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!
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. On day one, I documented the happy hour kickoff and VIP afterparty that followed. It was a great time. Among those in attendance were Steven Tyler and Willie Nelson. Check out some shots from the evening below!
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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.
Landon McNamara performing at the Maui Arts and Culture Center. Landon and his band opened for Michael Franti, and it was an amazing show. Can't wait for the next one!
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.
Two years ago on October 5th, 2015, Volcom premiered a new film titled "Psychic Migrations." It was the night that really got me fired up to shoot events, especially surf movie premieres. I showed up to the MACC early and nervously walked around the grounds to get my head straight. Before the movie began, Volcom Hawaii team riders did a huge product toss giveaway into the crowd. Every grom in the theatre was rushing the stage, screaming and clamoring for a prize. In the midst of the action, I fired off this frame, not knowing how much of a moment it would be. Volcom loved the final gallery, and this shot made the rounds on social media across various accounts. That stoked me out, and was a turning point for me for working with bigger brands. I recently rediscovered it on Volcom's blog, and thought I'd share. I'm thankful to have had that opportunity, and for where it's led me today.
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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
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.
"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)
It's hurricane season here in Hawaii, which means rainy weather and swell chasing. Here's the result of a recent storm.
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.
Another gallery up on The Inertia, this time on my friend Chaz.
"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."