So what, suddenly you’re a photographer

It’s rather funny really. Lately people are started to take notice of my work. They’ve started following me on social media, see my name pop up on their friends pages. These are people who have known me for years. A few of these people are starting asking the same question;

So what, suddenly you’re a photographer. When did that happen?

Let me start off by saying that just because you suddenly started to take notice does not erase my years of photography. I know I don’t go around bragging about what I do. For me its really more of a hobby. A side job, a passion. It is not how I make my living. I don’t go out looking for jobs that involve photography. I did not go to college and study the ways. I have however been taking photographs and learning what it takes to really get some good shots since I was in high school. This was not just some overnight whim. I did not just pick up a camera one day and say ‘hey is this thing for?’

Truth is I’ve been taking photos since I was a kid. One of my first cameras was a canon my father passed down to me when he was in college.

So please, before you question when I suddenly decided, go and google my name. You’d be surprised.

It’s all fun and games until someone jumps into your headshots….

Then it’s just hilarious.

At the recent photo-shoot for The Elephant Man at Manoa Valley Theatre, actress Therese Olival lead the charge to break up the boring head-shot photos and jumped into Cassandra Smith’s photos. This of course opened the doors for other actors to jump in. Group shots can be fun, especially when you have some talented performers who can pull off some fun looks.

Letting the creative juices flow… 

So I think I need to create a photo shoot. Nothing to outlandish. Baby steps. But too many times I’m photographer capturing someone else’s vision. I need to capture one of my own. My costumes, my looks, my lights… Ok so maybe I’ll need a little help from my friends. But I want the concept to be mine. 

Time to pull out the old storyboard…

Date Night adventures

Noi Thai Cuisine at The Royal Hawaiian Shopping Center


The International Market Place re-opening

In our quest to find some great Thai restaurants on Oahu our friend told us about his new work place. Noi Thai Cuisine. Now I know a lot of people have some sort of fear of going into Waikiki. Saying its a big tourist trap. To those people I say, that’s fine, stay away. It means less of a wait time for us who want to eat at some great places. Or you could get over your fears and venture into Waikiki one night. Sure parking can be a little over priced, but hey there are always buses, cabs, and Ubers.

The second part of our night was a quick trip to visit the newly remodeled International Market Place. Hard to believe its been almost 2 years since they shut down to remodel. This is another one of those places people love to complain about. A big tourist trap that locals love to avoid, but then those same people got upset when the shopping center was torn down and remodeled. During our walk around many couples and families were out for a stroll. Looking at the new shops and reminiscing about the former Market Place. It is still high priced shops as most of Waikiki is. But not really that much more expensive than other shops in Hawaii.

Now don’t get me wrong, I try and avoid high priced places often. However I do enjoy the occasional walk through Waikiki.