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Greetings from Beautiful Maui Hawaii

Born in Aspen, and raised in Telluride, Colorado, Tad has 
always had a passion for the outdoors and a reverence for the 
beauty of his natural surroundings.

Tad received his first camera, a Nikon FE2, as a high school 
graduation gift. Since then, he has been obsessed with 
perfecting his craft, constantly pushing himself to create 
better, more beautiful images. He began his career as a sports 
photographer shooting extreme sports in Colorado, Oregon, and 
Hawaii.
                 

The transition from Sports to Wedding Photographer evolved  with the help of three things: A Public Relations degree from C.U. Boulder, years of experience working in Five Star Hotels 
and a solid photography background. Tad skillfully blends 
traditional techniques with spontaneous photojournalism. The 
striking quality of his photographs is rooted in the basics: 
clean, simple compositions, a candid eye toward his subjects, 
and the ability to step out of the way to allow the 
breathtaking beauty of the Pacific speak for itself.

Tad prides himself on treating clients like friends and takes an 
invitation to photograph every event to heart. His professional, 
easy going personality will help make your special day relaxed, 
hassle free, and fun. His creative eye, attention to detail, and 
friendly, approachable nature have made him one of the most sought 
after photographers on the Islands. His gift for connecting with 
people and consistently delivering beautiful images will help turn 
your wedding dreams into reality.
             

Monthly Archives: April 2012

Ryan Marries his Angelena ~ Honua Kai Lani Estate

Both Angelena & Ryan are local Maui’ans, so when I was asked to shoot their wedding at The Sugarmans Estate ( also called Honua Kai Lani Estate) in Makena, I knew it was going to be a giant of a wedding. With my assisant Marie-Claude in tow, we were excited to see all the work they had done to have an incredible wedding @ an exceptional location! I had been told that the wedding party was BIG, but I didn’t know it was going to be 26 people! NO problem though, as it was easy & really fun shooting Ryan with all his buds & Angelena with all her (sassy) girlfriends. We were blessed with lots of clouds making the lighting stunning & very soft. LOVE that lighting!
The evening, of course, happened at lightning speed & suddenly is was their first dance. Having practiced lots for it, Angelena & Ryan destroyed the dance floor with HOT move after HOT move. It was a great first dance, with the 200 people in attendance all standing & clapping afterwards. It was also super cool having their cute little dog there as well.
Of course all the little kids stole the show looking extra cute in pictures! I love the shots of the two of them under the arch, but as a portrait photographer I love the character in the guy with the black hat. My VERY favorite image though, (just cause its different), is the very last back lit shot of the post. So dramatic!
My very best goes to Angelena & Ryan on a Gorgeous wedding & a fantastic start of their new life together.
A Hui Ho! Tad
(Special Thanks to Marie-Claude for her excellent photography)

Minister: Al Terry
Photo Booth: Epic Entertainment
Flower: by Angelena & Bridesmaids
Stylist: Sisters & Company
Musician: Alika Nakaooka & Eddie Sabala
DJ: Kai Nakaooka
Caterer: Big Beach BBQ
Baker: Maui Cakes by Ghisalani
Transpotation: The Limo Company
Shoes: Nina
Dress by Maggie Sottero & Allure
Bridemaids dresses: Elly’s Formal Wear
Rings & Dance Lessons by Nancy & David @ Topaz
Chuppa & Chairs by Pacific Isle Rentals
Tent by: Maui Rents