I'm married to a photographer, and I love it.

I take Mike's picture as he takes mine on top of Haleakala. Yes, those are clouds behind him.

I've been planning this blog post for awhile–sneakily taking pictures of Mike Nealย taking pictures.The sheer obsessiveness, the contortions to get the shot, are just too fun.

Mike shoots forget-me-nots in California two years ago.

It's helped that my interest in photography, sparked by my iPhone, coincided with the blossoming of Mike's career in photography–so most evenings we can be found in the crow's nest of our house on Maui, shooting the sunset.

My dad was a photographer, and some of my earliest memories are tangy with the smell of developing fluid. He loved taking nature photos and surf photos, and had “the eye” for composition that it appears I've inherited–because with my husband, I'm often the spotter:”Mike! There's a good shot! Get the shot!” I yell.

And usually he does, better than I ever could with my limited tech skills and impatience.

But I see the shot, and I love the man for getting it. Someone who sees beauty and captures it is a (wo)man with a gift, someone who never be poor because he's rich in beauty.

The world is full of beauty, if you have eyes to see it. Photography helps us see it.

Photography has become a shared passion for both of us, one we can do every day in our beautiful Hawaii Nei.

What are your experiences with photography? With today's technology, everyone's a photographer. Give it a try–start with your cameraphone, and see where that takes you. At the very least, you'll become more sensitized to the beauty surrounding you.






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