In April I was lucky enough to fly to Kona – not once but twice – to scout and shoot on the lava fields and black sand beaches of the Big Island. Kona’s terrain can be unforgiving: miles and miles of razor-sharp blackened ground, radiating unrelenting heat, that lead to a coastline buried in a thicket of thorny kiawe trees. In the past, it was not my favorite of Hawaii destinations, but I’ve come to appreciate its hidden beauty. Plus the day shooting Kona-native and charmer Paloma Field in the latest swim fashions could not have been more of a breeze. Here are some of my favorite outtakes from the shoot, now featured in HILuxury’s latest issue.
I’d love to share one of my latest shoots, now featured on The Edit Hawaii. Take one visiting Aussie babe, one (semi) quiet shore at sunset, and a bag full of sheer and sexy neutral colored beach essentials and you’ve got yourself castaway magic. It’s a corner of Oahu I see almost every day but never fails to be spectacular. Special thanks to model Alex Kate Knight, a blogger in her own right, for being such a pro and game for anything after a long week of shooting another job!
As 2015 was NOT a year full of blogging (apologies! excuses! regrets!), you may be wondering what exactly I’ve been up to. From fun fashion test shoots to editorial and advertising clients, it was a busy year. I did more travel writing than ever before, with stories about Hawaii such as the new-found popularity of taro and the best food trucks on the North Shore, and got out and about to Miami, Iowa, Kauai, New York City, and Uruguay. Those photos will just have to be shown in the nuevo año!
So here’s to a rollercoaster year of professional ups and personal downs – a year I must say will be difficult to leave behind. Though all one can do is move forward, sometimes all I want is to rewind. Looking uncertainly at the horizon of 2016 ahead, the only thing I can be sure of – and excited for – is it will be full of TRAVEL. Pack your bags!
If you happen to get your hands on a copy of HILuxury Magazine, you’ll see my recent fashion editorials in the February issue. We decided to go a bit retro with our Hawaiian looks, and I was lucky enough to shoot at the gorgeous Turtle Bay Resort and in the banana patch of Kahuku Farms on the North Shore of Oahu. Can’t ask for a better location! See the full stories here and here.
I recently was asked to spend the day with MMA fighter and local Hawaii boy Yancy Medeiros for Vice’s Fightland. Yancy lives up in Makaha, on Oahu’s west side, one of the last uncommercialized areas of the island that’s still a little rough-around-the-edges. It’s amazing how little time I spend up there when I’m home, and it was nice to have an excuse to go to Yokohama’s, one of my favorite beaches. Here are some outtakes from the shoot, and you can read my full article and see the rest of the photos here. (Y si alguien quiere leerlo en espanol, esta aqui.)
This should cause a serious case of jungle fever! I recently shot this “Jewel Tones” beauty editorial in Hawai’i for iMute Magazine. The lovely Megan lounged in our jungle set in a lot of vintage 70s pieces. I hope you like it as much as I do!