• 40th Anniversary Family Portrait Poipu Kauai
  • 40th Anniversary Family Portrait Poipu Kauai
  • 40th Anniversary Family Portrait Poipu Kauai
  • 40th Anniversary Family Portrait Poipu Kauai
  • 40th Anniversary Family Portrait Poipu Kauai
  • 40th Anniversary Family Portrait Poipu Kauai
  • 40th Anniversary Family Portrait Poipu Kauai
  • 40th Anniversary Family Portrait Poipu Kauai
  • 40th Anniversary Family Portrait Poipu Kauai
  • 40th Anniversary Family Portrait Poipu Kauai
  • 40th Anniversary Family Portrait Poipu Kauai
  • 40th Anniversary Family Portrait Poipu Kauai
  • 40th Anniversary Family Portrait Poipu Kauai
  • 40th Anniversary Family Portrait Poipu Kauai
  • 40th Anniversary Family Portrait Poipu Kauai
  • 40th Anniversary Family Portrait Poipu Kauai
  • 40th Anniversary Family Portrait Poipu Kauai
  • 40th Anniversary Family Portrait Poipu Kauai
  • 40th Anniversary Family Portrait Poipu Kauai

40th Anniversary Family Portrait Poipu Kauai

40th Anniversary Family Portrait Poipu Kauai

The Sorensen Family made the journey out to Kauai to celebrate Judy and Rocky’s 40th anniversary with their children and grandchildren. 12 people enjoying their time together.

One of the best parts of this particular shoot for me, is that I first visited Kauai for my parents’ 40 anniversary. We had an amazing adventure celebrating our family and it is during this trip I met Janice. I think this connection contributed to really making me and Janice part of their family for the afternoon. The rest of it goes to the Sorensen family for being so open to us during the session, a real blessing.

One of my tasks is to invite people to trust the process of being photographed. The more people trust the process and open up to enjoying themselves being photographed, together, the more emotion comes through in the photos.

It is a great feeling to spend time with families visiting Kauai during the photography sessions. I am reminded of the awe I feel in the face of Kauai’s beauty and strengthened in my pursuit of unique images for each family during our short time together. While there is no guarantee that we are going to hit it off and become friends, it is a treat to have the opportunity to become friends with the people who visit the island through photography.

We ran into each other a couple more times over the course of the week, and look forward to spending time with Melissa and Matt as they enjoy an extended stay on the island.

——-

Paul Myers is an award winning documentary wedding and portrait photographer in Kauai, Hawaii. With over 15 years of experience, he has worked as a photojournalist for newspapers and magazines and taught visual journalism at Brooks Institute of Photography. If you have a comment or suggestion, or would like to book a photographer, send me an email at paulxmyers@gmail.com and I will get back to you. Join me on Google+, Yelp and Facebook.

Hanalei Bay Sunset Photo Walk

Hanalei Bay Sunset Photo Walk

pmm 20140303 0441 Hanalei Bay Sunset Photo Walk

When we moved to Kauai, our friend Jack wrote us a beautiful card with drawings that suggested we keep our eyes open for dragons. I love finding the mystical in the everyday cycles of life.

pmm 20140303 0221 Hanalei Bay Sunset Photo Walk

pmm 20140303 0611 Hanalei Bay Sunset Photo Walk

A sunset inspires people to write songs, to photograph, to share the moment with the people we love.

pmm 20140303 0691 Hanalei Bay Sunset Photo Walk

pmm 20140303 0781 Hanalei Bay Sunset Photo Walk

The silent meditation of photography inspires a changed perspective. Spending time with a camera and lens, I perceive differently when I open up to the possibilities and allow the camera to change my way of understanding. It is in the way light reflects in this particular junction of space and time, and the way it shines through in this particular interaction.

pmm 20140303 0881 Hanalei Bay Sunset Photo Walk

pmm 20140303 0831 Hanalei Bay Sunset Photo Walk

The sunset here keeps me on my toes looking for those dragons.
 

 

——–

Paul Myers is documentary wedding and portrait photographer in Kauai, Hawaii. With over 15 years of experience, he has worked as a photojournalist for newspapers and magazines and taught visual journalism at Brooks Institute of Photography. He is a husband, a gardener and surfboard shaper. If you have a comment or suggestion, or would like to book a photographer, send me an email at paulxmyers@gmail.com and I will get back to you. Join me on Google+, Yelp and Facebook.

Local Organic Appetizer by Farm Cook Kauai

Local Organic Appetizer by Farm Cook Kauai

pmm 20140301 153 Local Organic Appetizer by Farm Cook Kauai

Zesty Cucumber, Radish and Fennel Pupus are perfect for a pass around catering appetizer that breaks away from the norm and provides a healthy, fresh, gluten-free alternative. Indeed, for Farm Cook Kauai, appetizers are more than little corn dogs dipped in barbeque sauce.

A Pupu is the name for appetizer in Hawaiian and is how they are referred to here on Kauai.

Farm Cook Kauai
is a cooking and gardening blog by caterer and gardener Janice Myers on Kauai. Janice specializes in catering intimate events (less than 40 people). Janice is also my wife and it is really exciting to be working with her on weddings this year where she is catering the food and I am photographing the event.

Working with her by creating food and garden photos for her blog I enjoy seeing the process. Showing the different steps of the cooking process and highlighting the different ingredients through photos is an adventure for me. What I really love is that so many of the vegetables and herbs are from our garden in the Malama Kauai Community Garden. Here are a few photos from Janice’s latest post on Farm Cook Kauai.

pmm 20140301 096 Local Organic Appetizer by Farm Cook Kauai

pmm 20140301 100 Local Organic Appetizer by Farm Cook Kauai

pmm 20140301 109 Local Organic Appetizer by Farm Cook Kauai

———

Paul Myers is documentary wedding and portrait photographer in Kauai, Hawaii. With over 15 years of experience, he has worked as a photojournalist for newspapers and magazines and taught visual journalism at Brooks Institute of Photography. He is a husband, a gardener and surfboard shaper. If you have a comment or suggestion, or would like to book a photographer, send me an email at paulxmyers@gmail.com and I will get back to you. Join me on Google+, Yelp and Facebook.

Kilauea Kauai Sunrise

pmm 20140228 054 Kilauea Kauai Sunrise

This Kilauea, Kauai sunrise stopped me in my tracks.
Sometimes I think it ought to be illegal to drive during sunrise or sunset. It is all I can do just to stay on the road and not wander off into the beauty of the moment.

Taking the time to stop the car, get out and make the picture is worth it.

—–

Paul Myers is documentary wedding and portrait photographer in Kauai, Hawaii. With over 15 years of experience, he has worked as a photojournalist for newspapers and magazines and taught visual journalism at Brooks Institute of Photography. He is a husband, a gardener and surfboard shaper. If you have a comment or suggestion, or would like to book a photographer, send me an email at paulxmyers@gmail.com and I will get back to you. Join me on Google+, Yelp and Facebook.

  • Family Photography at Tunnels Beach, Kauai, Hawaii by Paul Myers Pictures
  • Family Photography at Tunnels Beach, Kauai, Hawaii by Paul Myers Pictures
  • Family Photography at Tunnels Beach, Kauai, Hawaii by Paul Myers Pictures
  • Family Photography at Tunnels Beach, Kauai, Hawaii by Paul Myers Pictures
  • Family Photography at Tunnels Beach, Kauai, Hawaii by Paul Myers Pictures
  • Family Photography at Tunnels Beach, Kauai, Hawaii by Paul Myers Pictures
  • Family Photography at Tunnels Beach, Kauai, Hawaii by Paul Myers Pictures
  • Family Photography at Tunnels Beach, Kauai, Hawaii by Paul Myers Pictures
  • Family Photography at Tunnels Beach, Kauai, Hawaii by Paul Myers Pictures
  • Family Photography at Tunnels Beach, Kauai, Hawaii by Paul Myers Pictures
  • Family Photography at Tunnels Beach, Kauai, Hawaii by Paul Myers Pictures
  • Family Photography at Tunnels Beach, Kauai, Hawaii by Paul Myers Pictures
  • Family Photography at Tunnels Beach, Kauai, Hawaii by Paul Myers Pictures
  • Family Photography at Tunnels Beach, Kauai, Hawaii by Paul Myers Pictures
  • Family Photography at Tunnels Beach, Kauai, Hawaii by Paul Myers Pictures
  • Family Photography at Tunnels Beach, Kauai, Hawaii by Paul Myers Pictures
  • Family Photography at Tunnels Beach, Kauai, Hawaii by Paul Myers Pictures
  • Family Photography at Tunnels Beach, Kauai, Hawaii by Paul Myers Pictures
  • Family Photography at Tunnels Beach, Kauai, Hawaii by Paul Myers Pictures
  • Family Photography at Tunnels Beach, Kauai, Hawaii by Paul Myers Pictures
  • Family Photography at Tunnels Beach, Kauai, Hawaii by Paul Myers Pictures

Three Generation Family Portrait – Tunnels Beach Kauai

It all starts with building trust

Last week I had the pleasure of photographing a Three Generation Family Portrait at Tunnels Beach, Kauai.

It began with a phone call a received Monday morning that lead to a sit down meeting with Pia and Brian Monday evening. The family was all in Kauai and wanted to mark the occasion with a family portrait. We really hit it off talking about their family, my photography and the possibilities for the portrait session.  This is so important, to make sure we all think we can work together. If it seems like it will work well, it will work well.

I needed to understand how the family fit together before I could envision how the photos would come to life. Once I understood this, I could then draw up ideas as to how to position people in the larger group shot.

Kauai Family Portrait Session

What I like about an open air studio, like the beach, is that people get to hang out with each other and really take in the landscape.  So often we fill our time with activities that we don’t just take a minute to look around and see how amazing the place where we are right now.  The time during the photography session seems to fly by because there is so much beauty in the scene.

And the sun broke through for a gorgeous afternoon family photography session in Haena.

Indeed, 20 people made it to Kauai from New York and Florida for Kylie’s Sweet Sixteen Birthday Party. (Happy Birthday!) And what a fun time we had. The photos I made were of each individual family as well as the over all family. It was a two hour shoot, start to finish.

I varied the backgrounds, compositions and the lighting so that the different families each had a distinct experience.

The follow up meeting

I really enjoyed having the opportunity to share the images with the family before they left Kauai. Most of the time I don’t get to see the reaction people have to how they look in my photographs. For me, this is a wonderful experience to watch people enjoy the photos of themselves. It is a great closure to an awesome experience.

And a special thanks to my great assistants, Todd and Veronica, who helped out with the shoot. Assistants make all the difference between a chaotic and a pleasant experience and these two helped more than they know.

——-

Paul Myers is documentary wedding and portrait photographer in Kauai, Hawaii. With over 15 years of experience, he has worked as a photojournalist for newspapers and magazines and taught visual journalism at Brooks Institute of Photography. He is a husband, a gardener and surfboard shaper. If you have a comment or suggestion, or would like to book a photographer, send me an email at paulxmyers@gmail.com and I will get back to you. Join me on Google+, Yelp and Facebook.

  • Kauai Birthday Family Portraits
  • Kauai Family portrait photography by Paul Myers Pictures
  • Kauai Birthday Family Portraits
  • Kauai Birthday Family Portraits
  • Kauai Birthday Family Portraits
  • Kauai Birthday Family Portraits
  • Kauai Birthday Family Portraits
  • Kauai Birthday Family Portraits
  • Kauai Birthday Family Portraits
  • Kauai Birthday Family Portraits
  • Kauai Birthday Family Portraits
  • Kauai Birthday Family Portraits
  • Kauai Birthday Family Portraits
  • Kauai Birthday Family Portraits
  • Kauai Birthday Family Portraits
  • Kauai Birthday Family Portraits
  • Kauai Birthday Family Portraits
  • Kauai Birthday Family Portraits
  • Kauai Birthday Family Portraits
  • Kauai Birthday Family Portraits
  • Kauai Birthday Family Portraits
  • Kauai Birthday Family Portraits
  • Kauai Birthday Family Portraits

Birthday Family Photos and Portraits

This is the picture story of the Cope family visiting from Vancouver and Toronto, Canada to Kauai and the birthday family photos and portraits we made.

Anna and I talked via Skype back in late December about their family trip to Kauai. It was really great to see the excitement she had for their trip. Video chatting is a great way for the family and I to meet one another before the the session. Most importantly, it allows us to envision the shoot.

Anna didn’t want a portrait session, she asked me to document their family for the afternoon in the way that I saw fit. Now I was the one excited, this is what I love to do.

When people trust me to spend the afternoon with them getting to know their family and how they interact with one another through the lens, whether for a portrait or a wedding, this is where the creativity of the moment comes through. Making pictures at the speed of life, it is hard to settle for cliches or stale imagery. The joy of living comes through and the family moments come to life.

Well, early February on Kauai was filled with rainy days. I was warmly welcomed into their family and we ate lunch together and made our introductions. Then the festivities began cake and games for the birthday girl.

We stayed inside most of the afternoon and made the day really cozy. The rain broke for about an hour and we went for a short walk on the chocolate farm, Steelgrass Farm, where they were staying in Kapahi, Kauai.

People enjoying themselves together is a precious gift for me to see. I love the similarities and differences that make up a family.

Now during the shoot, Anna’s mom asked me to take a few portraits. I am always happy to add to the session and accommodate and so I set up a light and held a quick portrait session for about ten minutes. Oskar was my great assistant, helping me with the test shots before the entire family came outside.

And then the real fun happens. During the middle of the shoot they said, let’s try one with everyone looking serious.

This turned out to be harder than it sounded, the grins kept popping up, but eventually there were a few frames where everyone looked seriousl and menacing and we had one to choose from.

The spontaneous moment in the posed setting is incredibly powerful. It is the co-creation of the photos when the photographer and subject are closest together in the process. Really magical moments happen when there is openness on both sides to make memorable images.

What I love about the black and white images is that it allows the distraction of the color to fade and the emotion between people to come to the forefront of the image.

I am grateful to have met them and excited to follow up with them for the final image selection.

——-

Paul Myers is documentary wedding and portrait photographer in Kauai, Hawaii. With over 15 years of experience, he has worked as a photojournalist for newspapers and magazines and taught visual journalism at Brooks Institute of Photography. He is a husband, a gardener and surfboard shaper. If you have a comment or suggestion, or would like to book a photographer, send me an email at paulxmyers@gmail.com and I will get back to you. Join me on Google+, Yelp and Facebook.

Blink.la connects photographers and editors

Blink.la connects photographers and editors. A new service started in 2013, Blink aims to get people together, real time. For me this appears to be a great service because it lets people know where you are. Being based in Kauai, this really has potential for me because I’m not going to casually pop by the office to stay in touch with editors in other locations. This is effortless.

 

Screen Shot 2014 02 13 at 10.27.27 AM 1000x537 Blink.la connects photographers and editors

What is nice about it is that it ties into all of your social media as well as portfolio pages on your website. It takes about a half hour to sign up for if you have all of your materials together. My friend photographer Anacleto Rapping and I went through the registration process and it is no problem.

On Blink’s about page they write,

“Founded in 2013 and based in New York City and Buenos Aires, Blink is a revolutionary startup that changes the way media professionals stay connected. Our platform brings together the power of location updates from the world’s best freelance talent into a sleek and efficient web interface where companies can search the Blink network for users in real-time.”

Thinking back to the idea of Lightstalkers.org that connects photographers with one another when they want to know about a place in the world. Blink is a much more direct in getting in front of the people who I really want to be in touch with, the people who hire photographers.

Check out blink.la and add let me know when you do so I can add you to my network.
 

 

Paul Myers is documentary wedding and portrait photographer in Kauai, Hawaii.  With over 15 years of experience, he has worked as a photojournalist for newspapers and magazines and taught visual journalism at Brooks Institute of Photography. He is a husband, an avid surfer and surfboard shaper.  If you have a comment or suggestion, or would like to book a photographer, send me an email at paulxmyers@gmail.com and I will get back to you. Join me on Google+ and Facebook.

Hanalei School PTSA Fundraiser

Screen Shot 2014 02 11 at 2.37.08 PM Hanalei School PTSA Fundraiser

The Hanalei School PTSA Fundraiser, Starry nights is being held at the St. Regis Princeville Resort on March 1, 2014. It looks to be a great party, but most importantly it supports the arts program at Hanalei School.

Art Education Creates Better Citizens

This may seem like a strange thing to say, but I think it is closest to the point.

When I think of the next generation of citizens that are in elementary school today, I would rather entrust society to a bunch of creative, critical thinking, imaginative people who are excited about life and the world they live in. I would entrust society to the artists.  Artists see the world for what they are able contribute to it.  Artists arrange the elements to make the world a better place.

Art programs in schools give students life long skills ranging from creative problem solving to imaginative collaboration to interpersonal communication skills. Artists work with other people on their projects.  Artists expand on ideas, seemingly out of mid-air, and create beauty on the blank canvas in all of its forms. Artists use the power of creativity through all aspects of life. As artists we hold the ability to transform our everyday lives into a wonderful experience.  As artists there is never a reason to be bored.  In the workplace, those artists who value experimentation and who understand that failure is the path to innovation are assets to every endeavor because they will invent through applying the creative process to the task at hand.

Currently they are taking donations from the community for their Silent and Live Auction. All proceeds benefit the children of Hanalei School.

This year I donated an engagement photography session to the Auction so let me know if you are the winner!

For more information contact the Hanalei PTSA through Facebook.

—–

Paul Myers is documentary wedding and portrait photographer in Kauai, Hawaii. With over 15 years of experience, he has worked as a photojournalist for newspapers and magazines and taught visual journalism at Brooks Institute of Photography. He is a husband, an avid surfer and surfboard shaper. If you have a comment or suggestion, or would like to book a photographer, send me an email at paulxmyers@gmail.com and I will get back to you. Join me on Google+ and Facebook.

Chase Plays Guitar at Hanapepe Art Night

Chase and friends playing guitar in his usual spot outside of Giorgio’s Art Gallery in Hanapepe, Kauai for the Hanapepe Art Walk.

pmm 20140131 302 Chase Plays Guitar at Hanapepe Art Night

pmm 20140131 348 Chase Plays Guitar at Hanapepe Art Night

pmm 20140131 400 Chase Plays Guitar at Hanapepe Art Night

pmm 20140131 401 Chase Plays Guitar at Hanapepe Art Night

pmm 20140131 418 Chase Plays Guitar at Hanapepe Art Night

Paul Myers is the owner of Paul Myers Pictures, a documentary photographer specializing in weddings, life events and portraits on Kauai, Hawaii. With over 15 years of documentary photography experience, I continue to find joy in showcasing the moments of everyday life. It is as simple as it sounds, my goal is to live life as a visual storyteller. Prior to moving to Kauai I worked as a photojournalist at newspapers and magazines, and taught multimedia workshops. Additionally, I taught across the curriculum in visual journalism at Brooks Institute. My short-form multimedia productions have appeared on the web sites of USA Today and the San Jose Mercury News and Story4.org. Now living on Kauai, I help people create the photographs people dream about. If you have a comment or suggestion, or would like to book a photographer, send me an email at paulxmyers@gmail.com and I will get back to you.

Zest Kauai Videography Vendor

pmm 20140203 003 Zest Kauai Videography Vendor

Michelle Rundbaken is Zest Kauai wedding videography vendor on Kauai.

When you meet Michelle, the first thing you notice is how nice she is. I mean, she is really genuine person and once you start to speak with her, you realize that she is also an idea person.

Michelle loves dreaming up ideas and it shows through in wedding videos she produces.

For the past two years Michelle has been video capturing weddings and creating visual love stories for her clients.  “I love seeing the little things at a wedding.”

The little details at a wedding and the moments lived by the couple and their attendees, create a  unique visual statement.

“It is cool how many amazing people there are out there,” Michelle says.  “They enrich your life and I get to watch them head over heels in love.”

“I wanted the name of my company to reflect the work I do,” says Michelle. “It has the feeling of life to it.”  The tagline for Zest Kauai is “Wedding Videography with a Flair.”

Her videos have a dreamy quality, weaving together the clips of the wedding narrative over music.  Working with her clients has become more than a job, she is finding inspiration in the people she meets.

“Most of them are really happy, it is so nice to meet them on a happy day.”

Shannon + Stephen from Zest Kauai on Vimeo.

Here are a few pointers from Zest Kauai to couples looking for a wedding videography vendor…

1. The couple should find a videographer who fits their style.  Look at lots of wedding videos and when you pick one, don’t expect them to change to fit your style. Take the time to find someone with the style you want.

2. If you write your own vows, you should have someone record it.  There is the most amazing emotion watching people read their own vows and most of the time there is no one there to capture it.

3. Encourage your guests to be present.  Guests: put your camera down.  The couple want you there with them, not looking at a screen.  It kills me to see it, especially when it is one of the parents. People are flying thousands of miles to be here for the wedding, but they are not present for the bride and groom.

4.Only 30% of brides include wedding videos in their vendor plans.  I always think about 10-12 years from now when the couple has kids or just looking back themselves, there are so many little moments to share.  We capture people moving and dancing, interacting.  How many other chances do they have to see so many people in one place?

Link to Zest Kauai’s Website

———-

Paul Myers is the owner of Paul Myers Pictures, a documentary photographer specializing in weddings, life events and portraits on Kauai, Hawaii. With over 15 years of documentary photography experience, I continue to find joy in showcasing the moments of everyday life.  It is as simple as it sounds, my goal is to live life as a visual storyteller.  Prior to moving to Kauai I worked as a photojournalist at newspapers and magazines, and taught multimedia workshops. Additionally, I taught across the curriculum in visual journalism at Brooks Institute. My short-form multimedia productions have appeared on the web sites of USA Today and the San Jose Mercury News and Story4.org. Now living on Kauai, I help people create the photographs people dream about. If you have a comment or suggestion, or would like to book a photographer, send me an email at paulxmyers@gmail.com and I will get back to you.