Malia + Andrea

He gave a sly wink to the crowd just before she came floating down the ivy walled stairs. Tucked arm in arm her father escorted her into the warmly lit atrium, guests erupting with excitement and cheers, whistles + “chee hoos” at the sight of such a stunning bride. In both english + italian they proclaimed their love for one another, friends and family supporting from the balconies. Malia vowed to be a loving wife, always there, as Andrea swept her hair off her forehead like he always does, promising to forever pick her dirty clothes up off the floor. From the villa style landscape of La Pietra overlooking the Honolulu skyline Malia + Andrea brought together the perfect blend of Hawai’i meets Italy, bound by a million lighthearted laughs and clever quips. #Cialoha.

Never have I ever seen an event quite like this. From the roars of laughter with the bridal party introductions (Andrea’s brother doesn’t speak a lick of english which left room for hilarity to ensue ) to the sprays of champagne (that’s my kinda party!), every element was a true representation of Malia + Andrea–and one hell of a good time. Surrounded by supportive family and crowds of friends who simply adore them, the night dripped in cafe lights was magical. Bursting with chic details to in honor or their cultures guests from near and far dined under the stars on local cuisine, basil topped pizza, and late-night gelato, toasting lilikoi sorbet cocktails as a trio of festive Hawai’ian music serenaded. Packed with heartfelt details, a surfboard guestbook handmade by her father and an ridiculous amount of straight-up fun Malia + Andrea’s wedding was nothing short of a dream, brightly lit by a dance floor full of furiously waving sparklers + fueled by Dom Perignon. But with these two I wouldn’t expect anything less.  Together Malia + Andrea have a chemistry that while in their presence can be felt but I find difficult to describe. Playful with one another they thrive off each other’s energy, forge friendships,  and are fiercely thoughtful. To me the type of friends a couple has speaks volumes about their personalities and after spending a night with these two that left me utterly speechless all I can say is this two are simply perfetto. 

To see more from their wedding day click HERE.

Enjoy 30% off all prints in their gallery for the next 10 days with the code “CIALOHA”. Expires Saturday, August 23, 2014.

Watch their awesome Same Day Edit video from Pan + Tilt

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August 13, 2014 - 9:27 am

Kayleen T. - Love it! My favorite of all the weddings you’ve posted.

August 14, 2014 - 4:49 pm

Nikki Santerre - My favorite wedding of yours! It feels so exotic, romantic, and every image is stunning!

August 14, 2014 - 8:53 pm

Bora Pogeler - i DIE!!! I love all the gold-rose colored tones in these photos! my fave is one without any people in it lol…it’s the pigeons in the fountain! It gives off a very vintage parisian postcard feel!

August 14, 2014 - 9:27 pm

Ashley Goodwin - Thanks Bora! That is one of my favorites, too, won’t lie! And it was a complete FLUKE! In between family formals I turned around to make sure I wasn’t close to falling in the fountain (which I almost did a few times…) and noticed the birds taking a bath! I quickly pulled my camera up, focused and prayed as I snapped and they flew away. I can’t believe I caught him in action AND so sharp! :)

Lauren + Ian

Adventurous, light-hearted and completely filled with the warm aloha you always hear about (it’s real!), Lauren + Ian  in the place they spend most of their summer evenings cruzin’ with friends on the island they grew up calling home. Kiholo Bay on the Big Island of Hawai’i.

Thank ya’ll for showing me a slice of your gorgeous island, for choosing such and INSANE spot to shoot (I DIE!), for a tasty breakfast, and more importantly, treating this girl like ohana, fo’ real. I’d be hard pressed to find two others as chill as you two, I mean it when I say they sent me back off to O’ahu with the true sense of aloha.  I am thrilled for your upcoming wedding at La Pietra, it’s gonna be gooooooood.

To see more from their Big Island engagement session click HERE.

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Film Friday | How To Choose A Film Stock

[Contax 645 + Portra 800 rated @640 around 10am. the Big Island, Hawai'i]

Yesterday I had the great privilege of joining a google hangout presented by Ryan Muirhead (killer photographer) and during his mini workshop on metering for black and white film he briefly mentioned something I have been harping on all along that made me say “Yessss! I HAVE been giving good advice!” (ha!). He noted it’s best to pick no more than two film stocks and stick with them. When you’re learning to shoot film there are at least 6 different factors that contribute to the end product of your image and without limiting some of these factors things can get confusing as hell.

The 6 variables that contribute to a film image:

1. Camera choice: different models have different characteristics.

2. ISO of the film: ISO’s have varying grains and tonality. The higher the ISO the larger (and more noticable) the grain.

3. Exposure: One film can have multiple looks based on the way it was exposed. Properly exposed Fuji 400h vs. overexposed gives you opposing looks.

4. Film stock: Fuji or Portra? Each renders colors differently.

5. Developing Lab: the communication you have with them to scan images the way you like is key, they can’t read minds people!

6. Lighting: one of the BIGGEST factors–lighting can really make or break and image + help carve out your style. It’s also important to recognize that the main colors in or around a scene have a big impact on the overall feel to your photo, too, like this photo of Serena below. But I won’t get into that too much, just know it.

[Contax 645 + Portra 160 in Red Rocks, Las Vegas. F/2.8 1/60. Portra already tends to have a lot of  magenta in the film, so with all the reddish rocks in the scene it had an impact on the color of her white dress and made her skin tone appear warmer, all of which I love!]

With alllllll of those variables it makes finding a combination of camera+iso+film+exposure+light+lab that’s inherently you seem dauntingWhen I first began shooting film I felt like I was completely on my own learning (hence why I started this blog series + the film collective group). I began studying the work of others I admired, trying to figure out what camera and film combo they used, noted the types of lighting they shot in and picked apart what I adored about their signature look. Through this I figured out the people who’s work inspire me shoot the same camera, film, and lighting consistently with consistent results. This made COMPLETE sense to me considering up until this point I had been using tons of different film stocks (Portra 160, Portra 400, Fuji 400h) in different lighting scenarios and getting it developed at different labs–with NO clue what I liked, didn’t like, and how I was screwing up. Ahhh, the age old question “is it me, or the lab?”. I was doing trying WAY too much with no real way to figure out which side was up. Since there are 6 variables that effect the end result of a product I began to think of it of it as a science equation and in hopes of honing in on my artistic desires began setting controls and variables. AHAHAH. TRUE STORY. Through research I knew the Contax645 was the camera for me, I decided to commit and marry ONE lab and work on my relationship with them instead of dating others on the side. This helped set my ‘controls’ (the camera and the lab I was going to work with) so my variables were less prominent–which made learning and comparing the things that do change much easier. Now I just needed to chose the film stocks I was going to master! But…how? There are so many! Here’s how I narrowed down what film stocks I was going to learn:

 Choosing Film Stocks

1. Research: Head to manufacturer’s website to get the scoop on different films, their colorings, what types of scenes they’re good for, etc. I.e. Ektar is contrasty and vibrant–super great for landscapes and oceans. Fuji film has faithful color reproduction (read here). Right now don’t think about the ISO so much as the film stock. Once you think you’ve found a match, hit the internet for examples to confirm the color, contrast, etc. is right for you.

2. Prevision: See the end photo in your head. The colors, lighting, contrast, the amount of grain or lack there of. This will also help you narrow down the manufacturer of your film.

3. ISO: Evaluate the scene you are going to shoot. Will it be brightly lit or low light? Just like digital, this helps you choose an ISO. However, unlike digital the ISO of films don’t ONLY correlate to film’s sensitivity to light. Different ISOs also have different amounts of grain and different tones to them, making my point of choosing no more than 2 films to learn super important. It’s also key to note that higher ISO films aren’t just meant for lower light settings, like Portra 800.  I personally love it for mid-day landscape shots, like the images below. But that’s a topic for another day.

4. Color, contrast, and your “look”. Want saturated, vibrant images? You’d probably want to stick to Kodak Portra films. Want the choice to have soft, more ‘airy’ images? Fuji may be for you.

[The beautiful, saturated blues + greens of Hawai'i are captured perfectly in these shots using Portra 800. The top photo of the couple was shot in open shade around 10am at f/2.8 (can't remember my shutter speed, but I rated my Portra 800 at 640 ISO). The shot of the ocean was around noon, f/4 at 1/4000 (guesstimate). Also rated at 640, so overexposed only by about 1/3 stop. See the difference between THIS Portra 800 and the Portra 160 one above? ISO makes a difference in color, too]

Once you’ve narrowed down the two films + ISOs you think are up your alley, it’s now time to practice. practice, practice! Again, set MORE controls so you have less variables in your equation, which makes learning and figuring this out easier. Orchestrate calm shoots around your house in which you can get comfortable with these two films and ISOs in different settings. Use the same light and bracket your shots to see what kinds of exposures you like. Go outside and shoot in super bright sun. Take your shutter speed to the limit and see how slow you can go with your shutter speed at dusk. Take notes, take notes, take notes!! TAKKEEEE NOTESSSSSSS. And most of all, don’t forget to communicate and tell your lab these are practice shots! Otherwise they may edit your images and you won’t see the true end result you intended.

[These images shot on Fuji have a much softer look than the Portra 800. Photographed on an overcast day at f/2.8 rated Fuji400h rated at 200 ISO, so overexposed by 1 stop.]

 

 

 

 

 

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August 2, 2014 - 3:03 pm

Bea - I wish when I started, I was dutiful in taking notes! Alas, I was too lazy. Thank you for sharing these; the pictures are gorgeous and your tips remind me that I have to be more scientific in my approach :)

August 4, 2014 - 4:26 am

Michael and Carina - Brilliant blog post with great info!

WIN AN *EMERA CAMERA BAG

At the beginning of September I will be packing up +  flying over the pacific to visit Chiang Mai, Thailand for my second visit. It won’t be just any ole trip shopping + taking photos of elephants, although that will indefinitely happen, but I’m going alongside members of Inspire Church as a mission trip - one that last year completely and utterly changed me. And excitedly enough this year my sister Sarah is traveling even further all the wayfrom Virginia and joining the group. Hip hip!

In  honor of being one of the team’s photographers (Sarah will be the other!) and in efforts to raise the appropriate funds needed to make such a trek I thought a wayyyyy fun raffle was in place. I used to always say “I never win anything!” and then once won a TV at a local football game. I’ll never forget the feeling I got when my name came over the loudspeakers! I was a kid, so technically my parents won a TV but I had nothing but sheer confidence in my #winning skills after that.  If you know me like my husband knows me then you know I will go to great lengths purchasing, testing and creating with intention of getting my hands on THE perfect camera bag. I’ve bought them, d.i.y’ed them and even pieced a few together but frankly none have been as incredible as these gems by *emera. I’ve had mine for ages and nothing can come close, I’m obsessed. You can imagine my heartbreak when I went to replace my chic quilted tote that I had for years to find *emera no longer made them. In fact, they were no longer making several of the fabric designs. Cue my girlish meltdown. But naturally I don’t take “no” for an answer and emailed BEGGING for something, a sample, a returned one, ANYTHING! I NEED THESE BAGS FOR FOREVERRRRRR! Lucky for me they had just a few left in stock and were willing to let me buy up the last 3. While I’ve put my new bag to use and keep the other “in waiting” (it will be a few years, these babies last), I decided what better way to celebrate the upcoming mission than raffling off one of these sold-out gems? (And raise some funds, too!). So here she is, one of the very last *emera classic canvas totes up for grabs! (for more photos via Amazon, click here). Super easy to tote, comfortable, chic, and super versatile, these bags are my go-to for both wedding days, shoots and travel. With the side pockets (perfect for phones!) and the padded inner sleeve they make THE best carry-on handbags. It fits my iPad or laptop, a contax kit, extra lens + meter (assembled!) or a digital camera body with a lens or two AND if you place the extra padding on the top can fit extra travel accessories. And with the sturdy inner zipper pocket your valuables won’t go missing–the top of the tote zips up, too! Everything is easy to access and fits snuggly thanks to the velcro dividers. I tell you, I can’t live without these bags. Too bad these are the LAST ONES!  Wait…why am I raffling this off again…?

//HOW TO ENTER:

1. Donate a minimum $5 here.

Each $5 increment is one entry per person. Example: If you donate $25 that counts as 5 entries! Just like buying an old school raffle ticket and throwing it in the hat.

2. Repost the photo on Instagram with the hashtag #AshleyGoodwinThailand (so I can count your entry!).

 

// DETAILS: Check out my instagram for the photo to repost. Raffle open to anyone + everyone! One winner will be chosen at random on Tuesday, August 5, 2014 after 12:00pm HST and notified via instagram (so make sure your account isn’t private, please). Winner will receive one (1) *emera camera bag (shown) with shipping paid for. All raffle proceeds go toward the Chiang Mai, Thailand mission trip 2014 with Inspire Church. Thanks for entering, sending LOTS of hugs your way!  xo

 

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July 29, 2014 - 8:27 am

Sonya - Anything for inspire! Anything for a chance to win a camer bag!