The photographers at Hawaiianpix want to make you laugh. Instead of letting a camera lens make their subjects feel forced to pose, they use decades of experience to help each person feel comfortable enough to be themselves. The last thing they want is an insincere expression to ruin the beautiful photos they capture around the islands. Shoots center around a variety of sitters, from high-school seniors to newly engaged couples trying to prove to coworkers that their mate was real all along.
The photographers especially love blending Hawaii's iconic landscape with the atmosphere surrounding wedded bliss. They photographed numerous nuptials over the past 30 years—from couples flocking to the island's picturesque beaches from faraway locales, to residents of the area who are unable to experience the stifling beauty of a landlocked, Midwestern state. A talented team employs professional experience to ensure that each bride and groom convey their happiness through photos exactly as they feel their personal happiness.
Signature service: Photography services and education.
Staff Size: 2?10 people
Average Duration of Services: 1?2 hours
Brands Used: Canon, Adobe, Mac
Pro Tip: Be ready to learn and have an open mind.
Photos By Moses's namesake has spent more than 15 years behind the camera. In that time, he's done work for magazines, TV, and a long roster of friends and families seeking keepsakes. Moses continues to snap pictures that emphasize a classic, timeless style, making them perfect for preserving in photo albums or hanging inside any scientist's time machine.
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.
Sears Portrait Studio's original photographers committed their first family photos to film more than 60 years ago, and the studio's digital photographers continue the tradition of taking high-quality portraits at more than 1,000 U.S. locations open today. Each professional photographer completes a rigorous training program before they begin composing and shooting digital photographs, adopting styles ranging from formal portraits to passport photos. Their all-digital system lets customers access their photographs online, where they can add graphics before ordering prints for collages, greeting cards, mugs, and broken-mug collages.