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    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.

The Treen’s aka TREENCO – Family Session

Here’s the story with the Treen’s. Lisa and Dave just celebrated their 26th wedding anniversary last week. [applause]. Their oldest son Andrew is a personal trainer at LA’s finest fitness gym EQUINOX , the middle son Alex is going to Culinary school to become a chef and their youngest, Katie just went off to college at San Jose State University.  That is the Treen’s; then there is Haylee, Andrew’s girlfriend of 4 years. While Haylee may not be an official TREEN, she is definitely part of the family. :-) Katie happened to be in town for the weekend, so we snapped some photos of the family and had a great time.

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  • devin - cool family session.

  • rhonda - what a nice looking family. Looks like you guys had fun.

Modern Dancer, Haylee

Dancing has always been one of those things I loved. I think it has to do with the expression of your emotions and the creativity one brings when dancing.  The steps, the moves and the feelings involved in dancing captivates me. It’s one of those things that draws me in and I often find myself watching dancing shows, movies, concerts, and performances, just because I appreciate the artistry of it.  Modern dance is a style that comes from a dancer’s emotions and interpretations that actually deliberates the use of gravity. These dancers use their natural instincts and impulses and release their inner feelings into an outer expression. Haylee, originally from Texas, now resides here in Southern California and is a dancer, choreographer and instructor for modern dance. We shot some pictures of her dancing a few weeks back. Take a look….

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Dana, the tough chick.

Wanna know what tough is?  Check out Stuntwoman – Dana Stein, daughter to one of Hollywood’s top stunt Gurus, Ronnie Stein. Obviously, being in the stunt biz, means you better be in shape and have a kick ass body, which she does. She has a body that we’d all kill for… abs and shoulders that are crazy cool.:-)She’s been doing stunts for years and has some impressive credits on her resume.  Our session was held at Body Image Personal Fitness Center in North Hollywood a few weeks back. We shot images of her training session; hitting the pads with some power punches and combinations, followed by some kick boxing.  We were sweating by the time we were done. Okay, she was sweating a little more than I was :-).  Take a look at these shots and see how fierce she is. She rocks!

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  • mike - These shots are awesome. Great job!

  • rhonda - Wow she has great abs. I love the dramatic lighting in these shots.

09.09.09. aka Rambo’s birthday

Yes, my man and my protector just turned 10 today or 70 for those of you counting in doggie years.  The number NINE is said to bring good luck, so when I found out my puppy was born on 9/9/99, I knew that this little guy, who was all of 10lbs when I first got him, would be a great dog. And, I was right. 10 years have passed and he has been the coolest, sweetest, most lovable dog that EVERYONE adores.

I have been so busy with many projects going on that time has been just whizzing on by. But, today, my son turns 10 today,  so I had to make it to THREE DOG BAKERY for a cake. And, while it was tight and a bit of a challenge to get there before closing, I did manage to get there in time. BUT, they were sold out of cakes. :-(. This meant, I had to resort to getting a bunch of doggie pastries instead. The final spread included: 1 WOOF peanut butter cup, 1 paw cookie, 1 bone cookie, 1 puff tart, 1 boxer brownie and 2 scaredy cat cookies.

I had a 7:00 meeting which I quickly attended so I could get home early to Rambo. After dinner, we did the whole photo routine, which my dogs are accustomed to and trained for.  I line up all the goodies, they sit and wait while I take the pictures. Then, when they finally get the OK to eat, they get a little smash in the face! It’s so much fun.

Here are some pics of my Rambo, the coolest Rottweiler EVER!

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  • holly - Lol. I love your work!! Hope Rambo had a great birthday.

Happy Birthday Mommy!

Yes, today is August 18th, a very special day for me. Since this was the day my mother was brought into this world years ago, it has been marked a day that I look at with joy and happiness.  My mother is an asthmatic that has seen her fair share of hospitals and ambulances. Back in 1997, over 12 years ago, she suffered from a massive asthma attack that put her in the Intensive Care Unit. Unable to breathe on her own, she was non responsive and in a coma. I was told to fly home back to Hawaii and “pay my respects” to her before she was taken away from us. This was such a hard and difficult time for me. I remember being “lost” with the idea that my mother can be ripped away from me. I was dazed as I sat at the Airport awaiting my long 5 hour flight to see her. When I first arrived at the Honolulu International Airport, I was driven straight to Straub Hospital, where I was escorted into ICU to see my mother. My heart stopped for a few seconds and my stomach fell to the ground when I turned the corner to see my mother connected to machines and tubes. I immediately went up to her with tears in my eyes to try and “wake” her, thinking my voice would snap her back. I was wrong.

I stayed there for 8 days by her bedside, only leaving between Six and Eight AM and PM. This was when ICU was being treated and no visitors were allowed with any patients.  So, I was with her for 20 hours a day, for 8 days straight. Her doctor informed my brother and I that we needed to make a decision because she was not progressing. I remember my body going numb and falling into my brother’s arms when she mentioned that. How could she even suggest we think about “MAKING A DECISION”. They wanted to take her off of all the machines that were breathing for her, since she was not able to do so on her own. She gave us 2 more days to discuss it. She said there was not going to be any quality of life. My brother and I went into heavy prayer, hugged and talked to my mother, telling her we needed her. As I lay on the bottom of her bed and my brother holding her hand next to her, she suddenly opened her eyes. That was the best day of my life.  The emotions that ran through my body that afternoon was unlike anything I have every felt before. Because she was in a coma for so long, she had to do physical therapy to relearn some of the things we all take for granted. It was challenging for her, but she soon regained all of her skills and has been strong as an ox ever since. She is now living in Hawaii, still working hard as a CNA and caregiver. She travels and visits my brother and I here in Cali frequently. It’s amazing.

12 years ago, in the summer of 1997, I almost lost my mother. I am so lucky and THANKFUL that I can still celebrate it with her. While I’m not back in Hawaii with her this year, I called at 12:03 last night to wish her a HAPPY BIRTHDAY. Her response to me was, ” the more birthday’s I have, the longer I live”.  What a great day today is. The sun is shining, the birds are chirping and my mother is celebrating her birthday today.:-)  No photos on this post, because this is just a simple, HAPPY BIRTHDAY MOM, I LOVE YOU SO MUCH. I’ll be going out to dinner tonight to CELEBRATE!:-)

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