Passion within Photography

IMG_0092 Love.  It is a driving force… especially with a passionate photographer, such as myself.

Ahhh, being ‘in love’, the beautiful, sensual, fulfilling bliss which fills your heart with a weightlessness within your body and soul.  The cliché ‘walking on cloud nine‘ makes sense, well sort of… what does the nine stand for?

This week I photographed such a couple. They are both military. Yesterday he left for Korea and new wife is on-base here, in Hawaii. I am sure they’ve looked at these photographs over and over in the one day they have been apart.

They are ‘in love’. Their bliss of weightlessness gave me ideas I had never suggested to other couples. “Sit on his shoulders… Can you stand, James? Ashley? IMG_0011 can you stretch your arms out to the heavens?”  They did beautifully and he didn’t stumble once. I knew I would be pushing my limits, and theirs, if I asked her to stand up.  They trusted each other in body and soul.

Many times couples bring their own clothing and I always take some conservative shots to share with mom and dad, younger brother and sister. Then, if the couple wants to spice up the shots just a bit, I take out my props.

IMG_1164Men look handsome and dramatic in an unbuttoned, white shirt and women look very sexy in a long, white silky gown.  Now, put they in the water and you’ll get photographs they will love.  A hand on the tush, a kiss on the neck, a nibble on the ear, a tickle on the side, dripping water from a shell down her chest, pressed against a stone wall, making-out beneath a big, straw hat, silhouettes against the sky or laying in the sand, walking into the water or just playing and laughing. Being within their  intimacy is a delicate business for any photographer, especially when a couple is a bit bashful. They have to trust you completely.

IMG_0163Yes, they ‘re ready to play, but to get great shots, it is important the photographer (me) understands the balance between their freedom and quietly suggesting the position of a hand, the placement of a kiss, the gentle touch against her cheek, the humor to emphasize the sweetness of her smile, the tilt to outline his jaw, the twinkle in theirs eyes. The photographer (me) always needs to know where the sun is shining to capture the image within her mind; the placement of bodies, the use of natural or artificial light, the background, the best lens, the camera settings, her position in regard to her clients, ahh, so much going on in my mind, yet always remembering the most important element of a great photo shoot, IMG_1256the trust between James, Ashley and myself.  It is allowing them space with gentle suggestions, encouraging the loving touches, feeling the love they have for each and blessed they have allowed the photographer (me)  into their circle of bliss.

My heart is as weightless as theirs after the shoot.  My passion for life, for love and for photography has me dancing on ‘cloud nine‘.  Does anyone know what the ‘nine’ implies?IMG_1045

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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Capturing the Spirit… of the Moment.

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Honolulu Zoo… black and white or color?

The Honolulu, Hawaii zoo is a wonderful learning experience for my granddaughter and I love taking photos there, although taking both at the same time is extremely challenging. This little girl loves the  freedom to run from animal to animal with wild abandon.  Boy, this child just makes me feel young and adventurous and a bit wild, too. Yes, she does have some of my blood in her veins.
Lily likes watching the turtles… so slow and boring for such an active toddler, I thought.  Yet, today, she seems mesmerized by the loud, repetitious rock slamming against rock noise.  Drumming? Music connection?  I heard one mother explain to her inquisitive  five year-old… that’s how turtles exercise, sweetie.” 
But the zebras are the winners of her attention span today. She actually sits on a bench, eating her granola bar and sipping from a juice cup.  At first, I thought it was the snack break that had all her focus, but her eyes are glued to the zebras for a long time (relatively, speaking, of course) after the treat and juice is long gone.  (She spilled half of it and then some other toddler picked it up and finished it off.)   She seemed sad and lost in thought as she studied them.  What does a 21-month-old think?  
Black and white.  Color.  What was she seeing through her eyes?
I used my Canon 40D with a 70-200 lens, one of my favorites, as I tried for few shots.  My lens was fully extended, shutter speed 125, f9, iso 200.
It was a beautiful, sunny Hawaiian day, but I was standing under the shade of a tree as the sun created high contrast shadows in the pasture.  Black and white vs. color… both have their own qualities. 
Lily sat long enough for me to take a few shots, then a saw her smile and the twinkle reappear in her eyes.
The boys are already drooling to kiss her. 
Enjoy a few photos… Thanks for stopping by my blog. ~Donna

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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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Capturing the Spirit… of the Moment.

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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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Capturing the Spirit… of the Moment.

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Creative make-up/model = perfect photos

A professional model.  Kimmy Catalina, her work can be viewed on Model Mayhem website.  http://www.modelmayhem.com/2516140 

A professional make-up artist.  Jason, at the Sephora’s Studio in Waikiki location applied Kimmy’s wild make-up.  He did a beautiful job.   http://www.sephora.com

I worked with Cliff Shorter, a local photographer.  He actually invited me to the shoot. Thank you, Cliff. http://www.modelmayhem.com/2136021 

Kimmy is a pleasure to work with, she’s understands the art of modeling, she knows her body, her best angles, her poses, her expressions, the lighting, in addition to being fast at changing outfits, this model is just fantastic.

On the shoot, I stayed behind the main shooter, trying not to get in his way, after all, I was second photographer on this scene.  But, even though I didn’t have full control, I was able to get my shots because Kimmy took the time to work with me as well.  She listened for my camera’s click before she moved her position.  Thank you, Kimmy, Cliff and Jason for all contributing to a beautiful, passionate Sunday afternoon for me.  I was in my glory!

Here are just a few of her photos.  Enjoy the slide show.  Thank you for stopping by my blog  ~ Donna

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Capturing the Spirit… of the Moment.

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Free in Waikiki?

The Ala Moana Center draws the shoppers around the center stage every day at 12:30.  The people start lining up along the walls or sitting down on the floor with the children beside them.  They are waiting for the 1:00 o’clock show to begin… with The Ala Moana Center Hula Dancershttp://www.alamoana.com/Events/Centertainment.aspx.

If you would like to learn more about the history of hula dancing this link is great:  www.kaimi.org/history_hula.htm . I learned a few interesting facts… Did you know that James Cook…

The performers held the attention of the audience with the beautiful art of hula dancing. For twenty minutes, my 21-month old granddaughter sat mesmorized, observing every move… I am sure she’ll be taking hula lessons before too long!  Hmmm?  I wonder if there are grandmother/granddaughter classes?  Now, wouldn’t that be fun?  “Sway. Grandma, swa-a-ay!”  Second thought, it might not be so much fun for her or… it might be the time of her (and yours) life.

Enjoy a short slideshow of today’s free performance at The Ala Moana Center, Honolulu, HI

Of course, after the slide show take your time shopping at any one of the hundreds of stores:  http://www.alamoanacenter.com/Stores/Alphabetical-Listing.aspx

Thanks for stopping by my blog.  ~Donna

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Donna Welch Photography, Inc.

Capturing the Spirit… of the Moment.

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dwelch1432@aol.com

© Donna Welch Photography, 2011/2012. Unauthorized use and/or duplication of this material without express and written permission from this blog’s author and/or owner is strictly prohibited. Excerpts and links may be used, provided that full and clear credit is given to Donna Welch Photography with appropriate and specific direction to the original content.