• 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.

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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.

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Tumeric and lemon grass in our garden

Check out Janice’s new post on the tea she makes with these and a variety of ingredients at Farm Cook Kauai

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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.

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New Year’s Family Portrait Photography on Kauai

On New Year’s Day I spent the afternoon with the Ward Family for a family portrait photography session at Anini Beach on Kauai.

Actually, we originally started two days earlier and the weather did not cooperate. I shot a few images of the children, but the light was really drab so we decided to rebook once the rain set in.

The best part about keeping options open and re-booking with a family is that no one wants to feel uncomfortable in their family portrait. That is what we remember from being kids and going to Sear’s for portrait sessions. Yuck!

What people will remember from my family portrait photography sessions are that they had fun experiences. There is no burden in having your picture taken in a beautiful location to commemorate a wonderful family vacation. Having a family portrait is about being yourself with your family so you will look how you want to be remembered in a memorable place that touched your heart.

The energy on New Year’s Day far surpassed the gloomy day that we originally had planned to shoot two days earlier.

Lofty clouds above a blue horizon, the late afternoon light streaming in through the trees, over the horizon. Once the main poses and groupings were complete, the children had made their way out onto a few rocks where they relaxed and soaked in the wonders of the Anini coastline.

These are a few of my favorites from the family portrait photography session at Anini Beach, Kauai.

Thanks for looking.

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.

Basil : Food Photography

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In our garden plot in Kilauea Kauai, we have a variety of different basils, including this artsy-fartsy pesto finissimo variety.

It sits on the windowsill and I watch it as the light changes throughout the day.

The joy of encountering muses in everyday is immense.

Yes, to paraphrase Gary Winnogrand, I love seeing how things look photographed.
Rough edges and all.

Eventually this and other photos from the shoot will end up on my wife’s blog farmcookkauai.com

Thanks for looking!

 

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.

Pictures I Love: spontaneous connection

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The 2013 Kauai Veteran’s Day Parade rolled through downtown Kapa’a this year.
The marching bands, the classic car parades, even a Shriner.

One of the best parts for me is watching people watch the parade.
Not so many big crowds here, so when there is one, it is a blast to be inside it.
I love walking through crowds and taking photos of people doing what they do.

I love the sense of solitude I feel in a crowd accompanied with a freedom of movement. Floating from moment to moment creating pictures. A different interaction than one earned over time with a person.

Once in a while there is that spontaneous connection between me and the a person on the street. Call it a candid portrait or whatever suits you best. It is a part of street photography for me. I had been talking with this man and his family and then went back to taking pictures of the street. When I turned around and started photographing him again, he made eye contact with me and this is the result.

These connections are wonderful gifts.

Sometimes they happen over a life time, sometimes for a few seconds

Thank you.

More of my photos from the parade in this post.

Photo Collages

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One of the families I photographed this year, the McCaffery family, sent me this photo of their photo collages made to display the pictures from their family portrait session on Kauai on their walls at home and in the office.

It is really important to me that people walk away with a finished piece of art when they hire me to photograph their family.

The great thing about a photo collage is that by using a few photos in relation to one another, the meaning of all the photos is elevated making for a beautiful visual statement.

This is a simple to make photo collage idea that can be created at by variety of printers including my favorite, Color Services.

The guys at Color Services, Glen and Gabe are dedicated craftsmen who produce top notch print products and are two of the nicest people you will ever meet.

Kauai Surfrider Blue Water Task Force

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Continuing the story with Leah Sausen, here she tests water at Kalihiwai Beach in Kauai.  Sausen is a volunteer for the Surfrider Blue Water Task Force,  a water quality testing program.  These photos were taken for a story about her that will appear in Free Surf Magazine.

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The samples from around Kauai are tested for a variety of bacteria and the data is passed on to the County of Kauai and the Hawaii Department of Health.

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