Behind the Photo: Three Dudes

It always feels good when one of my favorite images finds a second, third, etc. home. This shot became the cover of Hawaii magazine several years ago, and recently it was purchased by Alaska Airlines Magazine. So how did this image come to be in my portfolio? Some friends were in town and we all went to the Paradise Cove Luau, held amid the stunning scenery of Oahu’s southwestern shore. These three guys were getting ready for their roles in the imu ceremony (where the roast pig is removed from the imu, or ground oven), so I asked them to pose before the unearthing got underway. At first, they stood on the grass above the beach. “Can you go down on the beach?” I asked. Somewhat reluctantly they moved but they were still too far back, so I asked them to move closer to the water. “You want to get us wet, don’t you,” one joked. But photographers are thinking of one thing only—get the best shot. I knew they had to get back to work, so once they were in position I shot quickly: several frames, different compositions. And they didn’t get wet. When we were finished, one of them asked hopefully, “Are we going to be on a magazine cover?” As a matter of fact….yes, although I didn’t know it at the time. When I’m shooting for stock, it’s always a pleasant surprise to see where my pictures end up (one of them was printed on 75 ostrich eggs and given as gifts to clients of a South African public-relations agency). So a big mahalo (thank you) to my three models, wherever they are today. I hope to see them in print again someday.

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4 thoughts on “Behind the Photo: Three Dudes

  1. Ana

    I hope they got to see themselves. Great pic.

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    • Thanks, Ana. When the magazine issue came out, I tried to find them but was not successful. I’m hoping someone who sees this will let them know.

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  2. Jim

    Great photo. Did you need to get permission from them to use their images? When do you need to, and when not?

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  3. Thanks, Jim. Yes I got permission. It’s complicated, but the basics are: if it’s for commercial use (advertising), you need a model release. If for editorial (magazines), you don’t. Model releases pertain to the issue of privacy. If people are performers in a public arena, their expectation of privacy is reduced. That said, it’s good policy and advisable to get a model release when possible.

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