OLE custom Surfboards | Bob “OLE” Olson

My first surfboard was an OLE. It was a present for my 7th Birthday. Custom shaped by Bob for me – with the colors that I had dreamed up and my name in pencil on the stringer, and it was PERFECT. Changed my life. Yes, that surfboard changed my life!!  Best board EVER. Ole is a legend in the surfing community and there are hundreds of story’s just like mine, especially here in Lahaina. Bob is still in the shaping room doing what he loves, shaping beautiful custom surfboards for people to ride & enjoy their love of the ocean. … Continue reading OLE custom Surfboards | Bob “OLE” Olson

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A dawn to dusk birthday shift at the Bay…

For Tory’s birthday this year, for old time’s sake, I packed up my camera and joined him for dawn patrol. This means we set our alarm for long before the sun woke up, grabbed our Hula Pie coffees at Napili … Continue reading A dawn to dusk birthday shift at the Bay…

The Acacia Ohana

Kristy and I had the pleasure of taking some family photos for the Acacia Ohana last week! The girls were not entirely sold on being the sole focus of our attention… and so they brought along our two greatest weaknesses… puppies and two year old boys!! It made for the most entertaining shoot, full of quirky, adorableness… And despite Bronx and Axel’s attempts to steal the show, we still managed to get plenty of sultry photos of these two beauties with and without their baby boys in tow! Naomi Newirth and Lyndie Irons are the creative spirits behind Acacia Swimwear… … Continue reading The Acacia Ohana

Vintage styling with Opihi Love Boutique Design

Venue: Old Lahaina Prison Shoot Styled by Melissa Padilla of Opihi Love :: http://www.opihilove.com/ Props/Furniture/Decor by Opihi Love ::  http://www.opihilove.com/ Floral Design by Jess of One Love Floral Design :: http://www.onelovefloraldesign.com <http://www.onelovefloraldesign.com/&gt; Wardrobe & Fashion Design by Larissa Williams of LaReur Atelier :: http://www.loveleru.com/ Hair & Make Up by Ry-n Shimabuku :: http://www.ry-nshimabuku.com/ Paper Goods by Artistry 8 :: http://www.artistry8.com/ Model: Malia Haunani Continue reading Vintage styling with Opihi Love Boutique Design

Knights in White Satin

I spent this weekend with my best friends «one in spirit». Nothing makes me happier then taking photographs, of people I love, in places I love. I have been taking photos of these «four» in this place for a long time. It never loses its lustre… and neither do they. “KNights in white satin, never reaching the end… Just what you want to be, you will be in the end.” Thank you Tara for providing all the ‘costumes’ «your regular clothes» and rallying the dressed down nudes to dress up. Thank you Anna «so much more camera shy then your beauty lets … Continue reading Knights in White Satin

Kits Kites

“Throw your dreams in the sky like a kite, you do not know what it may bring back, a new life, a new friend, a new love, a new country.” – Anais Nin I’m back in Canada for the rest of the summer shooting weddings. Last week I was in Vancouver and took the afternoon off to bike the the sea wall with some friends.  Just passed the maritime museum we caught a glimpse of ‘multiple’ kites in the air… It wasn’t until we got closer that we realized that they all originated from the same source.  Ray Bethell holds … Continue reading Kits Kites

Maui Maka ♥’s Hula Gypsy!

Shopping at Hula Gypsy is like stepping into a vintage dream closet… We love it! Hula Gypsy Vintage Boutique has beautiful vintage and new clothing, accessories and collectibles.  Everything in the store is amazing, & most of it is on Sale! There are usually a couple racks of $20 clothing, and Anna (owner) is so nice to chat with while you browse! We had the pleasure of working with Anna for a recent collaboration for a styled photo shoot. She assisted us in choosing an outfit that met our vision, and our model Rachel looked amazing in it! (see above) Whether … Continue reading Maui Maka ♥’s Hula Gypsy!

LIRA

Check out Maui Maka’s Photo featured in the full page Ad for LIRA clothing in the August Issue of BL!SSS magazine! You can order LIRA clothing online at http://www.liraclothing.com  – we love their new girl tanks!  Check out the Full page spread in the current issue  blisssmag.com/aug12.html   you can scroll through the whole magazine online. LIRA team Rider Jordan Black is someone to keep an eye out for in the Maui surf scene! Continue reading LIRA

the ‘First Issue Ever’ of LATER magazine!

We were so excited to receive our copies of Later.mag in the mail! Especially happy to see that Peanut and Taco made a full page, as Peanut passed away in a tragic accident shortly after these went to print and is greatly missed by her kitty friend. Thanks to my muses Mikaela, Maxe and the the bathing beauties at Hookipa… and also to Kayla, Danielle, Kevin and Ian for staying out of the ocean long enough for me to snap a photograph. Continue reading the ‘First Issue Ever’ of LATER magazine!

The is the SIGN you’ve been waiting for!

“You’ve reached New York Times #1 Bestselling author Duncan Penn. Thank you for your call. I am away from my phone at the moment. If this is urgent please contact my assistant Davito Jones.”  Davito, who also goes by David Lingwood, is also a member of the Buried Life… he is not Duncan’s assistant… but he is in the habit of leaving long voicemail messages on Duncan’s behalf and was supposedly picking me up from the airport. I flew to LA earlier this month to photograph the Buried Life for a Men’s Health article.  The last minute opportunity was made possible by … Continue reading The is the SIGN you’ve been waiting for!

Kamehameha Day Parade 2012 – Lahaina, Maui

Our favorite parade in Lahaina!  They close Front Street, dress the pretty horses up with beautiful flower leis, and All the keiki come out to watch the excitement. The parade is to honor and celebrate Kamehameha the Great, the monarch who first established the Kingdom of Hawai’i. The pa’u riders represent a royal court led by a Queen on horseback, followed by princesses representing the eight major islands of Hawai’i. Pa’u women are dressed in elegant and colorful nineteenth century riding gowns.        Continue reading Kamehameha Day Parade 2012 – Lahaina, Maui

adventures in our back yard. Olivine Pools, Maui – Hawaii

Living in Maui its easy to get spoiled. Its not that we take for granted that we live in such a beautiful place. Maui is amazing, but sometimes we get so busy editing photos, keeping up with blogs, facebook, and booking new clients, that we don’t have a chance to enjoy the beauty and adventures in our own backyard.  Its almost overwhelming, there are so many beautiful places to explore, but you find that routine sets in and you end up going to the same beaches day after day. I hadn’t been to Olivine pools in years.  I had been … Continue reading adventures in our back yard. Olivine Pools, Maui – Hawaii

Koa: Brave, bold, fearless, valiant; bravery, courage.

We have been looking forward to Koa’s arrival since his mommy Ginger’s awesome “beer belly” maternity photo session a few months ago. Koa was to be a surprise, no one knew if he was to be a boy or a girl, but Ginger had a feeling it was a boy… and she was right!  a little bundle of Love was added to the Toth family – we love little Koa.  Congratulations Ginger & Jay on your perfect little Boy. We can’t wait till we can take him surfing! Continue reading Koa: Brave, bold, fearless, valiant; bravery, courage.

“then she gets you on her wavelength…”

  Suzanne takes you down to her place near the river You can hear the boats go by You can spend the night beside her And you know that she’s half crazy But that’s why you want to be there And she feeds you tea and oranges That come all the way from China And just when you mean to tell her That you have no love to give her Then she gets you on her wavelength And she lets the river answer That you’ve always been her lover And you want to travel with her And you want to … Continue reading “then she gets you on her wavelength…”