Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Is Your Child America's Cutest Kid??


Red Bird Photography is participating in the National Charity Model Search to select “America’s Cutest Kid” and to raise funds for charity.

We’re looking for cute children ages 18 months to 14 years old to model for a portrait to be entered into the contest.

Models Search Special:
$35 entrance fee, which includes a 30 minute model session and one image submitted to the national gallery.

Finalists will be determined by online votes. Anyone may vote. Each vote is $1, and all proceeds from votes benefit the non-profit Now I Lay Me Down To Sleep. (NILMDTS.org)
Grand prize national winner will be determined from the 50 city finalists. Winners selected by photography and modeling industry experts.

If your child is selected the national winner, you’ll receive many prizes, including a $5,000 US Savings Bond and a Canon PowerShot G10 digital camera.

If you’re interested in entering your child(ren), please call the studio at 808-782-7079. For more information about the contest, go online to Sandy Puc Models.

Saturday, December 27, 2008

Goals For The New Year?

Here we are on the cusp of yet another adventure-filled year. How did you do with your resolutions for 2008? Did you come close? If not, maybe you can give it another chance for 2009. If you did hit your goals/resolutions, now may be the time to up the ante :)

We're in the planning stages for 2009 and can't wait to see what wonderful surprises the year has in store for us. Here's hoping that everyone stays in good health!

Sunday, December 21, 2008

Geronimo!!


A fun picture I took while staying at the Hale Koa hotel in Waikiki this past weekend. I almost remember being a kid and jumping in like that. Almost. We also got to go see Santa at Ala Moana and watch the performance of The Christmas Gift of Aloha, which is always a treat. All in all, it was a nice "stay-cation".

My New Chair


I love pictures of children in chairs. I just picked up this cute little chair and, of course, I had to give it a test drive. My son begrudgingly obliged me (under duress of not receiving a lollipop).

Peace On Earth


The dove is the international symbol of peace. I'm not quite sure this is a dove per se, but for the purpose of this post, it will do just fine and dandy :) I caught this little fella on his way to ... well, I'm not sure, lol!!! I think actually he was making his way to a breakfast buffet over at the local pigeon watering hole. Anyway, as the year winds down, I'd like to wish all of you a very Merry Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, and whatever other holiday it is that you may celebrate. It is my sincere wish and hope that all who have read my blog have enjoyed my posts and musings over this past year. I look forward to sharing more of my images with you and I look forward as well to your comments. It is my wish as well that peace will ultimately prevail and that good continues to triumph over evil.

Friday, December 19, 2008

A 2nd Grade Christmas Show




I had the distinct honor of attending my daughter's 2nd grade Christmas program over at Waimalu Elementary School. My little girl even had a speaking part :) Anywho, I thought I would share a couple of pictures from the program with you. The first shot is of her with our statue of Santa.

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Do You Drink Espresso?



My mother bought me an espresso machine recently and I have to say that I am still at a loss as to how much sugar to add so that it doesn't taste bitter. I like my coffee sweet and have discovered that American coffee is very forgiving when it comes to adding sugar. It won't taste bitter if you put too much. Espresso is a beast of a different nature, which I have yet to tame. Right now, I'm at about a teaspoon and a half. Not too bad, but I know it can be better :) Any suggestions out there? Please feel free to respond and let me know if there is an ideal and precise measurement for that perfect cup of espresso.

Monday, December 15, 2008

Props!


On a non-photography related story, (gasp!-yes, I can discuss things other than photography, after all it is MY blog, LOL!!!) I wanted to send out my congratulations to an old high school classmate of mine, Eric Gregory. After many years of study and travel, Eric is an assistant professor of religion at Princeton and this year published his first book, Politics and the Order of Love: An Augustinian Ethic of Democratic Citizenship. As you may have gathered, this is not light reading. If you are interested in religion and politics, you can pick up this book here at Amazon.com. Many congratulations to you, Eric, and much continued success!

Saturday, December 13, 2008

Boys




These are my top boys, Bristol and Bergen. It has been such a joy to be able to watch them grow in the past year. They recently came in for Bergen's 9-month session. Here are a couple of images we did.

Thursday, December 11, 2008

Still Trying To Figure Out What Gift To Buy For Christmas??

Are you at a loss for what to give the person that has everything or is just plain difficult to shop for? Why not give them a gift certificate for a portrait session from Red Bird Photography? Gift certificates are available!

Tuesday, December 09, 2008

Santa, Can You Keep A Secret?


Santa was very busy this weekend taking down requests from the little ones regarding what they wanted for Christmas. This little doll even told him a secret. Santa is a pretty trustworthy guy and kept her secret. She was so polite, we think she's got a good shot at getting what she wants, but Santa will ultimately make that decision ;)

Sunday, December 07, 2008

Thank you, Santa!


Wow, Santa was amazing! We just wrapped up our Christmas pictures with Santa over at USA Baby and boy, we had a great time! It was extra special because there were no long lines, no crowds and Santa got to spend some quality time with some very special little boys and girls. Thank you to USA Baby for hosting us and to Santa for taking time out of your busy schedule to visit with a few of the children from Hawaii.

Saturday, December 06, 2008

Santa's Here!


So, I'll be photographing that jolly old fellow this weekend over at USA Baby. If you're in the area, stop by and say hello! Since I won't have time to attend to my blog this weekend, I will leave you with this recent image. I just love baby bottoms, don't you?!?

Friday, December 05, 2008

Sleeping Children Around The World


We have a lot to be grateful for: our health, the roof over our heads, that we can provide for our children, and the list goes on. But somehow, I didn't know how to express that gratitude. I wanted to find a way to give back to the universe, so to speak. Well, God placed a few opportunities in my path. First it was the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society Halloween Costume Contest Fundraiser, which was a great success. Then the Toys for Tots program of which I will be donating up to five dollars from session fees at the Santa Holiday mini-sessions atUSA Baby for anyone who donates a toy, and last but not least Sleeping Children Around The World. This is an organization which provides bedkits to the neediest of children in underdeveloped nations. One hundred percent of your donation goes to purchasing the bedkits. I belong to a group of photographers trying to raise money to purchase those bedkits. If you feel like you would like to give but maybe your finances aren't what they should be, don't worry. Here is a short quote from St. Francis of Assisi: "For it is in giving that we receive." Truer words were never spoken.

Thursday, December 04, 2008

Interested in Photo Tips?

I thought it might be fun to give some photo tips every once in a while and thought I'd see if there was any interest. E-mail me at gabi@redbirdphotography.com if you would like to see tips here on the blog. We all learn through sharing and I'd love to help anyone interested.

Wednesday, December 03, 2008

The Greatest and Most Difficult Job Ever


What is the most difficult job you can think of? Surgeon, pilot, police officer, construction worker? If those are your guesses, you're not even close :) Being a parent, in our opinion, ranks as the most difficult job. If you are a parent, you know what I'm talking about. You've been charged by God, fate, destiny, or whatever higher power you believe in to nurture and shape another living being. How well you do that job will be reflected in how successful in life that little person becomes. That's pretty overwhelming. You are also putting yourself last most of the time so that you can focus on this part of yourself that you've brought into the world. It means putting aside your own personal aspirations and dreams perhaps for 18 years. But what an amazing accomplishment it is when you have succeeded in making a person who is loving, honest, respectful, and has a strong moral compass.

Tuesday, December 02, 2008

A Meaningful Gift


I was out shopping today and wondering what in the world am I going to get my mom for Christmas?? I don't know about anyone else, but as I get older, I feel less and less inclined to buy things just for the sake of buying. I want whatever it is I give to have some sentimental value to it. (This way of thinking makes sense to adults, but not to kids unfortunately.) So, this year I will probably be printing some images I did of the kids. Hopefully, she isn't reading this, lol. Oops.
 
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