What is a Ninja?
Ninja, also called Shinobi, made their big debut in Japan’s feudal era during the 15th century. They were masters of covert operations, espionage, and infiltration. The origination of the word can be traced back to the 8th century and means “to steal away” or “to hide.” It is often associated with being stealthy and invisible.
Are you a Ninja?
“Ninja” or “Nin-chan” (the Japanese way for saying little Ninja) is actually a nickname that was given to me by friends after they saw me doing really high kicks and scale a wall. I had big dreams when I was younger and said “When I grow up, I want to be a ninja!” Thus the lifelong challenge to embark in activities that would help me actualize my dream of becoming one. My hobbies include Cosplay; to become a Master of Disguise, and Circus Arts such as: Aerial Dance, Lyra, and Partner Acrobatics; to keep me flying high and light on my toes!
How do your Ninja skills translate to photography?
I like to plot and scheme. I mean endlessly since those long lost, far gone childhood years of endless summer days. The bigger the surprise engagement or proposal, the better and more excited I feel! Planning covert, top secret operations, especially in Honolulu, Hawaii; is what I do best, and what would I consider to be my dream job. There have been countless times where my family members and my partner give me “the look” and say “What are you scheming? You are being too quiet and I know you are up to no good!” (They are usually right about that too!) Now, add a camera to my hands and it’s a match made in heaven. Mauahahaha!!!
Do you have any other childhood dreams?
Yes! I really want to join the circus!!! You must really think I’m crazy, but I really think that it would be magical and fun! Like Disneyland, but for adults. Not to mention…ohh the photo opportunities!
Are you stealthy? Really stealthy?
I tend to be very stealthy. For example: Grooms to be that book me for a surprise engagement proposal usually walk right past me and don’t suspect that I’m their photographer secretly lurking and ready to spring into action! Hiding behind trees and bushes is great…but a lot of times hiding in plain sight is much better to be close to the action and get the perfect shot! During surprise engagement proposals it’s a dead give away if I were to wear my usual professional photographer attire and carry my 2 large cameras around. I’m not sure how well I could hide with all that extra gear weighing me down.
I also never like to stay in one place very long. This works out great for shooting surprise proposals, destination wedding, and event photography in Hawaii. I’ve seen some photographers that are planted in a particular space, but I hate to be in the way, especially with the advent of social media. I’ve had couples that may want to stream live video to share the moment with friends and family. The point of being stealthy is to not be seen after all!
What do you wear to a Surprise Engagement Proposal?
“When in Hawaii do as the Hawaii-ans do.” Dressing appropriately to match the patrons in the local area helps me be super sneaky and blend in. If we are at the beach or park I will wear something casual and hide my camera under a newspaper or book.
What is your favorite thing to capture?
I really enjoy capturing candid moments. Photo-bombers are fun too, but sometimes people just don’t look as lively when they know you are going to take their photo. It’s really important to me to capture people in their natural element and having fun. I know that when I look back at my personal images everything starts to come back to me and I start to reminisce about all the fun times spent together. Those are moments that I really cherish and can’t get enough of!
This concludes the “Getting to know the Ninja Photographer” section…for now. If you have any questions or want to book me for an upcoming surprise engagement proposal, destination wedding, or wedding in Honolulu, the Hawaiian Islands, in the States, or anywhere in the world (I love to travel) send me a message!