Archive for July, 2011

July 22, 2011
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IMG 0004w I Love LA... Santa Monica Pier Concerts

You gotta love these LA summers. The weather is beautiful… not too hot, it ain’t humid (like my other two favorite places: NYC, HI), and the sun stays out forever!

Here’s a shot I took while waiting for friends to show up at the weekly Twilight Dance Series concerts. It goes down every Thursday during the summer, at the Santa Monica Pier.

July 14, 2011
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instacollage 1 Instagram + iPhone = Everyones A Photographer

I came across a tweet a few weeks back that said something along the lines of: “Instagram + iPhone = Everyone’s a Photographer”

Is Instagram giving photography and photographers a bum rap? With the iPhone being the most popular camera on Flickr, millions and millions of photos are taken everyday and posted on websites all over the web. Is an ubiquitous camera and a bunch of digital film simulating filters diluting the technical and creative aspects of photography?

If you go to my mama’s home, you’ll find at least 10 photo albums full of photos that wouldn’t have been possible if my pops didn’t always have a camera hanging around his neck. He was the biggest reason for my love of photography… not because he was a good photographer by any means but because he documented pretty much every occasion in life.  With this in mind, how could Instagram be a bad thing when we are documenting everyday life, every single day?

A fun photo filter does not a good photographer make. Subject matter, composition, context… those things still matter. But do those things matter if all you’re trying to do is capture everyday moments? It shouldn’t. And as photographers, I don’t think you need to feel intimidated by people taking more photos. It’s a good thing to be challenged and inspired by other people, whether they shoot with iPhones and use Instagram or with big SLRs and use Photoshop. I think it’s an awesome thing that more and more people are taking pictures and therefore more and more people are appreciating photography.

Follow me on Instagram and Twitter at @YEAHmanh

instacollage 2 Instagram + iPhone = Everyones A Photographer

July 11, 2011
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haylinjimmylifestyle 063 e1312610889508 Lifestyle Engagement Shoot: Haylin + Jimmy = Maddy

Thanks to Lauren from L-4-Love for introducing me to Haylin and Jimmy and their adorable as heck daughter Maddie. Though they’re originally from the islands, school and work brought them to the mainland where they fell in love with LA. Now that it’s time for them to move back to HI, they wanted to do a lifestyle engagement shoot to not only celebrate their love for LA but to also commemorate the renewing of their vows which I’ll be shooting at the Moana Surfrider come February 2012. If you’ve ever cruised Waikiki then you’ve undoubtedly seen this beautiful beachfront hotel. I’m stoked!

You can view more of their story here at Haylin + Jimmy = Maddy

haylinjimmylifestyle 057 e1312610937723 Lifestyle Engagement Shoot: Haylin + Jimmy = Maddy