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 James Anshutz focuses his lens to snap subjects in vibrant settings and often evokes a sense of humor alongside the beauty in his work. Believing that input from clients is key to capturing their most natural selves and any ghosts following them, Anshutz welcomes feedback and suggestions during shoots. Subjects guide the portraiteer with their unique creative and collaborative energies, ensuring each shoot ends with a string of one-of-a-kind photos. Afterward, Anshutz preserves unedited memories of the session on digital CDs and can edit images with basic retouching to bring out the best in subjects and remove all showboating squirrels.
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.
As the oldest magazine in the state of Hawaii, HONOLULU is like a cool uncle who enjoys gourmet cooking, but isn’t above dressing in a Tommy Lee Jones costume to accompany you to haunted houses every fall. With stunning, four-color photography spreads and incisive, well-written stories, HONOLULU delves beneath Hawaii’s natural beauty and thriving culture to find a teeming underbelly of even more natural beauty and thriving culture. Recent issues have featured a rundown of steals and deals, a peek inside Hawaii’s nascent competitive eating scene, and a profile of one of the state’s few remaining commercial egg farms. Get acquainted with the world outside your triple-reinforced steel cube with today’s Groupon for HONOLULU Magazine.
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.