Thursday, September 22, 2016

Age Old Questions

I remembered the day I started on my journey to become a pro-Photographer. I was on the phone with one of my future mentors. I asked him a silly question which at the time felt serious and important in my head. I was so impressed at the quality and creativity of his photos compared to what I had been shooting. I asked him "why do professional photographers photos look so good"? After a few seconds of silence he replied "That's just what we do!" I chuckled and realized I had to learn how they did it.

It's been 8 years and I think I've figured some of it out but the best part is the journey never ends.

Here's a great article on that very subject:

Monday, April 4, 2016

Real Estate Shoot

It has been a slow winter but the spring got off to a bang. I got a call from the referral who needed 3 of his 4 vacation rental properties shoot as soon as possible. I accepted the job and got to work shooting 3 houses in 3 days.

The houses were all different: different styles, different locations and different backdrops. The weather held up so I was able to get the work done in 3 days as promised.

If you need your property photographed feel free to contact me for an estimate.


Thursday, March 10, 2016

My Online Store is Open

Well, my Facebook online store is shaping up nicely. Take a leisurely click around, there are over 30 prints available for sale.

Most of the items are one of a kind so they're gone, they're gone. Of course digital copies are available from my site as well as prints but these are already printed, mounted and several are produced using fabulous wooden frames.

Don't see anything that you like then SUBSCRIBE to my shop and you'll be updated as soon as I upload more inventory.

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Motherhood is coming


I am very excited with the photos I took of my lovely friends Tiana and her husband Kainoa. They are expecting their first child in April. I have worked with them on many personal photo projects and on their engagement photos 2 years ago. It was funny that I took photos for their engagement announcement and here we are together again documenting their incredible journey to become parents. I am so happy for them both.

Enjoy the next chapter in their life's long journey.


Thursday, August 20, 2015

Behold, all that was old is now new

Well, I have done it. I have changed the name of my photography business. Gone is Shortini Photography, welcome Kirk Shorte Photography.

I don't feel any different but this is a huge step forward for me and my Fine Art Photography business.

Stay tuned for more exciting photos and prints in the coming months.

Friday, May 22, 2015

Winter Spring - What's going on?


I know that I should post more but this first year of my retirement has been a busy year. But my photography has gotten better and better.

I've had the privilege to document more:
- Roller Derby
- The 20th Annual Kona Brewers Festival
- the 4th Annual Chocolate Festival
- and to top it off the National Geographic sponsored #Bioblitz 2015.

The 2015 Kona Brewers Festival, held on March 12-14, was an amazing success for our 20th anniversary. Not only did we raise a record amount of funds for our beneficiaries, we garnered some great press from craft brew bloggers, local journalists and trade magazines.

The Big Island Chocolate Festival is presented by the Kona Cacao Association, Inc. The mission and goal of this new association is to promote the cacao industry on the Big Island of Hawai‘i by presenting BICF as an educational and outreach opportunity for local cacao farmers, the hospitality industry and cacao enthusiasts. We encourage you to become a member of KCA and support our cause.

A BioBlitz is a 24-hour event in which teams of volunteer scientists, families, students, teachers, and other community members work together to find and identify as many species of plants, animals, microbes, fungi, and other organisms as possible. The 2015 BioBlitz heads to Hawai'i Volcanoes National Park, May 15-16. Learn more about the park from the National Park Service.

In addition to shooting events I've also created happy family portraits and produced headshots for several local business people.

Enjoy my work.

Saturday, September 27, 2014

The rest of Summer

This summer marks my first as fully retired. After working as the marketing director here in Kona for 9 1/2 years I'm now free to pursue photography full time. I've had a lot of fun assignments over the summer months and am booking spots for the fall and early winter as we speak. I'm hoping that 2015 will turn out to be even more fun and prosperous than 2014 was.

Enjoy some of the assignments that I've shot.