• 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.

So, maybe it wasn’t white, yellow or buttered, but it was Popcorn. As I drove home I saw his silhouette nearing the middle of the street. It looked like a cat at first glance, but upon getting closer, I noticed it was a dog wandering aimlessly. He looked somewhat frightened and a bit scared, so I quickly pulled over and called him to me.  As he crouched to me, I saw a dog tag with a peace sign on it, I flipped it over to see his name was Popcorn. How adorable is that? There was a phone number listed, so I quickly called, only to get a voicemail. I left a message and decided to take him home until I heard back from his parents.

Once he got into my front yard, he just crawled and sat right next to me. He was a little shy and frightened, but as I played with his fuzzy little ears, he began to relax calm down. I’m not sure what breed he was, but he may have some Schnauzer or Terrier.  What ever his breed was, he was the cutest guy. Being that I love dogs and I am a photographer, what did I do? Run inside to get my camera to get some shots of him. :-).  He quickly got comfortable on my grass and I went into photographer mode to get some pics as he posed for me. Yes, he posed for me and crossed his little paws too. He spent about 20 minutes with me until his mommy called looking for him. I was tempted to keep him and if I didn’t hear back from anyone, Bailey and Rambo would have a new adopted brother!  I found out he lives down my street and was rescued 1 month ago. As I carried him home, I was happy he found his parents, but knew I would miss him. I found out that he is about 2 yrs old and was just rescued 1 month ago.  So long Popcorn…see you around the neighborhood. Happy trails to you.:-)

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  • J - Popcorn does look a bit like my sister’s mini Schnauzer.

  • irene - Popcorn is the cutest thing! Beautiful pictures….. So nice of you to return him to his Mommy!

  • lisa - I never thought Popcorn could look so cute!! LOL. He looks like a fluffy stuffed animal and i just want to hug him. : ) I’m glad he found his way home… this poor dog seems like he’s been through a lot in his 2 years.

  • Sandras - I LOVE POPCORN!!!!!!!!!!

    Thank you for being such a wonderful person!!!!!!!!
    I hope many good karma comes back to you, many times over!

  • robin - awe my honey girl, aka: best cousin in the world, best daughter, sister and aunty in the world…, and now best pet finder in the world!!! You’re a true HER-O!!!

  • Gwenn - Such a sweet story and I am truly glad he found his home. Beautiful pictures.

Since my yellow labrador Bailey turned 13 on Thursday,  I decided to have her birthday party this past Saturday so I could have family and friends come over for the celebration. My preparation started Friday with a trip to my local THREE DOG BAKERY in Sherman Oaks, CA to special order her very own doggie birthday cake.  Besides having the cutest pastries and snacks for dogs, they also have a nice selection of toys, collars, dishes, clothes, beds and more.  Be sure to check them out if you are looking for some cool things for your doggie. They even have beer for dogs!  You can visit their website www.threedog.com by clicking here.  If you are interested in getting a cake, be sure to pre-order it since they often sell out of pre-made cakes (I found that out last year for Rambo’s birthday). You can pick from various flavors, sizes and shapes.  Everything is made from 100% natural ingredients. Bailey’s cake was made with whole wheat flour and frosted with carob and peanut butter. Since I was there, I picked up a few gifts for her and her four legged guests and some party hats.

Once I had all the animal goodies in place, it was time to shop for all the human guests. I  had to feed 9 humans, so I started cooking Friday night. My niece Gaylynn was going to be visiting and she made a special request for my Kalbi in exchange for some of her homemade cupcakes. I agreed and decided to do a full Korean BBQ (since it’s also one of my favs).  My menu consisted of kalbi, kimchee hamburger, shoyu potato, mandoo, kim chee, pickled radish and rice. It was a lot of food.  As I was grilling on the BBQ, Gaylynn was making her homemade buttercream and vanilla frosting for her cupcakes.

Bailey spent the day with the family by the pool and was pretty tired by dinner time, but once I got her cake out, she was all smiles. My nieces Malia and Maile got into it with the little party whistles aka “toot toot”, and blew them all over. Then it was picture time for the birthday girl. She had her special Happy Birthday party hat on in beginning, but wanted to wear one of the human hats. So, I snapped a few with her special hat and then gave her one that matched everyone else. Once she dug into her cake, she played with my nieces and snapped more pics and then was just pooped. I mean after all, she is 91 in doggie years.  Last year she gave me a little scare (you see that post by clicking here) and I’m so thankful she is here celebrating her 13th birthday with me.  I’m so glad she had a great birthday celebration, she was so happy. Lots of smiles, licks and tail wagging.   The last shot says it all……. exhausted from pure fun. Happy Birthday Bailey….mama loves you.:-)

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  • J - Wow, Bailey even shared her cake with Rambo!

  • lisa - i think Bailey had a wonderful b-day party. She looked so exhausted at the end of the night. : )

  • Pet Guy - Great photos – love the b-day dog bone!

  • gaylynn - i had a great night with everyone. happy bday again to blondie girl!! you make my cupcakes look delish. love you & miss you!!!!

  • Michelle - Oh my god… I love these pics. Your dogs are so cute and well behaved. And the two little ones are just adorable.

  • mommy - I love all the pictures, I am having a hard time picking one up, so I kinda want em
    all, (is that asking to much) but anyway, my favorite of the girls is the one with Maile putting her head on rambo and Malia standing up, also the color one too (man I cannot make up my mind, I love em all) but I do want the one of Rambo & Bailey together by themselves w/hats on. Gads, you are an exception, really an extraordinary photographer, one can see the professional shots, I am so proud of u. You are
    G O O D .

  • Camille Edwards - As always such beautiful pictures that you take!!!!

  • irene - Wonderful beautiful pics! You know what, though? We forgot to sing Happy birthday to Bailey….

  • irene - Beautiful…but we forgot to sing Happy Birthday to Bailey!

  • Barbara Yasuhara - OMG!!!!!!!!!!!! What is it with me this morning!? I am so emotional! Here I am again touched beyond belief! Bailey is absolutely stunning! I love the cake and all the food shots, but most of all I love Bailey’s end of the day pic, again worth a million bucks! I am so glad she’s still with you at 91! WOOF WOOF! I am dying to have Cozy invited to a pup party, but they just don’t do them here in North Calif! Love these photos!

I shot this engagement session of Jessica and Luis a couple weeks back. While I have their photo session edited and ready to go, they have not yet seen their private preview screening, so I can only post a teaser. 😉 I’ll be seeing them next week and once I do, I’ll post more from this session including the details of the lovely couple. For now, enjoy two photos that I chose to share.:-)
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  • lisa - How sweet!! They are such an adorable couple. : )

  • Jessica Selva - I love the photos, Gayla! I can’t wait to see the other ones you took of us. :)

  • Rickie - Itz so gorgeous. Que bonita!!! Aww wha a heavenly made match =] ya look so happy.

  • Michelle - I just love Union Station. You did a great job and I can’t wait to see more.

I thought I would post a few images showing how color and black & white can affect an image. Below are three images taken of the same model to show how color affects the mood of a photo. I shot all three images in color and converted them to black & white to everyone can see how different the photo looks. You can always convert a color to black & white, but can not do the opposite. I occasionally shoot black & white in camera if I know that is the look I’m going for. Why? It will make for a better exposure, less time in editing and often a better black & white image.  Black & White images are so classic and timeless to me. I love them, but often you need to have those vibrant colors to bring the image to life. Any hoo-hoo, here are some images for you to see and choose what you like better for yourself.  PINIMAGE PINIMAGE
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  • John - What a difference from the same photo…

  • lisa - You can achieve a totally different look with this simple adjustment. I just LOVE the look and feel of a nice crisp B & w photo.

  • Michelle - Sexy Photos. Gotta love black and white… such a classic feel.

  • Barbara Yasuhara - Wow very nice I love the color images MUCHO!!! Beautiful model too!

I was blessed to have my mother come and visit me a couple weeks ago. My mom and I have a very close relationship and things have just blossomed so beautifully over the last year. We have both grown into such a loving and supportive relationship, it’s been awesome.  I speak to her daily, yes at least once a day. We always talk in the morning before I head into the office, followed by a nightly phone call and occasional call here and there throughout the day.  Thank God for the flat rate long distance now a days! Whether it’s a quick 30 second check in, or a 45 minute recap of the latest news, not a day goes by without hearing my mommy’s voice. I realize how fortunate I am and cherish all the time I have with her. While I can’t see her everyday, hearing her voice and knowing she is just a phone call away makes my heart smile. I love her dearly.

While she came with a TON of food for me, including some fresh Moloka’i bread and lilikoi butter (mmmm), the best thing was just spending some quality time with her. Some of you might’ve saw my facebook post about the food that came with… so you all know how lucky I was to have a little bit of the islands brought to me.  For those that didn’t see the post, here it was:

Gayla Elizabeth Mommy, thank you so much for the Kalbi, mundoo, meat jun, kalua pig, lomi salmon, poi, sushi, fried noodles, sweet sour spareribs, mac salad, kim chee, pineapple, saimin, manapua, pork hash, rice cake, fish cake, shrimp, and all the other goodies you brought up. But, most of all, thank you for bringing you (and Aunty Snooky!) I miss you and love you so much!

While most of what she brought was on my contraband food list, I had to bend the rules and consume most of it since I don’t have access to those local foods.  I convinced myself I could splurge for a bit and just make it up at the gym.:-) I have been eating lots of pineapples lately and asked her to bring me some from beautiful Hawaii. She brought me TWO fresh cases of the sweetest pineapple, how awesome is she!!! OMG, it was so sweet. I did share a few with neighbors and my brother, but most of it was consumed by myself. :-).  My house smelt so good with the fresh pineapple scent filling the house. Ahhh, it was heavenly. I did manage to take a few pics of the pineapples spread across my kitchen counter, but the pics don’t even do it justice. They were just so delicious and sweet. I did have one request and that was my mom’s famous hawaiian sweet/sour spareribs and homemade mac salad.

It was great to have the aloha and the food, but most importantly it was wonderful to have my mom with me (and Aunty Snooky).

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  • Mommy - Oh my precious honeygirl, that is just so touching and I am so blessed having you as my baby, my daughter and my world. What beautiful pictures of the pineapple and food. How lucky and fortunate that you are mine , now and forever and ever, here on earth, in heaven, in space, I will never let you go.

  • lisa - Yes. your mom is a wonderful and beautiful person. She is also an awesome cook and I can’t wait till she comes back. : ) Those pineapples are calling me…. so sweet and delicious. yummy!!!

  • cousin robin - Hi Honey Girl…, that was awesome…, i can see your love not only in your words, but in your eyes…, the eyes are the window to our soul…, and i can see how much love you have for my aunty della…, God bless you and her…, out time is sooo short, and we must not ever forget to tell the ones we love the most, when they are still here with us…, AWESOME TRIBUTE TO MOM!!!

    I miss you and love you!

    Jus’ me,
    Robs

  • John - Forget the contraband food list. The Hawaiian sweet/sour spareribs looks so good! Do you think your mom would be willing to share her recipe with us?

  • Camille Edwards - Beautiful pictures especially the one with your mom. Your mom is such a giving person -with herself and her time. You both are so blessed!!