hotlava67

Your Bio

Hi!
I'm Mel and I have been a photographer over 20 years now.My love for photography includes: weddings, family portraits,events, etc. When I look thru my viewfinder of my canon 5D markII, I see things differently. When clients see their photo's for the first time and their faces just light up...wow! I know I've done my job! Here is the thing about that...this is my passion! I enjoy capturing that moment in time with that look, that expression that can never be duplicated. I enjoy shooting sunsets & sunrises because they are so beautiful. Photographing people is what I really enjoy doing. So many different looks, silly expressions, you name it! I don't claim to know everything about photography because it changes all the time.

I'm stopping for now and will continue with my bio later. Aloha

Featured Galleries

MOM'S PLUMERIAS 2012

Updated: Sep 14, 2012 4:57pm CDT

Galleries

HEIVA SAN DIEGO 2014

Updated: Aug 21, 2014 7:10pm PST

ROBERT'S CELEBRATION OF LIFE 2-15-14

Updated: Feb 19, 2014 4:03am PST

De Anza Cove 2013 Vendor layout

Updated: Feb 10, 2014 11:34am PST

Jack Duke Family Photoshoot 1-19-2014

I had the privilege of doing a family photo shoot for a friend/classma ...

Updated: Jan 20, 2014 7:46am PST

PIFA 2013 VARUA TAHITI 'E

Updated: Oct 02, 2013 2:08pm PST

PIFA 2013 CROWD SHOTS

Updated: Oct 02, 2013 1:37pm PST

PIFA 2013 MOTU NEHENEHE

Updated: Oct 01, 2013 8:02pm PST

PIFA 2013 HEALI'I'S POLYNESIAN REVUE

Updated: Oct 01, 2013 5:40pm PST

PIFA 2013 LEIISA

Updated: Sep 30, 2013 8:34pm PST

LEIISA 2013

Updated: Sep 27, 2013 8:53pm PST

PIFA 2013 JANELLE FIREKNIFE

Updated: Sep 26, 2013 9:53pm PST

MIKAELA

Updated: Sep 06, 2013 4:41pm PST

8-31-2013 WEEKEND IN POLYNESIA

Updated: Sep 05, 2013 9:45pm PST

HEIVA SAN DIEGO 2013

Updated: Aug 20, 2013 10:32pm PST

11th ANNUAL TASTE OF THE PACIFIC ISLANDS 7-25-2013

Updated: Jul 29, 2013 4:53pm PST

Erica's Pics

Updated: Jul 26, 2013 10:24am PST

DEL MAR RACES OPENING DAY 7/17/2013

Updated: Jul 21, 2013 2:46pm PST

ALBUM#1 6-22-2013 GRANDMA ANSOTIGUE B-DAY BASH

Updated: Jun 24, 2013 5:34pm PST

I LOVE POKE FESTIVAL 5-29-2013

Updated: Jun 04, 2013 4:29pm PST

Ongoing Favorite's

Updated: May 24, 2013 6:04am PST

FEB. 8,2013 Ballard Locks

Ballard Locks-the official name of the water transportation link betwe ...

Updated: May 23, 2013 5:09am PST

Grandparents (Cristobal)

Updated: Mar 28, 2013 5:29am PST

SOME OF MY FAVORITE WEDDING PHOTO'S

Updated: Mar 02, 2013 8:18pm PST

FEB. 12, 2013 SNOQUALMIE CASINO,WA

Snoqualmie Casino is located 45 minutes (25 miles) east of Seattle. It ...

Updated: Feb 20, 2013 5:57pm PST

FEB.8,2013 MOLTEN CHOCOLATE BAKERY

Located at 5427 Ballard Ave NW Seattle,WA. Hot Cakes Molten Chocolate ...

Updated: Feb 17, 2013 2:29pm PST

FEB. 12, 2013 BOTANICAL GARDENS, BELLEVUE,WA

Bellevue Botanical Garden is an urban refuge, encompassing 53 acres of ...

Updated: Feb 17, 2013 1:56pm PST

PIFA 2012 SAMOAN COMMUNITY COUNCIL SUNDAY

Updated: Oct 07, 2012 4:04pm PST

PIFA 2012 SUNDAY (NA PUA ILIMA)

Updated: Oct 03, 2012 8:54pm PST

PIFA 2012 SUNDAY (LEIISA)

Updated: Oct 03, 2012 7:52pm PST

PIFA 2012 SUNDAY CROWD SHOTS

Updated: Oct 02, 2012 4:09pm PST

PIFA 2012 HEALII SUNDAY

Updated: Oct 02, 2012 3:48pm PST

PIFA 2012 CROWD SHOTS SATURDAY

Updated: Oct 02, 2012 3:00pm PST

PIFA 2012

Updated: Oct 02, 2012 1:51pm PST

MOM'S PLUMERIAS 2012

Updated: Sep 14, 2012 2:57pm PST

HEIVA SAN DIEGO 2012 SHERATON HARBOR ISLAND

Updated: Aug 24, 2012 8:15pm PST

10th ANNUAL TASTE OF THE PACIFIC ISLANDS 2012

Updated: Jul 29, 2012 6:41pm PST

MY FAV'S SURF DOG COMPETITION JUNE 16, 2012

Updated: Jul 18, 2012 8:05pm PST

DOG PORTRAITS

Updated: Jul 02, 2012 6:12pm PST

MY RIDGEBACKS

Updated: Jun 29, 2012 1:53pm PST

SURF DOG COMPETITION ALBUM#3

Updated: Jun 22, 2012 11:38am PST

JUNE 16, 2012 LOWES SURF DOG COMPETITION ALBUM #2

Updated: Jun 20, 2012 10:59pm PST

June 16, 2012 SURF DOG COMPETITION ALBUM #1

Updated: Jun 18, 2012 9:20pm PST

MAY 28, 2012 MEMORIAL DAY WITH MY OHANA!

Updated: Jun 01, 2012 11:43am PST

Crystal & Aleena photoshoot

Updated: May 31, 2012 8:24pm PST

May 24, 2012Red-Tail Hawks

Updated: May 25, 2012 12:06am PST

MAY 5TH & 6TH 2012 HO'OLAULE'A & KEIKI HEIHEI WA'A

Updated: May 22, 2012 5:18pm PST

PIFA 2002

Updated: May 13, 2012 8:36pm PST

Pacific Voyagers Fundraiser

Updated: Dec 11, 2011 6:49pm PST

wedding

Updated: Dec 07, 2011 8:50pm PST

Oct.21, 2011 Barcenilla Family Reunion,Las Vegas

Updated: Nov 20, 2011 10:27pm PST

Sunday 25,2011 PIFA Rawmana Olympics

Updated: Sep 30, 2011 12:32pm PST

Sunday 25,2011 PIFA Crowd Shots

Updated: Sep 30, 2011 11:43am PST

Sat. 24,2011 PIFA Janelle Fejeran Fireknife Dancing

Updated: Sep 29, 2011 11:44pm PST

PIFA 2011 PIFA Motu Nehe Nehe

Updated: Sep 29, 2011 11:01pm PST

Sat.24,2011 PIFA Leiisa

Updated: Sep 29, 2011 10:39pm PST

Sat.24,2011 PIFA Healii's Polynesian Revue

Updated: Sep 29, 2011 9:56pm PST

Sunday 25,2011 PIFA Nonosina

Updated: Sep 29, 2011 9:55pm PST

Sat.24,2011 PIFA Regatta

Updated: Sep 28, 2011 9:47pm PST

Sat.24,2011 PIFA Samoan Community Council

Updated: Sep 28, 2011 7:32pm PST

Sept.2, 2011 The Pacific Voyagers join Festival of the Tall Ships

The Pacific Voyagers will participate in the Festival of Sail Tall Shi ...

Updated: Sep 16, 2011 5:33pm PST

Sept.1, 2011 Vaka Moanas Ceremony at Spanish Landing

In April 2011, seven traditional Polynesian ocean-going canoes (vakas) ...

Updated: Sep 16, 2011 5:25pm PST

HEIVA SAN DIEGO 2011

Updated: Aug 28, 2011 12:55pm PST

Aloha Luau & Longboard Competition 8/21/11

Updated: Aug 24, 2011 8:54pm PST

Otay Ranch HS Luau 2011

Updated: Aug 21, 2011 7:14pm PST

MOTU NEHENEHE 2011

Updated: Aug 19, 2011 6:23am PST

Bali Hai/Taste of The Islands 2011

Updated: Aug 09, 2011 9:09pm PST

2007 PIFA

Updated: Aug 06, 2011 8:50pm PST

June 25, 2011 Hawaiian Cultural Fair

Updated: Aug 04, 2011 8:59pm PST

May 21, 2011 Chamorro Festival

Updated: Jul 19, 2011 10:17pm PST

June9, 2011 OMBAC

Updated: Jul 15, 2011 6:08pm PST

June 26, 2011 Hawaiian Cultural Fair

Updated: Jul 03, 2011 7:56am PST

2003 Pacific Islander Festival

Updated: Jun 09, 2011 9:27pm PST

2006 Maui Beaches & Sunsets

Updated: Jun 03, 2011 9:24pm PST

June 2, 2011Plumeria's

Updated: Jun 03, 2011 3:49pm PST

Conchas Wedding April 6, 2007

Updated: Oct 30, 2009 3:14pm PST

PIFA 2009

Updated: Oct 09, 2009 2:54pm PST

Hadley and Marin Wedding July 11, 2009

Updated: Aug 28, 2009 4:08pm PST

Taste of the Pacific 2009 Bali Hai Restaurant

Updated: Aug 02, 2009 3:38pm PST

2009 Sandcastle Competition, Imperial Beach,CA

Updated: Jul 24, 2009 10:13am PST

My Black & White photo's Feb. 17, 2009

Updated: Jun 12, 2009 7:18am PST

Flower Fields of Carlsbad

Updated: Apr 30, 2009 8:23pm PST

2005 Nissan Xterra Triathlon,10/23/2005

Updated: Apr 01, 2009 9:47pm PST

Joti and Danielle Maui Wedding August 20, 2005

Updated: Apr 01, 2009 6:28pm PST

Hoh Rainforest,WA Feb. 16, 2009

Updated: Feb 27, 2009 6:34pm PST

Lake Crescent 2/16/2009

Updated: Feb 26, 2009 10:35pm PST

First Beach & Second Beach Feb.17, 2009

Updated: Feb 26, 2009 9:54pm PST

Rialto Beach,WA Feb. 17, 2009

Beautiful coastline of Rialto Beach,WA

Updated: Feb 26, 2009 9:02pm PST

Imahen Taotao Tano PIFA 2008

Imahen Taotao Tano translates to, Images of the People of the Land, is ...

Updated: Oct 22, 2008 8:45pm PST

LEIISA PIFA 2008

LeiIsa is a Polynesian Dance Group based here in San Diego. Their prac ...

Updated: Oct 21, 2008 5:44pm PST

Pacific Islander Festival 2008

Saturday opening ceremony

Updated: Oct 21, 2008 5:36pm PST

Kutturan Chamoru of Long Beach PIFA 2008

Headed by Heidi Quenga, The KCP represents the Pacific Islanders of th ...

Updated: Oct 19, 2008 4:01pm PST

Kaleo O'Nalani Polynesian Dancers PIFA 2008

Originally from San Francisco, Ida and Siaosi Veimau moved to San Dieg ...

Updated: Oct 19, 2008 3:41pm PST

Motu Nehenehe (Tahiti) PIFA 2008

Headed by Babe Valero Motu Nehenehe is a professional Polynesian dance ...

Updated: Oct 19, 2008 3:21pm PST

Heali i's Polynesian Revue PIFA 2008

Heali'i's Polynesian Revue is under the direction of Kumu Kathy Heali' ...

Updated: Oct 19, 2008 2:57pm PST

Sunday Morning Worship PIFA 2008

Updated: Oct 19, 2008 2:48pm PST

Samoan Community Council PIFA 2008

Updated: Oct 19, 2008 11:20am PST

Kahurangi (New Zealand Group) PIFA 2008

Traveling professional dance troupe from New Zealand.

Updated: Oct 08, 2008 11:14pm PST