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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.

Lehocky
Lehocky
Lehocky
Lehocky
Lehocky
Lehocky
Lehocky
Lehocky
Lehocky
Lehocky
Lehocky
Lehocky

Baby Michael Jan – 8 days new – Oahu newborn photography

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Michael

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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Michael

Michael

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LucieXYZ published in Ceremony Magazine!!!

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We're on the cover!!!  Awesome.

We’re on the cover!!! Awesome.

Have you picked up the latest issue of Ceremony Magazine?? We made the cover of the issue and we are so excited. We shot several pieces such as the bouquet on the cover which were all made by Huckleberry Karen Designs.  This is the second time we have shot the cover image for Ceremony and it is just as sweet as the first time. To add to the already awesome treat, inside you can find a few weddings that we shot from our couples.

Tyara & Flo

Oahu, HI – http://luciexyz.com/kahala-resort-hawaii-wedding/
Tyara & Flo originally planned to get married in Cali, but their dreams were in Hawaii. We can thank them for pushing us that much closer to moving to Oahu. They flew us out with them to photograph their awesome day at the Saint Augustine Church and the Kahala Resort for their reception.

Julia & Ryan

Saratoga, CA – http://luciexyz.com/julia-ryan-wedding-day-at-villa-montalvo-in-saratoga/
Julia & Ryan were married at the Villa Montalvo in Saratoga, CA. She’s originally from Oahu and they enjoyed their day in the sun.

Kristina & Everett

Carmel, CA – http://luciexyz.com/kristina-everett-holman-ranch-carmel-mission-wedding/
Kristina & Everett were married at the amazing Carmel Ranch and then the reception at the Holman Ranch in Carmel. It was one of those dream weddings where you try to envision the most amazing rustic wedding and they made it happen. An extraordinary day for a great couple.

Flipping through more of the magazine and we found photos that we took for special articles. It’s always a treat to see the photos in print instead of just on the computer screen.

Lastly, we went to one of the Ceremony parties where we got to meet a lot of the other vendors and we were lucky to grace the pages of their collage. Can you spot us in the photo(s)? We made it into two of them. One of us we were grinning over the fact that we found our magazine with another one of our images on the cover. So Awesome.

Family beach portraits Kauai – Andruhas

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Family Portraits, Hawaii, Kauai

The most epic storm systems were approaching the islands this week. A one two punch from Hurricane Iselle and then Julio closely behind were ready to make this family photo session with Dimitri, Katherine, and Zoe a no go. They were on a family vacation to enjoy the tropics and blue skies on Kauai but were welcomed with something different. Hurricane Iselle slammed the big island but was quickly dissipated to minimal winds and heavy rain for Kauai while Julio saw how mean 14,000 feet of earth tore up the storm, so it changed direction and went north around the islands never to be seen.

So what are the chances for two major storms on your vacation? Very rare, but their luck on this day gave them the all clear when it came time for the photo shoot. We have shot this family before back in California seeing how baby Zoe is now practically big girl Zoe. Wow does time fly so we are glad we took the time to capture her growing up over the past couple years.

Now that they were here on the islands, we couldn’t wait to see them again and take a day out at the beach with them to take some family beach portraits. With the storms gone, the skies clear, and the ocean amazing, it was a perfect time for their family session. The challenge of this shoot was that since the sun was back out, so was everyone else on the beach. So when you look at these shots, just know that these were all taken with the beaches completely packed. However, we were able to get in some great shots and again had an amazing time with them. We can’t wait to see them again when we shoot them again back in California.

Family Portraits, Hawaii, Kauai
Family Portraits, Hawaii, Kauai
Family Portraits, Hawaii, Kauai
Family Portraits, Hawaii, Kauai
Family Portraits, Hawaii, Kauai
Family Portraits, Hawaii, Kauai
Family Portraits, Hawaii, Kauai
Family Portraits, Hawaii, Kauai
Family Portraits, Hawaii, Kauai
Family Portraits, Hawaii, Kauai

Lanikai Beach Maternity portraits

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Lanikai Beach, pregnancy

This maternity photo shoot of Hilary & Terrell was something special for them in Lanikai. Not only are they expecting their first child, but this is also the exact same place where these two got married a few years back. So they wanted to return to the same beach to take their pregnancy photos. Lanikai beach is possibly one of the most beautiful beaches on the planet, so what better backdrop for these two…. actually, it’s three now :). The weather was perfect on this morning shoot and their amazingly good looks with the ocean backdrop made for a spectacular session. We look forward to seeing baby Aiden once they are here.

Lanikai Beach, pregnancy
Lanikai Beach, pregnancy
Lanikai Beach, pregnancy
Lanikai Beach, pregnancy
Lanikai Beach, pregnancy
Lanikai Beach, pregnancy
Lanikai Beach, pregnancy
Lanikai Beach, pregnancy

Family photo session in Waikiki

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Hawaii, Oahu, Waikiki

The last time we saw Trevor Luc he was only 13 days old. Now he is a little over a year old. So his parents took him on a trip to Oahu to enjoy the sun and sand and get away for a bit. We met up with them in Waikiki to catch this little sunset shoot with them and to see how much he has grown. It’s amazing to see his energy and excitement for life…..and his attachment to sand in his little toes. Plus he will be a big brother in November!!! We loved the timing of this shoot because we were able to see the sun just sneaking a peek through clouds at the very end.

Hawaii, Oahu, Waikiki
Hawaii, Oahu, Waikiki
Hawaii, Oahu, Waikiki
Hawaii, Oahu, Waikiki
Hawaii, Oahu, Waikiki
Hawaii, Oahu, Waikiki
Hawaii, Oahu, Waikiki
Hawaii, Oahu, Waikiki
Hawaii, Oahu, Waikiki

Maternity session in Kailua

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Kailua beach, Oahu, pregnancy

Guess who’s back with us again and this time with a new addition to their family. Ok, their little one is still cooking at this time, so Vanessa and Henry are out taking a Babymoon to celebrate. The Babymoon is a last chance vacation, like a honeymoon, before their family goes from 2 to 3.

We photographed their wedding several years back and one of the most memorable things from their day was the over the top fun Mardi Gras theme portion of the reception. We bet they are still recovering from the dancing. They looked great though and we met them in Kailua where the water is warm and the color is an amazing turquoise blue. A sharp contrast from the party of their wedding to the relaxation of their Babymoon.

We are excited for them as they take some time off and enjoy the weather here on Oahu. Their next adventure takes them out to Maui to continu the fun. We will see them again in October back in California when their little one makes its way into the cozy arms of their parents.

Kailua beach, Oahu, pregnancy
Kailua beach, Oahu, pregnancy
Kailua beach, Oahu, pregnancy
Kailua beach, Oahu, pregnancy
Kailua beach, Oahu, pregnancy
Kailua beach, Oahu, pregnancy
Kailua beach, Oahu, pregnancy

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