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

Target Practicing…

The red ‘danger zone’ flags flew all afternoon. People listened intently as the instructors explained, in detail, exactly how this activity would unfold. He explained the rules, the reasons and the repercussions.  They explained the mechanics of the firearms.  I took photographs of the group; a few couples, some middle-aged men and women and more than one grandma and grandpa.  And one grandpa seemed to have brought along his two, young grandsons or nephews or neighbor’s kids.

As a photographer ‘a frame‘ automatically appears around objects and people for me. I decide in that moment how I will show you what I am seeing. When my mind and camera are both in sync then I snap the shot.  (Sometimes, I’m right on, but usually I want and/or need to make an adjustment or two with the camera or my mind.)  I want to tell you a story or pique your interest with images.

But, more importantly, I want to capture the spirit of the person, place or thing, after all, isn’t that what tells the story?

These people were empowering themselves, standing tall and straight, holding a firearm, taking aim and firing.  The married couples stood side by side, enjoying the afternoon, chatting and laughing, both pointing a pistol at the sky.

I see a white-haired female with a black rifle butted against her shoulder.  The bullet casing flew behind her. Bang Bang. Why does she do this?  I decide it is better to let her focus on what’s she’s doing rather than interrupt her with silly questions.

When you look at a photograph that tells a story, ask yourself… reality? or a photographer’s imagination?

Enjoy a short slideshow of an afternoon at a rifle range.  In case you’re wondering why I was at a rifle range…  I am a volunteer photographer for the Navy League in Honolulu, Hawaii.

This was a member’s event.

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Thanks for stopping by my page. ~Donna

Donna Welch Photography, Inc.

Capturing the Spirit… of the Moment.

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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.

808-699-4330  ~  www.donnawelchphotography.com

dwelch1432@aol.com

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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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Donna Welch Photography, Inc.

Capturing the Spirit… of the Moment.

808-699-4330  ~  www.donnawelchphotography.com

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.

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!)

Donna Welch Photography, Inc.

Capturing the Spirit… of the Moment.

808-699-4330  ~  www.donnawelchphotography.com

dwelch1432@aol.com


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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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Donna Welch Photography, Inc.

Capturing the Spirit… of the Moment.

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dwelch1432@aol.com

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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.

808-699-4330  ~  www.donnawelchphotography.com

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.