A Downtown Honolulu Shoot
Styled Shoot – Inspiration Story
"The location of this shoot was in the heart of downtown Honolulu. Definitely not what you see on any postcards of Hawai'i, but it is still part of our home. I wanted to create a colorful setting in an area that is predominantly concrete and bring life and love to the space. The shoot was done in the beginning of December and as most know, Hawaii doesn't experience cold winters, so I wanted to use bright flowers that you normally wouldn't see during this season, to showcase how accessible having an outdoor wedding here is, no matter the time of year. This space is a bar and I think to the normal person you wouldn't expect it to be anything more, but after seeing the exposed brick, the beautiful outdoor space with the live greenery wall and the rustic feel you get from immediately walking in, I knew that it had potential. In the midst of us in a worldwide pandemic and everyday the wedding industry adjusting to our new normal, it is important that we continue to think outside of the box for how and where we have weddings. I love the way it turned out. It makes me happy seeing the colors. I love that colors don't have gender, which is why I choose two men for the shoot instead of women. These flowers could be looked at as more girly, but I love that you have the contrast between the masculine and feminine energy.” - Zabrina, The Gay Agenda.
What are some of the key elements in this shoot?
This styled shoot is predominantly colorful in aesthetic. We gave our collaborators free reign on all things vibrant and colorful. We added a bit of tropical flair with our gorgeous rattan chairs used by our couple. This color scheme lent itself nicely to the overall urban feel of The Tchin Tchin Bar, adding a bit of fun and liveliness.
Is there an overall theme and/or color palette in this shoot?
“Urban Vibrant” is a great way to describe our shoot. The decor and details we chose cuts through the typically grey and cold nature of urban settings. The dichotomy between a stereotypical city setting and our decidedly warm and vibrant decor, is a contrast we chose to embrace.
Why did you choose to use an LGBTQAI+ couple for the shoot? What significance did it have?
“For me, I have found that the LGBTQAI community isn’t as frequently represented here in Hawaii as it might be in other areas of the country. So, it’s really important for me to continue to create styled shoots like this one, in addition to working with real couples for their wedding day, elopement, engagement session or any other reason to have your photos taken! It helps bring awareness and also create a local Hawaii community that is more inclusive. It was also important for us to have a real couple. From a photography standpoint, a real couple will always bring the real stuff, the heat and the love and I'm all for that. We also wanted to show a real life couple as opposed to two models because, well, there is a real LGBTQAI community here in Hawaii, so why fake it when the real thing is here.” - Megan Moura