Hi, I'm Danette He'itukutonga. I am a photographer, business owner and the mother of a big Caucasian/Polynesian family. We have homes in Maui, Idaho and Tonga. We run several businesses that keep us very busy, have several hapa kids and have now added grandkids to that mix. We have found a love for Australian Shepherds, have several that reside with us, as well as two Tom Cats who tolerate the dogs. We love life and try to make the most of every day and every opportunity that comes our way.
Halloween at the He Household 2011- Halloween Costume Photography - Halloween Photography
Halloween photography is big in our house. It has been for years. It started a long time ago when I used the halloween costumes as an opportunity to practice my portrait skills on the kids. Then I began to get a collection of good, quality portraits that way, so I decided to keep going with it every year. A few years ago, we added our yearly excursion to Kula Farms, and I began an inpromptu little photo shoot with the kids using the props that were around me, thanks to the Farm. This year, I got sick the Saturday before Halloween. It started out as a small thing that I thought would be nothing. Weeks went by and I still was not feeling better at all. I edited our annual Halloween costume shoot while I was completely under the weather, and I hated it. I thought I would just do what some photographers suggest and stage a fake costume shoot. You wait until a better, more opportune time, dress your kids up again and retake the portrait shoot. Well weeks had went by since Halloween, Thanksgiving had come and gone, and I still hadn't managed to schedule in that retake session. I thought, "Bummer! I'll just have to go back to those awful pics and see if I can't find something salvageable in them." So I went back and edited again, this time using a different preset in Lightroom and different filters. It made a world of difference, and I realized that I didn't have to schedule a retake shoot. I had some photos in the can that I could be pretty proud of and not cringe at years from now. So now I'm finally posting my Halloween portraits. This is what Halloween looked like at the He Household in 2011.
My princesses, my beautiful ladies!!
So much attitude!!!
Off all my kids, this one is the only one who hates to have his picture taken, but he'll do it for me because he loves me. It's a shame that he won't warm up to it because he is so cute!