Been reflecting back on my photo journey and I came to a realization that I think will resonate with lots of photographers. When I started out with weddings, I entered the wedding with zero expectations because I had NO IDEA what I was doing lol. Of course my experience level was low, that goes without saying. But what i'm stressing here is the fact that I was a truer observer of what was happening. I didn't have any preconceptions of what "good wedding photography" was because I didn't know what the industry standards were. I was there, I observed, and took a photo when something caught my eye. No checklists, no trying to please social media, no molding my clients wedding into a generic, 'just like everyone else's wedding' box. And I think this is something that I have lost sight of the past couple of years. Admittedly, I've entered weddings with an idea of what good vs bad photography was and this controlled what I photographed and what I DIDN'T. While my technical skills have improved tenfold. I've been neglecting the human and artistic aspect. The big question is: When did I love my job more? The former, without a doubt! I much prefer to be present in the moment instead of always thinking about the next shot i'm "supposed" to get. Naturally, i'll be more present, mentally and emotionally. Instead of a chick with a camera and a mental "shot list" that the industry has laid out for us. It will be a truer reflection of my clients day and what THEY VALUE. #oahuweddingphotographer
Just got word that not one but TWO of my recent works got accepted by 2 major wedding blogs! YASSSSSSSS. Guess what i'll be doing for the next few days.....to all my fellow photogs and planners, nows the time to submit your work! Venue: @thetchintchinbar Coordinator: @thegayagenda .co Florist: @vidachicevents Event Rentals: @ambientrentals Event Decor: @designed_with_aloha Dessert: @bakewithaloha Couple: @kaipodudoit & @harleybritt #oahuweddingphotographer #lgbtq
Remember a couple of posts ago when I told ya about a wedding that wanted zero posed photos? This was the one! Well, I got one portrait shot but that was it and it was awesome. This was when I first started out a few years ago. Staci and Kristin's wedding will always be one for the books. #lgbt #lgbtqcommunity #oahuweddingphotographer #californiawedding
LISTEN: Listening is the first step towards actual change. It's clear that we haven't been truly listening and comprehending our racism because, well, it's 2020 and we are still fighting it. If we are truly listening then that will naturally lead into remorse. REMORSE: Everyone who isn't black should feel an extreme sense of remorse. Of pure disgust at ourselves. Remorse at (maybe ) your own racism (overt or covert ), at your racist family and friends, and at our history. I know welcoming these feelings into your mind and heart isn't a nice feeling. No one enjoys feeling bad or guilty, but a few weeks, months or maybe even a year of "feeling bad" is a drop in the bucket compared to the reality that black people have had for hundreds of years. We should feel guilty because we are. I see alot of people quickly glancing over this part and "forgiving themselves" for their own ignorance because they now "pledge to do better". Sorry, but we shouldn't be so quick to forgive ourselves on this issue. Yes it's great that we want to change ourselves, it starts with us after all, but I hope that its backed up with an honest feeling of empathy and remorse. ACTION: Hashtags are great, I even used one on my last post, but we gotta do more. Saying how "woke" you are shows strangers where you stand but how do you show the people in your life where you stand? Do you have a partner, a family member, friend or colleague who says racist shit? Do you confront them? Are your parents or grandparents racist? Do you tell them to change or do you give them the free pass of "it's just their generation." As my career is concerned, we as photographers can show and be more inclusive. When I see photographers posting about anti racism and hashtags, but their feed is 99% white...I get highly suspect. Maybe it's nothing, maybe they just live in a predominantly white town, maybe they just haven't gotten any black clients. But maybe they do get black clients but they just don't post them....WHY NOT? LEARN: I need to learn so much more. I want to know the why behind it all. Why are white people afraid of black people? Why are we still figuring this shit out? Why do we choose hate?
Throwing it back to my all time favorite dance floor moment! You can't stage this stuff, you just have to open your eyes and be there. Yesterday I talked about how wedding photographers toggle between fine art photography and photo journalism. Well, sometimes when the right people find me, they say to me that they do not want to spend any time on "sunset posed photos" NONE ZIP NADA ZILTCH. A few years ago, I met a couple who challenged me to do just this. To be a photo journalistic wedding photographer every single second of their wedding. And I jumped at this opportunity. I was still starting out, within the first 2 years of paying the tax man. I was nervous and didn't quite think that I could pull it off. But when their day came, I found that it suited me quite well. Me, as a person, I don't like being seen. I don't like attention on me, I don't like the spotlight. I much prefer to be me, just chillin, being a fly on the wall, being a wall flower, that's who I am. This wedding taught me that I don't have to be an outgoing, social butterfly type of photographer to find success. But more importantly this wedding taught me that documentation photography holds a certain weight, a sense of importance that posed photos sometimes (not always! ) lack. Maybe it's the historical aspect of it all...meaning, that it anchors the people in a very specific place, time and moment. A glimpse into the past of a very authentic moment. I don't know! I could intellectualize it all day. But all i'm saying is that I like it. And wouldn't mind doing another 100% photo journalistic wedding. Fellow photographers: Can you tell me about a wedding or couple who challenged you? Who asked you to push your boundary and see what could happen? #oahuweddingphotographers
"Art for arts sake." The history of photography is so interesting to me. It began as a medium to document reality in a utilitarian way. For cataloging purposes and even the documentation of the deceased. It's path was redirected when artists began using it as a way to create images "for arts sake." Images that had no utilitarian or photo journalistic aspects. Thus was born the genre of "fine art photography". Photos that were created with the intent of being aesthetically pleasing and sometimes to incite thought or conversation. Fine art photography has nothing to do with the type of camera you use. I wish I could scream this last sentence! lol...a film camera does not automatically qualify the images created as "fine art." It's qualifications are the photographers intent and artistic vision, regardless of type of camera used. As a wedding photographer, I am constantly toggling between performing as a photo journalist (ya know all those actually candid moments ) and a fine art photographer (those bridal portraits that don't attempt to document the reality but solely to create a beautiful image ). A few years ago I even had a couple who wanted a 100% photo journalistic wedding coverage! No posed photos nada, zip, none! More on that tomorrow : ). But the question every couple needs to ask themselves when researching photographers is "HOW do I want my wedding represented?" Workshop @thedreamersworkshop Wedding Venue @waimeaplantationcottages HMUA @kauaiweddinghair Course Instructor @islandreflectionsphotography Models @tarynmari @tylerrodighiero Coordination & Design @aloha_elopements Luxe Rentals @alohafridayskauai Jewelry @whitesandjewelry Shaved Ice @thefreshshave Dining Rentals @kawaiidesignshawaii #oahuweddingphotographer #oahufineartphotographer
The prettiest light at Dillingham Ranch. I dont know what the next 5 years of my life will bring, but I sure do hope that it involves lot of this wedding venue. Coordination @blushbeautystyling Photography: @megan_moura Model: @steffmylife Florals: @dbhemingway Venue: @dillinghamranch @dillinghamweddings Gown: @miyukiliembridal Veil: @overthemoonbridal Hair Accessories: @peachesandloveusa Shoes: @bellabelleshoes
Oh weddings this thing we call weddings. What are they, really? Like really really? What will be remembered? Whose photo will you treasure? With so much time being spent *not photographing weddings, I could reflect on my whole journey. From my first wedding to most recent, the ONE thing that ALL my couples say is that they loved the one photo of (enter name ) crying or that crazy awesome moment where both dads break out in a dance (see photo above, which was @willaskrilla fav photo btw ), or the photo of a loved one who is no longer with us. Of all the photos I take, the ones that are truuuuuly treasured, are those of loved ones. It isn't the flowers, it isn't the lighting, it isn't the colors, it isn't the dress, it isn't the details (lots of vendors might get mad at me for saying this lol ) but it isn't the "things" that occupy space at your wedding. It IS the people, the family, the friends, the crazy, silly, insane moments that only live in memory and now, in photos. And I think that this is something that has gotten lost for some. With all this Instagram/Pinterest "worthy" hooplah that's had it's time in the sun imo, I think now is time to honor THE ONLY people who matter in weddings....the couple, their family and the memories they create together. Weddings are NOT a collection of pretty things, they are a singular moment in both space and time where everyone you love will share a single experience. YOUR WEDDING. So, to all my future clients, know that while I will still capture pretty photos of the details (of course ), my main focus will be you and your family. 20 years from now, you will not say "wow Megan I'm so happy your took a photo of... (insert thing )" But you will say how much you treasure the photo of your parents, siblings, friends and that moment that brings you back to your day. To all my 2020 and 2021 couples, im excited, im sooooooo fricken excited to photograph your wedding.
Missing the downtown scene right now. Some of my favorite places to eat....Encore, Opal Thai, Lucky Belly. What local places to eat do you love and miss right now? Venue: @thetchintchinbar Coordinator: @thegayagenda .co Florist: @vidachicevents Event Rentals: @ambientrentals Event Decor: @designed_with_aloha Dessert: @bakewithaloha Couple: @kaipodudoit & @harleybritt #lgbt #loveislove #samesexwedding #gaywedding #weddinginspiration
Hawaiian elegance at it's best. Workshop @thedreamersworkshop Wedding Venue @waimeaplantationcottages HMUA @kauaiweddinghair Course Instructor @islandreflectionsphotography Models @tarynmari @tylerrodighiero Coordination & Design @aloha_elopements Luxe Rentals @alohafridayskauai Jewelry @whitesandjewelry Shaved Ice @thefreshshave Dining Rentals @kawaiidesignshawaii #destinationwedding #kauai #hawaiiwedding #beachwedding #hawaiilife #kauailove
Post flood, post closure, after new entrance restrictions and 100% easy access for this local girl. This beach was alwayyyyysss alwayyyys a pain to get to. From the parking fiasco that lasted most of my growing up to the driving over roots to find a tiny nook that my car could fit into. This place was a day activity, and most locals didn't even bother. But now...I loved driving up, showing my Hawaii ID and being waved in to find ample parking in a designated lot. Easy access for all who call this home. As it should be.
Ok whose morning routine has all but evaporated since our no work, no schedule life started? (for those of us who aren't essential of course ) There are some days when I don't even have a "morning" lol. I'm not totally complaining because I am not a morning person buuuuut I feel like it's time to change it up. Back to some resemblance of "normal." What are your favorite things to do or eat in the mornings that gets your day started on the right foot? Coffee? Food? Exercise? Meditation? I need a reason to wake up at 7am! Workshop @thedreamersworkshop Wedding Venue @waimeaplantationcottages HMUA @kauaiweddinghair Course Instructor @islandreflectionsphotography Models @tarynmari @tylerrodighiero Coordination & Design @aloha_elopements Luxe Rentals @alohafridayskauai Jewelry @whitesandjewelry Shaved Ice @thefreshshave Dining Rentals @kawaiidesignshawaii
I've got some exciting news... Tim and I have partnered up to create a photobooth company! Im so freakin stoked about it. The site is almost ready but in the meantime be sure to follow my IG account @popupphotoboothoahu for the latest news...and official launch date. To all my 2020 and 2021 brides...I might just be your one stop shop for photo and photobooth!
Soooo I did a thing while in quarantine....started a new bizznass! It's a photobooth! @popupphotoboothoahu . Tim and I have partnered up in this exciting new adventure. If theres one thing this virus has taught us its diversifying our income streams! In addition to this, I'll be launching an etsy shop that has my more artsy stuff...ya know the stuff I'm running out of room to store. Lol. Be sure to check out our photobooth, like, and keep us in mind for your event! Ps...my wedding clients will get a fat discount on their photobooth add-on service.
The beautiful woman behind @whitesandjewelry . I had the pleasure of meeting and photographing her on a recent Kauai shoot/workshop and her portraits are some of my favorite shots. If you're looking for talented locally made jewelry be sure to check her out. Shop LOCAL! Workshop @thedreamersworkshop Rentals @kalea_kauai Design @kawaiidesignshawaii Jewelry @whitesandjewelry HMUA @kauaiweddinghair Models @whitesandjewelry
@revealhairandmakeup has got some serious talent. Serious talent. I mean howwww do you do this casual yet elegant, pony tail??? IDK but it's a perfect wedding day look.