer once…

The most important things to consider when looking for a photographer are:
1. Do you love the photography?
2. Is the photography consistently great in all conditions and locations?
3. Do you want this photographer with you during one of the most important days of your life?
4. Will the photographer work with me to get what I want?

None of these questions can be answered without spending time discussing everything in detail.

Contact me anytime to discuss your wedding, portrait or commercial shoot

(310) 990 5137

 

Life Beneath Las Vegas - a photo essay

So this is a feature I did for Loaded magazine UK in 2010 and to this day still one of my absolute favorites. I think about the characters I met that day and wonder what happened to them, if they managed to get rehabilitated and out from the darkness that is the Las Vegas tunnel system.

Here is my story:

This is a story I did for a magazine about the hundreds of people that live in the vast network of tunnels underneath the city of Las Vegas. Most have nothing but the clothes on their back, others have bare basics and a select few have elaborate comfortable arrangements. I met two people while down in the depths, Richard and Phil and while both living a transient life had completely separate living arrangements.

Both lived in pitch blackness, with Richard choosing to live in a 4-5 foot diameter sealed pipe about 4 foot off the ground. He had layered his home with blankets and a sleeping bag and made the most of it every night. He said the height kept him dry during sudden flash floods but the space was not ideal for long term comfort.

Phil on the other hand lives what I could only call a comfortable life underground. His tunnel was about 6 foot high and dark as night, a small pool of light penetrated from a drain opening. His setup was deeper than most but way more elaborate. He had a wardrobe, a queen sized bed, hangars and clean clothes and a lounge area. As comfortable as it looks he hates it down there and spends most of his time sports betting and credit hustling. A sports expert his wealth of knowledge amazed me.

Both hoped to be out of the tunnels soon as it was no place for long term comfort or health, my guide on the day Matt o' Brian took me in to the depths beneath Vegas. He is a journalist who stumbled upon the underground community by accident while exploring the sub city tunnels. Over the years he has built good relationships with many in the community and helps rehabilitate and rehouse many of the lost and unfortunate who seek shelter in the flood systems.

The entrance to hundreds of miles of tunnels that lie beneath the city of Las Vegas

The entrance to hundreds of miles of tunnels that lie beneath the city of Las Vegas

Richard 'Iron' is seen leaving the safety of his tunnel to beg for change at a local In and Out burger just 100 yards away.

Richard 'Iron' is seen leaving the safety of his tunnel to beg for change at a local In and Out burger just 100 yards away.

Richard 'Iron' Portrait

Richard 'Iron' Portrait

Richard 'IRON', 45 years old, homeless and living in the vast Las Vegas tunnel system. His home, a 4-5ft diameter sealed pipe, 4 feet off the ground keeps him dry. 

Richard 'IRON', 45 years old, homeless and living in the vast Las Vegas tunnel system. His home, a 4-5ft diameter sealed pipe, 4 feet off the ground keeps him dry. 

Matt o' Brien, my guide in to the depths beneath Vegas. He is a journalist who stumbled upon the underground community by accident while exploring the sub city tunnels. Over the years he has built good relationships with many in the community and helps rehabilitate and rehouse many of the lost and unfortunate who seek shelter in the flood systems.

Matt o' Brien, my guide in to the depths beneath Vegas. He is a journalist who stumbled upon the underground community by accident while exploring the sub city tunnels. Over the years he has built good relationships with many in the community and helps rehabilitate and rehouse many of the lost and unfortunate who seek shelter in the flood systems.

Graffiti adorned walls in a normally pitch black tunnel system under Caesars Palace, Las Vegas

Graffiti adorned walls in a normally pitch black tunnel system under Caesars Palace, Las Vegas

Phil, livingly comfortably underground. His setup was deeper than most but way more elaborate. He had a wardrobe, a queen sized bed, hangars and clean clothes and a lounge area. As comfortable as it looks he hates it down there and spends most of his time sports betting and credit hustling. A sports expert his wealth of knowledge amazed me, he hopes to be out soon and with Matt o' Brians help will be. Amazing character.

Phil, livingly comfortably underground. His setup was deeper than most but way more elaborate. He had a wardrobe, a queen sized bed, hangars and clean clothes and a lounge area. As comfortable as it looks he hates it down there and spends most of his time sports betting and credit hustling. A sports expert his wealth of knowledge amazed me, he hopes to be out soon and with Matt o' Brians help will be. Amazing character.


Current project - Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Portraits

One of my hobbies is Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, I call it more of a lifestyle really. Its a family of people and is very tight knit. Wherever you go in the world you can step into a Jiu Jitsu gym and be accepted, just be humble and don't have an attitude or things will change really quickly and some of the higher belts may teach you a lesson or two.

I have been involved in Martial Arts since I was a teenager and have never really found one I have wanted to pursue to the end. Jiu Jitsu is the artform I have been looking for and I have been training for about 15 months now. I absolutely love this sport.

So I felt I needed to combine my love of the gentle art and my photography to create this series of portraits. All the portraits are of members from my school that train at Caveirinha Jiu Jitsu Family here in Oahu, Hawaii.


Portrait shoot with WWW.MELISSAWRIGHTPHOTOGRAPHY.COM

So I dont have my photo taken very often let alone by a professional. I was visiting Phoenix, Arizona to tie up some loose ends after I moved to the Hawaiian Islands over a year ago. One of my goals for 2015 was to do some sideline extra work for the movie and television industry. Yes, I am heavily tattooed and sometime people get the wrong impression, I am a real softy at heart haha - but I do enjoy the badboy image and hope to pick up some of those roles in upcoming shows.

Portrait by Melissa Wright

Portrait by Melissa Wright

Portrait by Melissa Wright

Portrait by Melissa Wright

Portrait by Melissa Wright

Portrait by Melissa Wright

Swimsuit and Paddle Boarding Photoshoot - Oahu, Hawaii

Sometimes you just got to take some time out and shoot photos for yourself. I had found this amazing location by accident and I knew I had to shoot some photos using the background available to me. I aways use Model Mayhem for my talent requirements and thankfully model Carli Shipley was available. She is a yoga and fitness instructor in her spare time and her look really worked for what I had envisioned.

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Fitness Model: Carli Shipley - Oahu, Hawaii

Fitness Model: Carli Shipley - Oahu, Hawaii


Wedding Bells 2014

Before I left Arizona, I had one last wedding I refused to hand off to anyone else - It was to be held at the native american history museum or HEARD museum in downtown Phoenix. It was definitely one I wanted for my portfolio and the couple and I really bonded when we first met. So I flew from my new home of Honolulu to the desert scape that is Phoenix Arizona and enjoyed an absolutely amazing wedding bathed in golden afternoon light.

A huge shout out goes to my close friend and fellow photographer Melissa Wright, she was my second shooter for the day and helped me so much. For all you Arizona and California couples who want an amazing photographer, I highly recommend her services.

www.melissawrightphotography.com

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Courtyard Wedding