• 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.

As many of you know my little rock star of a niece Maile has introduced me to an awesome organization called Life Rolls On (LRO). It all started when Kris Nakamura, CEO of LRO told me about They Will Surf Again, a program to allow those with spinal cord injuries to surf. What I witnessed on the shores of La Jolla beach that day were amazing. Truly. You can see that post by clicking here.

LRO puts on these amazing events to fulfill the dreams of many who are wheelchair bound. They are featuring Maile in their holiday campaign this year using some of the photographs I took at the TWSA event. I would like to ask everyone to pledge  your support by making a donation to allow them to continue with their life altering programs for those with spinal cord injury. Please click here to donate. You can see their holiday campaign newsletter below. Please read how you can help, it’s a great gift for this holiday season.

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Inspiration Monday is here again. I found out about Dick Hoyt’s story while watching Real Sports on HBO.  This man is a true inspiration and probably the father of the century. His dedication and love for his son is so beautiful that I had to do a post about him. I look at Dick Hoyt in awe and true admiration. I see a REAL man, who is NOT defined by his strength, good looks or his ego like many men. Instead, this man’s heart, soul and love for his son is one word… beautiful.  Dick’s son Rick was diagnosed with cerebral palsy at birth after his umbilical cord became twisted around his neck. Doctors advised Dick and his wife to have their son institutionalized, stating he would  have no quality of life and would only be a “vegetable”. That was over 45 years ago. Dick said even though his son Rick couldn’t move or speak, Rick would in fact speak to him with his eyes. They spent hours a day teaching him the alphabet, then every object in their house. At age 11, Rick was fitted with a computer that allowed him to communicate with others and he was then able to attend public school and eventually graduated from Boston University in 1993.

In 1977, 15 year old Rick wanted to participate in a 5 mile run for a lacrosse player who had been paralyzed.  Dick was not a runner, but pushed his son for the 5 mile benefit run. That night Rick said: “Dad, when I’m running, it feels like my disabilities disappear.”  That was it.  Dick made it his new goal to train and race as much as possible with son Rick.  Today father and son are known as TEAM HOYT and have since completed over 1000 races since 1977.

I sat and watched the story of this incredible man. His courage, strength, determination and love for his son is so admirable. Really.  It was another reminder of the importance of a father’s love.  It also reminds me of how lucky Rick is to have such a solid staple in his life and how blessed he is to have a father who has by far lived up to the title. I wish there were more men who lived up to being a father like Dick Hoyt. This is what a real father does… put his child first and sacrifice to make your child happy. Both of these men inspire me.

Dick has since gone on to help other disabled individuals and has started a bit of a movement to those who can’t compete on their own.  To find out more about this amazing father son duo, see their official site by www.teamhoyt.com by clicking here.

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  • Mommy - Absolutely touching, inspirational, and true – true – true, by putting your child first in your life and give him L O V E

  • Laurie Stokes - Incredible story……I cried. There are really fathers like that out there. It’s hard to believe.

  • rose aura - Thank you so much for sharing this incredible story. I cried during your beautiful description and lost it while watching the video. You, my dear friend, are an inspiration too. Thank you so much for your big heart and warmth. So grateful to have met you. xoxoxo!

December is here and the TO-DO list is longer than ever. I returned from Vegas right after Thanksgiving and it’s been non-stop since then. But, don’t worry, I’m not sitting on a bunch of photo shoots that need to get blogged. I do have 1 session that needs to be posted and I will have that soon. It’s always good to keep busy, but sometimes time just flies on by a tad bit too fast.  Thankfully I will be able to wrap up the year back home in beautiful Hawaii. OH yes.

Instead of showing my ever lasting long list of to dos, I thought I would post a pic taken in my front yard since it’s a little more relaxing. Can you see the light…. coming through the trees? LOL.  It’s symbolic in a sense. Yes, 2 more weeks and Christmas will be here and I will be HOME. I hope everyone a smooth last 2 weeks before the big day. xoxo PINIMAGE

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  • J - So glad that you’ll be able to spend Christmas in Hawaii!

  • Mommy - That pic reminded me of aunty vel. It is so beautiful, I love it.
    Can hardly wait to have you home and be with me. Love you

A day to celebrate, relax and be with family and lots of food! We all have so much to be thankful for and I wish everyone out there a very Happy Thanksgiving. I am especially thankful for my loved ones, my health and those that have made a difference in my life. I am spending this year’s Thanksgiving with family in Vegas! Woot…. Yup, family, food, relaxation and casino gaming… HAPPY THANKSGIVING ALL! xoxo

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  • J - “Family, food, relaxation and casino gaming” are guarantee wining combination!

  • Mommy - Ditto…. Family, friends, and everyone, so much to be thankful for, and my baby is having her day in good ole Vegas, I love you my precious angel, and I love my precious niece Lisa too, Bailey, Rambo, and tu-tu Keani……Granny

  • Mommy - Ditto….%20%20Family%2C%20friends%2C%20and%20everyone%2C%20so%20much%20to%20be%20thankful%20for%2C%20and%20my%20baby%20is%20having%20her%20day%20in%20good%20ole%20Vegas%2C%20%20%20I%20love%20you%20my%20precious%20angel%2C%20and%20I%20love%20my%20precious%20niece%20Lisa%20too%2C%20Bailey%2C%20Rambo%2C%20and%20tu-tu%20Keani……Granny

  • Anonymous - You guys look so good… I’m so proud to be a part of your family.. It’s caridad.. Your cousin.. Tell the family I send my love! I need tips on how My baby can get into acting? My #646 287- 5908.

Be prepared to see one gorgeous family. Total GORGE.  Actress Lisa Vidal and husband Jay Cohen came to this family photography session at Santa Monica pier with their 3 incredibly beautiful children; Scott, Max and Olivia.  Oh, this is one cool bunch. Some of you might recognize Lisa’s son Scott Cohen from a couple posts I did a few months back; although, he has changed quite a bit over the past few months.  He recently cut his hair, put some hours in the gym and is well…. even hotter and bigger.  You can see Scott’s older posts by clicking here and here.

Lisa has been acting for years and currently stars as The First Lady on the new hit series THE EVENT, shown on NBC every Monday. While she plays the TV wife of the President of the United States, starring Blair Underwood, she is actually the real wife of Jay Cohen…and has been for the last 20 years!  You’d think Lisa and Jay are still newlyweds….they laugh, they cuddle, they joke and they love. It’s awesome.

We started the photography session on the pier…made our way to the games and rides…and eventually to the beach. When you have 3 kids, it’s only evident they are gonna wanna challenge one another. So, when we passed by the “water-gun game”… (you know the one where you aim at the bulls-eye to get water to fill up the balloon and the first balloon to pop wins) they all sat down to play. Well, little Olivia beat the entire fam and won the prize, which happened to be a soccer ball. Haha.  FYI, all three kids are amazing soccer players, so it was rather ironic.  So what happens when your little sister beats you? You have a rematch…so they did, while mom and dad watched from behind.  And… little Olivia won AGAIN! LOL. I just love it. It actually reminds me of myself, since I always beat my 2 older brothers.:-)Yes, always!  Two soccer balls later, we were strolling along the pier, grabbing some dippin dots and then heading to the beach just in time for the amazing sunset. It was a fun family photography session, one that captures the personalities of the entire Cohen fam, right down to their sneakers, including Converse, Nike and Vans..  Okay, enough talking about how awesome and cool this family is… look at the pics below and see for yourself!:-)Don’t forget the slideshow for more at the end! xoxo

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  • Della - A fairy tale family, “brady bunch”(way better) , Cosby Family…..Ozzie& Harriet….
    Georgeous , beautiful family. Father,Mother, brothers, sister, Just an outstanding good looking bunch. You can say, HANDSOME and BEAUIFUL .
    Super great photos, all look so natural and happy. Great Job as usual…

  • Camille Edwards - Good looking family…Loving and Happy!! Your photos show all of these.
    Your slide shows are the best!!!!

  • Irene - Beautiful family…beautiful pictures! It was as if they were the only ones there! I loved the genuine feelings of love towards one another that was captured in the pictures. You are the best…but, I know you know that!

  • Jenny - Wow, Lisa Vidal looks great and her family looks pretty darn perfect. I am so hooked on THE EVENT.. I love that show! She seems so sweet, great pics. Love the non-traditional family pics and Santa Monica Pier is always so fun!

  • Tricia - WOW! What great family pictures. I LOVE all of them! That is totally awesome. Great vibe you got going on in those family photos. That little girl is too cute!

  • Luvi - Honeygirl, you are absolutely fantastic. That family is not just beautiful, happy, but the capturing of their most loving precious smiles and all so natural.
    Wow, Lisa Vidal is so stunning, she looks like one of the kids.
    Love you, aunty Luvi

  • Laurie Stokes - Lisa and Jay look great, not to mention their kids. They have grown so much. I hope you had fun shooting them. They look beautiful. The family and the photos.

  • Laurie Stokes - Lisa%20and%20Jay%20look%20great%2C%20not%20to%20mention%20their%20kids.%20%20They%20have%20grown%20so%20much.%20%20I%20hope%20you%20had%20fun%20shooting%20them.%20%20They%20look%20beautiful.%20%20The%20family%20and%20the%20photos.

  • Laurie Stokes - Gayla,

    Lisa and Jay look great, not to mention the kids. I hope you had fun shooting them. They look beautiful. The photos, I mean.

  • Jan Santos - A fairy tale family, “brady bunch”(way better) , Cosby Family…..Ozzie& Harriet…. Georgeous , beautiful family. Father,Mother, brothers, sister, Just an outstanding good looking bunch. You can say, HANDSOME and BEAUIFUL . Super great photos, all look so natural and happy. Great Job as usual…

  • Lisa Vidal - Gayla you are amazing!!! I will never use anyone else but you for my photography! Your creativity and vision are exceptional! Thank you for making fun and for capturing such special moments1 i talk to everyone about you and encourage them to use you. Not hard with what they’ve already seen. I wish you lots of luck and I know you will always be a very busy woman! What a talent! xo Lisa

  • Lisa Vidal - Gayla you are amazing!!! I will never use anyone else but you for my photography! Your creativity and vision are exceptional! Thank you for making it fun and for capturing such special moments. I talk to everyone about you and encourage them to use you. Not hard with what they’ve already seen. I wish you lots of luck and I know you will always be a very busy woman! What a talent! xo Lisa

  • Wini Edwards - Absolutely AMAAAAAAAAAAZING!

  • Connie Mullininx - Nice pic

  • Pearl Castillo - That is nice! I love you so much.. Your my idol. It’s your cousin caridad… Tell uncle Manny n Titi I love them… Tell Tonya to look me up..pearl Castillo.