So it’s the holiday season and that means it’s time for some seasonal sentimentality! Hi there, I’m Claire- Dave’s daughter. As I sit here in the airport waiting for my flight back to LA, I thought I’d do a little bragging. A few days ago I assisted my dad on a photo tour around the North Shore. I love working with him because I’m able to see the unspoken ways he teaches me how to approach life. We woke up early that morning and fit in a two-hour surf session at Diamond Head before heading to our shoot on the North Shore. As I was out in the line up, two different familiar faces paddled up, “eh, you’re Dave’s daughter ya? You got da best dad!” seriously, this happens ALL THE TIME. But yeah, they’re right.
So we made our way up to the North Shore to shoot a charming newlywed couple, Ivy & Chiang. We went to different picturesque landmarks and beaches of the North Shore that my dad has dialed in after living his entire life on this island (and being a surfer). My favorite shot of the day happened when my dad had Ivy and Chiang drape her veil over their heads as they kissed and giggled beneath it. At the time I was thinking… “uh, whatcha doin’ there Dad..”, it looked a little goofy from the sidelines. But when I saw the photo, it was absolutely breathtaking. He had captured their intimacy, and her smile was genuine. He suddenly seemed like a magician, to be able to capture sure a complex thing as “love” with such ease. It wasn’t until later that night did I realize his secret.
At the end of our photo tour, Ivy & Chiang asked to have a selfie with us, to remember the day. Which I thought was so incredible and gracious that at such a huge time in their lives, they would stop to acknowledge our part in it. We then packed up, said our goodbyes and headed back to Aina Haina to meet Michelle at the 7:30 Sun Yoga class. At one point during the class, our teacher said the phrase “lead with your heart” referring to the Sun Salutation pose. “Lead with your heart,” echoed in my head for the rest of class.
It was then when I reflect on the day and realized my dad’s magic trick. He leads with his heart. That day was filled with all the things he loves- family, friends, surfing, photography, and yoga. He has the uncanny ability to capture love and beauty because everything he does comes from a place of love, and consequently attracts it. So if there is one thing my dad has taught me over the years, it’s to lead with your heart. I think these photos do a great job of capturing this mantra…