getting mauied in Hawaii





Been away in Hawaii for a while. Apparently 2 years was the limit on my wonderfully long engagement, I was hoping of stretching it out for a decade or so, but it was not meant to be. So on Jan 12th Karyn and I got married in Maui.
From the beginning we said we would have the wedding outside, we found this great venue, booked it, and the rest kinda went from there. The big issue on our minds was what to do if it rained, I would joke with her, its going to rain, but we will still have fun, or if it rains we will dance in the rain, it sounded very romantic.
Until we woke up on the 12th and it was pissing down outside, which subsequently caused all hell to break lose inside. I was sent to investigate the venue, and after much deliberation we decided to stay the course, with the optimistic idea that maybe the rain couldn't go all night.
It pretty much rained all night, aside from a few brief moments. What was even more surprising was that we did just what we said, we danced in the rain, we had a wonderful time, and it was without sounding to girly about the whole thing very romantic.
I dont have pictures of any of this, I wasnt allowed my camera at the wedding, and we hired a photographer on Maui named Natalie Brown, and I dont envy her working for me. Although I have not seen what seen what she got Im sure she did a great job.
But due to all the rain, by the end of the night we were rather dirty, and the bottom of Karyn dress looked like someone dunked it in coffee, which was a good thing. I wanted to do a trash the dress, she wasnt so sure, fate made it an easy decision.
I threw all my gear in the back of our yellow jeep rental along with her dress, and set out to find a hidden beach. One of the coolest parts of Maui is along the main roads there are all these little unmarked dirt roads leading to little beaches. So we drove along and pulled off at one of them, she threw on the dress and with some assisting from my cousin (thanks Lisee) pulled off a pretty cool shoot while the cars passing by on the main road must have been pretty confused.
So these are the first shots I took of Cookie as my wife, I think youll agree they are pretty great....and shes not bad either.

Brandon




Wow, so awhile ago now, I met Brandon, he was a friend of a friend, yeah that old story. Anyway we started hanging out, and having a beer every now then, which sounds a lot like dating, but I guess thats how it goes when your making friends in dare I say adult life.
Brandon, and again not talking about myself in the third person which is probably confusing because in many blogs I do. He wanted some shots because he wanted to try his hand in acting and modeling, and maybe he just wanted to get away from the wife and kids for a while. Whatever the case I was happy to have someone who wanted to get in front of the lens while I try some new ideas. The shot with the background with holes in, was a found opportunity, as we were looking for a plain concrete wall and found that the light coming through the rolling garage door looked pretty cool. I love a found photo, because you can plan and think out your shots to no end before the shoot, but a found shot, where you just have to make it work around the opportunity, often makes a great photo, because working a situation that you weren't prepared for is what its all about.

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A bit of local culture and observation
Something really interesting is about to happen in Australia, and its got to do with money. Typically speaking, things here in Australia are expensive, especially when compared to America which is in fact the paradigm that I use.
For the last 20 or so odd years the Australian dollar has hovered between .70 - .95 to the US dollar, so one american dollar would buy you about 1.25 of Australian money.
So if you project this onto the prices here which coming from America seem high, and then understand that your dollar is essentially buying you anything Australian at about 25% off, with that discount prices begin to align to the more comparable familiar. Average price for eating out lunch in DC $10-15 bucks, lunch at a cafe here probably $15-23, both prices in native currency.
Assuming that you take 25% off the australian lunch you get a relatively nominal price increase.
Now here is when things get interesting, you would think then Australia is just a more inflated society, so I assume that the normal minimum hourly rate would be in the realm of ours albeit mildly inflated. What I found is that the minimum hourly rate is double that of the US, so the poorest workers in Australia have to work just over an hour to eat lunch in Melbourne, while the poorest workers in DC have to work almost three. Which is great for the people living in Australia, but its terrible for the Australians doing business with the rest of the world, until recently.
For the last few weeks the Australian dollar has stayed pretty comfortable at .95 to the US and yesterday it hit .99 and is expected to reach 1.20 in the next few days. Which means that a mac here in australia costs 2400 and the same mac in the states costs 1600, and I could spend 1300 australian to buy the mac in the states that costs $1600 in US currency. I am very curious how the prices here will adjust or if they will at all, but with the unique situation the Australian dollar will have nearly a double buying power in the states. Why buy a 2400 mac from the store in Australia when for just 200 more you can order two macs and have them sent? A bit of a pain with a lot of a gain. And thats my 2 cents.