On Monday night, December 30th, I led a gifted team of sharpshooters
into the breach onto the beach. We shot on sight, asked questions later…and I had a blast!
I led an outing for the Maui Camera Club on the grounds of the Grand Wailea Resort and Spa the other night. After getting the photography excursion approved by the necessary directors at the resort, I became hesitant to present it to the camera club due to a few reasons. The foremost in my mind being that this is where I work. Did I really want to jeopardize my reputation with people I have not met? What would happen if they created a commotion, raised a ruckus or caused a conniption…or in my case annotated an alliteration?
Eventually I created the event on Facebook to see how many photographers were interested and tried to set some guidelines right away. I received a positive response for the event, and even better, I knew of or had met some of the interested photographers.
Joining me on this adventure was close friend and last minute addition June Harper of Pixiebug Studio fame, as well as photography guru/mentor/teacher David Schoonover. Don Bloom, Ed Garces, Fernando Arbarello, Roy Bendell, Tom Sanderling and Ken Fields were all people I had heard of or had seen at the few Maui Camera Club meetings I had attended.
Once everyone met each other we stayed together as a group and walked the grounds of the resort. We avoided the busy areas in order to be unobtrusive to the resort guests and allow them their privacy. I know if I were paying as much as some of them are paying, I might have a problem with a bunch of photographers walking around the resort for free.
Below are some of my photos from the outing:
The outing was a great success, in the fact that we did not disrupt the guests, we did not violate the grounds and we only got questioned by security once. I hope the resort will allow the camera club to come back every now and again to shoot those amazing grounds.
I think we, as a group, got some great shots in the short time we had on property. The weather could have been better, especially the sunset, but that’s the way it goes with photography. Sometimes you are at the right place at the right time and other times you have to work with what you are given.