Christina + Mark

Contax 645 + Fuji 400h  |  Hale Koa Hotel + Bellow’s Beach, Oahu Hawaii

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October 8, 2014 - 5:29 am

Kristina - WOW that water, these images!! These are so great! Oh and this couple, just gorgeous!

Lauren + Kawika

For months they meticulously prepped and gathered for the bright and whimsical outdoor wedding they had always dreamed. Just days before threats of not one but two rare but pending hurricanes threatened to put a damper on their carnival dreams. High atop the mountains of Pupukea at Sunset Ranch Lauren and Kawika celebrated on a calm Saturday nestled between the looming storms. Inspired by Kate Spade through and through, the couple drew support from their energetic and positive friends, finding “the silver lining” rain or shine. And that afternoon Lauren who had always dreamed of seeing Kawika’s expression as she walked down the aisle was escorted by her father into the arms of her charming (and beaming!) new husband. The ceremony, filled to the brim with love and hawaiian culture, began with the officiant encouraging the two to take a minute to make eye contact with their witnessing family and guests–feeling the ground, being in the moment and soaking it all in. Washing of the hands, sharing of coconut water and lei exchanges fused local tradition into the start of their fun new lives. Just as the two weaved their arms around one another at the alter, closing their eyes to share in “Ha, the breath of life” promising to share and dedicate “all that is to come”, a warm shower enveloped them both. Gosh, nothing more romantic than exchange vows in the rain, shhhessssh! Brief showers graced the afternoon but guests didn’t giving them a second thought. (After all, rain on your wedding day is considered a blessing in Hawaii!). Sprinkled with colorful bits of bright fun from corner to corner, Lauren and Kawika enjoyed every single moment of their wedding day despite the weather drama leading to it, affectionately dubbing the event their “Barnival” and determined to #Isellebrate. They’re a clever bunch, I swear.

Lauren + Kawika. I am staring at my computer screen a bit overwhelmed. Completely at a loss of words for you two, your friends who crack me up and kind family (who couldn’t have arrived in anything more perfect than the “Oahu Party Bus”. They ARE the Party Bus!). Your sense of style is perfect, ridiculous, and completely impeccable (giant flowers as bridesmaid bouquets?!?! I die!) and your energy and laughter in one another’s arms makes me swoon. Kawika, you have the widest, warmest smile that puts anyone around you at ease and Lauren you’ve got the grace of an angel. Okay, fine, Beyonce. If I could write this blogpost in clever emoji’s and hashtags I would but you guys are way better at it. Post wedding depression is a real thing, and I’m a currently suffering after your wedding. It was spectacular, truly, and you guys made it shine. From the bottom of my heart, I adore ya’ll, your family and your goofball friends. #Segway.


To see more of Lauren + Kawika’s whimsical wedding day click here.

In #Isellebration prints from their gallery are 30% off with the code “KEEKSANDBABES”. Expires October 10, 2014

Getting ready venue: the Billabong House  |  Ceremony + reception venue: Sunset Ranch | Coordination+ Planning: L4Love by Lauren Smith | Florals: Passion Roots | Bride’s Gown: Monique Lhullier | Bridesmaid Dress: Forever21 | Special Music: Kimie Miner | Catering: Chef Elmer’s Island Cuisine | Rentals: Pacific Party Rentals | Lighting + Specialty Bar: Island Event Logistics | Ceremony Music: Flute A La Harpe  |  Video: One Media (Jay Hanamura)  |  Photo Booth: Photo Ops |  Bride’s Haire + Makeup: Sarah Gomez  |  Bridesmaids Make-up:  Mahina Boersma |  Balloons: Hawaii Balloon  |  Cotton Candy + Popcorn Cart rentals: A and B Party Rentals | Officiant: Blake La Benz  |  Cakes:  Cake Works  |  DJ: Status Entertainment


October 2, 2014 - 2:07 am

Urška Majer - What a gorgeous wedding :)

October 31, 2014 - 2:34 pm

Jessie Warner - LOVE! <3

November 21, 2014 - 4:52 am

steph - These are gorgeous. That one in the rain with the umbrellas is amazing.

Also – I. need. to. learn. FILM. :)

Faunah + Zach

She dropped her bags at her new dorm and headed up the hill to join a party on her first day of college. There, she met Zach, where he boldly declared his admiration and together in Texas the two have been inseparable ever since. This past spring while visiting San Fransisco Zach romantically proposed to Faunah at the Fairmont Hotel, managing to completely take her by surprise, continuing to sweep her off her pretty little feet. Next year they will dance and toast under the stars in Newport, Rhode Island but for now I had the pleasure of celebrating with them as they spent some time on Kaua’i. Stunning, charming and full of southern grace, this handsome duo had me wishing for longer days and more light. I mean, could they BE any more perfect?!?! Nope, absolutely not.

Faunah + Zach– wow wow wee wow! THANK YOU for being your good lookin’ selves in front of my camera, for tediously location scouting and blindly trusting my “mini hike to a beach” spot. I absolutely positively loved every minute with you guys and could take pictures all of you all day every day. How can we arrange that? I happily accept payment in the form of giant, sparkly pear shaped rings… ;)

To see more from their gallery click HERE.


September 22, 2014 - 3:00 am

Deborah Zoe - Could this be anymore perfectly Hawaiian paradise?:) Love the portrait of her and the flower… beautiful as always Ashely!!

September 22, 2014 - 3:45 am

Kristina - Her ring, these pictures, her style! These are fabulous!!

September 29, 2014 - 11:58 am

Meredith - OKAY, these are AMAZING. AHHHH. Can I come to Hawaii and see you? ;)

Is it Film or Digital?

There’s always this popular game in hybrid shooter (people who shoot both film and digital) Facebook groups in which the user posts two similar photos and polls others on their opinion on which is film and which is digital. I always smugly consider myself a master at these games because I know what to look for, the tell-tell signs of film that are what make me love the medium. So, feeling frisky and like maybe my “editing Canon to match my Contax skills” are getting better, I thought I’d throw a few shots out there, test your noggin and provide the visual comparisons of the two that I oh-so-love.

Quite frankly there are some times when digital just works better for the circumstance than film. However I am much better at deciding what a photo should look like before I take it rather than post-processing. Not to mention editing my digital images to come close to film takes for-ev-ver, and I can never get them exactly right…because I’m not an editor, I’m a photographer. Why bother when I can just shoot it in film and keep it moving? There are instances where I take a shot in both digital + film for good measure or digital in between rolls. You may ask how I edited the digitals and I’d say with a WHOLE lotta time. Ha! I’m sure a professional Lightroom editor could make these look even closer in comparison, but why take the time when you can shoot it like that? Okay okay you get my point. For these images my clients won’t get both the film and digital versions unless they are different (like the shot of the Bride + Groom, in one you can see her veil more than the other, I will actually give them both images). Take a peek and see if you can tell the difference between the digital + film shots. And if you’re really a smarty pants there will be ONE thing in ALL these photos that’s the dead give-away, you don’t even have to look at anything else, really. But don’t be a cheater cheater pumpkin eater! Answer key at the bottom.

ANSWERS: 1. Film left, digital right 2. Digital left, film right 3. Film left, digital right 4. Film left, digital right 5. Digital left, film right

And the dead-giveaway of the medium format film shots are that they are wider + shorter than their digital counterparts! It’s noticeable, right, that even with editing there are some things that you just can’t TOTALLY match in digital. That’s why I love film sooooo. :)

So, how’d ya do?



September 19, 2014 - 2:06 pm

Amanda Berube - I pretty much got all of them right but they are sooooo close! You did a really great job.

September 19, 2014 - 2:17 pm

Damaris Mia @ Southern California Bride - If I didn’t know the different crops, I would have had a hard time figuring it out! Great job friend!

November 29, 2014 - 10:05 am

BarrieB - I absolutely LOVE your work and your digital is just as gorgeous as film :) Do you use any specific presets when you do shoot digital, or is it all from scratch?