Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Stormy Waves

There have been some amazing waves to photograph in the past couple of months due to large swells off the Hawaiian islands.  I was fortunate to capture some of these waves and am now offering them as limited edition canvas prints.  This one is called, "Dances with Waves" and is offered as a giclee canvas.  I'm only offering 100 of each print in this collection.  To purchase this limited edition print or see others in the collection, click on this link: Fine Art Gallery

Saturday, March 1, 2014

Update 2014

Class of 2014,

Due to a family medical issue, I'm sorry that I will not be able to accept any more senior portrait appointments for the 2013-214 school year.  I'm going to miss working with this year's seniors!!

In the meantime, I'm referring senior portrait inquiries to my good friend and trusted associate, Will Poindexter of Poindexter Photography.  I've known Will for many years and he's an award-winning photographer and I know he'll do a great job for you.  Feel free to check out his work and contact him for more information. 

For makeup for your senior portrait session, I recommend contacting Tricia Yoshioka of Trends by Tricia.  Her phone is 808-398-6789.  Most of the seniors on my site have had their makeup done by her. 

To the class of 2014--congratulations on your upcoming graduation and best wishes to you!

Friday, May 24, 2013

Design Your Ideal Life One Day Retreat for Women

I've been constantly asked if I would put together an event just for women.  So I've designed this special one-day transformational retreat and workshop to help you get from where you are to where you want to be.  I'm looking forward to sharing the training and insights I've learned from some of the best in the industry. 

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

The Stream Always Wins

I recently gave a motivational/career talk to a group of UH students. After my talk, one student came up and said, "I'm surprised you didn't talk about never giving up.  You should remind everyone to never, ever give up." 

I thought the concept of never giving up was so basic that I didn't need to repeat it in my talks. But he insisted that people need to hear it.  I thought about it and had to agree.  Sometimes it's the most basic concepts we tend to overlook. 

Practice perseverance.  We so often give up because it's easier to yield than go against resistance. And sometimes we're just too tired or too distracted to go after what we really want.   But it's better to remember that when things get in our way or don't go as expected, we're often being directed to another path, another point of view, another conversation.  Obstacles are not put in your path to stop you, but to guide you to something else.  Think of it not so much as being taken away from what you want, but being led to something better. We just need to be open to the possibilities that appear through perseverance.  Just like the stream that keeps on flowing, when you persevere you can carve a path around, over, or through your toughest obstacles.  And oftentimes the greater gift is in the learning along the way.

(For those who are curious about the above image, it was taken at the Lower Falls in  Yosemite.  It was a very crisp, fall morning and I can still feel the chill in the air when I look at this image.  I loved the fact that a rainbow formed as I was shooting.)

(And for those who have asked, yes, his image will soon be available for purchase on my website.  Mahalo!) 

Monday, December 31, 2012

New Year's Video Message ((1 Minute)

Happy New Year!  I'm starting the new year by adding some new technology to my site--videos!  I'll be adding messages, training, and some other cool stuff.  Stay tuned, and in the meantime, enjoy this short video where my office assistant does his best to distract me.

Friday, December 28, 2012

The End of New Year's Resolutions


I’m celebrating the end of resolutions.  No more for me.  They should be banned.  Forget about resolutions.  Resolutions require “resolve” and most people lose their resolve by Jan 15th.   Instead, I recommend you focus on your vision—your destination—the big picture that defines what you truly want.  Sounds easy, right?  The problem, however, is most people don’t really know what they want.  That’s what keeps them stuck.  When you have unclear vision, you set unclear or unrealistic goals and it’s hard to get where you want to go.  We’ll talk later about setting clear goals, but let’s start with getting honest about what you really want. 

Adjust your focus.

Most people think too small or too narrowly when defining what it is they’re really after. Instead of thinking, “I want to lose weight,” ask yourself, “Why do I really want to lose weight?”  “What will this really mean for me?”  “Why is this important to me?”  Keep drilling the questions until you get to your real purpose.  Here’s an example:

Q:  Why do you want to lose weight?
A:  Because I’ll feel better, have more energy.
Q:  Why is that important to you?
A:  Because I’ll be able to do the things I couldn’t do before.
Q:  Like what? 
A:  Keep up with the kids, not be so tired and angry all the time, try on new clothes,
Q:  Why is that important to you?
A:  Because I want to be able to go hiking with my family and not be out of breath; because I want to feel better about myself; because I want to be have a more professional image; I want to like the way I look in pictures
Q:  So what will losing weight really bring you?
A:  Better self-esteem; happier home life; being a better role model for my family; satisfaction of knowing I did what I said I was going to do; more self-confidence

You get the idea?  Focus on the bigger picture of what you really want and keep that vision—that positive emotional feeling—in mind when you find yourself struggling to stay on track.  Instead of focusing on “losing weight,” focus on the destination—focus on fitness and a happier, healthier you which will spill over into other areas of your life. 

(Author’s note:  For me, I keep the big picture and a small picture in mind.  My small picture is to focus on the daily positive feeling.  Rather than dwell on how I hate hearing my alarm go off to get to my 5:00 a.m. workout, I focus on the feeling of how energized I feel when the workout is over and how great I feel the rest of the day!) 

This Q&A exercise (no pun intended) works for any goal you may have in mind.  If your goal is to be more organized, make more money, quit smoking, etc., ask yourself these same questions and get to the real heart of what you want.  Knowing your “why” will help you get from where you are to where you want to be!

Kathy Davenport is a Certified Success Coach, Motivational Speaker and Transformation Trainer.  To learn more about her work, visit her website at www.kathleendavenport.com.   

Friday, December 21, 2012

Enjoy this gift!

A friend shared this video with me this morning.  He said he tries to watch it every morning to start his day on the right vibration.  With all the craziness that seems to be going on in the world, I think this is an excellent reminder of where our hearts and focus should be. 

Enjoy the day, enjoy your gift!