• 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.

WPPI, vegas-less for me :-(

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 :)

A Royal Affair at The Langham Hotel | Wedding Photography | Pasadena, CA

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:

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

Stefan + Erin | Fashion Photography | Malibu, CA

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!

  • 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.

A Los Angeles Fashion Shoot at Union Station, MOCA and Walt Disney

This was a photo shoot held last Sunday in downtown Los Angeles with my friends from the LA Jerry Ghionis workshop back in January. Despite Los Angeles having wonderful weather for the past couple weeks, last Sunday was not only cold, but RAINING…and raining HARD. We all met up at Philippe’s in downtown for some famous French Dip sandwiches and to discuss the game plan for the photo shoot. Our models, Ivone and Biannca met us at Union Station, which was just down the street. The group of us sat in those cozy chairs in Union Station and waited while hair and makeup artists did their thang.  Once the models were ready, we began our shoot there and made our way to the Museum of Contemporary Arts, Los Angeles also known as MOCA. However, once we made it to that location, it was completely dark and the weather had dropped even further. It was a chilli! I mean brrrrrrrrrrr.  Although the rain stopped,  the cold, freezing air was going right through all of us, ESPECIALLY the models.  I was bundled up pretty good, but my hands and fingers were frozen! But, they all hung tight and we shot through the night and decided to thaw out by going to Ochoron Ramen in Little Tokyo. Yummy!  Yes, the Ochoron that Adam Richman from Man vs Food went to a few months ago. You can see that post by clicking here.  Here is a sneak peek of that shoot:


It’s a new year!

Goong Hee Fat Choi everyone!  February 3, 2011 is the start of the new Chinese Lunar Year and 2011 is Year of the Rabbit.  I was raised with a good mix of my Hawaiian and Chinese heritage, so this is a big day for me and I am excited to start this new year with wonderful changes. Every year, my mother cooks a full spread for the new year…But, since she is back in Hawaii and I am here in Los Angeles, I have to opt for some food from my local chinese restaurant.  To prepare and get ready to celebrate, I made a trip down to Los Angeles Chinatown, picked up some goodies and am ready to welcome the Year of the Rabbit.

According to www.theholidayspot.com, they describe 2011 as below:

  • A placid year, very  much welcomed and needed after the ferocious year of the Tiger. We should go off to some quiet spot to lick our wounds and get some rest after all the battles of the previous year.

Chinese astrology consists of 12 animal signs. A person born in the year of the Rabbit possesses one of the most fortunate of the twelve animal signs. The Rabbit or Hare as he is refere to in Chinese mythology, is the emblem of longevity and is said to derive his essence from the Moon.  For those of you wanting to know about your chinese zodiac, feel free to visit www.chinesezodiac.com

I wish all you of a year full of good health, happiness and gratitude. HAPPY NEW YEAR!

  • michelle - Looking forward to a calm 2011. Hope you had a great Chinese New Year.

  • Mommy - Yup, “Rabbit, it is” those figurines or statues, so unique, great photos…

  • Anna - This year has been great so far. Can’t wait to see what is in store for me in the rabbit year. Happy New Year.