Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Heather in ATL - #travelingphotographer

I never wrote a blog post about this cool shoot I did in Atlanta last year, so here it is. Better late than never, hey! So, Heather is the daughter of my friend and fellow Okinawa Hai blogger, Dasha. Dasha hired me to do Heather's senior photos back when we were all in Okinawa in 2009 I want to say. Well, since then, Heather 'adulted' and became a super duper intelligent linguistics person and moved to Augusta, Georgia. So, one day I post on my facebook page that I am traveling to Atlanta...
Heather replies that she would love to book a shoot. So, that's what happened. We met up in ATL. It was super hot and humid but we shot around the 'little five points' area and had a blast!
 
Chillin' at the start of the shoot...
The owner of this shop kindly let us use this space as the light was so amazing!

I love this in b+w too
The royal Heather :)



The street art in the area was captivating...


Again love a b+w conversion. Sometimes I go for a traditional, clean b+w, sometimes a more vintage artsy one like this...
Heather rocked it as I knew she would...

Here are a couple with the shoes for Mum, Dasha

I love this!
3 or 4 outfit changes later and it was a wrap and we went for a veggie wrap in one of the cool little cafes in the area :)
Thank you Heather for once again trusting in my vision, coming up with cool collaborations and being a great person x
On the way home, I stopped at Oakland Cemetery - I was in sea foam green and turquoise heaven!
and then Savannah's Bonaventure...I just love Mausoleums :)
Until next time, happy travels!
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Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Maui 2016 - #travelingphotographer

Maui 2016 - I never thought we would go back but we made it happen. After the day in San Diego - you can see those pics here, we made it back to Maui via Alaska Airlines (very good). Kellie and I travel so well together because we are both adventure loving mermaids!
I will share some of the trip...as soon as we arrived we went to Mama's fish house. It's quite pricey, but a one off and close to the airport and it's location is amazing. Lots to look at in the restaurant fro the tiles to the paintings. The whole ambience is cool...
A room with a view. Where we stayed on the West side of Maui...How amazing to sit and have a cup of tea and eat local banana bread and pineapple for breakfast...
Sunset equally as beautiful...
We did a sunset cruise on one of these boats. It was really great but a storm rolled in and we had to kind of sail parallel for a while. I was a little bit scared. We met a cool newly married couple from North Carolina on the boat. Such nice people.
Time to hit the road. We went to Pai a cool little town on the way to the road to Hana, which was closed down some of the way dues to heavy rain and flash flooding...filled ourselves up on fish tacos and carried on...we were either in the ocean or in the car traveling to the ocean the whole week!

Swimming with wild honu is a must do - a dream come true. A spiritual experience. I did this in the Kerema Islands in Okinawa too. Best thing ever!  
Rainbows. Nothing like a rainbow to bring your natural high up even higher...
The local farm stand where we got the amazing banana bread and all kinds of other great local fruits...



Up in the mountains of Maui...
We came across this Korean temple/shrine area...
 I don't know if these birds are like the Japanese white eye but they look very similar...

 Ahhhhhh...if I can't be by the ocean then the mountains are my 2nd choice...

Mountains in the rain...ahhhh...
On the Sunday we went to the drum circle in Kihei Beach. We drove past this lady and I said to Kellie that I should have stopped to take a photo (her friend was taking a cell phone photo). Kellie said just turn around so I did. And turns out that Alexander is writing a book about her travels and she needed a photographer!!! Whoa! Things like this always happen to me lol I can't wait to read her book!
I got vertical ones too but here's some portrait orientation!
We also decided to go horseriding this trip
I was so cool...I just love the smell of horses too lol
 

One of the cool things that I didn't see last time was these kids and their crazy bodyboarding antics. So fun to watch and photograph! There are a lot! The energy was mesmerizing!




















Back at the hotel...
and some zen rock balancing in the rain on the beach...

 After the rain...
I love this statue...

Local woodcarving totem...love...
Kellie...
Goodnight Maui...
Until next time...

OK, one more morning!
So peaceful...
Aloha...
Back to San Diego! We met up with Mina (who I hadn't seen since my trip back to Okinawa in March 2015) and her friend Pamela too :) I tried to find the pic of the 4 of us but couldn't, I think it's on someone elses timeline on fb...
and the next day decided to wander around pacific beach and get a tattoo I have wanted since I was 13 years old before flying out back to CHS :) Now that's #bluebirdshit :)
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