Sunset at Hanalei yesterday was absolutely beautiful and a welcome way to end the day. Yesterday I had the great privilege of doing something that was exciting and equally terrifying for me. I took two HS kids out shooting and in the process took the first steps into what I hope will be a long term endeavor. One the big reasons for moving to kauai was my desire to work with kids and passing on all of this photography knowledge I’ve gathered in over 20 years of shooting. In that sense yesterday was extremely exciting for me, the terrifying part is in the fact that I’m a total introvert and with kids you just never really know if you’re ever making an impact so I just feel like I’m always rambling on and on. Despite it all though I’ve learned over the years that if you’re just yourself and express your love and passion for what you do and how it’s changed you then you’re bound to impact someone. I never got into photography for fame or riches but because I love the art of it so much. In conjunction with my faith this has been an immensely transformative journey for me. As a mentor/instructor I want to pass on not just the mechanics of photography but beyond that to teach younger generations that art is not just a cool photo but an extension of yourself. To ask the question of why take the photo before it’s even taken, to know that in the end art is another form of communication and one that can evoke deep emotion within yourself as an artist but in the viewer as well. Ultimately that is the end goal and the great power of art, to connect people, to help them see a new perspective to open hearts and minds and make a pure and emotional connection. In a world where we feel more alone and isolated due to social media I truly believe that understanding the connecting power of art is ever so important. As photographers and all artist we hold great power in our hands and bear a great responsibility on our shoulders, to document the world for its beauty and ugliness. Not for fame riches or glory but for mutual understanding and appreciation of our home and each other. Thank you to @jazmine.hawaii and @minamicty letting me take you out, hope you got something out of it.