2.22.18 | Landon McNamara & Mason Pilar at the Maui Tropical Plantation | Maui Music Photographer Nick Ricca

2.22.18 | Landon McNamara & Mason Pilar at the Maui Tropical Plantation | Maui Music Photographer Nick Ricca

Shooting live music is one of my favorite ways to spend an evening. Add some rain to the mix and it gets even better. Last Saturday, Landon McNamara and friends came through the Maui Tropical Plantation for the second stop of their island tour. The venue was packed. The vibes were right. The set was stellar.

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2.10.18 | MAUI YOUTH RIDE THE REUSABLE WAVE | Photos + Blog for REEF

2.10.18 | MAUI YOUTH RIDE THE REUSABLE WAVE | Photos + Blog for REEF

Reef Partners with Rob Machado Foundation to help Haiku Elementary School's fight against single use plastic and impact on the environment. Photos and Article by Nick Ricca.

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1.31.18 | Drone Shots of Big Waves at Pe'ahi | Maui Surf Photographer Nick Ricca

1.31.18 | Drone Shots of Big Waves at Pe'ahi | Maui Surf Photographer Nick Ricca

I recently started shooting aerial photos and video with the DJI Mavic Pro. I'm a bit late to the drone game but I have to say it's one of the funnest ways to create content. I love viewing familiar places from new perspectives.

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1.27.18 | January Recap - Ballistic Missiles, Bomb Swells, Diplo. | Maui Surf & Music Photographer Nick Ricca

1.27.18 | January Recap - Ballistic Missiles, Bomb Swells, Diplo. | Maui Surf & Music Photographer Nick Ricca

2018 is off to quite the start. January has been insane, in ways good and bad. The first and second week was full of shooting weddings with my boss/mentor Chris Evans. He's the top wedding photographer in the state which keeps us constantly working. 

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12.19.17 | Family Portrait Sessions for the Holidays | Maui Photographer Nick Ricca

The holidays are a time for family. I recently shot a portrait session with one of my best friends, Maika'i, and his family. He's the youngest of four boys, and for the first time in a few years all of the brothers are home on Maui for the holidays. We got together for a sunset session and had a great time! The sunset was epic. I love how it shines through the valley in the image below. I'm filling up a few more slots for December, book your shoot today! 

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12.18.17 | Steven Tyler and Willie Nelson at the Maui Songwriters Festival. | Maui Music Photographer Nick Ricca

12.18.17 | Steven Tyler and Willie Nelson at the Maui Songwriters Festival. | Maui Music Photographer Nick Ricca

I recently had the opportunity to shoot the BMI Maui Songwriters Festival. The four day event featured some incredible artists, including Eric Church, Maren Morris, Jon Pardi, and more.

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11.07.17 | Dem Atlas, Brother Ali, and ATMOSPHERE at the MACC. Maui Music Photographer Nick Ricca

This concert was all time! Atmosphere performed on Maui with Dem Atlas, and Brother Ali. The trio from Rhymesayers Entertainment lit up the stage for a packed crowd. I've been a fan of Atmosphere since I was a kid, and was so stoked to see them in concert here about five years ago. To see them again and photograph the show was epic. Good vibes and positivity flooded the venue. Check out a few shots from that special evening below. 

 

 Dem Atlas opening the show.

Dem Atlas opening the show.

 Brother Ali Backstage.

Brother Ali Backstage.

 Brother Ali.

Brother Ali.

 The legend himself, Slug.

The legend himself, Slug.

Behind the Shot: Fire and Ice in Hana, Maui

A couple of weeks ago, Sierra and I adventured to Hana for the day. We got up early, bought some snacks, and headed out. We got to this beach and hung out for a bit, then Sierra got in to swim. It was a beautiful day. We noticed the stark contrast of the blue water and red sand, and I knew it would look unique from a higher perspective. I grabbed my camera, ran up the cliff, and told her to float.. when I reviewed the images and saw this frame, I knew we nailed something special. 

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The New Wave of Surf Photography with Zak Noyle | The Red Bulletin

In February 2015, I was sent to the north shore of Oahu to capture the Volcom Pipe Pro for my sponsor REV'D. It was a week of pushing my personal limits, meeting international friends, and taking in the madness that is the north shore. I was floored to get an opportunity to shoot the final day of the contest in the water, with 3 other photographers out. 3 of the best in the game. It was humbling to say the least, and The Red Bulletin published a piece on Zak Noyle using one of my photos from that day.

Check it out here

http://www.redbulletin.com/us/us/sports/the-new-wave-of-surf-photography-with-zak-noyle

The North Shore Blog - Shane Dorian Takes on Jaws | BILLABONG US

Throwback to December 2014. It was the middle of winter, Jaws was pumping, and Shane Dorian got one of the waves of the day. An occurrence we've grown accustomed to. Check it out on Billabong's blog.

https://us.billabong.com/blog/post/the-north-shore-blog-shane-dorian-takes-on-jaws

"Alright, so Jaws isn't on the North Shore of Oahu, we know that. But Billabong team rider Shane Dorian left the North Shore just a couple hours after losing his Quarterfinal heat the Billabong Pipe Masters Trials to get over to Jaws, so this makes the blog.

Plus, look at these photos and videos...didn't you want to see that anyway?"

Photos: Nick Ricca (check out more of his stuff here)

Maui Lights Up for Hurricane Guillermo | The Inertia

It's hurricane season here in Hawaii, which means rainy weather and swell chasing. Here's the result of a recent storm. 

http://www.theinertia.com/surf/maui-lights-up-for-hurricane-guillermo/

Hurricane Guillermo. It swept by the islands with a bit of rain and wind, but left us with amazing swell, nonetheless. There’s nothing like a little storm to light up the island as we draw closer to the end of summer. I went out with a couple of friends to search for waves and shoot some photos. It was a great few days that left everyone surfed out. I can’t wait to do it all over again.


A Shaper Who Surfs His Own Equipment | The Inertia

Another gallery up on The Inertia, this time on my friend Chaz.

http://www.theinertia.com/surf/a-shaper-who-surfs-his-own-equipment/

"Chaz Kazuma Kinoshita, 18, from Maui, Hawaii is the son of legendary shaper Matt Kinoshita of Kazuma Surfboards. Chaz has been in and around the shaping bay since he was young, learning the art and experimenting with new shapes. Shapers who surf their own equipment are unique in the way that they can envision the board, create it, and then test it. Surfing influences their shaping, and shaping influences their surfing. Chaz’s designs are innovative like his surfing, blending old school style with new age progression. Here’s a little glimpse into the life of an up-and-coming shaper out of Maui."