Choosing the Right Camera for Your Child | Gift Guide | Honolulu Photographer

If your child has recently started showing an interest in photography and you are thinking about buying them their first camera, there are a few things you need to consider. As a parent, you probably know that a kid’s interests can change tomorrow, next week or even next year but the good news is that you can still support their new hobby without breaking the bank.    

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Looking for some fun events to attend this month? | Oahu Events | Tina Benfante Photography

Looking for some fun events to attend this month? | Oahu Events | Tina Benfante Photography

Do you have plans this weekend? Looking for something different to do on Oahu other then our normal routine or the beach? I complied a few events for this weekend that are sure to bring your family some enjoyment. 

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Why You Need a Mommy and Me Photo Session | Oahu Photographer | Tina Benfante Photography

Why You Need a Mommy and Me Photo Session | Oahu Photographer | Tina Benfante Photography

I’ve recently been reminded that life is truly precious and filled with moments we sometimes take for granted. I want to be in more photos with my children and this is why I have come to realize how important my Mommy and Me photo sessions are. Now is the perfect time to capture memories with your children here on Oahu, regardless of where you or your kids are in life.

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Tips for taking better photos with your iphone | Hawaii Family Photographer | Tina Benfante Photography



Your iphone is with you at all times, right? It’s like your right hand — always there, always ready to help you muddle your way through the day and kill boredom when the need arises. But that phone of yours can be oh-so-frustrating when your darling child chooses a particular moment to do something photo-worthy and your phone chooses that time to revolt.


Well, when you learn the inner and secret features of your iphone camera, your days of being “slow on the draw” will be over. On top of that, your camera skills will improve 10-fold and your images will too, making your memories print and wall worthy.


So let’s look at some of the tricks and features inside your iphone that will make you shine at the next family get together!


Open your camera app FAST

            Don’t miss ANY moment. To get to your camera lickety-split do one of two things depending on if your iPhone is locked or not.



1. Hit the home button

2. Locate the camera icon on the lower right corner of the screen.

3. Swipe up & the camera will open.




 1. Swipe Up

2. Tap the camera icon & the camera will open.



Turn on your grid

            Activating the grid will place a “tick-tac-toe” box on your screen as you shoot. What’s the benefit? Where the lines cross is called a “power point.” When you place your subject on of the four points you create images with a little negative space and better, more artistic composition. A little pro tip that will make your images that much prettier!


1. Go to Settings > Photos & Camera > Grid > Turn it On


Adjust Exposure and focus at your will

            Professional photographer know light like the back of your hand, and every lighting situation poses different issues, especially of your camera. A camera cannot see light and adjust the way the human eye can. So, it’s important to be able to tell your camera how to behave when you need it to in order to get a good “exposure.” The classic scenario that may drive you crazy is shooting a darker subject on a bright background. Your camera will want to make the background look good and your subject will be dark and ugly! ARGH! The way mourn this? Use the hidden feature in your iPhone that lets YOU control how bright an image is.




1. Open the camera

2. Compose your shot

3. Tap and HOLD on the screen where you want to focus. The yellow box will blink and set focus.

4.  Swipe up or down to make the camera brighten or darken the exposure

5. When you’re happy with how it looks, take the shot!


Turn off your Auto Flash

            Flash from your camera almost never looks good. It produces a harsh, flat light that doesn’t always need to be there, yet the camera seems to want to use it all the time. Turn it off when you can for more pleasing light in your images.

            TURN OFF YOUR FLASH    

  1. In the camera app, tap the lighting bolt icon in the upper left corner.

                 2. Choose and tap “Off.”

                 3. Shoot as you like!

Use Burst Mode For Fast Action

            Did you know your iPhone can shoot 10 frames per second in burst mode? WHAT? My iPhone has a burst mode? Yes, it does! And it’s great for catching your toddler on the run.

            TO ACTIVATE:

                        1. Press and HOLD the shutter release button on your camera app.

2. Voila! 10 frames per second.



Edit like a pro

            Taking the picture is just half the process in the Pro world. Editing and enhancing the image is 50% of the process. Yes, even when you shoot with your iphone you can make your images stand out even more by using a good editing app.

Here’s a few fun suggestions to try out:




Rhonna Designs



wood camera



after focus

tiltshift generator



I would love to see some of your photos you shot using these tips post them on Instagram or facebook using #TinaBPhoto AND DON'T FORGET TO FOLLOW ME. 

Lifestyle Photography Sessions Explained | Hawaii Lifestyle Photographer | Tina Benfante Photography

Lifestyle Photography Sessions Explained | Hawaii Lifestyle Photographer | Tina Benfante Photography

A lifestyle photography session documents real life milestones, moments and events and gives you images that are anything but posed. Lifestyle photography photos tell your story just as it is at that precise moment and is perfect for any genre of photography. Action driven details bring your images to life over and over again. 

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Adorable Custom Island Made Dresses | Palm Tree Princess | Hawaii Photographer

Adorable Custom Island Made Dresses | Palm Tree Princess | Hawaii Photographer

I recently did a shoot for Desiree the owner and creator for Palm Tree Princess based out of Hilo, Hawaii. She offers a variety of custom made girls’ clothing inspired by the islands and her imagination. She also offers a unique line designed just for wholesale for boutiques around the world to sell in their shops.

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Reborn Dolls | Tina Benfante Photography | Hawaii Photographer | Long Island Photographer


I made a trip back to the mainland this summer to visit with family. While I was there I had a great opportunity to watch my sister in law, Rachel, while she worked on one of her latest creation. Rachel is the owner and artist, also referred to as reborner, behind Reborns by Rachel.  


If you have never heard of these dolls I highly recommend you check them out.  Reborn dolls also known as Bodo dolls or Unliving dolls are vinyl skinned dolls that are created to resemble a real baby. It is kind of scary how closely they are made to resemble humans. They are even weighted to even feel like you are holding a real baby. 


 Each part of the doll is carefully created one step at a time from the multiple layers of paint to the eyes, body, limbs, and hair which is inserted into the head one strain at a time. Rachel has been a collector for many years and has been reborning babies for a about a year now. 

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This doll is made from the Kimberly kit but was made into a boy. She was a realborn which is a 3D scan of an actual real life baby.  The kit was made by Bountiful Baby.  


My oldest, Zoe was lucky enough to get one while we were visiting. She was so excited to be able to make the choices on how her baby would look. Her doll was created using the Aubrey kit from Denise Pratt. 




She said “My favorite part about making the dolls is the before and after look. I look at it like "wow I did that."”