I have decided to make Wednesdays about inspiration. Wether it be someone I know, a story I've heard, something one of you shares, a photo I'm in love with or just something that stands apart, I have decided that in the middle of the week, we all need a little inspiration to get us through till Friday. I was expecting to start with one of the numerous images I have in a folder called "inspiration" but this Wednesday is dedicated to someone who no matter what stands in his way, no matter who tells him he can't he always perseveres and at the age of 18,  that is something truly inspiring.

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I LOVE the smell of freshly printed paper, lucky for me,  Mark from Contrast Magazine agreed to meet me while the ink was still drying on the pages of the latest issue titled "Goin' Places." I have to admit I was biting my lip with excitement to finally see "The Love Affair," the fashion story we worked on together last fall in New York. Using talent almost exclusively from Hawaii now residing in New York or there for the shoot, we had a great time "talking story" and running around Brooklyn and the West Village.  With the help of a good friend and THE NEWS 495 Showroom in downtown Manhattan we were able to shoot clothing from amazing lines like CLU, Cheap Monday, Creative Growth For Everybody and always one of my favorites, KZO. 
Yes, I was excited to see my photos but what excited me more was the talent I got to share pages with. Contrast Magazine has some amazing staff photographers as well as contributors for this issue including Dustin Humphery, Zak Noyle and hailing from the North Shoreof O'ahu the always lovely Brooke Dombroski. I am blessed to be in print with such talent and on the pages of such a beautifully printed magazine. If you are in Hoholulu or Tokyo, go get you one, if not no problem, you can still get one here

Im not a huge fan of layers and layers of makeup. I am sure there is a time and a place for it, but that place usually isn't in front of my lens. I much prefer happy, youthful naked faces. So, I asked a few girls to show up with nothing but lipgloss and mascara on their pretty little faces. Then I decided they would style and pose themselves as well. Camera on a tripod I gave the girls free reign to be who they are, pretty, young and happy. Thanks girls. 

Introducing SUGARHIGH+LOVESTONED and the debut collection of "Shop the Shoot Vintage" featuring designer and vintage pieces I have brought home to Hawaii with me from Paris, New York and Los Angeles.

Join us on your "First Friday Art Walk" through Chinatown at ETOWN Studios for art, refreshments and fashion beginning at 4:30 p.m.

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