A few of my favorite photos with back-stories from my Bridal Image Archives. With compliments and love from my beautiful Clientele.
2014 ~ 2018*
*For years I had wanted to live on the Big Island. In late 2014 I moved to North Kohala (it’s amazing) and later settled down in a cool little art \ coffee community called Holualoa (equally amazing). Between 2014 ~ 2018 my primary creative focus was producing great photographic content and strategic branding initiatives for a new company ~ Alohilani Weddings. Alohilani is a boutique wedding studio located on the Big Island that prides itself on designing beautiful, environmentally responsible, low-impact weddings that respect traditional Hawaiian values. Alohilani’s mission and values are super cool. Their weddings \ elopements are very small (typically only 2 ~ 8 people attending) and uniquely simple. Alohilani events are always held on remote beaches, they involve very sophisticated and hip design elements (which only use the natural materials available on-site); but are so pure that the focus is on our Client’s love alone. You could call Alohilani’s events and their designs “chic low-impact weddings”. During the 2014 season I was also able to sprinkle in a few beautiful MUSE Bride events into the mix which were all wonderful.
View my work for Alohilani Weddings
2012 ~ 2014*
*In 2011 I returned to Hawaii after working on strategic branding \ media projects in Shanghai, Beijing and San Francisco. After a six year break from photography (along with a lot of positive support from loved ones), I decided to pick up my camera equipment and launched MUSE Bride at the end of 2011. Between 2012 ~ 2014 I spent most of my time rebooting my personal photographic style. I was interested in learning both the creative and technical sides of crafting a look that had more of a “fashion editorial” feel to it ~ this included learning in-studio lighting, different post-production and color grading techniques all of which were both challenging and exciting. My goal was to develop a new quiver of editorial poses that any MUSE Client would feel beautiful and comfortable doing (and have fun while contorting their bodies to perform them). This experience has been so enjoyable that I include these new “looks” into photo sessions with all of my Bridal Clients.
View my current MUSE Bride LookBooks
2006 ~ 2011: I will be launching a new website with a portfolio of the branding \ design work I created while in Shanghai, Beijing and San Francisco in the near future. ;)
2001 ~ 2005*
*After years living and working in Tokyo, Los Angeles, and Hong Kong, I came back home to Hawaii and In late 2001 I started a small photography studio named RÊVE Group. Photography was something I had always loved but had no experience doing as a profession (my professional background is in strategic branding, investor relations, and software development). I had always dreamed of becoming a photographer so I decided to take a leap of faith and see where I would land. Over the next five years RÊVE became quite successful and eventually employed a team of talented photographers to cover all of the studio’s events. At RÊVE we spent a lot of time and effort perfecting our photojournalistic skills along with introducing pro-level color grading techniques to all of our Client iages (which was something new in the Hawaii wedding industry at that time). In late 2005 I received an amazing job offer in Shanghai China that I couldn’t pass up. I had always wanted to live in China so in January 2016 I made the move and handed over all future RÊVE accounts to the team. Many of these gifted photographers continue to create beautiful wedding images to this day.