Wall Art + Decor | Fine Art Photographic Prints

When you're manic... down time is never down time. :)  I've got a quick break in photo shoots and so wanted to take a quick moment to introduce you to my Wall Art + Decor Print Shop.  I've had a print shop on my site for a while, but haven't put much time into it, but man oh man the pretty that I've been photographing lately... I don't have enough wall space in my own house so I thought I'd maybe extend to yours!

From bold to neutral, modern to contemporary, beautiful (and sometimes weird ;) ) photographic prints can act as a calming focal point or inspiration for a color palette you've been struggling to settle on.  Lots of different prints available both framed and unframed, color or black and white.  And some unique gift ideas too.

Check out my Wall Art + Gifts page maybe even get a special offer too...

 

WALL ART AND WALL DECOR  |  FINE ART PHOTOGRAPHIC PRINTS FOR SALE

Styling With Adorn Company | Special Offer

So I have this friend.  She's a florist; owner of Mandy Grace Designs.  She's got a similar appreciation as I do for things that are different.  Unexpected.  Every arrangement includes something foraged, and something less than perfect (YES!!).  And her creations are like... insane.  I don't know how else to explain them.  When you've got it you got it.  And she's got it.  And do you know what else she's got?  A freakin' Hasselblad you guys.  (for those who don't know, that is a KILLER medium format film camera that I'm likely going to steal from her one of these days whilst she's out foraging).  She loves film photography and has for a while.

So what do you get when you've got a killer florist, who loves photography, loves creating beauty and is always upping the ante?  You get ADORN COMPANY.  Which if you're florist, a photographer, a wedding designer or just a lover of pretty things, you need to know about them.  And this is why:

HAND DYED SILK RIBBON

She started her own line of hand dyed silk ribbon because she couldn't find ribbon that suited the look she wanted for her own floral creations.  She's got a full line of gorgeous styles and hues, available to florists and designers alike, that beautifully accent the simplest of bouquets to the most elegant and elaborate creations.  Different widths, some clean, some with frayed edges.  All of them play in the gentle breeze in a way that makes me want to shoop. 

 

TABLE RUNNERS / LINENS

It's kind of like that thing that happens when you put a fresh coat of paint on your walls and then you look around and now you can't stand your couch, or your end tables, or that lamp.  Once she plunks down one of her beautiful floral masterpieces on a table, you instantly realize what else is missing.  So she created a line of gorgeous table runners and linens to perfectly dress any table and make it extra special.

 

STYLING KITSSTYLING BOARDS FOR PHOTOGRAPHERS

Being a lover of photography herself, and knowing how often photographers find themselves in situations where creating a beautiful flat lay or vignette to showcase beloved details is near impossible with what is at hand, she's now released styling kits and styling boards to solve this problem.  With different sized styling boards to create the perfect elegant background, photographers are no longer forced to try and find an unstained portion of cushion or untainted surface when time is of the essence.  And with styling kits that include coordinating runner fabric, and varying sizes of silk ribbon on wooden spools that themselves are like my favorite thing (I'm stockpiling them), it's easy to create a cohesive and highly styled look even if you're sat in the middle of a garage (all of the photos below are, indeed, shot in a garage).

 

So hop on over to Adorn Company.  She's inadvertently made herself every florist's, wedding designer's and photographer's best friend by creating products that make our lives so much easier... and prettier,  And right now if you place an order for $75 or more by August 15, you can get 15% off by using code: trishbarkerphotography.

You're welcome!

 

In Home Photography | Maui Lifestyle Photographer

So there's all kinds of "style" terms in photography and so many of them are subjective and unclear.  One of those terms is "lifestyle photography".  Some people consider this a dark and moody editing style, some people consider it the location where you shoot, others consider it an approach to shooting itself, and LOTS of people use it that I personally don't think should.  I figure, since I use that term to describe my photography, I should be really clear what it means to me.

I want to capture "life".  Real life.  Real connections.  Photos that feel like how you live.  Photos that are memories.  And though I try really hard to create those types of photos wherever we are... the beach... a park... there's something next level about the photographs I take in peoples homes that makes me want to do more and more of it.  Easy to capture memories when you're in the place that most of your favorite memories are.

To me, lifestyle photography is an approach that I attempt to apply whether I'm in someones home, or on a beach, whether we've got lots of dreamy light or not much light to work with.  It's creating and capturing memories and having them look and feel as close to what they were in reality as possible.  

And I really, really want to do more of it in peoples homes.  And the following are just a couple snaps to show why...

IN HOME PHOTOGRAPHY | MAUI LIFESTYLE PHOTOGRAPHER

Little Kisses | Maui Lifestyle Photographer

I attended another Yan Fam Way Workshop... pretty much the only photography workshop I'll attend (aside from Film School with Jonathan Canlas which I'm dying to go to for any of you looking to get me a belated birthday gift! ;) )  

Here's what I learned:

1.  Baby pigs are my kryptonite.  This was a gorgeous mamma, super hot dad, totally beautiful and rad, super friendly kids, at a gorgeous home, with the perfect kind of love filled chaos that is my favorite.  And instead of photographing them for every glorious moment, I sat and snuggled one of their tiny baby pigs.  For like an hour and a half.  I only shot like 2 rolls (and like three of those shots were of the baby pig).  So now I can add "baby pigs" right next to "cocktails" as "things that shouldn't be handed to me if you want photos".  

2.  I WANNA PHOTOGRAPH FAMILIES IN THEIR HOMES YOU GUYS!  I keep getting these rare opportunities to shoot families in their houses and it's rocking my world.  I want to photograph the guts of peoples lives... and that's so naturally present when people are in their own space.  But how the heck do you do that when most of your clients are people who've travelled to Maui, aren't anywhere near their homes and kinda want the beauty of Maui as their backdrop?  Ya... good question.  Haven't quite figured that out yet... but maybe that just means I need more Maui families to hire me??!!  Or maybe more families need to fly me to their homes??!! HINT HINT.  

3.  Gratitude is key.  Listening to this family's story was both heartbreaking and heart lifting.  And something this mamma said that she does to help her get by is by recognizing "little kisses from God"; the blessings, the smallest of things that go right even when so much feels it's going wrong.  This family makes an effort to keep their focus on the positive and appreciate all the little kisses along the way.  And there were plenty of little kisses going on... and they weren't just from the pig... ;)

So stay positive.  Focus on the good.  And if you live on Maui and are interested in having life's little moments artfully captured in photos, BOOK ME!  I really, really wanna!!

Maui Wedding Flower Inspiration

I've done quite a few shoots recently featuring Wildheart Flowers gorgeous dahlia's and so when I found out she lives in my neck of the woods... I kinda sorta begged her to let me come and hang out in her flowers.  

Her garden is amazing and she made some bouquets for what turned out to be a very soggy maui wedding photo shoot I did last week and they were GORGEOUS.  So if you love dahlias, and are looking for some maui wedding flower inspiration... feast your eyes...

MAUI WEDDING FLOWERS INSPIRATION

If you're interested in any of these images as prints, check out my online store where you can choose your print, frame it and then see how it will look on your wall.

Intimate Maui Wedding

These two!  They were so incredibly sweet and so very in love.  They kept stealing away to have little private moments together; dancing, hugging, just looking in each other's eyes.  It was RIDICULOUS how cute it was.  And it was like the perfect example of what to do on your wedding day.  Make sure you're present and take time to check in with each other so the day doesn't slip away and you feel like "I hardly got to see you!"  

And they were also like... freaking super models.  Her elegance and beauty and his smolder... damn.  So freaking easy to photograph...

#theharderiworktheluckieriget
 

INTIMATE MAUI WEDDING

Photography: Trish Barker Photography
Event Planning: Bliss Weddings
Florals: Petals Maui
Venue/Catering: Sugar Beach Events
Hair and Makeup: Meili Autumn Beauty
Developing/Scanning: The Find Lab

Maui Family Photographer

This family hadn't done family photos in many, many years.  With one of their daughters heading off to college in the fall, they decided it was finally time.  

I love it when you can feel the love that families have for each other in the photos.  Every frame with these four was so filled with laughter and play and love.  Must.Share.

Maui Family Photographer

Summer Wedding Cocktail Inspiration - Featured on Wedding Sparrow

Absolute favorite thing about this shoot? (besides the fact that it was with some of my dearest friends in the industry who are also bad ass lady bosses)  It was all born of a "mistake".  

When a floral shipment arrived a week early, Mandy Grace Designs had an abundance of beauty with a limited lifespan on her hands that she didn't want to waste.  In less than 24 hours, we were in her garage making magic.

The focus?  BOOZE of course!  Beautiful floral and cocktail pairings for your summer wedding.  I've included my favorite below, but you can check out more summer wedding cocktail inspiration on Wedding Sparrow featuring this and other pairings we did that day.

Summer Wedding Cocktail Inspiration

AUGUST SUNRISE

 

INGREDIENTS:

3/4 oz fresh pressed grapefruit

1/2 oz fresh pressed lemon

1/2 oz simple syrup (equal parts sugar & water)

1/4 oz Lillet Blanc

1 1/2 oz vodka

DIRECTIONS:

Add all ingredients to your cocktail shaker and add ice.  Shake vigorously.  Strain into a coupe or small wine glass and garnish with grapefruit peel.

PHOTOGRAPHY: Trish Barker Photography
FLORAL DESIGN: Mandy Grace Designs
CRAFT COCKTAILS: Garnish Craft Cocktail Catering
GLASSWARE: Set Maui
LINENS: Adorn Company
STYLING: Shaunna Nygren

Maui Maternity Photographer

A few of my recent family shoots have given me the opportunity to shoot inside, either at the clients home, or their condo/hotel room prior to moving on to the beach, and I have to say I am SUPER digging on this.  It gives such a real feeling to everything.  Most people that come to Maui and hire me are wanting photos that showcase the beauty of Maui.  This process of starting in home (or hotel, or condo) first presents some unique opportunities.  

Firstly, it sets the tone that the shoot is no big deal for kids.  If it starts mellow, it stays mellow.  And mellow, unstressed kids equal happy kids (most of the time).  And I think starting on their turf, helps kids to let me in to their world a bit quicker.  (this also seems to apply to husbands)

Secondly, it creates a real feeling in photos.  My favorite photos of me and my kids are much less of me sitting at the beach with them all dressed up, and more of me carrying my kid through our hallway to their room, or tossing them playfully on to laundry couch (a fixture in our home since 2010 because I don't like, and can't ever seem to keep up with, folding the laundry).  They are more of us just being us.  So with a start at home, we get those moments that mirror every day life, and then we head over to the beach and get the ones you want for your holiday cards.  It's kind of a best of both worlds deal.

This Maui Maternity session was exactly that.  We hung and out played for a bit at the house, and then played at the beach.  It was super mellow.  It was simply playtime... for the kids (and for me).

These photos feel like my childhood summers in Cape Cod.  We would spend, literally, all day at the beach... come home salty and sun burnt... and when we peeled off our suits, it revealed a pattern of plastered-on seaweed that had clung to our skin in the shape of our bathing suits.  We would have jellyfish wars... throwing the gelatinous blobs at each other (makes me feel bad now... and also super grossed out).  We didn't know at those times that we were making permanent memories.  It was just the simple every day for us.  But those are where most solid memories are formed.  In the simple every day of playing with our siblings, and hanging at the beach getting sand in our butt crack.  Having the opportunity to document the simple every day, feels like such an honor.  And the thought that I was possibly able to give a tangible voice to those lasting memories for this family makes me feel like I've done something really worth while.

Maui Maternity Photographer

Tips and Tricks for Killing It With Social Media

Whether we like it or not, social media is a major part of our lives.  And if you've got your own business, it's an even bigger (and more maddening) part.  So here are my tips and tricks for killing it at social media as a photographer.

 

1.  Stop trying to find tips and tricks.  

They're like diets; IF they work, they only work for a small time, and then they either stop working, or aren't sustainable.  As soon as you figure out a way to work with an algorithm, they go and change it.  And it will always be that way.  So, for me, it's less about a quick fix, or a trick to best the next algorithm, and more about building relationships.  And relationships take time and attention.  

Whoo!  Look at those likes!!!  A whole 34!  Hahahahaha.  HOWEVER, I was contacted THREE TIMES, by real human beings, asking me about this photo... one person even considered buying it as a print.  Right about now, anyone who came to this post thinking they were going to double their numbers is feeling confused... 

Whoo!  Look at those likes!!!  A whole 34!  Hahahahaha.  HOWEVER, I was contacted THREE TIMES, by real human beings, asking me about this photo... one person even considered buying it as a print.  Right about now, anyone who came to this post thinking they were going to double their numbers is feeling confused... 

2.  Don't run your account like it's a popularity contest.  

Contrary to what every company that sells "tips and tricks for killing it at social media" would like you to think, high numbers of followers and likes aren't a single direct line to success.  And high followers and likes don't necessarily equate to actual business either.  There is the argument used that the more visible you are, the broader your reach.  And that does make logical sense.  But reaching a larger audience, with a message that is unclear, unpolarized and inconsistent or just too similar to everyone else's is just going to be white noise to a larger crowd.  

I can tell you this; I am a person who has a pretty small follower base on my social media accounts.  But I am a person who books consistently with social media despite that. That's because I've got a clear message, a consistent message and a LOYAL followership as a result of those things.

We've all had it happen; we post something and then we lose followers.  And it can be a blow to our ego.  And make us panic... panic into curating AGAINST what will sell us.  Just remember, losing followers is a process of refinement.  If what you posted is something you love, something you feel strongly about, or something that is important to you, then let the haters hate.  And if you get low likes on something, that's okay too.  If there's one thing that I've learned, it's that the shots that I personally love the absolute most, get very low like numbers.  They might be a bit different, maybe challenge current thinking or trends, or even make people uncomfortable.  And that is THE POINT of art.  And just because someone doesn't double tap or comment, doesn't mean it didn't resonate.  I have had MANY experiences where someone who's hired me tells me that the reason they hired me was because of a photo or post THAT THEY NEVER HIT LIKE ON.

So I knew this would get low likes when I posted it, but I love the photo, and it really embodied how I was feeling at the time.  This photo has caused more genuine, enlightening and important conversations both online and in person, about depression, than any other photo I've posted.  It has created real connections with people who I didn't know I shared this struggle with.  That's what photography is for me, a way to connect, and so a connection is a far greater pay off than giving the illusion that I'm popular on instagram.

So I knew this would get low likes when I posted it, but I love the photo, and it really embodied how I was feeling at the time.  This photo has caused more genuine, enlightening and important conversations both online and in person, about depression, than any other photo I've posted.  It has created real connections with people who I didn't know I shared this struggle with.  That's what photography is for me, a way to connect, and so a connection is a far greater pay off than giving the illusion that I'm popular on instagram.

3.  Figure out what you want and who you want it from.  

If you want to grow your business (and notice I say business, and not followers or likes because they just simply are not the same thing), it is best to use social media as it was intended;  to share things you love, with people who care.  That means not just trying to get as many followers as possible.  And that means curating what you share based on something other than getting likes.  YES... THAT IS WHAT I JUST SAID.  If you really want to grow your business, and make actual connections and bookings, then you need to let go of whether or not you get a lot of likes and be really in touch with what you want, how you want to do it, who you want to do it for.  

For me, I know my clientele rather well.  They are smart and stylish free thinkers, creative and extremely gracious.  They don't mince words, value the ART of photography, they've likely been labeled as "different" at some point in their lives and haven't run from that... they've owned it.  They generally have a great sense of humor and want photos that FEEL REAL.  And they most likely swear.  Probably more than your average bear.

These are my people.  They aren't found in the masses.  They're on the outskirts.  And the only way I can reach them, is by aiming my arrows at the outskirts.  And I aim my arrows with authenticity.  And I don't mean "authenticity" in the new catch phrase sort of way where everyone says they're authentic and real without understanding what those words actually mean. I'm talking really, truly being you.  Finding your voice, sharing it bravely, and letting that guide your arrows not to likes and followers, but to YOUR PEOPLE.

Ha... even fewer likes... and guess what?  I don't give a CRAP.  That is, LEGIT, my favorite selfie ever.  It's my bloody reflection in a moving car.  18 likes or 0 likes.  THAT is an awesome photo in my book and I'm glad I shared it.

Ha... even fewer likes... and guess what?  I don't give a CRAP.  That is, LEGIT, my favorite selfie ever.  It's my bloody reflection in a moving car.  18 likes or 0 likes.  THAT is an awesome photo in my book and I'm glad I shared it.

Look, I'll be completely honest with you.  I didn't think about any of this stuff when I started my social media accounts.  And I still don't really think about it now.  I use Instagram as a kind of therapy.  I have a photo, or a thought, or combination of both and boom... I put it out there.  I share what I feel in a moment.  I share what's important to me.  I share photos that I love and I share why I love them.  I share stories.  I share opinions.  And yes, this means my feed has no color story.  Shit... it has like, no cohesion at all.  And this means that my numbers grow very slowly.  But they grow meaningfully, and organically... sustainably.  And I'm connecting... REALLY CONNECTING, with people.  People who may well hire me in the future.

Yup, hardly any likes, but I got hired because of this photo, by someone who didn't even double tap.  I'll tell you, if they've only got one tap in that finger, I'm happy that they tapped "Contact Me" over like for sure.  Especially when they end up being super amazing family clients.

Yup, hardly any likes, but I got hired because of this photo, by someone who didn't even double tap.  I'll tell you, if they've only got one tap in that finger, I'm happy that they tapped "Contact Me" over like for sure.  Especially when they end up being super amazing family clients.

So what's my point here?  I guess my point is that social media is a mind fuck.  It gives us all a false sense of being good or bad, successful or unsuccessful, liked or not liked.  When really, it's just an opportunity.  An opportunity to share.  And I feel like so many of us are missing that opportunity because of a focus on getting likes and followers vs. getting CLIENTS.  People who appreciate our work enough to want to hire us.  People who feel they've gotten to know us through our posts and trust us enough to invite us to capture their family, or their wedding.

So if you've got low numbers, but you're sharing what you love to shoot... then keep at it.  It WILL work.  Enjoy that slow process because it will yield REAL results.  I have SUPER low social media numbers... I am also super booked right now with QUALITY clients.  MY PEOPLE.  

And if you've got high numbers but are frustrated that it's not turning into business, or if you're feeling empty or too attached to those numbers, maybe take a risk.  Post something you feel strongly about that might not fit the color story of your feed.  Post a photo you've taken that you absolutely love that falls outside the realm of your norm. Detach from the likes and just enjoy the feeling of sharing another side of yourself and your work.  Just do something that isn't motivated by quantity and is motivated by quality.  You'd be surprised how freeing it is (after you check your phone 500 times in the first hour to see what the response was... :)

So basically, my #1 tip for how to kill it with social media is to stop giving it so much weight.  Curate from your heart, share what you love to shoot.  It doesn't define you and EVERY photographer has their struggles.  And I guarantee you dealing with social media is one of them. I probably could have just said that at the beginning of this post... but then this wouldn't have been another therapy session where I pretend I'm talking to an audience when I'm really just reminding myself...

My most liked image so far.  Just because my self esteem needs for you to know that sometimes I get more than 18 likes... :)

My most liked image so far.  Just because my self esteem needs for you to know that sometimes I get more than 18 likes... :)

Kauai Elopement | Kauai Wedding Photographer

There's something about my people.  My people haven't had it easy.  They've had to battle their way through life.  Make their own path.  And travel alone for a good portion of that journey.  

To be able to witness two people who've come out the other side, not only better for it, but having found true love along the way, is such an honor.

So, to the photographer with whom these two originally booked, who all of a sudden had another wedding come up as soon as they found out it was a same sex couple; 

Without your ignorance I wouldn't have had this honor, so I thank you.  

But your ignorance causes pain, not only for others, but for you as well.  I pity the experience you are creating for yourself and others and I genuinely hope that you will one day see beyond it to what

Real

Love

Is

Because you're missing it.  And this is what it looks like.  And it's fucking amazing...

Single Mom Photo Shoot Giveaway Winners!

I am super happy to say that because of the overwhelming response to the giveaway, and the super sweet and compelling nominations that came in, I was able to find SIX photographers who were willing to donate half hour family mini sessions to this giveaway!  Additionally, I've added another family mini session myself to try and create as many winners as possible.  So I'm able to list 8 winners of this giveaway!!!

I've run the random number generator to find our winners and below is our list of winners along with their corresponding photographer!

Anabelle Hernandez  -  Trish Barker Photography
Mel Abon  -  Trish Barker Photography
Amanda Kimmel  -  Ajja Photography
Shevaun Bitzig  -  Images by Jeffrey
Jen Dempsey  -  Barb Toyama Photos
Danielle (with twin daughters and no last name listed ;)) -  Island Fresh Photography
Jana Trhlikova  -  Mariah Milan Photography
Cori Beebout  -  Infinity Photography

I am SOOO touched by the stories that have come in and am so impressed with each and every single mamma who was nominated.  You are all definitely so loved!!

And I am so thankful for the photographers who jumped in to help me with this giveaway.  So incredibly grateful for your talents and generous hearts.

From me and mine, to you and yours... Happy Mother's Day!

Photo by Yan Photography
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Photography Giveaway | Honoring Single Moms

All moms are amazing.  It's the hardest job ever.  Legit.  So all us mom's need to give ourselves a big pat on the back for getting in done.  But there's a specific group of moms that I feel have it harder than most... single moms.  I know this, because I was one.  And though I'm not one anymore, I look back on that period of my life and often question how the hell I did it.  How I made it work.  Because being a mom is hard enough... but doing it on your own?  CRAZY hard.

maui family photographer.jpg

So this Mother's Day, I want to honor single mammas.  Because:

1.  That shit is hard
2.  Single mom's rarely have it in their budget to do ANYTHING extra, and when they do, they always get for their kids... so a luxury item like a photo shoot is rarely something they splurge for
3.  Single mom's are such a huge fixture in the lives of their kids, sometimes the only one, and yet there's often not a lot of photos with these mom's with their kids, or a documenting of their lives together... and this feels like such an important thing missed for mom's and their kids.

 

So I'm doing a giveaway of one Family Shoot to a single mamma and her kiddos.  The winner will be announced this Mothers Day (Sunday, May 14, 2017).

 

How to Enter:

1.  Enter a comment below with the mom's name and why you're nominating them.  
2. Send an email to trish@trishbarkerphotography.com with the mom's name and their email address. (so I can contact them if they're the winner). 

That's it.  I'll then pick at random on Mother's Day and announce the winner on the blog.

UPDATE: BECAUSE THE RESPONSE HAS BEEN SO OVERWHELMING AND THERE ARE SO MANY MOMS BEING NOMINATED, I'VE REACHED OUT TO SOME OTHER PHOTOGRAPHERS AND AM HAPPY TO ANNOUNCE THAT IN ADDITION TO A FAMILY SHOOT WITH ME,  I'LL BE ABLE TO GIVE AWAY ONE HALF HOUR FAMILY MINI SHOOT WITH EACH OF THE FOLLOWING GENEROUS AND AWESOME PHOTOGRAPHERS:

MARIAH MILAN
IMAGES BY JEFFREY
ISLAND FRESH PHOTOGRAPHY
INFINITY PHOTOGRAPHY MAUI
AJJA PHOTOGRAPHY
BARB TOYAMA PHOTOS

Can you nominate yourself?  Hells to the yes!  In fact I think you should.  Ain't no shame in actually doing something for yourself for once right!

Only real rules are are:

1.  Have to be a single mom to be nominated or to nominate yourself
2. Have to be on Maui in Upcountry, North Shore, South Shore or West Side.  (sorry Hana mammas... I can't drive to Hana on my own because I'm a fraidy cat...)
3. Have to enter with a comment and an email.
4. Have to make use of the shoot within the next 6 months

So if you know a mom who works her booty off for her kids and who would love to win a free photo shoot with her kids, enter her to win!!

Maui Family Photographer

 

 


 

Maui Sunflowers

I'll let you in on a little known fact... there's a field of sunflowers on Maui.  Shhh... it's a secret.

No it's not.  In fact, it only took about 20 minutes on the "coconut wireless" for it to become the new hotspot on the island.  Every time I've driven by there, the field is PACKED with people and photographers.  Can't say I blame them.  It is a sight to behold, and on a tiny island where things don't change much, the new scenery is welcomed.  Thanks to Pacific Biodiesel, there's now a lovely, sustainable crop that not only serves a purpose, but brings much beauty.

So to all the a-holes I'm hearing about walking away with arms full of cut flowers...  stop that shit.  It's theft... and it's SUPER LAME.  Don't take what isn't yours and don't ruin it for everyone else.  Leave the flowers for EVERYONE to enjoy.  

Like this girl.  Who looks right at home amongst the flowers chuckin' them deuces.  Cause sometimes you just gotta raise that middle finger, and then say peace out to the shit in your life that doesn't work.  

Desiree, I'm so inspired by you.  Thanks for playing with me in the flowers and reminding me what strength with grace looks like.

Maui Sunflower Photos

Maui Photo Circle | Perspective

I'm late with this project post.  Because I didn't like this theme either.  HA!  There seems to be an underlying recurring theme to all these monthly themes.  It's the "Trish being a big fat baby about this project that she started" theme.

I suppose it makes perfect sense that I'm struggling as much as I am with this project (for those just tuning in, it's a project I do with other photographers where every month we shoot in a particular theme and then post, sharing our interpretation of that theme).  I mean, the whole reason I started this was because I needed to be held accountable in order to push myself to do these things.  So I guess this is just proof that this project was exactly what I needed.

So this months theme was "Perspective".  And what I did at the beginning of the month was looked up the definition of perspective as it pertains to photography.  That was my first mistake.  Because then I stopped myself from shooting saying things to myself like "that doesn't fit the definition".  Ugh.  Nothing like stopping yourself from doing something you love.

So, then I remembered that the whole reason why I love photography is because each person has their own unique "perspective", which means that I can have my own perspective on "perspective" and that was kinda the point.

Does anyone else drive themselves nuts the same way I do?  I swear... my mind is my biggest enemy sometimes-all-the-time.

Anywho, I decided to remove the definition from it and just shoot.  And here's what I learned about myself.

1.  Big. Fat. Baby.

2. I like the "perspective" of getting in close; of looking deeper.  And this is very much in line with my personality, so I guess it makes sense.  Things are never what they seem on the surface, and there's nothing that shows that truth more than macro photography.  I remember I saw this moth once, and it look SO FREAKING BAD ASS and stealth... and so I grabbed my camera and macro lens and when I saw it through that lens, it looked like a total dork.  It's eyes were super big and kind of cock-eyed, and I remember laughing really hard at that first peak.  Very deceiving appearances are...  

3. I LOVE when a photo ends up being totally obscure, so that it's hard to figure out what it is, or even, can fool the eye into thinking it's something else.  I remember, when I was a kid, I used to read the magazine Highlights... or was it The Weekly Reader... I don't know... but it had photos at the back that were either shot macro or taken in a weird way that made it obscure enough that you had to try and guess what it was.  I LOVED those things.  And so if "obscure" is a "perspective", then I think I like that one too.

4.  I also learned that I use air quotes and ellipses WAY too much...

So here's my interpretation of "perspective" in photography.  To see how others interpreted this theme, click this link.

Also, in my interwebtubernet travels to find cool examples of "perspective" I came across this artist, who's mind works in such an amazing way that I am constantly blown away by what he creates.  Check him out... you won't be disappointed.

Perspective - Maui Photographer

Iphone 7+ - Steamboat Springs, CO

Iphone 7+ - Steamboat Springs, CO

iPhone 7+ - I stuck the phone in the snow.  (yes, it can go underwater AND under snow)

iPhone 7+ - I stuck the phone in the snow.  (yes, it can go underwater AND under snow)

Nikon F5 + Portra 160 + The Find Lab - I feel like a dork even posting this one because the depth of field totally ruins the affect... me and my love of bokeh... 

Nikon F5 + Portra 160 + The Find Lab - I feel like a dork even posting this one because the depth of field totally ruins the affect... me and my love of bokeh... 

Iphone 7+ - Sunrise?  Sunset?  Actually, this is my kitchen faucet in my kitchen sink, shot in macro, and turned 90 degrees counter clockwise.  The "water" is the running faucet and the "sun" is bokeh, probably reflecting from gross food on a dish waiting to be washed.

Iphone 7+ - Sunrise?  Sunset?  Actually, this is my kitchen faucet in my kitchen sink, shot in macro, and turned 90 degrees counter clockwise.  The "water" is the running faucet and the "sun" is bokeh, probably reflecting from gross food on a dish waiting to be washed.

Iphone 7+ - this is my son's eyeball.  I am now, officially, obsessed with eyeballs.  

Iphone 7+ - this is my son's eyeball.  I am now, officially, obsessed with eyeballs.  

I don't just shoot eyeballs and random things with my iPhone.  I mainly shoot weddings and families with legit cameras.  Check out my website... if you dare...

Maui Family Photos | Beach Session

Okay, okay.  I have this thing with the beach.  I kinda don't like shooting at it.  Ya... I know... way to live in a place where everyone, rightfully, wants beach photos.  But my past few sessions at the beach have rekindled my love affair with getting sand in my pants (remind me to tell you about that time I got stopped at airport security for that very reason).

I love the energy of these Maui family beach photos so much, that it's actually been driving me crazy to not share it.  And it's only been like a week since I got the scans.  

Happy to share a few favorites from this Maui Family Beach Session.

Cameras: Contax 645 and Nikon F5
Film: Portra 160
Developing and Scanning: The Find Lab

Maui Beach Elopement | Sierra + Daniel

I've been getting a lot of intimate elopements recently.  And I have to say that I really, REALLY have a blast with them.  They are so intimate, and I have time to get to know the couple and really feel their connection, which I feel translates to much more real photos.  Photos where you can feel the love they share.  Did you know that because of Daniel's job, he can't wear metal... so Sierra had a silicon ring made with the inscription TRUTH + LOVE?  (two of my favorite things)

And did you know that she made her own bouquet and did her own hair while her makeup was being done?  I love a girl who can do it herself... and do it well.  Cause her bouquet was SO WELL DONE and her hair looked freaking amazing, which on Maui, is no easy task.

Here's some favorites from this super fun and super sweet Maui Beach Elopement.

Hair and Makeup: Makeup and Talent Hawaii
Officiant: HawaiiWeddings.com
Location: Po'olenalena Beach
Developing and Scanning: The Find Lab

MAUI BEACH ELOPEMENT

30% Off All Horse Photography Prints to Help Happy Dog Ranch Foundation

In my recent travels, I was lucky enough to spend the day at Happy Dog Ranch in Littleton, Colorado.  It was one of my favorite parts of our trip.  It's a really unique place, in that it combines horse rescue with... well... people rescue.   Horse therapy has had tremendously positive impacts on so many lives, and I just love the fact that this works both ways.  Human's save horses, horses save humans.  Win/Win.

They are a non-profit organization, and recently lost their largest benefactor.  They are in IMMEDIATE need.  And I have what I hope is a win/win situation to help this win/win situation.

Beautiful horse photography prints are now available in my store, and 50% of all sales will go directly to Happy Dog Ranch Foundation.  

Until March 5, 2017, get 30% off all prints from my Happy Dog Ranch collection, with 50% of all sales going directly to Happy Dog Ranch.

Coupon code: HAPPYDOG

If you love horses, or alpacas, or pigs, or ducks, or cats, or just like to help others (or all of the above), check out my gallery of available horse photos, alpaca photos and pig photos and purchase to get beautiful prints for you, and help Happy Dog Ranch Foundation continue its amazing work.  

My favorite is when you get and give at the same time.  Now you can get, and give, so the giving can keep on.  Thanks for your help!

Maui Photo Circle | Repetition

Alright.  So I've got this group of photographers and every month we choose a theme at random and then shoot photos in that theme and share at the end of the month.  I started this group because I wanted a challenge and to force myself to see things differently.  

Last month's theme was shadows, and I found it really fun.  This months theme was repetition... and I freaking hated it. So much so, that I didn't really shoot anything (maybe like 2 film shots intentionally for the theme) and even was thinking about changing the theme to something I liked better halfway through the month.  But, um, that kind of defeats the purpose.  I'm not always going to like it... the point is to challenge myself to do it anyways.  So yesterday rolled around and I was like... crap... 

So I went in my backyard, with my iPhone, and stood there for like 5 minutes telling myself to just stuff it and find something in my archives to share.  I am REALLY good at avoiding doing things I don't want to do.  And I know this about myself... which is why I started this group... which is why I then forced myself to stop being a baby and take some photos.

I can't say that I really love anything that I shot, and it seems I've posted mostly ones where my interpretation of "repetition" doesn't follow in the traditional sense.  The traditionally repetitive, pattern making shots I find incredibly boring (though I am WELL impressed with the iPhone 7+).  But this project isn't necessarily about the resulting photos.  It's about the process, and what I can learn and how I can grow.  And what I've learned is the next time "repetition" is chosen by the randomizer... I'm freaking changing it before anyone knows.  ;)

To see how others in this group interpreted this theme, follow this link!

iPhone 7+.  Edited with Filmborn.

iPhone 7+.  Edited with Filmborn.

iPhone 7+.  Edited with Filmborn.

iPhone 7+.  Edited with Filmborn.

Nikon F5 + Portra 160 + The Find Lab

Nikon F5 + Portra 160 + The Find Lab

Contax 645 + Fuji 400h + The Find Lab

Contax 645 + Fuji 400h + The Find Lab

Nikon D4

Nikon D4

I don't just shoot random things.  I shoot mostly families and weddings.  Interested in booking a session?  Contact me today!

 

 

Magnus 4 Life

So I'll tell you a story.  This one year, I had this thing where I'd accidentally start calling all my grooms "Alvin" mid wedding.  I don't know why.  I knew their names (and likely had them written on my wrist... photographer secrets 101).  But for some reason, I'd just start calling them Alvin and then be like... did I just call you Alvin?  And they'd be like... um... ya.  I've only had one groom named Alvin... apparently he must have left an impression on me?!  

But you know what's funny?  I hired Jonathan Canlas to come and shoot my family photos this past year, and he DID THE EXACT SAME THING!  For some reason, halfway through the shoot, he started calling my husband Magnus.  And it cracked me up so hard because 1. I'm not the only one who does this and 2.  FREAKING MAGNUS!!  We are always coming up with new nicknames in our household.  Mine has been "Porkball" for freaking 15 years (awesome).  But husband's has morphed throughout the years from Boobejaan (baboon in Afrikaans), to Gavilina, to Mr. Tight Pants (he's a long distance cyclist... hello spandex) to a myriad of others that probably aren't appropriate to share on a professional blog ;).  

Well now, he's Magnus.  Forever.

The OTHER funny thing that happened was that Jonathan Canlas was able to get my husband to take his shirt off for the last part of our shoot, which resulted in some stellar photos of the hubs in all his shirtless glory.  Photos that ended up being shared on his instagram account followed by the hashtag #magnus4life.

So I am now engaged in an epic instagram battle of the shirtless dudes.  So when I got to see one of my first wedding couples EVER again this December, along with their family, I was like... um... I have this thing with a dude named magnus and partial nudity... are you game?

Well, the ball is in your court Mr. Canlas...  Magnus4Life

Disclaimer: no one was called Alvin in the making of these photos