Love doesn’t see gender when it comes to soulmates.

Do you remember the last time you looked into your loved one’s eyes… for hours?  Have you ever been so excited to please your mate with a surprise that you walked around wearing a silly grin all day? Do you snuggle so closely together that your breath is one?  Do you share ‘words of love’ only known to one another?  Does your heart ache, truly ache, when you’re apart for any length of time?

Do you believe in soulmates?  Couples that belong together.  They fit together.  Complement each other.  Balance one another. They are enjoying the pleasures of life because of their love. They can finish each other’s sentences and spend hours creating ways to please and fulfill the other.

Can you relate to any, if not all, of the above?  If so, then you know the type of love I am talking about.  Soulmates.

It comes around once in a lifetime, or if you’re extremely blessed, maybe more.

Lory and Hein. They are in love.  It was in the tenderness of their touch.  It was in the way their eyes lingered on each other.  The laughter, the smiles that filled their hearts.  Love ~ it is the most beautiful emotion anyone can experience.

I was so happy to be part of their wedding (officially, civil union) on March 9th.  Although they had to compromise on a few issues regarding their ceremony plans, we had a great time, taking photographs through raindrops and using a banyon tree as a canopy.

Everything went so smoothly, it was as though the ‘doves’ were celebrating the occasion along with us as they fluttered and landed on the happy couple. (I’m sure the malasadas helped).

Soulmates.  Lory and Hein are soulmates. I have a feeling they will live ‘happily ever after’.

Treasure it. Embrace it. Guard it. Never take it for granted.

Enjoy a slideshow of some of their photographs.

Thanks for stopping by my blog.  ~Donna

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Mirror, mirror on the wall… it’s not me after all!

He is Samoan.  He is a man with a heart of gold.  He is my friend.

When I first met him I thought he would be interesting to photograph, not only because of his size and shape, but because of his personality.  I challenged myself to capture his spirit with my camera.

He was initially apprehensive about a photo shoot, but because he cares more about other people than himself, he agreed to help me out.  I assured him it would be painless and promised he would have fun.  We both did.  And since that first shoot a few years ago, we occasionally get together to create and have fun. He has learned to trust me as a photographer and has become one of my favorite models.

This man has no qualms about controlling his own feelings (or his aching back) if it’s in the name of creating art.  His back was aching, his mind was troubled about his father’s poor health and he hadn’t slept much the night before.  All of this, only added an emotional element to the photographs.  Although, I asked him repeatedly, if he wanted to call it quits, he continued to endure my directions, sometimes with a smile and sometimes (I thought) on the verge of tears.  Ahh, a model, a friend, this is a man with an overflowing personality that touches my soul.

Sexy. Sexy. Sexy.  He doesn’t think that he’s very sexy, which only adds to his charm.

Every morning we all look into the mirror to brush our teeth, fix our hair and wash our faces.  We are viewing the least attractive, two-dimensional image staring back at us.  If we just paused through the routines and really looked at ourselves, many of us would find a few flaws (some people find many) within our faces and certainly with our bodies.  So, when someone comes along and complements you… “you’re very handsome”, or  “you have so much sex appeal” or “great body”, we take it with a grain of salt.  “Yeah, sure,”  you may think, reflecting upon the image you see every morning in the mirror.

But, have you seen yourself with your best side exposed to the camera?  Have you seen yourself as others see you in everyday activities?  No, you probably haven’t.  This is where the beauty, the sexiness, your individual spirit rises and can be captured with photography.  This is how the world sees you.

You are not just the mug shot shaving your face in the two-foot wide mirror.  You have so

many characteristics that are beautiful; perhaps it’s the way you tilt your head or raise your eyebrow.  Do you do that in front of a mirror?  Perhaps it’s the concentration expressed on your face as you braid your hair.  Or did you know that whenever you bring your chin down just a bit, your cheekbones create an air of authority all by themselves?  Do you know when you laugh your eyes twinkle?  And when you play the role of a clown, as you often do, your antics are hilarious to watch.

All of this personality, all of this character, everything about you, is visible to my camera (yes, even though the stained glass).

This shoot was sexy and creative.

Spending time with you was great, and capturing that time, was even sweeter.  Thank you, my dear friend.

Thank you for stopping by my blog.  ~Donna

Please, enjoy a slideshow of some of our shots.

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This family is love.

Her dark brown hair is halfway down her back with a flower of a bow on the top of her head.  The white, transparent ribbons curled around and around with little white stars scattered about (must be super-glued on). She looks like the perfect, little gift for this family.  (A child obviously couldn’t have selected a better family. That is, if you believe there is a possibility that we might have a say in it).

People have many different beliefs and just as many explanations why life unfolds the way it does.

A gift was given to me on this family photo shoot.  A gift they shared with me, whether they knew it or not.

This couple’s first child is now a handsome, young man at the age of twelve.  Not only does he have good looks; he’s very intelligent, which goes without saying, he’s inquisitive (already taking college courses)!  He’s witty, definitely high-energy… he cracks me up.  His laugh is spontaneous and… extremely contagious.

We went to the botanical gardens to do the shoot.  It was overcast and I hoped the rain would hold off for an hour or so, the weather is prone to afternoon rain on the windward side of Oahu during the winter months.  This spot is a magical place for me, it is where I come whenever I have time to get lost in nature (with my camera, of course). I knew, without saying, this was the perfect location for this family.

She flew through the air (her father the wind beneath her wings). She decided to make me work for her smiles, as three-year-olds often do.  With her wings attached and her fairy dress in place we played peek-a-boo behind a tree, she blew bubbles and she held onto my granddaughter’s little red monkey.  Her smiles came naturally.

This couple’s love for each, for their family, are high intensity waves, a spiritual energy that embraces anyone within its radius (at least, that’s how I felt). So, if you were within that energy zone day and night, every day of the year, wouldn’t you feel wonderful about life? (at least most of the time)

The children were so ‘comfortable’ with their parents… (hmmm, I guess that isn’t the word I want to use). Comfortable. Secure. Understood. Needed. Appreciated. Respected. Supported. Wanted. Nurtured. Loved.  This family is love.

From the playfulness of their 92 year-old tutu expressing her love to her granddaughter and her great-grandchildren to the antics of mom and dad trying not to laugh as they held their lips mere fractions from each other, careful not to kiss, this shoot was special.  I wish we could have continued the shoot until the little one got overtired and cranky, tutu had enough and overdue homework needed to be done… maybe, maybe… no, I am sure love prevails in their home throughout the daily hiccups of life.

This was a gift to me.  Love is a wrapped in all sizes, ages and personalities… always regard it as a gift.

Enjoy a slideshow of some of the moments we shared.  Thank you for stopping by my blog.  ~ Donna

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Silhouettes

As the sun sets below the horizon, the people in Hawaii stop and take notice. If you stand  far enough back, you’ll see cut-outs of human forms in the panoramic view before you.   Scanning the beach you’ll see the surf instructor playing, “one, twoooo, THREE…” impressing yet another sweet, naive tourist by flipping her up from the ocean.  Take notice, ladies, for good or… for bad (girls :)), the beach boys are still alive and well in Waikiki.

It’s a shame this couple isn’t enjoying the sunset behind them… (or maybe the sunset is enjoying playing its magic on them).

Everyone has a spirit within them, in some shape, form or fashion. In Waikiki, the sunsets allow you to stand quietly and reflect upon the day, (unless you’re a young tourist or a beach boy).

From where you are standing, let your eyes travel the edges of the cut-out.You’ll create his character by the strength of his stance, the way he rests his hands on his hips, and the tilt of his chin.  Without a doubt, you know this man has the softest heart, but holds a firm stand on his beliefs. This man would definitely be a good friend (if only he would schedule another photo shoot with me!)

It’s another beautiful sunset on the island of Oahu. It is another evening that people will stop and take notice, reflect on the day’s events (the good or the bad :)), chose which to toss into the ocean and which to hold within their spirit. This is nature’s beauty in true form.

Thank you for stopping by my blog.  ~ Donna

(This is where I should insert a slideshow of some of the most beautiful sunsets I have photographed in Hawaii, but I’ll save it for another day… I hope to keep you coming back!)

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A Hawaiian Playground

I was blessed to have my 21-month old granddaughter with me today. All day.  This is heaven for me.

Being a grandmother makes aging all worthwhile.  It’s the icing on the cake of motherhood; it’s the ultimate satisfaction to know it was all-worthwhile.

This little girl and I are going to have a wonderful relationship.  We already do. She gives me a purpose in life (beyond my own survival).

She makes me feel so young and carefree. We can play for hours, but when she lays her head against my chest to fall asleep, it’s magic.  This child believes that I am a wonderful grandmother… and because of that…  I brought her the park today.

Oh, she loves me all right, but when I’m out-of-sight, I’m out-of-mind, the minute she spies other kids to play with, she leaves me in her dust.  Now, add a playground into the picture and she’s in her moment of glory. Playing, Running. Laughing, Climbing. Sliding.  All this, and other children, too!

Today, I was left in her dust. When her father arrived to pick her up, she began to run to him, stopped mid-way, debated a moment, then shrugged her shoulders before returning to the playground.  Can 21-month old babies have this much reasoning?

A neighborhood family was at the park when I arrived. They had two children and a dog with them.  The older boy was off playing in the sports field, but the three-year-old girl and my granddaughter became friends.  I asked the parents if they would mind if I took some photos of their children, which eventually, included them.  It was easy to see why this family is so strongly bonded, their love for each other and their children was apparent.

Children. I just love them. These little human beings are constantly learning from everything and everyone around them.

Other children came and left and she played ‘monkey see, monkey do’, all the while forgetting that she’s the baby on the set.

Some of the children asked me to take their photographs.  It makes them feel special.  Boy, we could all learn a lesson from that… if you aren’t feeling special, what should you do?

Have fun and leave the photography to me!

Enjoy a slideshow of the children at play.

Thanks for stopping by my page ~ Donna

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Sexy and sweet… Married?

Ena.  She grew up in Hawaii, but now lives on the mainland with her husband and two children. They weren’t able to join her on this brief trip to Oahu, but according to Ena three days without them is too long.

Her daughter had already planned a ‘coloring day’ as soon as mom returns.  Ena’s large brown, almond-shaped eyes twinkled as she spoke about them. Her Filipino heritage is obvious in her beautiful features.  She is sexy, sweet and, unfortunately for all you single guys, married.  Yep, lucky husband and kids.

Ena wanted to wear an Hawaiian cultural outfit; grass skirt, flower leis and shells.  I wanted to capture her beauty and the beauty of Hawaii as one spirit, as it is obvious that her spirit will always be in Hawaii, wherever her travels take her.  I am sure she will return here as often as she can. Hawaii will always welcome her back (as well as all her cousins).

She was careful not to expose too much of her body while we were shooting. I knew her husband would appreciate a few shots that he could frame and place on his nightstand or carry around in his wallet. If Ena wasn’t going to add more visual interest willingly, I guess I had to just prompt her… “Ena, give me a little more thigh in this shot, please?”  Or, “Ena, these are for your husband, so give him (my camera) a sexy look… sexier…. sexier…. ahh, that’s the look I wanted. I’m sure he knows that one.”  Great.  She easily followed my directions and giving directions is pretty easy for me, too. 🙂 Sorry, readers, those photos are  for his eyes only).

Oh, I remember when I was sweet and sexy, but didn’t believe it… I just couldn’t be, could it?  Nah,, not me.  So, instead, I played a proper, young lady of my generation. I played sweet and left the sexy out (well, truthfully, there were occasions when I pretended to be sexy in my own way).

Today, I tell the all young women; “love yourself, your body, your beauty and youth.  Love it, flaunt it and enjoy it completely because you won’t have it forever”.  

I hope you enjoy a few portraits of Ena having fun on a beach in Hawaii.   Thank you for stopping by my page.  ~ Donna

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Ala Moana Beach Park, Honolulu, Hawaii

On a beautiful Sunday morning in Hawaii I drove into the city to pick up some prints at Ritz Camera at the Ala Moana Mall (they are my preferred choice of photo labs in the area).  Unfortunately, they didn’t open until 10 and I had a few minutes to wait, so instead of sitting in my car, I went across the street to the Ala Moana Park.  http://www.ritzpix.com

On a beautiful Sunday morning in Hawaii the spirit of the Ala Moana Park was buzzing with activity.  As I walked along I would stop here and there to take a photo (of course, I never leave home without my camera, I am a photographer, after all).  People of all ages, sizes and personalities were out and about exercising (a group of women were walking their teammate across the beach as they held onto their ankles and teammate walked on her hands!) walking on your feet 🙂 , jogging, running, bicycling, swimming, surfing, rowing, and  whew! boogie boarding.  Thank goodness, they have showers!

Then there were the leisurely folks, relaxing with a good book with their feet propped up on a park bench (pass the clippers, please), the sunbathers on the beach turning their skin brown, (but not burnt), and some just sleeping on the lawns (the homeless are safe here during the day, at night the lawn sprinklers ruin their mattresses). Some people drove around in little things that looked like m+m peanuts, one green, one yellow. Yes, they do allow this mode of transportation on all major streets and boulevards, avenues and mountain passes. They are not allowed on the highways, (whew ~ that’s good, because Honolulu’s traffic is very congested; especially during rush hours)http://archives.starbulletin.com/2008/06/18/news/story02.html

Activities ranged from fishing, snorkeling, scuba diving (I think this is where scuba diving class 101 is held), and I saw more than one family playing badminton and kicking a ball around with the kids.  Ohana is very, very connected in Hawaii. (Ohana is family, if a local family likes you very, very much you will be part of the Ohana, too). People had coolers, beach toys, barbeque grills, obviously plenty of food, canopies to shade tutu and the babies.  There were balloons (all shapes and sizes, colors and probably personalities, too) for the keiki’s birthday parties (it looks like you have to come early to stake your land claim) with a very, big inflatable, bouncy palace.

The scenery is fantastic, nature at its best; with birds (doves, pigeons and I’m not sure about the big birds with the orange eyes, but I’ll google it. The guys rowing the outriggers are fantastic, too.  And I mustn’t forget I made friends with a couple of crabbies.  I named them Sister Paul and Alice (funny story for another day).  Oh, look, over there, a young couple in love,  getting married.  So sweet.

On a beautiful Sunday morning in Hawaii, I photographed people enjoying a Sunday morning in Hawaii.   I wondered if everyone felt as blessed as I did.

Enjoy the park through my eyes… next time I’ll stay longer than a few minutes.

Thanks for stopping by my page.  ~ Donna

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