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40th wedding anniversary portraits – Kailua Beach

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It was truly a pleasure to photograph Mike and Joni today for their wedding anniversary portraits. They were celebrating 40 awesome years of being married together by having a nice vacation in Hawaii. They not only visited Oahu, but shortly after this photo shoot they were off to the Big Island. We met them at Kailua beach which they were very familiar with. In fact they practically know all of the beaches here and could tell you where all the best snorkeling spots are. It was nice to hear some of their stories including a quick lesson on the Portuguese man o’ war. One just happened to be lying on the beach so Mike picked it up since it was missing its tentacles. Unfortunately shortly after the photo shoot, they went out swimming and Joni found another which wasn’t missing its tentacles and got her. Ouch!! She was ok of course, just a little stung. We definitely enjoyed meeting them and taking the photos for their special celebration and we wish them many more years of happiness together.







Book your portrait session in the Bay Area for October!

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We are off to photograph a wedding in Cyprus and then visit our family in the Czech Republic.  On our way back we will stop in California from October 10th to October 28th, 2014.

If you are interested in any portrait sessions, we still have a few slots available.  So make sure to e-mail us or use the contact form on the website to let us know you are interested in booking a session.  Since we won’t be in the office, we won’t be able to check our voice messages until we return back to Hawaii.

Holidays will be here before you know it and we know you want to get that awesome photo on your holiday cards!  We are looking forward to hearing from you, seeing familiar faces and meeting some new ones!

– Lucie & Sam

Julia & Ryan featured on Ceremony Blog

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Ceremony Blog

We are excited to see that Julia & Ryan’s wedding at Villa Montalvo was featured in the “Real Couples” section on Ceremony Magazine’s blog:  Ceremony Blog – Julia & Ryan – Real Couples

Julia’s family originates on Oahu so all of the wedding including the music and florals, were chosen to be reminiscent of Hawaii. You can see more of the photos here on our blog posting of their wedding day as well:  Julia + Ryan – Wedding day at Villa Montalvo in Saratoga

Julia & Ryan at Villa Montalvo

Oahu family portraits – Buck family

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Are you looking at these photos and saying to yourself, “Hey, I know that guy”. He looks so familiar. Well wonder no further, you saw him already on Hawaii Life on our episode (Our Hawaii Life Experience) and several others. That’s Dave Buck of Hawaii Life and his gorgeous family. Dave was our realtor when we bought our house. We spent some time in the morning with him and his family to capture some family moments on one of their favorite beaches. Meghan loves interior design, so today she got to help us bring a small taste of her passion outside on the beach with one of their love seats to create some personalized style into the shots. Their two girls were just adorable as you’d expect. They are clearly a good mix of mom & dad. They even brought along their two dogs to join in on the family fun. We definitely enjoy the shots that includes the entire family doing what they enjoy. Since they are a beach loving family, this worked out great to capture their personalities.

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William’s 100 days celebration – Cayetano family

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A very common celebration of life is when a child makes it to their 100th day.  Due to the challenges of life, it was once very difficult to survive early childhood due to so many complications.  This celebration of making it to 100 days is one of praise and also one of wishes to live a long and healthy life.  Today we got to photograph little William for his 100th day celebration.  This cute little boy had the sweetest little cry you’d ever heard.  He tried on all these different outfits including that of a sailor to match his father.  With both parents in the Navy, it was cute to see the little one matching.  He even had a little sailors hat to go with it.

Why choose a pro photographer?

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Why choose a pro photographer?

We’ve all seen the growth of technology and the amazing things being developed especially in the world of photo capturing. These days everyone has a camera of some kind whether it’s on his or her phone, point and shoot or even a pro SLR camera. So with all of this technology in the hands of everyone, why would you ever go with a pro-tographer?

I am using the term “pro-tographer” just for this article because let’s face it; we all have a little bit of “Photographer” in us. We all love the views & memories of what can be captured by our little magic boxes. Also, I just liked the sound of the word. However, not everyone is a Pro-tographer and there is a difference. We were reminded of this the other day when we were shooting a family at a very popular beach. It was so popular in fact that you couldn’t throw a coconut without hitting someone.


A before and after of what can be accomplished by a professional photographer in a busy environment:

 


When we arrived at the beach the family we were to photograph was obviously concerned by the over abundance of people, but the views were so hard to beat. For us, this is a common issue that can come up especially at places that are so amazing and popular. However, that is why we get hired, to make you feel like you’re the only one there. So what do we do on a beach that looks like it is being invaded by half the world with their floaty toys?

For us and other professionals, there are a few things we do that help us get through a crowded or busy background shoot. First thing is to get out of that location and find something less crowded. Sometimes this is the easiest thing to do, but other times not so much because the location might mean something to the customer or they are not able to travel somewhere else. We aren’t too worried about this though. We are used to the chaos and pros can make magic almost anywhere.

Who wants a photo with some guy in his “Mankini” photo bombing the background?Whether you have the perfect location or one that feels like you’re in the middle of busy concert, it is always important to compose your shot properly. The same rules apply for all scenarios. Not only do you have to fit your subjects cleanly in the frame and capture them when their expressions are what you are looking for, you also have to remove the busy spots from your shot in some way. It’s a combination of things such as being able to pick the right time to take the shot, maybe hide other people with your people, position yourself differently, get creative with the shot angle, turn the subjects a different direction, use a selective focus to blur out the unwanted, and so on. We try to do what it takes in our viewfinder to remove the distractions before clicking off the shot.

Lastly we use a digital photo-editing tool such as Photoshop to help remove that last of the distractions from the image. We’ve heard it everywhere, “You can just Photoshop that out”. As amazing as the tool is, nobody really wants to spend hours tweaking, hiding, and recreating a world just to remove those types of distractions. We try to only use this as a last resort when it can’t be done in the camera or for things we can’t control such as removing scars or blemishes. Most of the time however, we are able to compose the shot to get what we want while leaving out the distractions.

So this is where the Pro-tographer comes in to make spectacular photos that are worth hanging on your wall. When you are looking to have photos to cherish and to remind you of important events, a pro is the way to go. Who wants a photo with some guy in his “Mankini” photo bombing the background? Also don’t forget, these are the photos that will be passed onto your kids as well; so as fashionable as the banana hammock guy may think he is, we are pretty sure that is not the image you want to look upon when remembering your day in paradise.

So why a Pro-tographer? Amazing shots, creative angles, and confidence you’ll have amazing photos to remind you of your own piece of paradise. Oh, and don’t forget, say no to “Mankini”.


To see more photos from our photo shoot on the beach go here: http://luciexyz.com/family-portraits-kailua-beach-lehocky-family/

Family portraits – Kailua beach – Lehocky family

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Hawaiian weather is really unpredictable. Looking at these photographs, you would never believe that the skies were grey and it was raining when we met for the family session at the Kailua beach that morning.
I had a blast photographing this lovely family. Marek’s parents are here for few months from Slovakia so we included them in the photos as well. Naoko is due with their second child any day now so they had their hospital bag ready to go just in case. Fortunately we didn’t have to end the session early.

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Baby Michael Jan – 8 days new – Oahu newborn photography

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Hurricane Iselle was in the forecast to hit Hawaii and we were waiting for it’s arrival. Luckily it was broken up by the Big Island then swerved south and missed Oahu completely. Instead of the hurricane coming that day, little Michael arrived instead. Michael’s parents come from the Czech Republic just like me. The Czech Republic is such a small part of the world, yet we were able to meet here on the tiny island of Oahu. It’s nice having fellow Czech people here so far from our home. They have been here for roughly 13 years and now they introduce Michael to the world of warm sun, surf, & tropical living. They brought their own little sunshine into the world and here he is only 8 days and already bringing smiles to the world. Aloha little one. :)

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