Expressions Portrait Design’s portfolio captures families, graduates, babies, and even pets. More than 100 backgrounds unfurl on set, letting subjects surround their poses with almost any mood or theme. After the flash has gone off and the “freeze time” switch has been flipped again, color effects and image editing add more options for customization. All photo packages include standard prints, but custom framing, greeting cards, and canvas images also are available to surround portraits with gallery-caliber fanciness.
In 1988, Natalie Brown-Aiwohi began working as a makeup artist at Headshots Hawaii. A month later, she was promoted to manager. In 2010, after 22 years as manager, Brown-Aiwohi purchased the studio herself and built a new location to house it at the Aiea Town Square. Immediately, she transformed a franchise that had been known for its 1980s-style glitz into a full-service photography studio that captures images of clients just as they are. “After all the glitz and glam, people wanted to look like themselves—they wanted more of a natural look,” Brown-Aiwohi told Pacific Business News in 2010, shortly after the move.
Today, Headshots Hawaii is the only remaining Headshots franchise of dozens that had opened in the 1980s and 1990s, and Brown-Aiwohi’s dream is still going strong. As a partner of the Miss Hawaii Pageant, Headshots Hawaii snaps photos of reigning Miss Hawaiis, drawing on Brown-Aiwohi’s experience as a former pageant queen and model. Photographers also shoot images for weddings, businesses, aspiring models, and airtight alibis, tailoring the style to suit the client. Brown-Aiwohi gives back to the community with charitable work, such as supporting events to benefit homeless teens.
Award-winning photographer Dawn Nash understands that the best pictures happen when her subjects feel beautiful and loved. As the founder of The Romance Specialist, she translates these ideals into precious photographic keepsakes during shoots held at her brand new La Mesa studio. Whether she's capturing traditional portraits or teasing out sultry sexiness during boudoir shoots, Dawn encourages unguarded moments with the help of in-studio privacy and an all-female staff.
Anthony Calleja grew up on the Mediterranean archipelago of Malta surrounded by the rich history of the ancient Greeks and Romans. When he got his first camera at age 11 he used the history of the islands and the flavor of the Maltese people as the inspiration for his photography. It's not surprising, then, that after moving to the U.S. it wasn't long before another group of islands caught his eye. Tony moved to Hawaii in 1992 and he's been sharing his photographic talents with local couples and visiting families alike ever since. To ensure professional production, he employs a photojournalistic approach during all photo shoots and enhances all images through detailed retouches using Photoshop.
Groups of up to six family, friends, and charismatic strangers can strike their favorite poses in one of Fun Pix Inc.'s seven photo booths. Sessions last anywhere from 8 to 20 minutes, owing to each booth's many editing and customization options. A variety of booth themes helps capture the style desired, including the glamorous So Beautiful 3 or the mischievous Love Joker. After printing out the photo sheets, which double as stickers, patrons can sit and cut out their photos to trade with friends. Fun Pix Inc. also boasts a selection of cell phone cases and accessories.
Sleek, artfully composed images. Images that could fit right into any world renowned magazine. That's the kind of photography Greg Heller strives for during all photo shoots. Sessions take place at his professional home studio, or on location where he takes advantage of Hawaii's natural panoramic backdrops. A lifestyle photographer, he shoots action images and portraits, which includes everything from surfing shots to family pictures. He also specializes in product and real estate photography, empowering clients with powerful images as marketing tools.