• 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.

Dancer Kai in the flesh

Kai has been dancing and choreographing for years. Originally from Hawaii, this dancer started at Hypersquad, also known as The Hype. And for those of you wondering; members of the group Hype 5-0, that was on MTV’s America’s Best Dance Crew (Season 5) last year are members from the dance studio The Hype. Kai started his dancing career while he was still in high school before venturing off to dance and perform internationally for the last few years. This was my first love… my brother’s first son, Kai. I knew from the minute he was born and I held him in my arms, he would be someone I adore and care for my entire life. Many years have passed since that moment when he was a little boy, but my feelings for him have only intensified over the years. I remember that feeling he gave me when I held him tight in my arms. It still stays with me today. All of my nieces and nephews mean the world to me… I love each and every one of them immensely. They are all different. They are all special.  Most importantly, they are ALL loved so much by myself.  I don’t know how to explain the love that I have for all 6 of them, but it is a love that will always be forever strong. They are all “my kids”.  I have different relationships with each and every one of them. Kai is the oldest, yet he is still my baby. When I look at him, I see the little 3 year old I took to the park and did cartwheels with, or the little boy I took to a kite flying contest and won! We used to have the best aunty/nephew days at Ice Palace skating and eating cheese nachos. Ah, those were the days.   I have so many fond memories of this boy, who has since become a man that I love and adore. I love you so much my Kai, you are and will always be my Kai-Boy. Thank you for always being you. Love you much! xoxo

P.S. The tattoo is what prompted this mini photo shoot. On his inner arm it says” To Thine Own Self Be True”. Well said my love.

  • Mama Goose - OH COUSIN…., Beautiful work…, Well done, my Love! Kai-boy, what a very handsome man you have become! You look GREAT! Drooling if you know what I mean…, LOL! I love you with all of my heart. Keep on doing what you do best, and keep on being yourself. Like Oprah said…, “Use that energy we all are born with to give to others, and make a difference in the world.”

  • Della - Such a handsome dude, and to claim him as my very own grandson, yup, I am so proud of him, his talent, looks, personality, kindness and always giving . I love you my precious Kai, ….granny (what fantastic photos, just awwwww’som…..) I wonder who the photographer is??????

Today was Oprah’s last show…

Yes, we’ve all known about it for a while. But… now that The Oprah Winfrey Show is officially over, I have a sense of emptiness. I sat and watched her last show today with such amazement, delight, happiness and yes, a bit of sorrow. To see what she has done in in the last 25 years is amazing and nothing shy of it. Incredible.  I know she says the word is amazing is over used at times, but I think she deserves to be associated with it. The topics she covered, the places she’s gone, the stories she shared, is just down right amazing. I remember seeing her show back when I was in high school. Gosh, and that was ions ago.I grew up with her. She interviewed Michael Jackson!!!!

I am not home to watch the show live, so luckily my DVR has been my lifesaver and late at night, once I’m back from the gym, I relax in my bed and watch someone who totally inspires me. Knowing this day was coming up, I have been tuning in to OWN since it launched in January and thankfully, there is some amazing programming on there that will keep my Oprah fix going for a while. For those of you who haven’t checked it out, do so.

I could probably sit here for hours and write a book about this woman, whom we all seen grow and educate our nation. But, I won’t. I will simply end it with a thank you Oprah. Thank you for sharing your love, your wisdom, your knowledge and your light with all of us. Thank you for touching my life in so many ways and for bringing solid TV into a great show. You are simply beautiful. I will miss your show, but know we have not seen the last of you. We have all learned so much and you have touched so many lives. Thank you.

One quote from today’s show: “My great wish for all of you who have allowed me to honor my calling through this show is that you carry whatever you’re supposed to be doing, carry that forward and don’t waste any more time. Start embracing the life that is calling you and use your life to serve the world.”

Here is a link for those that want to read her love letter she spoke to us today: http://www.oprah.com/oprahshow/The-Oprah-Winfrey-Show-Finale_1


Playing poker with Jason Mraz, Shanna Moakler, Joanna Krupa and Annie Duke

Check out my pictures of the celebrity poker night at The Hustler Casino in Gardena, CA that was hosted by poker icon Annie Duke. Celebrity players included: Jason Mraz, Shanna Moakler, Joanna Krupa,Mark PhilippoussisGeorge Kozel, Erik Aude, and others. It was the first annual “Night of Poker”, a No Limit Hold’Em Charity Tournament which was held to benefit the Life Rolls On Foundation. There were some awesome prizes for those that made it to the final table, but the best prize was a seat in the World Series Of Poker!The prizes were:

Professional poker icon Annie Duke played at a table with poker personality George Kozel, which seemed to be the loudest table in the room!  For those familiar with the game of Texas Hold Em, you’ll know that shooting a tournament like this is very unpredictable since there is no official ending time, which means you just kinda have to wait to see what happens. As the blinds went up and players got eliminated, the final table was set a little after 11:00PM. It came down to the last two final players at the wee hours of the morning, officially ending a little after 1:00AM. It was a very fun and casual night of poker.  Singer Jason Mraz sat next to Jesse Billauer and did pretty well before getting eliminated. Supermodel Joanna Krupa and Actress Shanna Moakler looked beautiful as usual and had a wonderful time at the tables.  Of all the celebrity participants, Shanna Moakler was the top finisher in 9th place.

  • Della - Looked like fun and exciting. Happy that Jesse was playing, hoped he won big.
    All the photos were so life like, almost as if I was actually there with them. Terrific pictures.

Steffani + Alfredo | Street Maternity | Honolulu, Hawaii

When Steffani inquired about a maternity photography shoot in Hawaii, we talked about a few ideas that would be best suited for both her and Alfredo. I realized a street urban feel would be best suited for these two, since they are not your traditional photography kinda couple :-).  We decided to do the maternity/couple photography downtown and it was awesome! Steffani was almost 37 weeks pregnant when we did this photoshoot, so I wasn’t sure how far we I could “push” her without pushing out that baby! LOL. Luckily, she is pretty athletic and was in great shape even at 37 weeks pregnant. She was a total sport for getting up trucks, laying down, climbing stairs and walking for a bit, which made for some awesome and fun photographs. My style is pretty non-traditional, so I opt for some crazy things and locations:-) This couple came stylin’ to the photo shoot, sporting the GUCCI sunglasses and JIMMY CHOO bag, I came with my camera and snapped these two together!

We walked around for a bit and by the end, Steffani’s feet were uh……super swollen. YIKES. They both were super cool and a fun couple to shoot. While her baby was officially due next Tuesday ( 5/24/11), she gave birth exactly one week after this photo shoot to a beautiful baby girl, so a little over 2 weeks early. Congrats Steffani and Alfredo on your new baby!

  • Camille Edwards - I really enjoyed looking at these photos, Good Job!! Congratulation to the couple on the birth of their baby girl : )

  • Tessa - I absolutely loved the locations you chose for this shoot. It’s filled with such interesting textures and colors.

  • Stephen Beckman - Super cute! Esp. like the last one and the boom box. Very cute couple and some neat moments between them.

    Light, color, gesture.

Tricia + Erik | Wedding Photography | Honolulu, Hawaii

It was a warm and sunny day as Erik and the boys pulled up to Central Union Church in Honolulu on May 1st. Looking excited, he stepped out of the white limo, followed by his 2 good looking brothers and 3 ADORABLE little heartbreakers. OMG, those little boys were just too cute! Erik anxiously walked into the groom’s room and awaited his soon to be wife arrive. Shortly thereafter, Tricia shows up looking gorgeous as ever with the accompany of her “blue” entourage. Sister, Lila quickly tucked her baby sister in the bride’s room where she began to get ready for her big moment. Once settled in, Tricia was all smiles and you could feel the happiness she was feeling. Once it became official, the smiles and joy were everywhere. It was then off to the Hale Koa hotel in Waikiki for the wedding reception.

It was a beautiful day. The weather was gorgeous as Erik and Tricia became one. Oddly enough, the very next day the island was hit with major lightning and thunderstorms. In fact, there were a few funnel clouds that were present on the island, which resemble that of a tornado. Shortly after, the island was drenched with rain. It came down in truckloads. Massive, massive, massive rain.  So, I’m so glad that Tricia and Erik were blessed with a beautiful day to start their lives together. You can see their engagement pics by clicking here.

Here are some pics as well as a slide show at the end of the post. Enjoy!

See a slideshow below by clicking play on the lower left corner:

  • della - How much more beauty can there be for the bride, she is just absolutely gorgeous,
    definitely “front cover of the bridal magazine”. Lila’s happiness glowed , and the mother kissing her daughter is just precious. Loved it all, …….fantastic photos….Mom

  • Tricia - We just watched the slide show…and I’m in tears. The pictures are amazing. I love all of them and can’t wait to put them up all over the house :)Thank you again for EVERYTHING! <3<3

  • aunty ;paulyne - I just love those blue shoes, that was awesome, and the color shades of blue for her bridesmaids, what a fantastic idea, and to top it off, the bride couldn’t be more beautiful. I must say Honeygirl, you are a super extraordinary photographer, your pictures are super great. Love you, aunty paulyne

  • Luvi Lewis - Oh my God Honeygirl, I am so impressed with your photos, I knew you were good, but what I just viewed, it is breathless. How you captured the bride glowing, and her shoes that was just so neat, to top it off with the bridesmaids shades of blue. I can’t pick a favorite, cause I like them all. Beautiful bride and handsome groom. Great job Honeygirl, and I am proud of you….Aunty Luvi

  • Aunty Bon - That was awesome! Now we can relive that beautiful day over and over again with the great photos captured by such a wonderful artist. Thank you Honey Girl for a job well done. You do such amazing work.
    Love, Aunty Bon

  • Laura - Great photos Gayla. I love your work and how real it is. I always feel like I was there through your photographs. This wedding is so colorful and happy. I love the blue, the bride looks so happy and in love. Keep up the great work, you are a true talent!

  • Mama Goose - Amazingly Beautiful Wedding Couple and Photography work! Love the Cinderella Gown!!! Congratulations Tricia!!! And Great Job Honeygirl!

  • Mama Goose - Amazingly%20Beautiful%20Wedding%20Couple%20and%20Photography%20work!%20%20Love%20the%20Cinderella%20Gown!!!%20%20Congratulations%20Tricia!!!%20%20And%20Great%20Job%20Honeygirl!


  • ILEAN - Honeygirl, what beautiful pictures, all look so natural, relaxed and candid. The bride is so beautiful, she is more pretty than those movie stars, I assumed that was the bride’s mother kissing her, well she looks more like her sister, you can see where she got her good looks from……. The music, song just fits ….love Aunty Ilean

  • Don and Mardelle Duncan - Congratulations Tricia and Erik! We are very happy for you! We wish you a lifetime of happiness! Please say hello to your mom and Rick for us. They look great also! Don and Mardelle