In the height of the summer in Maui I was asked by Melissa of Opihi Love to shoot a bridal editorial at the Haiku Mill. The ice block floral centerpieces were a beauty to behold. The bride was made up by Cynthia Rose of Kipona Aloha Beauty and she wore beaded dresses by Salt on the Rocks. Darren Ho brought the icy decor to life and Set Maui bedecked the table.
Last fall I went to Europe for the first time since having kids – so I suppose it was an 8 year dry spell. It was incredible to be back and to spend a few days with the women of Cosmos in Tuscany photographing some incredible European talent like Fluida Designs, A la Robe, Naturae Designs, Daphne Newman Designs, Luna Bea Bridal and Puscina Flowers along side Lelia Scarfiotti. I cannot wait to go back next year.
I had the chance to work with Belle Destination Events in creating imagery to promote a new wedding venue on Maui’s north shore close to Paia. This is an oceanfront private estate on lush land bordering a private beach and even boasting a saltwater lagoon and little waterfall and natural rockwork. Our team of creatives included Shaunna Nygren as stylist Mandy Grace Designs for florals and and MeiLi Autumn Beauty for makeup & hair. Adorn Company supplied custom dyed linens. The two wedding dresses were by Rue de Seine Bridal. Glassware by Set Maui. Calligraphy by Alannah Rae.
It was raining in the greenhouse at FEAST HQ but we were set on using the wood table which wouldn’t fit in the house. Turns out the rain deepening the shadows and reflecting light on the wood surface was a beautiful thing. I actually don’t drink alcohol but if I did I know this would be up my alley — in fact, learning that only alcohol can really pull the essences of rose and citrus etc into an infusion made me a bit sad. But it was beautiful to watch it happen and to see Garnish Craft Cocktail Catering at work. Feast Hawaii hosted and styled this shoot for the upcoming Feast to be held at Maui Montessori School.
I shot this little editorial in Kula as a promo for Feast Hawaii’s winter Feast calligraphy workshop held at Driftwood Maui. Alannah Rae Calligraphy is featured here writing out the recipe for chocolate lavender pudding recited by Amanda. Drool. You can see more of the shoot here including the video by Wade Robson Creations.
It’s too bad that not many people who visit Maui ever discover upcountry. I love shooting up here — I adore the beach and the ocean but this is just a different world and where I happen to live (in Kula). Here is another collaboration with my friend Amanda of Feast Hawaii. It started off as a promotional shoot for the up and coming Spring Feast event and then a vintage wedding dress came out of Amanda’s room and onto Lucy and a bouquet was made with the local elements on set and we made some very upcountry Maui portraits of her. Styling and florals were by Feast Hawaii, Hair and makeup were by MeiLi Autumn Beauty and the flowing silk ribbon is from Adorn Company.
My friend Amanda knows I love to collaborate at the Feast Hawaii Headquarters and on this occasion I got to photograph her making a bridal bouquet for her about-to-be sister-in-law out of largely foraged local components. The loquats, in fact, came from my yard. 🙂 Most of the portraits here, though, are of Reba from Spruce Studio who is a Maui florist and flower farmer upcountry. We wanted to get a portrait of her in her element for her birthday invitation. I’m so lucky to have these women as neighbours and friends. Aren’t they cool?
It’s nice to move to an island and find one’s self among some very creative people. I’m lucky to live right next door to Amanda Robson the creator of FEAST HAWAII which is an event series pairing visionary chefs with inspiring artistic experiences. I had been here about a month when Amanda invited me over for an impromptu photo shoot to promote the Dreamer’s Feast for January. It was just a few photos snapped and some glitter tossed in the air under some loquat trees but it was the start of me feeling more at home here. It felt so good to be useful and work & play with other people after weeks of doing nothing but setting up the basics of life and battling some kind of cold virus. I was lucky to work with Amanda on the promotional shoot of the Spring Feast as well. A small team of us walked into a forest reserve with some makeup, a ladder and some wardrobe options. A very cool way to meet the talented makeup artist Ry-n Shimabuku who applied a mask of local flowers on dancer Alannah Andersen who danced a tribute to spring for at the start of the latest Feast. The gorgeous Lei po’o (floral crowns) you see were created under the direction of Ocean Dreamer Florals of Oahu. Although Feast Hawaii happens at different venues these two events were hosted at Lumeria Maui which I love for its plantation style paired with Asian art and moody tones. Wherever the Feast transpires, I’m looking forward to Feasting my senses again.