Portrait moments at Shipwrecks Beach Kauai

Portrait moments at Shipwrecks Beach Kauai.

There are so many moments that surround the family portrait groupings. This is where I find much inspiration and joy when photographing the families I meet on Kauai. Their interactions and natural gestures make for gorgeous photographs.

Here are a few moments of the Terry Family visiting from Arkansas for their matriarch’s 80th birthday.

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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.

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Kauai Family Portrait Photography

Kauai Family Portrait Photography

The Melnyk Family Photographed at Anini Beach.

This session was part of a birthday gift while celebrating their family trip to Kauai.  I  love watching the simple joys of families together feeling the beach.  The sand, the wind, the subtle currents at Anini.  There are moments of discovery, watching crabs jump from rock to rock, or a sea turtle swimming just past the rocks.

It was great to meet this wonderful family.

When things don’t go according to my plan, the moments that emerge are usually a better that what I could have imagined.  Just let it be, don’t get caught up in my expectations and create with the family.

The the timing worked out perfectly for this portrait session as the waning afternoon light really warmed just as we started to make the pictures.  With the light in a constant state of change during sunset, form and shape, volume and contrast all take on multiple roles in their dialog determining the mood of each photo.

The Anini Coast is an ever changing and exciting place to photograph.  The coastline limits the spaces and thus creates an immense backdrop for the images.   Depending on the angle of the sunlight and the position of the sun over the horizon, it becomes a vastly different landscape.

 

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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.

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Gordon-Jack Family Portrait – Tunnels Beach, Kauai

Family Portrait – Tunnels Beach, Kauai, Hawaii

The Gordon-Jack Family marked their trip to Kauai with family portraits.

It is a great feeling to see families together and then to work through the introductions to beautiful imagery.
Families are used to being close to one another, but to identify with one another as a family can feel foreign at first.

Most of us have some apprehension about how photos will be made.  The key is to trust the process and walk through it until the compositions and the moments emerge.

The Gordon-Jack Family was excited about the experience and willing, which is great.
Even though the boys were not sure about having their photo together, they immediately opened up to the experience.  Willingness is key to having a great picture taken of you.

Creating portraits are my service to families.
And each day I learn something new in the process.

The trade winds blow through Kauai and the ever changing weather makes for an exciting place for a portrait photographer.  As the light dances with the elements, it keeps you on your toes.  Clouds, wind, rain and waves all making for unique photographs, every day.

What a great day with the Gordon-Jack Family for their portrait on Kauai.

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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.

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Anini Beach Wedding Vow Renewal

Anini Beach Wedding Vow Renewal

The Westendorfs celebrated 35 years of marriage by renewing their wedding vows at Anini Beach, Kauai, Hawaii.

This event was especially fantastic because the Westendorfs are my Aunt and Uncle. So along with my cousins, parents and Janice, we celebrated Jeneva and Harald’s 35th.  So many times I am excited to watch visiting families interact in front of my cameras because of the strong bonds in my own family.  Personally, having the opportunity to enjoy the moment with my own family enriched the ceremony.

Christiana played the guitar to set the scene.  My cousins created a circle in the sand out of rocks.

The wedding vow renewal officiant, Quinn from Island Weddings & Blessings, created a beautiful ceremony that left everyone in tears.  The style of ceremony focused in on the commitment of marriage and the beauty of family.  His words will be remembered.

 

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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.

Kauai by Stephanie

Kauai by Stephanie

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These images are from a recent lifestyle shoot for Kauai by Stephanie.

Stephanie Michel is an amazing woman. Her energy is contagious and the people she works for are really happy. Over the past year and a half of working with her, her clients are always so excited about life and their experiences on Kauai. Whether for a wedding, family portrait or outdoor activity, her clients are super energetic and filled with laughter. I love working with her clients!

Below are some of the photos from our lifestyle session with the Kinimaka Sisters.

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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

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Kinimaka Sisters Lifestyle Photography

Kinimaka Sisters Lifestyle Photography for Kauai by Stephanie

These photos are from a recent lifestyle photography session for Kauai by Stephanie.

Kauai by Stephanie is a vacation activities planning company by Stephanie Michel. Stephanie was looking for photos that speak to the active lifestyle that she creates for her clients during their visits to the island.

The Kinimaka Sisters and Stephanie’s daughter, Pearl, teamed up to make for some exciting photos with lots of laughter during the shoot.

Additional photos from the shoot for Kauai by Stephanie.

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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.

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Anini Beach Family Portrait

Anini Beach Family Portrait

Spending the afternoon photographing with Danielle, Josh and Jett on Anini Beach in Kauai, Hawaii.

It is so much fun to meet a family and to be part of their lives for the day.

It is always a mystery how the shoot will unfold and the iconic images from the shoot will come together. I love this process. As we get to know each other, we enter more and more into the space of the shoot and forget ourselves in the present moment.

We were aided by the wind. The wind was blowing hard so we changed locations mid-shoot to see if it would lessen for us, which it did.
Sometimes just a break in the shooting allows for everything to calm down and the memorable pictures to emerge.

There are so many variables that are out of our control and once we accept this, we move on together creating the beauty of our lives.

And then the sun came out, just for a few minutes… and we celebrated with more pictures.

 

 

 

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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.

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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.

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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.

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

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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.

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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.