Kirk Shorte, Kailua Kona Member Since July 2010 Artist Statement I grew up in the small seaside community of South Belmar on the New Jersey shore. I went to school, played guitar in 11 bands and worked at Bell Labs before moving to California in the late '70's. After years of working in a variety of marketing roles for Silicon Valley start-ups and Fortune 100 companies such as Sun Microsystems, Apple Computer and HP, I moved to Kailua-Kona on the Big Island of Hawaii. I’ve dabbled in photography for decades but over the past 5 years I've trained hard to perfect lighting techniques for outdoor portraits. My photos have been used on the web, in scuba diving trade magazines, local TV news and weather reports and print advertising. Armed with Nikon gear and multiple Speedlights I capture the light as it falls on the faces and places in my life. It's what makes me happy. I begin each project by getting to know my client, their expectations in mood, locations and desired outputs. My goal is to deliver quality images and to see the smiles as clients view image after image captured during our sessions. I'm available for photography on the Big Island, Maui, Oahu and Kauai. I am open to Mainland and International travel destinations.