Spirit of the Pacific Islands Charity Luau 2012 – Event Photography by Alex Sablan

Charity Luau 2012

Part I (click any image to see the full version)

Spirit of the Pacific Islands Charity Luau 2012 - Dayton Photographer Alex Sablan
Spirit of the Pacific Islands Charity Luau 2012 – Dayton Photographer Alex Sablan

My parents invited me to the charity luau again and I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to brush up my event photography skills. This was the third year in a row that I have had the pleasure of watching this event as it grows from year to year. The Spirit of the Pacific Islands is a dance studio located in Hamilton, Ohio that specializes in South Pacific dance style such as the hula, Tahitian, Samoan and Maori. Francesca Craig Trego plans the luau and pours her heart and soul into a great show every year.  This years charity benefactor was the Hospice of Cincinnati.  The group travels all over the US and performs at schools, businesses, and corporate functions.  For booking you can go to their website or their Facebook page for more information.  This year it was in Cincinnati at Landmark Cincinnati on Glendale-Milford Road.  The auditorium was full and so were the bellies.  The dinner was delicious and the show was fantastic.

Spirit of the Pacific Islands Charity Luau 2012 - Dayton Photographer Alex Sablan
Spirit of the Pacific Islands Charity Luau 2012 – Dayton Photographer Alex Sablan

Gear for the Shoot

I shot the event with a Nikon D5000 and swapped between the 18-55mm and the Tamron 70-300mm. Most of the shots were at a pretty high ISO between 1600-6400. I tried to keep it simple and isolate as many people as I could then try to get some gestural motion in a few shots. In the next part you will see how I captured the fire dancers. The colors were great and made for some great images. But the best part was the emotion the dancers evoked through their movements. It honestly made my job easy.

Spirit of the Pacific Islands Charity Luau 2012 - Dayton Photographer Alex Sablan
Spirit of the Pacific Islands Charity Luau 2012 – Dayton Photographer Alex Sablan

More to Come

Please if you have time, go like Spirit of the Pacific Islands on Facebook. If you would also go like AlexSablan.com on Facebook, I wouldn’t hate you. If you have any questions on how the photos were taken or post processing leave a comment below or email me directly at a_sablan@alexsablan.com. If you would like to purchase any photos send me an email, as I do not have any releases from any one in these shots so to sell them I would need to get a hold of them first.  You can find part II here.

Spirit of the Pacific Islands Charity Luau 2012 - Dayton Photographer Alex Sablan
Spirit of the Pacific Islands Charity Luau 2012 – Dayton Photographer Alex Sablan
Spirit of the Pacific Islands Charity Luau 2012 - Dayton Photographer Alex Sablan
Spirit of the Pacific Islands Charity Luau 2012 – Dayton Photographer Alex Sablan
Spirit of the Pacific Islands Charity Luau 2012 - Dayton Photographer Alex Sablan
Spirit of the Pacific Islands Charity Luau 2012 – Dayton Photographer Alex Sablan
Spirit of the Pacific Islands Charity Luau 2012 - Dayton Photographer Alex Sablan
Spirit of the Pacific Islands Charity Luau 2012 – Dayton Photographer Alex Sablan
Spirit of the Pacific Islands Charity Luau 2012 - Dayton Photographer Alex Sablan
Spirit of the Pacific Islands Charity Luau 2012 – Dayton Photographer Alex Sablan
Spirit of the Pacific Islands Charity Luau 2012 - Dayton Photographer Alex Sablan
Spirit of the Pacific Islands Charity Luau 2012 – Dayton Photographer Alex Sablan
Spirit of the Pacific Islands Charity Luau 2012 - Dayton Photographer Alex Sablan
Spirit of the Pacific Islands Charity Luau 2012 – Dayton Photographer Alex Sablan
Spirit of the Pacific Islands Charity Luau 2012 - Dayton Photographer Alex Sablan
Spirit of the Pacific Islands Charity Luau 2012 – Dayton Photographer Alex Sablan
Spirit of the Pacific Islands Charity Luau 2012 - Dayton Photographer Alex Sablan
Spirit of the Pacific Islands Charity Luau 2012 – Dayton Photographer Alex Sablan
Spirit of the Pacific Islands Charity Luau 2012 - Dayton Photographer Alex Sablan
Spirit of the Pacific Islands Charity Luau 2012 – Dayton Photographer Alex Sablan
Spirit of the Pacific Islands Charity Luau 2012 - Dayton Photographer Alex Sablan
Spirit of the Pacific Islands Charity Luau 2012 – Dayton Photographer Alex Sablan
Spirit of the Pacific Islands Charity Luau 2012 - Dayton Photographer Alex Sablan
Spirit of the Pacific Islands Charity Luau 2012 – Dayton Photographer Alex Sablan

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