My mother gave me her Canon AE-1 when I started high school. I then went on to study photography at the innovative Pratt Institute in the heart of Brooklyn, New York, a multicultural epicenter for arts, culture, and design. My approach is about capturing the moment with a creative touch. These images are lasting memories of the happiness and love felt on your special day.
Branches of the banyan tree caught the warm sunset light like large towers of fire. My couple embrace in the eye of the firestorm.
Sneaking a kiss and a "Shaka" in the secret garden. A beautiful moment taken outside the chapel after a lovely ceremony on a sunny day in Hawaii.
A windy day at Waimanalo beach on Oahu, Hawaii. The bride was walking out to the beach with incredible difficulty so the groom grabbed the dress to help her. This image in black and white captures the intensity and solidarity of love these two have while expressing it through the presence of wind.
While walking through the Royal Hawaiian Shopping Center in Waikiki, Hawaii I saw the light falling ever so gently on the wall. The two look off towards other shoppers passing by in amazement of the beautiful new husband and wife.
It was gay pride day in Honolulu, Hawaii and these parade goers wanted to wish my couple good luck. This was a special day filled with all kinds of love.
This banyan tree in Honolulu, Hawaii is a power spot. It reeks of natural energy so I wanted to capture its presence. The couple stands together as the wise tree surrounds and blesses them.
The love this couple has for each other is truly inspiring. They are living apart separated by the Pacific Ocean because their work is so fulfilling, but they manage to remain as close as ever. This shot captures their brightness with a nod to how they seriously will cross oceans to be together.
Waimanalo is a beautiful place perfect for a peaceful walk on the beach with tall trees and the sun shining down. A peaceful day where everything fell right into place. These two had met under difficult circumstances but surpassed it all earning them a meaningful present, filled with love.
This couple was filled with the joy of life. We walked around Waikiki for this shoot after the ceremony on a beautiful sunny day. A lot of people on the street congratulated the couple. They told the bride how lovely she looked, which really created a great mood. As we came up to the surfboard racks the groom immediately made this surf pose and when the bride joined him I snapped this image. I think it perfectly captures how fun it was to shoot in Hawaii and the joy they felt on their special day.
The entire shoot it seemed as if the sun wouldn't come out because it had been a bit rainy. I was using off camera flash as a sort of fake sun to give a dramatic feel to the images. Suddenly the clouds broke and the beautiful orange color spilled across the dark blue sky. I pointed the flash straight at the couple and ran up the hill to capture this image as a perfect ending to our long day of shooting.
For this picture, we had to climb to the top of this large hill, but the view from the top was worth the trek. I knew they would be able to give a great jump scene because the bride is a basketball player, and the groom a coach. The two of them met at their local league. This image captures their bright and exciting spirit perfectly.
Monkey pod trees are very common here in Hawaii, but they are so beautiful. They can grow taller than 80 ft. and live for hundreds of years. I saw this particular tree and knew it would frame the two of them perfectly. The blue sky and yellow sun goes so well with the dark shadows from the tree hanging over the couple. It's as if the tree is protecting them from the rest of the world in this precious moment.