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.
On Friday the 12th I shot an event for Reef at Haiku Elementary School. Reef and a few other brands in association with the Rob Machado Foundation installed three brand new water fountains for the kids. The purpose was to provide them with clean drinking water and reduce the prevalence of single use plastics. Each student was given a reusable water bottle and it was epic. I wrote a blog post for Reef as well and will be sharing that soon when it's released. I love supporting events like this that impact our community in such a positive way.
Saturday the 13th was a shocker. I woke up at 8am to my phone ringing an alarm. "BALLISTIC MISSILE THREAT INBOUND TO HAWAII. SEEK IMMEDIATE SHELTER. THIS IS NOT A DRILL," read the message. It was crazy...it's weird to think you may be living your last minutes on Earth. Later that day Sierra and I ventured down to Jaws to see the kind of bombs we welcome here. The waves were firing, and it felt right to spend the rest of that day doing what I love.
I woke up at dawn the next morning to shoot Jaws again with my friend Marc Chambers. He's an incredible surf cinematographer/creative and you should check out his work! The waves were better than the previous evening but a little disorganized. We had a good time. After a few hours I went home to recharge for the evening; shooting Diplo's concert at the MACC.
I'll be writing a separate post about Diplo, that concert was one of my all time favorites Thanks to my friends at Hawaii Camera for shipping me the Canon 85 1.2L lens so quickly for the weekend. I rented it specifically for the concert and it's a beautiful lens. Im so stoked on the photos and for the opportunity to shoot this artist.
What a month. More to come. Thanks for tuning in!