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.
With the natural beauty of the Hawaiian islands providing the scenic backdrop, Bridal Dream Hawaii fills in the rest of the details on couples' big days. The wedding specialists offer packaged and à la carte services such as officiants, photographers, flowers, and transportation for beach weddings, as well as more deluxe add-ons including hotel stays and musicians. Wedding coordinator Robert Hamilton is on hand to field questions and inspire ideas by suggesting scenic stretches of sand for the ceremony or tasty tide pools for the cocktail hour.
Part of the award-winning Romance Specialists, LLC, weddingphotographeroahu.com is the photography site for founder and award winning photographer Dawn Nash who is passionate about boudoir. Based on Oahu, Dawn keeps clients at ease as they explore their sexy side during boudoir, pin-up and/or artistic nude photo sessions.
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.
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.
Susan Page Modeling trains aspiring actors and models, so it's no wonder that its photographers know how to snap artistic photos. Whether clients seek portraits of their babies, kids, or high-school seniors, the staff produces images with flair. Staying true to the business's original focus, they also take photos for fashion portfolios and offer styling beforehand.