Trade in your work shoes for slippers and join us
Cherokee Star Luker at the Kuki'o Golf and Beach Club, Hawai'i Island
Thousands of miles from the closest bordering continent are the Hawaiian Islands. The surrounding ocean, lush landscapes, and year-round tropical climate all contribute to it's alluring appeal. And yet with rare uncharacteristic flare, Hawai'i is more than the sum of those parts. With each island offering a different magically visual experience, this archipelago is the perfect backdrop of beauty.
Good morning, sunshine
For most of the photo shoots, call time is pre-sunrise. Much of this time is spent on travel, on-location set up and breakfast! This is when the Loco Moco is a definite fave, especially this early in the morning. Our shoots aren't heavy on makeup so, after our MUAs (makeup artists) lightly apply a look that complements, we're set to enjoy that first hour of perfect sunlight going into our day.
Just another day at the office
Well, sort of. On-location, things are a bit different from our standard workplace. Desktops are replaced by laptops and makeup stations are now the back seats of cars. Our cafeteria is a set of coolers, which also doubles as seating, and it's usually stocked with energy drinks, diet soda, bottled water, and an assortment of fruits and nuts.
As for our gear, it's a mixed plate of some pretty standard stuff. We're usually packing 5-6 cameras and lens' with filters to compliment, all sorts of monopods, tripods, video rigs, and reflectors. We're sure to bring along plenty of extra batteries and what we wouldn't give for electrical outlets at every location! Keeping our Nikon glass free of sand and water is daily practice, but that minor occupational hazard is a welcome trade for having the outdoors as a temporary office.
Good working environment
Though you don't always see it in a cropped photo, a good working environment is essential. A connection between the photographer and model is key for any shoot, but the environment is an underrated element which adds to the courtship of the setting. Overall, we try to find backgrounds with pleasing colors and a good workable space.
Work rule #1
Get the shot. It's pretty much the only rule that matters. And to do so, we use our best photography lines like "You're a tiger. You're a sexy lioness. You're clawing through the jungle.' Stuff like that. Yep, zero swag. But, after hours of work and play (and usually before we realize how much time has gone by) the media cards are jam-packed with potential, the lead photographer yells 'It's a wrap', and the day is complete.
Ku'ulei Arruda at the Correa Ranch, Waimanalo