Kaajal & Ajay’s 25th anniversary is coming up so they wanted to do some photos at the beach while vacationing in Maui. We hopped on the little puddle jumper for a quick flight from Oahu so we could capture some memories for them in Kaanapali.
Stefi & Harold tied the knot almost three years ago in California and we were happy to capture some fun shot of them roaming the San Francisco Streets. Since then they made the move to the Sin City and they call Las Vegas their home. It was great seeing them again and capturing some beach photos for their third anniversary.
Baby girl in the belly is now 25 weeks (and is as big as a cauliflower) so it’s time for some more beach photos.
We had a great time visiting family in Portugal and Czech Republic and we even had a chance to fit in bunch of family and baby portrait sessions in California on the way back.
This Friday we are off to WPPI – a photographer’s convention in Las Vegas. Can’t wait to get inspired and see all the new products out there.
Are you a fan of HGTV and the show Hawaii Life? We definitely are and we were lucky enough to be chosen to be on their show. You read that correctly, we were one of the couples that got to hunt for and choose a house on the show. How awesome is that???
If you don’t know of the show, maybe you are familiar with House Hunters? It’s the same concept, but specific to buying a home in Hawaii. The premise of the story is that a realtor shows us 3 homes based on what we are looking for in a house. We walk through each home and talk about the likes and dislikes of the places. At the end, we choose a home (if we like one of them) and make an offer on the place. The fun of watching the show is to see different places and try to guess what the buyers will get in the end.
Did you want to see our episode? Here are some links to how you can see it:
HGTV – http://www.hgtv.com/hawaii-life/a-couple-is-moving-to-oahu-to-continue-their-photography-business/index.html
Amazon – http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00I3PKX4M/ref=dv_dp_ep8
Itunes – https://itunes.apple.com/us/tv-season/hawaii-life-season-3/id775197522
I have heard if you have cable with On-demand, you can watch it any time.
If you want to see some free preview clips, you can go here:
We are in two of the clips
• Tropical Homes
• Local Fresh Foods
Our experience on the show
First off, how did we get on the show?
I have to back it up a little and say how we found the show. We had just returned from a trip on Maui with our friends and we were missing it already. We looked up “Hawaii” on our cable network and found the show Hawaii Life. Immediately we were hooked since we were looking to move to Hawaii and we loved the House Hunter style show. It was perfect timing.
We told our friends about the show and got them into it and then one day one of them mentioned that they were doing a casting for the next season. So Lucie and I chuckled and said why not. What are the chances that they would actually pick us? So we sent in our form and back came response for more info. That info turned into a Skype interview which turned into a “Congratulations” letter. That chuckle from earlier turned into shock. We never really believed we would get picked and neither of us liked to be in front of the camera. We know it’s strange since we help people get in front of our cameras. Don’t judge ☺. We were in denial.
So in September 2013, we flew out to Oahu to meet up with the film crew and our realtor to begin the shoot. We first met up for a dinner prior to the filming to meet the producers and catch up with our realtor to talk about how the show filming would go. Obviously we were nervous, but they calmed us and said that it would be easy and we would do great. Then they said how many people averaged watching the previous seasons and at over a million people (or was it 2 million), my stomach dropped. Oh well, nothing we can do now but have a good time at it.
The next morning, we met the crew at the first house where they mic’d us up, gave us the basic for the day, and almost too quickly, the cameras were rolling. They wouldn’t let us see the homes until the filming started so that they could catch our natural reactions to seeing the homes. During our episode, they had Lucie and I go through the first two houses by ourselves instead of with the realtor like in most episodes. On the last house, Dave came with us to change it up and give us his personal tour through the place.
Besides walking through the homes, there were side activities where they filmed us either meeting up with Dave, Paddle Boarding (our new favorite hobby), our decision walk, and us telling Dave our answer. The one thing that didn’t make the show was where we went into a Shave Ice place and tried that for the first time. It wasn’t in the show, but we got to try that for the first time.
In the end, we saw 3 completely different homes that all had their good and bad points. All 3 would have worked for our needs but only one made the final cut and I can say that today we are VERY excited about our choice. We are fixing up the place to work for our needs and we are setting up the new studio.
It was a very exciting experience to go through and one that we never thought would happen to us. We felt that we were very nervous on camera and sounded terrible with our mumbling comments and forgetfulness when they asked us interview questions. However, the final cut of the show turned out great. They did an amazing job and we are stoked that we have joined the family of the Hawaii Life cast. If there was a reality TV show to be on, this one is it. If you want to hear more about the show, we can tell you more about it on your next photo shoot ☺
It was such a pleasure photographing the first year of Lauren’s life. Seeing her smiley face always cheered me up.
It’s her birthday today – wishing you all the best, little ladybug!!
I’m sad that I won’t be able to make it to the B-day party. Lauren’s dad works at Not Just Cheescake bakery and I would love to see the creation he will
come up with!
We’ve been on the island for little over one month now and we are truly enjoying it. My baby bump keeps growing – little girl is doing well. Here is a shot of me (Lucie) from KoOlina where we went to scout for some photo locations. Notice the two smaller “pregnant palm trees” that I’m facing. :)
Today was our first family session on the islands. We were so excited to get our first shoot in with Josh, Marcela, and their boys. They were such an awesome family to hang out with. The boys were full of personality and Josh & Marcela were just so relaxed and happy to be out enjoying the day. We did today’s shoot on Kailua beach which is one of the most beautiful beaches we have ever set foot on. The soft fine grained sand, the turquoise water, and the speckled cloudy skies just made the day perfect for our premier shoot.