• 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.

Oprah tells you how important photos are!

Oprah Winfrey is another one of my heroes. This woman is beyond amazing.  She didn’t have much growing up, but proved to the world what determination, positive thinking, drive and smarts can do. She proves that anything is possible and you can control the outcome of your life. I mean look at what she has done in her life. INCREDIBLE!. She inspires me beyond belief.  I use my DVR to record The Oprah Winfrey Show and watch it late at night when time permits. Her programming is so solid and top notch, it’s incredibly stimulating.  I love this quote by Oprah: ” You are defined by the choices you make everyday to be happy AND to GIVE happiness”.

In the video below from oprah.com, you will see her say how important photos are! This goes to show you the value and impact of photography. Listen to her say how important photographs are to her and the value they hold over her expensive artwork!

This is her farewell season, so be sure to tune in… only 29 shows left!

See the video by clicking here:


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Dancing with the Stars Dmitry Chaplin – Vote for him!

I shot gorgeous Dmitry Chaplin at the Geisha House in Hollywood for a DIOR promotion a while back and thought I’d post them since he is on the hit ABC show Dancing With The Stars. This year he is partnered with supermodel Petra Nemcova. I mean talk about a gorgeous couple! :-) You can see their official bio on the ABC DTWS website by clicking here.  Not only does he have the body, the looks and the moves…. he has an awesome personality and is such a sweet guy.  Please call in 800-VOTE4-04 …text code 3404 and vote for Dmitry and Petra.  Be sure to tune in every Monday watch Dancing with the Stars on abc, with the result show on Tuesdays. Go Dmitry and get that mirror ball trophy! WOOT…

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  • mommy - I hope they win, GEORGEOUS, SIMPLY HANDSOME, AND A BEAUTIFUL COUPLE.
    VOTE, VOTE, VOTE.

  • maria - Love Dimalish!!!!

  • Maria Flores Ali - Dmitry Chaplin is the very Best! It is the show lost! They need young dancer! He is more better than Max!

  • Bryan Mosé - GORGEOUS!

  • Irina Hukumchand - ocharovashka!

  • Kristi Clement Rodriguez - OMG he is SO hot! WHY isn’t he on the show, are they nuts? Gorgeous, talented, and a gentleman, unlike a couple of other pros who are brothers…

  • Vera Vaksman - He takes good picture.

  • Henry Solis - What a handsome smile and perfect face! Not to mention, an awesome performer/dance profesional!

Get an autographed Hawaii Five-O surfboard!

I shot Alex O’Loughlin and Scott Caan, better known as Steve McGarrett & Danno Williams from the hit CBS TV show Hawaii Five-O for an amazing cause.  Not only are these two guys just awesome to be around and very easy to look at [wink], they have incredible hearts, which makes them even more gorgeous!  As many of you know, I became involved with Life Rolls On, a non-profit organization dedicated to improving the quality of life for young people affected by spinal cord injuries; when my little niece Maile participated in a World Record Wheelchair Event at Dodger Stadium . You can see a clip of her by clicking here.

The NSP surfboard was donated by  Aaron Rutledge and Tony Rutledge from Star Beach Boys, passed around set to get autographed by the Hawaii Five-O Cast;  Alex O’Loughlin, Scott Caan, Daniel Dae Kim and Grace Park and then photographed by myself. How awesome is that!  We wil be having an opportunity drawing at our They Will Surf Again Kick Off Event on Friday 4/29/11 at Wahoo’s in Kahala, Hawaii…which is where you can win the board! $10 gives you a chance to win the board amongst a few other great prizes. Buy more and increase your chances of winning! 100% donated to Life Rolls On. Stay tuned for a detailed list of all prizes available for our drawing.  I thought I would send this out to all of you Hawaii Five-O fans across the globe.  You do not have to be present to win; however, keep in mind…should you win the board, you will be responsible for any shipping costs involved.  I will be giving away a few tickets on my facebook page, so be sure to like it and stay tuned for winners! Click here to see my facebook page. Please click here if you would like to donate and have a chance at winning the autographed surfboard!

Interested in showing your support? email me at gayla@gaylaelizabeth.com or call 808-729-7788.  If you suffer from paralysis and want to surf in Hawaii, be sure to register here: www.liferollson.org/hawaii.

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  • mama goose - THAT’S IT! I AM KEEPING ALL TWENTY OF MY TICKETS!!! BY THE WAY…, SURE WOULD BE NICE TO HAVE ALEX AND SCOTT COME WITH THE BOARD!!! I AM A BIG FAN OF HAWAII 5-O!!! LIKED THE OLD ONE…, BUT FANATIC ABOUT THE NEW SERIES. I NEVER MISS A PROGRAM EACH WEEK…, EVEN WHEN THEY SHOW REPEATS. I LOVE GRACE AND DANIEL TOO! THE FOUR OF THEM CLICK, AND MAKE THE SHOW SOMETHING TO LOOK FORWARD TO EACH WEEK! MAHALO NUI LOA TO ALL OF THEM FOR THEIR SUPPORT TO LRO! NICE JOB GAYLA!

  • Hanssie Trainor - Wow. Totally cool. I love Hawaii Five 0 and Alex :)

  • lmk66 - Great cast lending themselves to a great cause. And, the pics of Scott Caan and Alex O’Loughlin above are fantastic as well- easy when you have adorable subjects, huh? Hope you do well with this fundraiser.

  • Tarah Ziegler - How do I buy a chance to win the surfboard?

  • Gladys - Awesome pictures!!!!!

  • mommy - Eh, I going buy me some tickets too, I wanna win that board for ME! WOW, honeygirl, there is no end to your talent, and you meeting so many famous people. and YES, Scott is so damn handsome and cute… he is a winner. Thank you for taking me with you, it was great to meet him, have lunch with him and to get a chance to hug his little dog… boy how lucky for me.
    PS – no forget who when get the board , eh…….

  • rose aura - you are my hero! :)

  • Hawaii Five-0 UNDERCOVER - [...] pro photographer Gayla Elizabeth’s blog (http://www.gaylaelizabethblog.com/2011/04/07/hawaii-five-o-surfboard-alex-olaughlin-scott-caan/): I shot Alex O’Laughlin and Scott Caan, better known as Steve McGarrett & Danno Williams [...]

  • danielle marion - First I love H 5-0 great show number in my book and the guys well they are pretty very easy on the eyes. Giving away that great surfboard with the cast’s autograghs is awsome and for a great cause does Alex come with it. H 5-0 cast are the best with a great heart and beutiful people inside and out. Good luck at the fundraiser.

  • Lady Mills - What a great cause, love seeing all the happy smiles. The surf board would be great to win, but living on the prairies wouldn’t know where to use it. So whoever wins it, that will be a dream come true . . .a dreamy one at that! ;)

  • marlin - wonder if you have to be present to win that board???
    otherwise I’d guy a bunch of tkts.
    how doe one get a part on the show???

    aloha ,,marlin

  • Melanie - Wow! Alex O’Loughlin sure jumps from one charity to another. I guess it depends on the show he’s doing at the time, right?

  • Clare L Wiseman - wished I could loved that the guys are doing this very classy.

Little Michael

Michael Anthony made his appearance to the world back in December. This little slugger is a mere 10 days old when he did his very first photo shoot and I must say, he was fully of expressions. He sported a darling little Los Angeles Dodger beanie with these two pom poms that were to die for. He slept for most of the session and woke up for brief moments and went right back to sleep.  He even gave me a very adorable “smile” when he was dreaming. He managed to sneak in a few screams, before heading back into la-la land. zzzzzzzz. This is part of my BABY’S FIRST collection which documents the baby’s first year of life. You can see the first post when he was in his mama’s tummy by clicking here. Stay tuned for his next batch of photos!:-)

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  • Tessa - Little Michael has so many cute faces. I love these adorable pics. : )

I have a new pet…

So, maybe it’s not really a pet. But, I found not one…but NINE of these in my backyard. What is it? A black fuzzy spiky caterpillar with red spots! It kinda freaked me out actually. But, then I had to get some photos of it so I could try to find out what it is on the internet. Come to find out, it’s a Mourning Cloak Butterfly Caterpillar. I’ll admit, photographing this insect was not easy and yes, there were a few screams. :-)Okay, there were a lot of screams. But, it eventually made it into a jar, in hopes of seeing it turn into a beautiful butterfly soon.:-)Stay tuned for it’s transformation. In Hawaiian, we call this a Pulelehua.

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  • mommy - Yikes, it is weird looking, remember, the spikes are not good, it looks like it belongs to the underworld, it gives me the creeps, however, what beautiful shots and so clear.