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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.

Win a surfboard autographed by Hawaii 5-0 cast!

Life Rolls On returns for the 2nd annual They Will Surf Again in Hawaii on 3/24/12 and to kickoff our fundraiser, I have a surfboard autographed by the Hawaii 5-0 cast up for grabs. Alex O’Loughlin, Scott Caan, Daniel Dae Kim and Grace Park signed the brand new Super Fish 7s surfboard by Global Surf Industries last week in hopes to raise money for a great program and organization. Life Rolls On is a non-profit organization dedicated to improving the quality of life for young people affected by spinal cord injury and utilizes action sports as a platform to demonstrate the infinite possibilities beyond paralysis.

The surfboard will be given away at our fundraiser Friday 3/23/12 at Wahoo’s Kahala which starts at 6:30PM. If you would like to participate in the drawing ahead of time, simply go to http://twsa-hawaii-2012.eventbrite.com/ or click here to get your chance to win the autographed surfboard. You do NOT need to be present to win; however, the winner will be responsible for any shipping costs. This is open to EVERYONE!  Help a great cause and get a chance for an awesome drawing!

If you would like to participate or volunteer for They Will Surf Again, be sure to register online by going to www.liferollson.org/hawaii or click here.

Note: Alex O’Loughlin was not on set and available for the photo, but he did sign it!:-)

Check out the video at the end of the post to see photos of Life Rolls On They Will Surf Again signature program. Or click here to view.



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  • Becky Martin - love Hawaii.. luv. H5O surfs up.. yes.. surf again.. <3

  • joerne maier - The board should come to germany :-))

  • Keith Clark - Great Program!

  • Brenda Trimback - I Love the 5-0 crew. Love to win the surf board.
    It should come to Virginia Beach, Virginia.
    I’m a fan of Scott Caan.

  • Jennifer Boudreaux - I would love to win this awesome surfboard. I don’t surf, but may be I could get some surfing lessons from Scott ;-).

  • Courtney Kilcullen - Good Luck!

  • Tanja - I like H5O and I Love the Crew. I wish the Board to Germany.


  • leonardo - I like surfing and I am from belgium. In belgium we don’t have many
    surfing stars but i would like to be one. I would like to win this board.

    Thank you a lot for your work.

  • Anonymous - I think it’s great when I see this video above. The children there are so happy to try to surf and have some freedom.

Jamie + Pat teaser

Jamie and Pat made it official this past weekend by celebrating their wedding with many friends, family and loved ones. The hawaiian islands have been hit with some intense weather the entire week and it was a little scary for a minute. However, saturday rolled around and the weather was perfect. No rain… but there were a few tears, followed by lots of laughs and great smiles. I will be posting their wedding soon, but for now, I wanted to congratulate the new Mr. & Mrs. Pat Loo.  Wishing you both the best and a very happy marriage.:-)



LRO Night by the Ocean 2011

Life Rolls On 8th annual Night by the Ocean gala was held at the beautiful Ritz Carlton in Marina Del Rey this past Saturday for their signature fundraiser to help raise money to support quality of life programs for young people affected by spinal cord injury. Guests were greeted with leis as they entered the cocktail reception held at the pool which had an amazing silent auction. Some of the items up for grabs included, an few autographed guitars by some incredible artists: Sammy Hagar, Sarah McLaghlan, Elton John, Tim McGraw; an autographed Beckham jersey, surfboards, glicee prints, jewelry, a gucci tote, vacation getaways, apparel, accessories and so much more.

The event was hosted by Sal Masekela with honorable chairs: Dave Annable, Odette Annable and Jason Lewis. A night of motivational videos and clips of incredible people living with SCI.

The live auction consisted of some incredible items up for grabs including a pair of his and hers Corum wtaches, and all expense trip to Fiji’s Tavarua Island, and amazing Hawaii 5-0 package AND a few Jason Mraz packages which consisted of front row seats to his concert, backstage access, a chance to surf and hang out with Jason at Hollister and the biggie…. Jason Mraz coming to your home to chill with his awesome voice and his amazing guitar. Pretty cool!

Rachelle Friedman, who recently made national headlines after her freak accident last year, also made a special appearance and captured the audience as she rolled onto the stage to share her story with everyone. You can see her story by clicking here.

A big surprise came for everyone when Jason Mraz decided on playing live along side Toca Rivera, which ultimately turned into a little mini private concert by the end of the night. Everyone was feeling the love and to keep the Jason Mraz vibe going, San Diego Hat Company donated a hat to all guests, which was pretty cool.  It was a great night of inspiration, motivation and incredible people, made possible by some amazing sponsors and volunteers. As always, I left with a very filled heart.:-)

A special thank you to the sponsors for the event:

Balance Vector
Barefoot wine & bubbly
Bill Silva Management
Citizens of Humanity
Joanne Gimbel
Fox Television Group
Jason Mraz
San Diego Hat Company
Shoe City
Warrior Posts
Wells Fargo Advisors, LLC
Wells Fargo Capital Financ

  • Carolyn Donaldson - What an amazing organization with incredible people helping, participating and enjoying life as it rolls on!

  • Erika San Miguel - You are so talented! Love your work.

  • Matt Spence - kris nakamura…get me involved. congratulations on a great event.

  • Samantha Wood - Such a fun event! Thank you LRO!

  • Jutta Weber - The pictures are amazing.

  • Cecile Billauer Gifford - So vibrant…just like the LRO Foundation…you captured it beautifully, Gayla.

  • Lisa Fujimoto - It was an amazing event! so glad I was able to attend.

Jeremy loves Allie and her Vera Wang!

This plush wedding took place at the gorgeous Brentwood Country Club in Los Angeles for the Gordon / Weinstein family and did not disappoint. The excitement was in high gear from early on and Allie was full of smiles and giggles ALL day. There were no nerves or no anxiety here. It was like watching a little girl in a candy store. Honestly, I must warn you her smile is infectious. She was such a gorgeous bride in her rockin’ Vera Wang gown. Her Vera Wang gown was to die for.  So sexy… so beautiful and just… gorgeous on Allie.  Kinda like a “wonderland” :-).

Over 225 of their closet friends and family watched Jeremy and Allie wed as they stood under a custom made hoopa made especially for them. The weather was beautiful, an adorable entry down the aisle from the bride as dad got a bit teary. The pink themed wedding didn’t stop with the gorgeous decor in the ballroom. The table settings were adorable and each table was decorated with some incredible silver collectibles and GORGEOUS flowers. Simply beautiful. The reception was jumpin’ with an amazing live band that rocked their socks off while everyone got their groove on. One of the highlights was the father/daughter dance as Allie’s sister sang “Why Do Fools Fall In Love”. It was adorable!

You can see Jeremy and Allie’s engagement pics by clicking here. I look at these pictures and can’t help but smile when I see that glow in Allie. She was an absolute stunning bride! Congrats Allie and Jeremy…. wishing you all the best. xoxo. Be sure to watch the slide show at the end of this post for more pics :-)…..

Of course a nice pair of Jimmy Choo shoes are in tow..

Look at her figure… Just love it!

Jeremy got a few laughs out of everyone during the ceremony…:-)

Each table was decked out with some amazing silver from her step father’s collection. A beautiful touch to compliment those amazing flowers from Hidden Garden.

A darling little cake that tasted very delish! mmm

Allie and Jeremy had a very cool candy bar for guests with the pink theme running through the table. Candy Girl set up an amazing spread of sweets including: PINK lemon candy, white chocolate macadamia nut bark, chocolate cookie bars, white chocolate covered pretzels, old fashioned candy sticks, meringue clouds, chocolate balls, kisses, chocolate bark with peanut butter,  salt water taffy and so much more. It was a very SWEET table!

The band was rockin’ all night. Amazing music and made for some great dancing.

Press play below to see a slide show of Jeremy loves Allie…

Below is a list of vendors who helped make this wedding possible:

Venue: Brentwood Country Club

Wedding Coordinator: Joie de Vivre – Jennifer Hronek

Photographer: Gayla Elizabeth Photography

Florist: Hidden Garden

Cake: Rosebud Cakes

Officiant: Rabbit Yossi Carron

Music: West Coast Music

Lighting: Images by Lighting

Candy Station: Candy Girl

Videographer: Video Services Unlimlited

A very special thank you to Lucia for the amazing help throughout the entire day. You are GREAT! xoxo

  • Della - Absolutely gorgeous photos, you captured it all, I felt like I was there. The bride is sooooo beautiful, her gown and shoes, “wow”. Just loved the pictures of the whole bridal party, the bridesmaids and grooms all looked terrific.
    Gotta hand it to you kiddo, you are one super photographer, yup, the best……..

  • Lani Te'O - The Bride, her gown, shoes, ring, everything, absolutely breath taking. The bride is so beautiful, you can see her beaming with happiness. Terrific photos, loved it all.

  • Allie Weinstein - Gayla – we just got back from our “mini-moon.” I can’t stop looking at these photos! They are beyond beautiful. I couldn’t be happier. You are truly the hardest working photographer ever. You managed to remain calm too during a lot of high tension moments. Can’t wait to get started on the album! xoxo, Allie and Jeremy

  • Lisa Matsushige - These photos are so amazing! Awesome job :-)

  • Jackie Sorkin - Allie! Thank you for sharing this amazing day with me. I’m glad we were able to help sweeten your sweetest day ever. Amazing photos, what a stunning celebration. I’ll do your baby shower when that time comes.. Mazel Tov..
    XO, Jackie

  • Allie Weinstein - Yes you will Jackie!!! thanks again!

  • Jackie Sorkin - LOL! And bring the silver trays too!!!

  • Barbara Yasuhara - BRAVO to my friend Gayla Elizabeth who shot the heck outta this wedding in Los Angeles! LOVE LOVE LOVE!

  • Barbara Yasuhara - Allie your wedding rocked! Gayla really captured the magic therein….I could feel it in her photos and in your smile!

  • Joseph - BEAUTIFUL IMAGES Gayla! I love the detail shots and the candid moments you’ve captured. Congratulations to the newly wed couple!

  • Laurie Simons Stokes - Beautiful

  • Amir Morteza Rouhi - that’s very perfect.

  • Stephen Cox - Beautiful work and what a gorgeous couple. Nicely done.

  • Terri Lynn Price - Customer Candy Buffet Bars great job as always. When I get married will you come to MICHIGAN? LOL.

  • Christina Nieber - Hi! Do you happen to know where she got those precious table linens with the dots?! I didn’t see them under the vendor list!