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Bonni and John are amazing. Period.

They’ve got to be the most fun-loving couple I’ve ever worked with, and the way they attack life and love is truly inspiring. The time we spent making these photographs over the weekend felt more like hanging out with old friends than photographing new acquaintances – and that makes me smile.

Oh, and their three dogs are pretty cool, too ๐Ÿ™‚

Canon EOS 5D Mark II
Canon 50mm f/1.4

Mike Olbinski - December 22, 2011 - 7:51 am

Fantastic work my friend…killer. Love that first frame with the text, and this last one is just epic. Facing the world together.

That snow fight was awesome too ๐Ÿ™‚ My only beef if Bonnie in that tank top for a bit…made me chilly all the way over here in AZ ๐Ÿ™‚

Jim Denham - December 22, 2011 - 7:51 am

Fantastic work Heath! Great looking couple!

Brian Furbush - December 22, 2011 - 7:54 am

Yo. You killed these, every single one. The ones of them playing in the snow and the respective dogs mean mugging are great, as are the frames where just Bonni’s eye is in focus behind John. Those rock.

Lee Brown - December 22, 2011 - 7:57 am

Nice job Heath!

Mike Watrous - December 22, 2011 - 8:02 am

What an awesome set Heath! I love the b/w close up of their faces towards the bottom of the set! Keep it up!

Rick - December 22, 2011 - 8:05 am

Awesome shoot! Looks like a very fun couple!

Chris Frailey - December 22, 2011 - 8:38 am

Great set Heath. It looks like you captured their personalities well.

Jesse Pafundi - December 22, 2011 - 9:36 am

These pictures are better than Christmas and Boxing Day combined. Chew on that.

Jon Stolarski - December 22, 2011 - 9:59 am

Terrific series! You can definitely see the chemistry between those two.

Clyde Stevens - December 22, 2011 - 10:42 am

Fantastic series – as Jon wrote – they show their bond. Nice work!

Bonni - December 22, 2011 - 12:31 pm

More than I could have ever asked for! You were amazing to work with and I couldn’t be happier with the results! Thankyou

Len Saltiel - December 22, 2011 - 1:00 pm

Fantastic series Heath. I think you captured their spirit in these images which is what great people photography is all about.

andy gimino - December 22, 2011 - 1:21 pm

FNtastic set heath!

Rich Williams - December 22, 2011 - 1:37 pm

My name is Rich Williams, and I approve these photos.

Wonderful set, Heath. Merry Christmas and Happy holidays.

Chris DeAngelis - December 22, 2011 - 3:42 pm

Amazing job Heath! Love the ones playing in the snow! Definitely look like a fun couple!

Adam Allegro - December 23, 2011 - 12:31 pm

Heath, these are great. I keep getting inspired to explore this aspect of my photography journey everytime I see a collection like this. The provessing is fantastic. Looks like a fun-loving, lively couple. Well done buddy.

Nathan Gilmer - December 23, 2011 - 5:20 pm

I really love your portrait work man! These are awesome. They really make me miss land of snow though.

Stephanie Scott - December 24, 2011 - 8:37 pm

Heath – These are fantastic! Looks like eveyone had a great day ๐Ÿ™‚

Adam Olson - December 25, 2011 - 7:50 pm

Fantastic set Heath! Love these, some of your best work! Amazing!

Eden - December 27, 2011 - 11:53 am

Lovely work. Well done!!

murphyz - December 31, 2011 - 3:52 am

Awesome set as usual Heath, looks like it was a fun shoot. All the best to you and yours for 2012.

A.Barlow - January 5, 2012 - 12:01 pm

Awesome set man, looks great!

Maui – IV

The fourth instalment in my Maui collection. Such great memories from this trip ๐Ÿ™‚

We stopped quite a few times along the road to Hana to see if we could find some of the waterfalls described in our guidebook. This bamboo forest was along one of the first and most exciting hikes we took to find a set of secluded falls. It was muddy, humid, and slightly dangerous – so it was SUPER fun ๐Ÿ™‚

Waterfalls. There are plenty of those in the rainforest along the road to Hana. These are just a few that we were able to see.

We were lucky enough to be able to take a 1-hour helicopter ride during our time in Maui. This shot was taken just as we came through the clouds on the way to the top of the Haleakala crater. Such a cool sight.

One day I drove myself from Kihei all the way along the west and north coastal roads to central Maui. Parts of this road were only just wide enough for a single vehicle, so it was a pretty fun drive.

Taking this shot with the fisheye exaggerates how wide this road was. In reality, it’s a single lane, 180 degree blind uphill corner. Awesomeness.

This wreck was in my guidebook, but you really have to see it to believe it. I had to hike a good 300 yards off the road and through two fences to get to this destroyed vehicle on the coastal cliffs. Your guess is as good as mine as to how it got there.

A sunset on our beach.

A view of the rugged volcanic coastline on the far southwest tip of Maui. You can’t tell, but the wind was ridiculously strong here – I was wiping salt spray off my lenses all morning.

For some reason this view reminded me of a scene straight from Africa. Felt like I could have been on a safari.

The cliffs on the northwest coast of Maui were amazing. Such fantastic views.

I think I may have enough images for one more Maui post like this. Hope you’re not getting sick of these yet!

Canon EOS 5D Mark II
Canon Fisheye EF 15mm f/2.8
Canon EF 17-40mm f/4L

Brian Furbush - December 21, 2011 - 7:50 am

Not even close to getting sick of these, keep ’em coming. Absolutely awesome set, the cliffs and bamboo forest still are my favorites.

Mike Olbinski - December 21, 2011 - 7:59 am

Awesome stuff man, I’m with Brian ๐Ÿ™‚

Although it’s hard to believe that wreck was in the guidebook…I mean, it just looks like a pile of junk!

And what an amazing helicopter ride to just pop out of the clouds like that…must have been awesome!

Jesse Pafundi - December 21, 2011 - 8:16 am

Don’t listen to Mike, I believe you. I hope to someday see Maui set XX.

Chris DeAngelis - December 21, 2011 - 8:33 am

That cloud shot is killer! Another great set!

Rick Louie - December 21, 2011 - 8:33 am

Man I would love to take a helicopter ride over the islands. It would be amazing to come up over the clouds like that!

Chris Frailey - December 21, 2011 - 9:39 am

So envious of thi trip. What an amazing trip you had.

Justin - December 21, 2011 - 10:14 am

Fantastic work! I’m really glad you posted these. A couple years back my dad and I rode from the shores to the summit and back. It was a long ride and we didn’t have much time to stop and shoot photos so it was good to see these places again.

Adam Allegro - December 22, 2011 - 2:46 am

Keep these images coming. Spectacular work. I love the processing in all of them. Well done Heath.

Adam Allegro - December 22, 2011 - 2:47 am

Keep these images coming. They are all fantastic. I dig your processing choice, they all seem to have a similar feel. Love that state and all the beauty it has to offer!

Curt Fleenor - December 22, 2011 - 11:20 am

Awesome set Heath but I absolutely love the sunset image! The mix of textures and tones in it are just incredible.

Maui – III

Another instalment of Maui images today. Unfortunately, I haven’t got time to give the brief descriptions of each photo as I’ve done for the past two.

Hope you enjoy the scenery!

Mike Olbinski - December 19, 2011 - 8:24 am

Geeez, that last one is sick. Road going off around a curve and clouds on the lower left horizon…crazy.

Brian Furbush - December 19, 2011 - 8:29 am

Wow man, these are absolutely stunning. The black sand, as well as the bamboo (I think?) images are fantastic. Love the slightly faded look.

Jesse Pafundi - December 19, 2011 - 9:05 am

Who has two thumbs and loves these pictures? THIS GUY!

Adam Olson - December 19, 2011 - 9:24 am

These are wonderful Heath! I love the processing and that last image. Fantastic!

Len Saltiel - December 19, 2011 - 11:38 am

Beautiful additions to a great series Heath.

Adam Allegro - December 20, 2011 - 1:28 am

Fantastic! That waterfall and reflection shot is great!! Well done.

Chris DeAngelis - December 20, 2011 - 8:27 am

Another great set! Again, love the sunset one, but the bamboo shot is the winner for me!

Maui – II

The more I look back at these photos, the more I want to get back to Hawaii for some real exploration. There are so many spots just on Maui that I didn’t get to explore fully – or explore at all. Next time ๐Ÿ™‚

The beach at our condo complex was amazing. A decent amount of shade if you wanted it and surf just big enough for some quality boogie boarding. Oh, and these rocks made for some great photo opportunities.

Two more shots from our beach – gotta love the palm tree silhouette.

We were staying in Kihei, and one day I decided to venture as far south as the road would take me – I ended up at this location. Amazing, rugged volcanic rock formations created an amazing bit of low coastline.

When Brei and I stopped at the black sand beach past Hana, the first thing we noticed was a crazy person swimming out in the aggressive surf of the small inlet. He must’ve been almost 200 yards out when we got there, and we watched him battle the surf all the way back in. Amazing.

The road to Hana is truly one of the most beautiful drives I’ve ever taken. The long, windy road takes you through some amazing rainforest. Mike – this one’s for you ๐Ÿ™‚

I posted a similar shot yesterday – this is another from the west side of the island between Kihei and Lahaina.

This is a view looking inland from the volcanic south west coast you saw above. The dark rock, scrubby brush, and low cloud was irresistible.

This grove of trees is above the black sand beach. The fisheye yielded an interesting result.

A little ways south of Wailea I came across this tiny moon-shaped inlet. I could have easily spent a couple hours just sitting on these rocks enjoying the view in silence.

For most of the week I was there we were treated to less than ideal sunsets. Thankfully, on our last night this happened. The photography gods were smiling on me that night.

Canon EOS 5D Mark II
Canon Fisheye EF 15mm f/2.8
Canon EF 17-40mm f/4L
Canon TS-E 24mm f/3.5L II
Canon 50mm f/1.4

M.Christine Duncan - December 15, 2011 - 7:41 am

Beautiful images Heath! Have always wanted to visit there… the water shots are gorgeous. Enjoying your blog!

Jesse Pafundi - December 15, 2011 - 8:07 am

Sick shots once again. So many winners here. Also, that person is an idiot for swimming at that beach not only because of the surf but its also infested with Man of War. What a dummy.

Jesse Pafundi - December 15, 2011 - 8:08 am

Probably the most aggressive comment I’ve ever posted. Apologies.

Brian Furbush - December 15, 2011 - 8:15 am

Damn dude, these are all awesome. That sunset is stunning.

Mike Olbinski - December 15, 2011 - 9:15 am

Sunset is gorgeous man. And nice job staying far back from that crazy person swimming…that way if he suddenly drowned, you’d be in no position to help ๐Ÿ™‚

I’m so kidding.

I love these though. What an awesome beach to stay on!

Len Saltiel - December 15, 2011 - 9:39 am

I agree with Mike, that sunset is beautiful Heath.

Justin - December 15, 2011 - 10:00 am

Great series..both of them! Thanks for sharing them.

Jim Denham - December 15, 2011 - 11:27 am

Nice work Heath!

LensScaper - December 15, 2011 - 11:34 am

Gorgeous sunrise and I really like those first two high-key images.

Hanowell - December 15, 2011 - 5:35 pm

Great shots, looks like a beautiful place.

Rick - December 16, 2011 - 6:45 am

Awesome series, Heath! Some excellent images that I’d be proud to hang on my wall.

A.Barlow - December 16, 2011 - 10:31 am

Man, I really love that third shot with the palm trees. The look and feel of it is spectacular!

Adam Allegro - December 19, 2011 - 5:56 am

Beautiful images. Wonderful work Heath!

Chris DeAngelis - December 20, 2011 - 8:25 am

That sunset is epic! Loving the fisheye shot of the beach too!

Maui – I

Last night I spent a bit of time going back through all of my images from my trip to Maui in August. For the most part, I’ve exhausted the ‘wow’ images that deserve their own post but I have a number of images remaining that will form the basis of a few collage posts similar to what I did with my New York City photos.

Looking back through these photos has made me realize all over again how much diversity and beauty there is on that one tiny island. It’s truly mind boggling.


This was one of the most relaxing places I’ve ever been. This secluded beach was a ways past the town of Hana and I could have sat and watched the aggressive surf pound the shoreline for hours.

It was a shock when I came across this abandoned truck on my drive around the northwest tip of the island. Such a contrast to the natural beauty. Oh, and I’m pretty sure there was a feral cat or something living in there because something was growling at me the whole time I was shooting.

A typical view of the northwest coastline.

I made the early trek up to the top of the Haleakala Crater for sunrise one morning and froze my butt off. Unfortunately, I’m not particularly pleased with any of my shots of the actual sunrise, which is a shame – but I do like this shot of the observatory at the summit. One of the highest in the world.

I’ve shared an image of the black sand beach we visited along the road to Hana before, and was taken just a short walk down from the beach. Love the contrast of the black rock against lush green vegetation.

On the way down from the Haleakala Crater, I stopped at a spot called Leleiwi Lookout. What you see above are a couple of shots looking into the crater. It’s like another planet.

Our drive of the road to Hana began with a light sprinkling of rain – the only moisture we saw the entire trip. It’s hard to resist that sheen of water on pavement.

This was taken at our first stop on the road to Hana. Our guidebook said there was a great waterfall at the end of a short hike – which there was, but this little grotto seemed a better shot to me at the time.

A view of the western coastline somewhere between Lahaina and Kihei.

I’ve posted a shot from this location before, but I thought it worth another to again showcase the diversity in topography. Lush rainforest on one side of the island, dry scrubby brush on the other. Just crazy.

I hope you’ve enjoyed this first instalment. I’m hoping to have two or three more along the same vein over the next few days.

Canon EOS 5D Mark II
Canon Fisheye EF 15mm f/2.8
Canon EF 17-40mm f/4L
Canon TS-E 24mm f/3.5L II
Canon 50mm f/1.4

Jimi Jones - December 14, 2011 - 7:34 am

Wow, man. What an awesome post. These images are fantastic. Enjoyed the write-up as well. ๐Ÿ˜‰

Adam Olson - December 14, 2011 - 7:52 am

It’s always nice to see the parts of Hawaii besides the beaches. Well done catching these! Great job Heath.

Rick Louie - December 14, 2011 - 7:54 am

Such a beautiful place. I could go for a vacation there right about now.

Len Saltiel - December 14, 2011 - 8:00 am

Beautiful images Heath. I’ve never been to Hawaii and these want me to move it up on my bucket list.

Jesse Pafundi - December 14, 2011 - 8:08 am

These are incredible, man. This post just put a huge smile on my face, it was like revisiting Maui all over again. Great great work.

Brian Furbush - December 14, 2011 - 8:12 am

Great shots dude – really love the first shot and the B&W road frame. Nicely done!

Chris DeAngelis - December 14, 2011 - 8:27 am

Great shots! Love the processing! I really need to get stationed in HI at some point!

Russ Scullen - December 14, 2011 - 9:13 am


Mike Olbinski - December 14, 2011 - 11:43 am

Love them all, but that road shot touched me deep down. Love these man.

Edith Levy - December 14, 2011 - 2:10 pm

Great shots Heath.

Bob Lussier - December 14, 2011 - 8:01 pm

Great stuff! I want to go back to Maui!

Chris Maskell - December 15, 2011 - 1:12 am

I love what you did both here and with NY, Heath. It’s like a travelogue of your trip and the images hang together and present a unique insight.
Not sure I agree that some of them don’t have the wow factor though

Adam Allegro - December 16, 2011 - 3:51 am

Wow. If these are the 2nd tier of shots, I want to see all the first! These look fantastic. I was stationed on Oahu for 2 years and wish I would have taken up photography back then… Such a beautiful place. Well done buddy.

Olivier Rault - April 27, 2012 - 9:23 am

Fabulous scenery, I love it! My vote on coolphotoblogs for all of your work ๐Ÿ˜‰