Erin Gregerson Photography | Kauai Photographer » Kauai Modern Portrait and Lifestyle Photographer

I’m trying to shoot a lot of film for my personal work because it’s such great practice with slowing down and being more thoughtful with your exposure, making sure to capture just the right moment and not just shooting away on digital and hoping you got something good. I definitely think it helps me grow and improve as a photographer, even when I’m using my digital camera.

I usually shoot with professional grade film but I was interested in what basic film would look like so I grabbed a few rolls of Fuji Superia 400 at Walmart to see what how they would end up. I’m happy with how they turned out. There were some adjustments I had to do since this film comes out quite magenta, but overall it’s not too bad. I still prefer my professional grade film but this is a fun one to have on hand for silly moments at home for a more economical cost. These were developed and scanned at The Find Lab, as usual.

To check out more film goodness, check out Lauren’s lovely work of her family at the San Diego County Fair.

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This session was only last night and although I am scrambling around trying to get my house deep cleaned before my family gets in tomorrow, I had to edit some of these. Sometimes, the light is just amazing and it was last night at Anini Beach. This beautiful family of three only got here on Monday and we did their session Tuesday night for Kauai family photos. They are troopers. Little Mr. F was so funny and entertaining. We had so much fun just wandering up and down the beach, exploring the surroundings, enjoying the beautiful evening weather, and capturing their little family.

I know I talk all the time about how much I love to shoot family sessions, but I can’t help it. I am so passionate about it and I know how priceless these images are. I loved doing my Skype pre-session appointment with C and seeing the photos all over her walls. That’s what this is about. Capturing these little moments in time and then printing them, so we can see them every day. My family photos are on our walls and I smile every single time I walk by them. They are so precious to me, and that’s what I strive to give to each of my clients.

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I love film. I love shooting film. I hate waiting for the film scans to come in, but I love the anticipation during the download and wondering how they turned out. Did I make something I love? Are they in focus? (It’s trickier with my film camera than my digital and my shutter speed is often much lower, resulting in motion blur occasionally.) I almost always love what I got, which is one reason I love film, and this roll was definitely one I was thrilled with. I have certain film stocks that will always be my staple film for client sessions because they are consistent with my clean, classic look. It is fun to try new ones that I haven’t used before for my personal work and different types of light from what I do in client work. This roll was HP5. This film definitely has an old look to it, but I really love how it turned out.

Black and white film is tricky for exposure. You have to get it perfect in camera or the photos will look muddy. I am becoming better though and this roll was great. The more I shoot, the more comfortable I become shooting film and I love that I am incorporating that love into my sessions and sharing what I am passionate about with my client work. I am going to continue to be a Kauai film photographer and hopefully share the love of film with everyone I know. There were so many images that I loved with this roll that I am probably over sharing, but I can’t help myself.
Shot on a Canon EOS3 with Ilford HP5 and developed at The FIND lab.

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When R contacted me and we talked a little about what she was looking for in her session, I was so excited. While I always strive to get a few good posed images in every session, what I truly love to capture are the in-between moments; the laughter, the silliness, the essence of each family. We were definitely able to capture that for her family. Even if the weather isn’t amazing, or the light perfect, please don’t worry. We will still get beautiful images for your family to cherish for generations. When you are looking for a Kauai photographer family keep in mind the photographer’s style and if it is something that moves you. Each photographer is different and we all have different looks and styles that we bring to our images. We’re not all the right photographer for everyone and that is okay. If you feel like my style is what you are looking for, give me a call. I’d love to chat with you about what you want from your family photo session on Kauai.

(808)652-0943

erin@eringregerson.com
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Kauai is an amazing place. I still can’t believe I live here sometimes. Everyone is different but our family likes to be active and hiking is one of our favorite things. If you are like us and about to visit, wondering what to do, these are my suggestions of what we think everyone on Kauai should do at least once.

The top five things to do on Kauai:

5. Take an ATV tour at Kipu Ranch Adventures. You ride an ATV through some of the most beautiful areas of Kauai. Think Jurassic Park. But prepare to get muddy, and Kauai dirt stains. Unless you want to bring home a spattered shirt as a souvenir, I’d recommend wearing something you don’t care about.

4. Snorkel at Tunnel’s Beach. It’s a pain to get to, and I hate dealing with the parking situation, but it’s a magical spot and is worth the hassle. Some of the best snorkeling on Kauai, in an insanely beautiful spot.

3. Visit Waimea Canyon. It’s called the Grand Canyon of the Pacific and for good reason. It’s unbelievable! It’s a drive up to the mountains, but totally worth it. If you get car sick, sit in the front of your car. And bring a sick bag, just in case. As you can see, the view is worth it.
Top five things to do on Kauai: Views of Waimea Canyon on Kauai, with beautiful red dirt and bright green foliage

 

2.Hike to Hanakapi’ai. (Hah nah kah pee eye) It’s a two mile trip to the beach, but you should avoid the water there. It is one of the areas where the most people have drowned on Kauai. Please be safe and don’t do anything unwise. It’s another two miles in to the Hanakapi’ai falls but it’s very worth it. We’ve taken all four of our kids there twice now. It’s an all day event. If you want to see some of the views of Na Pali but don’t want to hike that far, if you go about a mile up the hike, you will get stunning views of Na Pali coast and then Ke’e (Kay eh) Beach and its cool reef. Get there early, wear lots of sunscreen, bring a bunch of water, and enjoy the views.

1. See Na Pali coast. This I cannot say enough. It is amazing. So incredibly beautiful and pictures cannot do it justice. It is something that must be experienced to understand. We love to take Captain Andy’s zodiac tours, which are pretty high adventure. If you’re not up for that much, the sailing tours are still incredibly fun. Both come with snorkeling and a lunch. They do a really good job of taking care of you. If you get sea sick, you may want to take a helicopter ride, which isn’t something we’ve done, but have heard amazing things about it. I just like being in the water. Hopefully some of these suggestions will give you an idea of what to do here on Kauai. Aloha!

Feel free to contact me at (808) 652-0943

erin@eringregerson.com

Top five things to do on Kauai: view of stunning green cliffs of the Na Pali Coast on Kauai

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