• 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.

Newborn photography can be tricky at times, but can make for some awesome photos. I love children, so photographing them when they first enter this world is amazing. Little Walker is only 10 days old in these photos and when I first arrived at his Beverly Hills home , I was greeted by his parents Austin and Alli and his four legged brother Cooper. Before Alli gave birth to Walker, Cooper was the only “child” and anyone who loves their pets like their children always gets a two thumbs up from me.  Because I knew how much Cooper was apart of their family I was all smiles because I knew I would be able to get Cooper with his newly arrived baby brother Walker. Dogs + babies = happiness:-)

Take a peek at this newborn photography session below…






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  • anna - I absolutely love this newborn session. You captured this moment so beautifully. This family will be able to remember this day for the rest of their lives. : )

Last year I was blessed to find out about an amazing organization called LIFE ROLLS ON. I found out about them when my niece Maile participated in breaking the world record for most wheelchairs in a moving line at the Los Angeles Dodger Stadium. You can see that post by clicking here. It was that day that I learned about a program called They Will Surf Again, which is a quality of life event that empowers individuals with spinal cord injuries to enjoy the freedom and mobility of catching a wave through the assistance of adaptive equipment and teams of dedicated volunteers.

I did in fact participate in my first They Will Surf Again event last September in La Jolla, CA.  It was a magical day and I can not express the feeling of gratitude and happiness I got from watching my little 3 year old niece surf and all the others as well. It wasn’t just about Maile. It was about helping those that are less fortunate than myself.  The look on their faces was worth more than anything I could ever buy and has permanently given my soul something to smile about. You can see that post by clicking here.

I have been very busy assisting in bringing They Will Surf Again to Hawaii. In fact the last couple months have been very LROish, with daily faxes, emails and phone calls. I am happy to say they are officially coming to Hawaii on April 30th, 2011 and will be held at White Plains Beach in Ewa Beach, Hi. Hollah people. This was a challenge, but it was done!  We will be having a fundraiser on the night before; Friday, April, 29th, 2011 to help raise money so LRO can continue these type of programs at no cost to participants. Stay tuned for details. It is for this reason I am offering an exclusive offer for all my Hawaii clients ONLY. Drum roll…………………..

$150.00 for any engagement, portrait, headshot, fashion, maternity, family or pet photo session from now until 4/30/2011.   And, the best part is 100% will be donated to Life Rolls On. Yes, 100%!!!!  In theory, you are donating to an outstanding organization and I will take your photographs free of charge as a thank you. This is my way of giving back. I am limited the amount of people I can extend this offer to, so if you are interested, please get on the list by clicking here. I am so excited about this. This is a first and I have never offered such a special, but this is for an amazing organization. It is on a first come, first serve basis and there are only LIMITED SPACES AVAILABLE. So, get on the list now by clicking here.

I’m also seeking volunteers who want to participate in helping for the first LRO They Will Surf Again in Hawaii. I am currently seeking volunteers to assist in the water and on land on the day of the event. I am also looking for help in collecting donations of water, food and raffle items. It is only through the generosity of friends and organizations that Life Rolls On is able to provide this program at no-cost to participants. Please let everyone you know about this event. We want to get 35 surfers (those in wheelchairs) and about 90 volunteers.:-) For more info go to www.LifeRollsOn.org/TWSAsignup or click here.

You will see the official flyer below. The little girl surfing is my 3 year old niece Maile at last years TWSA in LaJolla, CA. I’m excited to shoot this event again in April in Hawaii! Please join me in the support of Life Rolls On!

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I am a member WPPI; Wedding & Portrait Photographers International and normally look forward to the annual conference they have in Las Vegas, NV. It’s a week long convention that is just filled with photography things that will overflow your brain.  Trade shows, seminars, workshops, lectures, dinners, parties etc.. Just to give you an idea of how popular it is, last year over 12,000 photographers swooned the MGM Convention Center for the 2010 WPPI Convention…including myself. Yes, TWELVE THOUSAND photographers in one convention! I really wanted to go this year, I mean…Vegas and me are two peas in a pod!  I will schlep over to Vegas any chance I get, so this was supposed to be weekend where I’d be in the desert.  Instead I remain here in Los Angeles, working on the projects I have. But, I am excited about the things that are coming! Very excited.

I was trying my best to attend this year, especially since some of my dear friends will be attending and it’s a great time to catch up and connect. In fact one of my friends Rosaura Sandoval will be speaking at Photographers Ignite, which is held on the last day of the convention.  I truly wanted to be there to support her and cheer her on… instead I will be there in spirit. GO ROSIE!

So, since I can’t be at the Happiest Place on Earth, I thought I’d post another a picture of another happy place of mine. The beach. Have a great weekend all. xoxo


  • Brittany Dawson - I’ll miss you Gayla! Wish you were here!!

  • Lucia Li - Missing you now! We will try to find time to catch up later on :)

The Langham Hotel, formerly The Ritz Carlton in Pasadena was where this Royal Wedding took place. Family and friends looked on as Venessa and Robert decided to exchange their vows at the Horseshoe Garden nestled on the ever so gorgeous Langham Hotel. You could feel the energy and the love surrounding the air as everyone was so happy in this celebration. This is what makes documenting weddings so fun, you see and experience such beauty and unity.

The were so many beautiful details on this wedding. I remember going to photograph the wedding place cards, which were decorated with a beautiful Swarovski crystal and  I loved how they decided to name the tables after cars. Yes, cars. But…very cool cars. Like:

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  • mandy - You take very beautiful photos. I love the rich look and feel of your images.

Stefan and Erin are Brazillian twins who are just gorgeous, sultry and exotic. This fashion photography session took place in Malibu, CA with concepts for top designers and modeling agencies in Los Angeles such as:

We scheduled a 2nd photo shoot shortly after for a few other designers. Stay tuned for those and enjoy these photos and be prepared to see the look of Brazil. HOT!

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  • Anwar Torres - Very cool. I like the fashion look you set out to do. Very well done.

  • Tessa - These two are absolutely stunning to look at. I love these fashion shots…especially at the beach.

  • Julie Irene - Looks great Gayla! Hot! Hot! Hot!

  • Mommy - beautiful models……..you captivated their sexy smiles and poses …fanastic

  • mandy - Wow… these two are stunning. I can definitely see these two in magazine ads.