• Aloha and welcome to the blog

    This is supposed to be where you can keep up with some of my latest work and see images and projects I am working on. However, I need to improve on keeping this blog somewhat current. Sometimes it looks like my blog is withering off to Never Never Land. Posting images and writing blog content is NOT one of my strengths, so please forgive me for not keeping you all up to date. I am often in Honolulu and Los Angeles shooting for some amazing people, pets and organizations. Feel free to shoot me an email at 105,110,102,111,64,103,97,121,108,97,101,108,105,122,97,98,101,116,104,46,99,111,109,46.moc.htebazilealyag@ofni

    I love the artistry of photography and am ridiculously attracted to images that speak volumes with no text. I've photographed celebrities, entrepreneurs, artists, products, food, real estate, moms, dads, brides, grooms, babies, pets and more. If it exists, I will shoot it. Follow this blog for a mix of everything and feel free to visit my portfolio on the "official" photography site www.GaylaElizabeth.com.

“Persistent people are able to visualize the idea of light at the end of the tunnel when others can’t see it” – Seth Godin

To say I’m persistent is an understatement.:-)  There is always a light.  You have to believe…have faith and trust that things will always work out.  Although my photo of the Diamond Head Lighthouse may not be at the end of a “tunnel” to match the quote above, it still is symbolic of remembering the importance of knowing the light is always there, tunnel or not.  If you don’t see the light, visualize it as Seth Godin says. The light is always there.





Aloha all. My blog has been virtually extinct for a couple years due some various time consuming things occurring in my life.  I hope to share and get everyone up to speed in the very near future, so stay tuned!  My blog was actually offline since 2014 and while I was editing a recent photo shoot, I felt compelled to blow the dust off and get my blog back online to share this amazing story.  In actuality, I think it will be good to reconnect with the world as I start to share on my blog again.

I had the privilege of photographing Island Pacific Academyʻs 9th Annual May Day Celebration on Friday 4/29/16.  The theme was Nā Hulu Kūpuna (cherish our elders) and the school celebrated with a full Royal Court and this yearʻs May Day King & Queen were absolutely stunning.  Upon looking at May Day Queen Kasey Nunies through my lens, I thought she was wearing a Niʻihau shell lei. Upon zooming in, I recognized she was actually draped in fresh pikake. (My absolute favorite flower lei). Come to find out there was a story behind the amazing 47 strand pikake lei that beautifully hung around her neck as she graciously lead the court by dancing hula to Pua Ahihi.  47 years ago, her grandmother was crowned May Day Queen and just so happened to dance the same song as Kasey did. The 47 strands represented the years that lapsed since Kaseyʻs grandmother walked her Royal Court as May Day Lei Queen. When I heard that story, I felt compelled to get the blog back online and post a handful of my favorite images of the event.

As a Native Hawaiian, I am extremely proud of my heritage and all that encompasses our beautiful Hawaiian culture.  Seeing that pikake lei was breathtaking and I felt the need to share with the world. You can read more on IPAʻs website by clicking HERE.


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Elementary Students happily walk down to present the Hoʻokupu to the Royal Court 20160429-19PINIMAGE

King and Queen Attendants happily receive the hoʻokupu presented on stage.

may day moi wahine kanePINIMAGEThe May Day King and Queen Kasey Nunies and Andrew Labaczewski proudly walk down the aisle as the celebration begins. may day king queenPINIMAGE

Mōʻī Wahine and Mōʻī Kāne made a spectacular entrance with their floral leis for the May Day Celebration.


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Kasey dancing to Pua Ahihi, the same song her grandmother danced to 47 years ago when she was also May Day Lei Queen kasey-nunies-hulaPINIMAGE

The beautiful pikake strands delicately swayed as Kasey danced for the crowd.

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King Andrew Labaczewski watches as Kasey Nunies leads the wahine in hula. kupuna looks onPINIMAGE

Kaseyʻs mother and grandmother proudly watch her alongside many of the other Kūpuna in the audience. may day lei queen pikakePINIMAGE. hula handsPINIMAGE

There were hula performances from students, staff, faculty and Kūpuna. ipa may day ʻohanaPINIMAGE

Kumu Momi and her daughter Makana happily stand next to Ruth Babas and the rest of the IPA ʻohana.

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Each flower was strung by Kaseyʻs ʻohana for the special celebration,  producing the beautiful 47 strand pikake lei.

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Kasey Nunies proudly stands between her mother and grandmother, all leiʻd with pikake flowers. kasey grandmotherPINIMAGE

Kasey Nunies and her grandmother embrace after the celebration was over.


Jamie must’ve had the easiest pregnancy of all time. Her maternity pics were shot just a few weeks before she gave birth. And, during our photo shoot, little Ms. Jamie was running up and down stairs, trotting around, getting up…getting down.  You would’ve never known she was over 36 weeks pregnant. I’ve never seen anything like it.

I’ve been so behind in blogging that I’m combining 2 posts into one. Here are a few of Jamie’s maternity photo session and the newborn shots of her precious baby girl, Peyton. Peyton was 9 days old when we took these photos and just adorable as can be. Congratulations Jamie!

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  • Rebecca - These photos are so darling!!!

Shane reminds me of Terrence Howard.  Those eyes are wicked cool, in fact they are pretty gorgeous.  And while this was primarily a headshot photo session, we had to get some shots of Shane’s hard work in the gym. It is shoots like this that are so fun since I always love saying, “take your shirt off”.:-)And, well, I was saying that a fw times during this shoot. Awesome shoulders, arms and abs somehow just make for awesome photo shoots. Here are a few of my favs..