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Maui Photography – Extended Family Session at Baby Beach//05/22/2015

Its really common for extended families to come to Maui on vacation together.
What a better time for a large family portrait?
Just look at this lovely family at Baby Beach in Lahaina.
oh to be so lucky.
Grandma and Grandpa started out this huge family — they had four children and each of their
children had three or four children.
And here they are all on vacation on Maui together!
What a lovely and close family.
Maui photographer Wendy Laurel extended family session at Baby Beach Lahaina

Maui photographer Wendy Laurel extended family session at Baby Beach Lahaina

Maui photographer Wendy Laurel extended family session at Baby Beach Lahaina

Maui photographer Wendy Laurel extended family session at Baby Beach Lahaina

Maui photographer Wendy Laurel extended family session at Baby Beach Lahaina

Maui photographer Wendy Laurel extended family session at Baby Beach Lahaina

Maui photographer Wendy Laurel extended family session at Baby Beach Lahaina

Maui photographer Wendy Laurel extended family session at Baby Beach Lahaina

Maui photographer Wendy Laurel extended family session at Baby Beach Lahaina

Maui photographer Wendy Laurel extended family session at Baby Beach Lahaina

Maui photographer Wendy Laurel extended family session at Baby Beach Lahaina

Maui photographer Wendy Laurel extended family session at Baby Beach Lahaina

Maui photographer Wendy Laurel extended family session at Baby Beach Lahaina

Maui photographer Wendy Laurel extended family session at Baby Beach Lahaina

Maui photographer Wendy Laurel extended family session at Baby Beach Lahaina

Maui photographer Wendy Laurel extended family session at Baby Beach Lahaina

Maui photographer Wendy Laurel extended family session at Baby Beach Lahaina-28

Maui photographer Wendy Laurel extended family session at Baby Beach Lahaina-28

Maui photographer Wendy Laurel extended family session at Baby Beach Lahaina-28

Maui photographer Wendy Laurel extended family session at Baby Beach Lahaina-28

Maui photographer Wendy Laurel extended family session at Baby Beach Lahaina-28

Maui photographer Wendy Laurel extended family session at Baby Beach Lahaina-28

Maui photographer Wendy Laurel extended family session at Baby Beach Lahaina-28

Maui photographer Wendy Laurel extended family session at Baby Beach Lahaina-28

Maui photographer Wendy Laurel extended family session at Baby Beach Lahaina-28

Maui photographer Wendy Laurel extended family session at Baby Beach Lahaina-28

Maui photographer Wendy Laurel extended family session at Baby Beach Lahaina-28

Maui photographer Wendy Laurel extended family session at Baby Beach Lahaina-28

Maui photographer Wendy Laurel extended family session at Baby Beach Lahaina-28

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Jully – Hawaii Surf and Skate Lifestyle//05/17/2015

I have a thing for the surf and skate lifestyle.  I love both sports, love the people who do them, the attitudes and the look.  I had a little fun with this surf and skate lifestyle photo shoot here on Maui.  My model is Julia Smirnova (@jullysmirnova on instagram) and it was just a typical weekday morning in Lahaina.

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Maui Engagement – Kapalua//05/14/2015

This couple. So in love. So young. So sweet. So cute.

I shot their Maui wedding but I cannot show you yet. Take my word it was breathtaking.

Engagement photography is so fun — just the couple, no timeline, no family, and lots of time to experiment and play.

Its a great time to have fun with taking photographs and getting to know your photography and ending up with some

very special images of the two of you together.

Play we did.

Their photography shoot was also featured on Style Me Pretty here.

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Tropical Bridal Portraits Featured On Once Wed//05/04/2015

I am so happy to share that this fun Maui photography shoot of tropical bridal portraits was featured on Once Wed wedding blog.

I love sunshine, water, blue skies and quirky.  This creative colloboration between myself and A and B Creative and Salt on the Rocks was just so much fun.

shot on Kodak film and developed by Goodman Film Lab.

 

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Why and How I Shoot Film at Hawaii Weddings//04/21/2015

Why I shoot film at weddings here in Hawaii is something I get asked all the time.  All. The. Time.  The simple answer is easy — I shoot film at weddings because I love how it looks. I shoot Kodak film and I find that it gives me the colors of Hawaii that I see with my eye here and does it in a super pretty way.

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Kodak Ektar (35mm)

 

I am not a super technical person. They way I can explain what I see with film that makes me want to shoot it exclusively is Kodak film’s  colors, the depth in the image, the way film handles light.  Film images always draw me in.

I also have fallen in love with the process of shooting film.  For me, the simpler my process is, the freer I am creatively.   With film, I am freed from looking at the camera back, from worrying about the camera settings beyond the basic aperture and shutter speeds.  That simplicity keeps me in the moment with the people in front of my camera and inspires me creatively.

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Kodak Ektar 100

 

People sometimes wonder how I shoot film at weddings as if it was a harder process than digital. But I don’t think it really is.  Here are my go-to’s for shooting film at weddings.

1.  KEEP IT SIMPLE

For the majority of the wedding, I shoot with mainly my medium format camera – the Contax 645.  I also carry a 35mm camera – the Canon 1v with a wide angle  lens which I use for photojournalistic type shots, movement, and some fun portraits.  I also pack 2 back up cameras just in case.  You never know at a wedding what will decide to break.

I have a ton of film cameras that I love to experiment with.  I love my Rollei sl66 and my toy cameras (holga and lomos) and fun and different lenses.  But I pick only one “extra” camera to bring with me to a wedding. And I preload that camera with the film it will need and I usually shoot only 1 or 2 rolls through it during the bride and groom portrait time.  I have found that in older cameras and lenses, using Kodak Ektar film works really well.  The strong colors and contrast from Ektar help work against older lenses loss of contrast.

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Kodak Portra 160

 

2.  MY FILM BAG

I use an old shoulder carry camera bag as my film bag. It has three compartments which I use for the three different speeds of film I will use during the day.  In each compartment, I have a zip lock bag of unwrapped 120 rolls of film.  On top of each bag is an replacement insert for my camera (Contax 645) loaded with that sort of film.  For me, thats one compartment of Portra 160 and Ektar 100 mixed (my daylight outside films).  The second compartment has Portra 800 (my favorite inside or nighttime color film). And the third compartment holds Kodak Tri-x 400 (for nighttime reception shots).  There is also an empty ziploc bag that I use to put in all my shot film.  I also put a couple of spare batteries in my film bag.

On the outsides of my bag are two pockets. In one is Kodak Ektar 35mm film.  In the other Kodak BW400CN and Tri-x in 35mm.  Those are for my 35mm camera- Canon 1v.

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Kodak Portra 800

 

3.  MY ASSISTANT/SECOND SHOOTER

I love to shoot weddings with someone by my side. It makes the day go smoother and I love having someone to chat with and bounce ideas off.  My assistant carries my film bag and reloads the spare inserts for me. When I finish a roll of film, I just turn around and open my camera back, he hands me a new insert and I hand him the insert with the finished roll.  Then he reloads that for me while Im shooting.  Easy. Peasy.  He also shoots here and there as inspiration hits him.

Of course he doesn’t always have to stand right there with me. In slower times of the day, like the getting ready, I might be with the bride and he will be with the guys and I reload the film myself.  But in the busiest times of the day, its especially handy to have his help reloading the film.

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Kodak Portra 800

 

4.  BRING LIGHT

I shoot film all day and all night. So the reception is shot on all film as well.  For night time shooting, I like to bring a variety of lighting tools — 2 video lights and 2 flashes.  The video lights work great for first dances and cake cutting.  I set them up on nearby tables, or one on top of my camera and one held by my assistant while I shoot black and white film.   I have flashes for both the Canon and the Contax and I use those also. Flashes work well for dancing shots and candids.

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Kodak BW400CN 35mm with flash

For me film is all about both the look I an achieve in my images and the process itself. I find myself being much more creative and artistic with film in my camera.  I love experimenting with things done in camera — double or triple exposures, light leaks, super wide angles or older cameras and lenses.  Its really the fun I have with shooting film along with the images I get back that keeps me committed to film.

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Kodak Portra 160

 

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Kodak Ektar film (intentional light leak)

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