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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.
             

Category Archives: Jewelry

Royal Lahaina Hotel + Kapalua Beach on Valentine’s Day!

Talk about excitement to say those magical two words ” I DO”! Nicole was just beaming from ear to ear from the moment I met her to the very end of the evening when we finished. The weather of course was just about PERFECT, & of course The Royal Lahaina had the perfect wedding location over looking the beauty of the Pacific Ocean. Kimo was the officiant & as always had them (& me), cracking up with his dry humor. Afterwards we left the hotel to find some intriguing places to shoot at. Found that “Intriguing place” in Kapalua with those Gorgeous trees. We continued our “photo trek” down on Kapalua Bay & mother nature delivered one “Perfect” sunset. Was such a pleasure working with them & capturing their love in pictures!
Thank you so much for letting me be part of your most special day! Aloha Tad

Coordinator: Jennifer Urig, Event Coordinator, The Royal Lahaina Resort
Ceremony Site: Villas Lawn, The Royal Lahaina Resort
Reception Site: The Royal Ocean Terrace Restaurant, The Royal Lahaina Resort
Hair and Makeup: Soleil Luna Salon
Officiant/Minister/Pastor: Rev. James (Kimo) Kirkman
Wedding Dress Designer: Casablanca Bridal
Suit Designer: Calvin Klein
Beach location: Kapalua

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A Gannon’s Affair in Wailea.

Rebecca tried to cancel her first date with Geoff because she was too nervous (and the season finale of The Bachelor was airing). She told him she was too busy and tired but he convinced her they would just meet briefly since it was a work night for both of them. They made it home around 3:00 am after talking on a bench by a lake all night. Geoff eventually proposed on that same bench a little over a year later and the rest is history!
Just two years later, they said their “I Do’s” to each other at the stunning Gannon’s Restaurant overlooking the Pacific Ocean! With their family & a few closest friends, they united as ONE and had blast along the way!

My very best to Rebecca & Geoff. Have a Fantastic life together! Tad

Wedding coordinator: Nicole Schindler
Ceremony site: Gannon’s Pacific View Restaurant ( lower wedding knoll)
Reception site: Gannon’s upper pond
Hair and makeup: Salon Grande – Grand Wailea Hotel
Officiant: Valentine Rosete
Wedding shoe designer: Kenneth Cole
Wedding dress designer: Galina Signature
Jewelry: Gifts from friends
Musician: Tarvin Makea
Caterer/cake: Gannon’s Restaurant, Wailea, Hawaii
Groomsmen apparel: Jos. A. Bank

May 15, 2012 - 11:37 AM Tad - Thank you very much Brandi.

May 8, 2012 - 4:42 PM Brandi hodges - Tad, your pictures are phenomenal! You have an amazing talent to capture beautiful details in priceless moments.

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

Hannah & Tim’s ~ Their Perfect Wedding at Olowalu Plantation House

Upon arrival @ The Gorgeous Olowalu Plantation House, we were treated to a stunning venue put together by White Orchid Wedding.
The “rustic look” white flowers arrangements were very beautiful on all the tables ~ specially all the details on the vases!!! They had a hint of light pink and so many little details that were to die for!!! The arches, the wedding dress, the bridemaids dress, the dress hanger ( marked “bride” in metal) the sparkle shoes, her something blue, the groom colored socks, the delicious cake, the pink table clothes, the bouquets and the two little flower girls with their crowns… everything was perfect. Really!
They also had that BLUE~BLUE sky that we all love so much because it makes the prettiest background on all photos!
With all of Hannah’s bridesmaids hovering around making sure no details were overlooked, Hannah just looked radiant!
Hannah’s parents walked her down the aisle with tears in their eyes. It was very touching! Of course the little flower girls had to steal the show for a while, being “EXTRA CUTE” in front of all the guests.
Tim had a traditional breaking of the glass & sweet kiss to seal the deal. Very beautiful ceremony I must say! Maui again delivered a beautiful sunset! I especially enjoyed the fire show put on by Manutea Nui E. Wow! Was it ever AMAZING!
Congratulations to Hannah & Tim!
Enjoy the pictures & thank you much for letting me a part of your special day!

Wedding Coordinator: Bernie Freitas of White Orchid Wedding
Florals: Teresa Sena Designs
Caterer: Cafe O lei
Bartending Service: Maui Bars R Us

Manutea Nui E

A Dream Wedding at Paradise Point

Laura & Chris had been working with Vicky of Dolphin Dream Weddings for quite along time to put together a beautiful wedding for them. The day of their wedding was just that. BEAUTIFUL! With little clouds rolling through every few minutes, the light was constantly changing creating the perfect backdrop for Laura & Chris to say their nuptials.
Having connected with them right away, it was a day filled with candid moments with just about everyone there…either laughing or crying.
Especially Laura’s sister (in a green dress) who could not hold back the tears of joy that came over her throughout the evening. Their close friend became officially authorized by the State of Hawaii just to marry them. Truly an amazing wedding & amazing couple & I wish them the very, very best. Tad