Travel Photography | Hanalei Bay Kaui Vacation

A lightning strike captured from the lanai of our Princeville villa. This was the first big storm of the season for Hawaii.

Just got back from an amazing trip to Kaui. Still getting used to this freakishly bitter cold we’re having in Vancouver. Flew into Seattle on a red-eye Monday, only to be greeted by an uncharacteristically frigid minus 8 and blowing snow! Needless to say, the 35 degree difference between that and the balmy t-shift-slash-no-shirt weather of the Garden Isle was a shock to the system. I’m re-living the magic (and easing back into life on the mainland) through these photos though… plus, editing vacation pictures is a nice way to slip back into the groove after 10 days of minimal computer use. Got to retrain the fingers, ya know!

This trip was our second adventure to Hawaii together, although Robyn and I had been a few times respectively as kids. I’ve always held a special place in my heart for the ‘islands’ ever since I can remember seeing my first Honu (aka Green Sea Turtle) as a youngster, snorkeling with my mum and dad. I’m sure I’m not alone there. Hawaii really is a jewel and it was so good to be back there and in warm water!

There are lots of reasons why this trip was great. It just seemed to be one of those experiences where all the pieces just fell into place. First off, our crew was awesome. A nice mix of new and old friends (thanks guys)! Five of us in total, plus we rendezvoused with a couple other friends who just happened to be in Hanalei at the same time. Talk about small world! Oh, and our accommodation was killer. Stayed in Princeville, just up the road from Hanalei Bay. Totally my new favourite spot. Check out the listing here.

On a sad note, our trip just happened to coincide with the memorial paddle-out for Hanalei hometown hero, Andy Irons. The 32 year old three-time world champion surfer passed away tragically November 2 after withdrawing from a competition in Puerto Rico, complaining of illness reportedly linked to a bout with dengue fever. The husband and soon to be father was en-route back home to Kaui when he passed in a Dallas Texas hotel room.

It was a humbling, yet uplifting experiencing being amidst the thousands who turned out for the spreading of his ashes in his home waters of Hanalei Bay. The pro surfer was laid to rest by his mother, wife and well over a thousand friends and fellow-surfers during a tradition paddle-out in the bay. I snapped a few photos of the event. They can be seen on my Flickr stream or, on the SBC Surf blog.

I could go on for paragraphs, but its late! Time to let the photos do the talking. More TK, plus some fun GoPro surf video from our sessions surfing in Hanalei.

Enjoy-

PS – the photos are in no particular order, as usual. Will add captions shortly!

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Vancouver Wedding Photography | Heritage Hall Wedding

Jes is a bit of a rocker. Ok, a lot of a rocker. Her’s is the first wedding we’ve done with not one, not two… but somewhere north of 5 bands! At least that is where I stopped counting. Needless to say, it was a rock’in wedding.

I’ll let the pictures do the talking for now. Stay tuned and I’ll flesh out the details soon!

-E

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Vancouver Wedding Photography | Tim + Azin at the UBC Golf Course

Leaping into the future with Tim and Azin

Ok, I’ve been way lagging when it comes to posting wedding photos so here we go – a wedding/engagement double-header.

Tim+Azin=awesome. We had a blast photographing these two, along with their fantastic friends and families. First off, the combination of Tim’s Chinese and Azin’s Persian heritages made for one of the most gracious and culturally rich weddings I’ve had the pleasure of attending.

Groom Tim trying to buy his wife a knife during the Persian Knife Dance

The knife dance, or ‘Raghseh Chagoo’ is definitely my new favourite wedding custom! Basically the groom has to buy the knife with which the new couple is to cut their wedding cake. In this case, Azin’s sisters danced the knife into the ball room while Tim plied them with $5’s, $10’s then $20’s. Super fun to watch! I’m sure the sting to Tim’s wallet has subsided by now and I, for one am certainly richer for his expense.

Lets take a step back… waaay back to June and Tim and Azin’s engagement session. We shot this at Granville Island in the Public Market – one of the couple’s favourite date spots. Check out the photos in the flash gallery and you’ll get a sense of the couple’s often ‘quirky’ sense of humor. It was a dream to shoot and I had a blast rolling with their photo suggestions!

In the gallery you’ll jump ahead a couple months to August and Tim and Azin’s UBC Golf Course wedding. The photos are all jumbled together so just sit back and enjoy!

*December update – just added the page layouts for T+A’s gift albums! Each is giving a coffee table book to their parents as a memento from the wedding. Super touching!

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The Adams River Run | A Soundslide for the CBC

Adams River Sockeye

This is the second Soundslide I’ve produced for CBC-dot-ca, the first being Tofino: Surf Town Canada – for the full skinny on that one, check out my last blog entry.

To see the CBC’s version of the story… look no further: The Adams River Run.

Totally different types of story – although both involved being immersed in cold water for extended periods of time.

This piece on the Adams River Sockeye Salmon run – which just happened to be the biggest run the Adams (or any other river on the planet, for that matter) has seen in nearly 100 years – was a blast to produce. It was something I’ve wanted to photograph for years and finally the stars aligned and the fish came home, in the millions. Initial estimates are as high as 7 million and, with the last sockeye eggs settling around Halloween, Fisheries scientists will now be scrambling to release an official ‘total’ return number, likely some time in December. But, the numbers are just numbers. People close to the run – locals, long-time fishermen, old-timers I ran in to along the banks of the river, along with a Fisheries rep and the Chair of the Rivers Institute, Mark Angelo, whom I interviewed for this story, all said the same thing, ‘this years run is once in a lifetime.’

It was amazing being there. I can’t describe what it was like being surrounded by that much life, knee deep in a river as salmon, some alive and many dead. Have a look through the photo gallery after the jump. Below is an unedited version of the Soundslide that will appear on CBC, hopefully early next week.

-enjoy. EM

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Tofino: Surf Town Canada | a soundslide created for the CBC by Evan Mitsui

Tofino local Peter Devries frees the fins during a heat in the Cold Water Classic

Surf, Photos, CBC = Dream Gig

This assignment was basically a dream gig for me. I’ve been wanting to produce Soundslides for the CBC for about 2 years and finally the stars aligned over the O’Neill Cold Water Classic surf contest in Tofino. I’m a huge fan of the Soundslide as a story-telling medium. The blend of stills and audio is nothing new, but the creation of the program by Carolina Herald-Sun DP-turned-multimedia freelancer (sounds familiar) Joe Weiss has fueled a bit of a boom. The L.A. Times and Boston Herald, among other (American) newspapers have really led the charge with this form of story-telling and, with audiences turning from print and traditional broadcast to online sources, I figured it was high time for the ‘ol Ceeb to get on board.

Hit the jump to see my first Soundslide – Plus more awesomeness from Tofino and the O’Neill Cold Water Classic, or click there –> to head straight to the CBC story, Tofino: Surf Town Canada

For us British Columbians, here is the link to the cbc.ca/bc version of the same story.

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The Adams River Run | A Soundslide for the CBC | Freestylephotoblog - […] This is the second Soundslide I’ve produced for CBC-dot-ca, the first being Tofino: Surf Town Canada – for the full skinny on that one, check out my last blog entry. […]