Welcome to Hokulii Images' on-line journal and website! Here you'll find some of the coolest experiences in my life as a pro photographer & island girl in one of the most awe inspiring places on earth - Hawai'i!!! My name is Geralyn Kamahaʻolani Camarillo, Welina Mai! Welcome and enjoy!!!
Amit Gupta and Kelly Jensen: "Photo Jojo - Insanely Great Photo Projects and DIY Ideas This is such a friggin' FUN book! I love the ideas and inspiration that jumps out from these pages. I really, really love Photo JoJo and the brilliant crew that runs her! www.photojojo.com (*****)
Sonia Choquette: "Ask Your Guides" LOVE knowing that we're not alone in the universe! I'm enjoying connecting with my Divine Support System. :) (*****)
T. Harv Eker: "Secrets of the Millionaire Mind" This is a New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and USA Today Bestseller! I can understand why. Change your "Money Blueprint" today by reading this book! (*****)
Where I live there are rainbows....and this morning, after an exciting and successful TV interview on KITV with Jodi Leong, I was blessed with this beautiful sight! If you look closely, itʻs a double delight!
Oh happy day! One of my most FAVORITE days of the year is here! Actually, for me, every day is a Giving Thanks Day . There is sooo much to be grateful for! Why only ONE day out of the year, right? We should be counting and mentioning our blessings EVERY day!
With that being said, on this Thanksgiving Day, I am starting a Blessings Day Photo Journal: 365. I was inspired to start this by my dear friend The Kitchen Goddess, Fortuna Cooley Arai, who was inspired by someone else who is keeping a Gratitude Journal on-line. But of course, for me, in true Photo Chick style, my blessings need to be accompanied by a visual aid.
Like I said, every day there is so much to be grateful for. I am going to journal at least ONE blessing every day.
So here we go!!!!
I am thankful for....
Maude, the very friendly and pretty Plymouth Rock hen, for NOT being a turkey!!!
Happy Thanksgiving to all of you and your loved ones! THANK YOU for visiting my blog and for doing what you're doing on your end to keep the love flowing....
Today is such a beautiful day in Kāneʻohe! I was feeling so inspired by the gorgeousness AND a Facebook post by my nephew, Maikaʻi who is snowed in in Washington State. I responded to his post by telling him that I would share a little bit of WARM aloha by going out to capture what today is like here in our islands.
So with that I put on my Vibram KSOs and did a quick trek out to a couple of my favorite places to give thanks and to capture the beauty of today.
During this little adventure I was inspired to write a Haiku about this special city I have the great opportunity to reside in:
Reminds us to breathe...deep breaths...
Thank you for the peace...."
This last photo was actually taken specifically for Maikaʻi and also my dear friend, Package A, who resides in another cold state.
You know what was so cool? While I was shooting this last image, playing on the radio was Brother Cazimeroʻs "Home in the Islands." It was perfect!!! I was overwhelmed with so much joy and gratitude for this special place we live at and are from. Iʻd love to leave you with a few lines from this very catchy well loved Cazimero tune:
"Thereʻs no other place
that Iʻd rather be
than home in the islands in the middle of the sea
Keeping real close, to family and friends
And taking it easy in the tropical breezes...
At home in the islands
At home in the islands
in the middle of the sea..."
And Kāneʻohe is only ONE town that depicts the beauty of our ALOHA State!!
So sorry for the long Title on this one, gang! Let me explain....
Several of my wedding packages come with an engagement session. Sometimes, I have clients who are flying in for their wedding and don't have time to do an engagement session from the time they've made plans for their Hawai'i wedding to the time they fly in for their big event. My advice would be not to stress out about it unless you're using the photos for the reception at your wedding day.
For instance, my lovely couple Amy and Bernie flew in just a few days before their 10/10/10 at the beautiful Moana Hotel. They opted to use their engagement session AFTER their fun filled event since they had a few days to chillax as husband and wife here on O'ahu.
Check out how cute they were on their wedding day!
How's their 10/10/10 Sunset photo!!!
Fortunately, like most of my couples, Amy and Bernie are a sweet laid back couple so they were open to shooting their engagement session post wedding day.
I suggested that we contrast their wedding day and do a SUNRISE shoot at Makapu'u Beach Park. They were totally gung-ho with the idea!
Here are a few images from their engagement shoot at Makapu'u...
Good morning, Sun!!!
Oooo! Wait! Before I go on...just a quick commercial break here...
This was the shoot where I "christened" my new Vibram FiveFingers Treksports! These "shoes" are AWESOME and totally perfect for running around on all them lava rocks! I purchased mine from the historic, Uyeda Shoe Store at University Square!
Okay, back to our sweet couple...
There is nothing like morning sunlight...and just so you know, when we do a sunrise shoot WE MUST BE ON TIME as the sun does NOT wait for anyone!!! Once she's up, she's up! So sunrise shoots don't last for very long as the light gets more and more intense and becomes less flattering.
Fortunately, when it started to get this way I found a little shaded "nook" that I could tuck these two love birds in.
MAHALO NUI LOA, to Amy and Bernie for their flexibility and their smiles.
And MAHALO NUI LOA to Vibram Five Fingers for making feetware that makes total sense! Especially for this island-trekking-documenting gal!!!
FYI...I bought these in black so that I could also wear them to some of my wedding shoots. Not for all! Just some!!! :)
It's that time of year, gang! Gratefully, this is when 'Ohana shoots start to fill up my calendar until the end of the year.
Much to my delight, there are families who have turned their picture taking sessions into an annual event. And then there are families who are brand new to a professional portrait session.
Usually there is one main question that is mind boggling to the moms (who are the ones usually in charge and requesting that this event take place much to the chagrin of her brood). And the question is..."What in the world do we wear????!!!!"
It's really quite simple and doesn't require you going out to purchase a new wardrobe for your photo session. The key word here is simple!
My best advice is to stick to solid colors. If there is a pattern involved, like say you just bought the newest and coolest Wahine Toa or Manuheali'i print, make sure that there are several members in your 'ohana to compliment the beautiful designs with SOLID colors. As seen here:
The solids really help to break up the design. This is also visually pleasing to the eye when you throw your images into Black and White or Sepia like this photo of mom and her two boys.
Now, with a family of maybe two to six members it's pretty easy to coordinate attire.
It does become a little trickier when you have several families getting together to take a photo.
Again, the same suggestion applies, keep it simple! For the big group shot, everyone can wear the same color scheme. And then later, when the families are broken down into groupings they can wear their own color.
OR you can all be in different shades of the same color. Or at least a color that compliments another color like so:
Even in Black and White it looks pretty cool!
After the big group shot, I then like to break it down to the mini families:
Hey!!!!! What up, Slavens!!!
This shot works with Kex's shirt having a design because it's subtle and his parents complimented it in solids.
Okay, hopefully this will at least give you an idea of how to deal with the wardrobe quandary for your photo shoot. Just keep it simple and you'll be fine!!!
Seriously folks, it's really all about the fun and the LOVE!!!
Six years ago from today, I was blessed to document the wedding of Mapuana Reed to Stan Mataele at the classic Moana Surfrider Hotel in Waikiki. And what a fantastic wedding it was!!!
I am so proud to say that since then, Mapuana and I have stayed in close contact and have become close friends and even colleagues as she too is a very talented photographer. She runs and operates Mapuana Photography!
Congratulations, dear friends! MAHALO NUI LOA for such a magnificent time at your wedding!!! I remember it like it was just yesterday....I love you both!!!
Recently, I've found this great creative outlet of writing Haikus. I love it! It's just 5-7-5 FUN!
We're all creative beings so we need to balance our lives with doing things that inspire us. As you know, I LOVE documenting life and now I love writing Haikus! I've decided to start sharing them with all of you along with...you guessed it! A photo!!!
Today's blustery weather is a great sign that our version of Fall has hit the islands!
I'm blessed to live on the Windward side of O'ahu. The city of Kane'ohe to be exact. It is lush, green and fertile thanks to the rain that we get to experience frequently on this side of the island.
One of my most favorite sights of Kan'eohe is the beautiful Ko'olau Mountain Range. On days like this, it is spectacular to see the breath-taking waterfalls that appear after the heavy rains. I LOVE Kane'ohe!!!
It's that time of the year again!!! No, not the holidays...I mean, yes, it is the holidays but that's not what I'm talking about. I'm talking about something even more important, especially for this Pro Canon Gal!
Yep, time to renew my Canon Professional Services Platinum membership! If you're a pro and have a lot of Canon toys, being a CPS member is really really worth it. I just received my Membership Package and this is what I received for 2010:
The Think Tank Shape Shifter itself is worth $250! It's a pretty awesome bag. A little different from camera bags but I know I can use it for future gigs.
The Free Clean and Check certificates are so worth it too. Not to mention all the additional discounts you receive for getting your equipment repaired, etc.
I love my Canon gear! And when it comes to their own "Spa" day or rush to the Canon Hospital, they only deserve the best treatment!!!