My name is Asia Yamanaka.
I was born in Hawaii and I am based primarily among the islands. I enjoy spending my days in nature and also in solitude.
Photography has been one of my biggest passions, well…… since I can remember picking up my first disposable camera. After that I use to tag along on my fathers wedding photography jobs trying to catch the shots he did.
My father was an artist who drew, sketched, sculpted, and created. Of all the things he did I found the most joy in photography.
HOW I SEE THE WORLD?
It has taken me many years to develop and find my photography style. I have always wanted to see the world in the brightest light, but I have come to realize that I am moody and I see things moodily.
I love dark greens and ocean blues.
PASSION AND PRINCIPLE:
My father was one of the most passionate people I've ever known. If he could have done what he wanted, he would have been a sculptor…. but he also knew he had to provide for himself and his family.
Something he would often say was:
"There is passion and then there is principle. . . If you can incorporate your passion in your work then do it. . ."
Since he could only be a sculptor, he viewed landscaping and design as "sculpting the Earth".
WHAT YOU CAN EXPECT?
I am rarely on the opposite side of the camera but I do know how awkward and unnerving it can be. That is why I try to make this experience as painless as possible. I love to maintain an easy atmosphere full of laughs, smiles, and raw emotion.
I am not one for always staging the photo, I do love to capture candid moments that make life real. If you are looking for a photographer to take photos while you stand and smile at the camera, I would not be the right fit for you. However, if you want to let loose and have fun, I am your girl!
I will however take the opportunity to direct you in the most natural poses possible.
It takes time to warm up in-front of the camera, and I will make it my job to help you do so. Tell me a little about yourself and lets get to know one another.
I am based in Hawaii… but let me know where you are located, and we can see if something can be worked out.
I am always open to traveling, so don't be afraid to ask.