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Aloha! We’re Patrick and Kelsi and we’re STOKED that you’re here! As diehard adventurers, we love to capture raw emotional moments in unforgettable places. Patrick has been taking photos for over ten years, so two years ago we decided to take his hobby (and our passion) and turn it into this humble little business. When you hire us we aren’t just creating photos, but memories that will last for generations to come.

We are…

best friends, adventurers, scientists, sunshine chasers, craft brew lovers, ocean conservationists, and soon to be hubby and wifey!

 
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Before January 2019 we called ourselves Pilialoha Photography. This past year brought so many amazing people adventures and memories into our lives and of course our little business grew far more than we could have imagined. As we reflected on our favorite sessions over the past year we were continually drawn back to the water and mountains. In addition, we drew increasingly uneasy with the name we had chosen for our business. We love living in Hawaii and have come to appreciate Hawaiian culture in deeper more meaningful ways over the past year. Part of our growth came with the recognition that using a Hawaiian name for our business was a form of cultural appropriation that we could not ignore and did not want to participate in. We initially chose the word pilialoha because it conveys a beautiful meaning that we don’t have in English (to be bonded in love). But pilialoha does not belong to us, and we believe we should not be profiting off a Hawaiian cultural term. As such, starting in 2019 our name is officially Eternal Tides Photography, a reflection of our love for the ocean and timelessness of our photos. We are so excited for all the adventures 2019 will bring and look forward to more growth. From the bottom of our hearts we want to thank all our amazing clients, friends and vendors who have supported us. We wouldn’t be here without you. 


 
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As the primary photographer, I spend most of my time behind the lens, running around on-site to capture the magic told by light and angles. A perfectionist for the small details in every shot, I use light and darkness to create ethereal moods, combined with the power of natural settings to create my images. I am also a marine biologist, pursuing a PhD in coral reef conservation ecology. As an avid climber, adventurer, and diver, I can capture unique moments, from among the island's highest peaks to deep beneath the ocean waves. As a believer in a minimalist approach to post-processing each image is crafted from the start to require as little retouching and editing as possible. View some of our favorite before and afters in the gallery below.

Patrick's favorite aspect of photography: "I love how expressive photography can be. From behind the lens, one is capable of composing, creating, and rebuilding an entire mood or emotion. We do so much more than take pictures, and this way, when looking back through the photos, our minds connect much more strongly to those memories."

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I wear my heart on my sleeve, am a huge romantic, and LOVE our little business. I run pretty much every other aspect of Eternal Tides Photography, with a special focus in on-site logistics and detail planning (I’m also second shooter at weddings). Behind the scenes I help pose and direct, especially when it comes to customers who are nervous or new to modeling. Outside of photography I’m a huge science nerd and have a master’s in epidemiology and plan to pursue a PhD. I’m also a trained rescue diver and freediver, offering support and additional safety to our in-water sessions. 

Kelsi's favorite aspect of photography: "As a little girl I loved to look through old photographs of my parents and grandparents when they were younger (we're talking original black and white film!). I loved seeing their younger selves that I never had the opportunity to know. To this day those photos are one of my greatest possessions. Photographs have the ability to capture a personality of emotion for us to look back on. Each photograph is unique and once digitized, can last forever. It's truly an honor to photograph these special moments."