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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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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.

Javier Manzano wins 2013 Pulitzer in Feature Photography

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Powerful storytelling.

Congratulations to Javier Manzano for winning the 2013 Pulitzer Prize in Feature Photography!

Manzano studied in the Visual Journalism Program at Brooks Institute a couple of years ago and it is great to watch where he is going with his camera.

You never know how far a student will go down the path.
Kudos, Javier!

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Caption: Two rebel soldiers in Syria guard their sniper’s nest in the Karmel Jabl neighborhood of Aleppo as light streams through more than a dozen holes made by bullets and shrapnel in the tin wall behind them. The dust from more than one hundred days of shelling, bombing and firefights hung in the air. Karmel Jabl is strategically important because of its proximity to the main road that separates several of the main battlegrounds in the city. Both sides (the Free Syria Army and the regime) rely heavily on snipers in a cat and mouse game along Aleppo’s frontlines. (Photo taken October 18, 2012)

 

Helen Grymaloski Exhibit at the Dryden Regional Arts Council

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Kudos Helen!

An alumni of my Kauai Photography workshop, Helen Grymaloski from Ontario, Canada, currently has an exhibit of her photos on display at the Dryden Regional Arts Council March 18 to April 6, 2013.

During her stay, Helen took a photo workshop with me and we spent a couple days photographing the island. We had a blast and you can see more about the workshop in my previous blog posts:

Kauai Photography Workshop Day 1: Mahaulepu Morning
Kauai Photography Workshop Day 2: North Shore

For more information about the exhibit check out this article.

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.