Author Archives: Randy

Hi my name is Randy Hufford; I was born in 1957 at Queen of the Angels Hospital in Los Angeles, California. I am a third generation Artist and Photographer who has been blessed with a long lineage of family artists. My grandmother studied art in Paris. Her works of art centered around oil painting on canvas. My Dad is a master carpenter with the ability to make fine furniture using exotic hardwoods. My Mom has excelled in many arts and crafts and has mastered the art of quilting. Growing up in this environment has given me a passionate ability to become part of the beauty of the world around me. At the age of 9, my uncle and father helped me set up my first black and white darkroom where I learned the art of photography. The excitement I experienced when I saw my first BW 8x 10 prints being developed under a red safelight in the dark is what initially sparked my passion for photography. My camera allowed me to blast through those awkward years of Junior High by being involved in the school’s yearbook program. I was always allowed to be a part of the different groups at school because everyone wanted their pictures published. But it was more than being popular that kept me pursuing photography as a way of life. It was passion for life through the lens of my camera. In High School, my family moved to Dana Point, California, where I discovered surfing and skateboarding. My love for surfing, skateboarding and shooting 35mm color slide film enabled me to become a publicized artist at the age of 17. Many of my High School buddies would find empty swimming pools and use them as skate parks where my photography became part of this sporting event. In order to set my photography apart from other sports photographers of the time, I convinced my friends to don tuxedos to create a flash filled surrealistic freeze image that was unique for its time. I have always been passionate for excellence and new exciting ways to create mind blowing images. My marriage to my wife Rebecca in 1977 further fueled my passion for excellence. For our honeymoon we moved to Maui, opting out of normal living conditions and moved into a camper on a Datsun pickup where the surfing was good. Swimming in shark infested Hawaiian surf at night, I captured surfers frozen in motion with a strobe in a custom built waterproof housing. As a result the editorial “Night Moves” published in Surfing Magazine brought me overnight international acclaim. I was than recognized as having progressed surfing photography to new levels in the seventies. As my passion for photography increased, I decided to open up a Commercial and Art Reproduction photo lab on the island of Maui. This 26 year endeavor enabled me to process film and print images for top photographers and artist’s worldwide. I was a very prolific commercial photographer working for such clients as Mercedes Benz, Time Magazine, Sheraton Hotels, Hyatt Regency, Kobe Steakhouse, Maui Jim Sunglasses, Charisma Magazine, Surfing Magazine, Professional Photographers of America and Peterson’s Photographic Magazine. Thru this experience I earned my Master’s Degree in Photography thru Professional Photographers of America. I developed my own proprietary light banks and copy system used for even lighting and accuracy when copying artwork for reproduction. This allowed me to perform Art reproduction services, doing 8x10 copy transparencies and limited edition Cibachromes and Metal dye prints, for international artists such as Christian Riece Lassen, Walfrido Garcia, Roy Tabora and Robert Lyn Nelson to name a few. The one thing I really missed most during this time was being able to create images of my own. So I started the slow process of weaning himself from being a lab owner to being Randy Hufford, “Romance Photographer. This was an easy task with the emergence of the digital age. I basically took 5 million dollars of lab equipment to the dump! I than began to set up a digital lab for a fraction of the investment made compared to the analog system. With the help of my wife, I was able to go from 16 employees to my own private 3000 square foot studio where my creativity exploded. This freed up more of my time to concentrate more on what I loves most, Randy Hufford “Romance Photographer”, creating exciting images that encourage and bring awesome memories. As the results of the knowledge I have gained over the 26 years of running a top commercial and art reproduction house, I have become a speaker at international and national imaging conventions. This has also lead to professional consulting services to International imaging Companies such as Epson America, Olympus Digital Cameras, Premier Imaging Products and Pristine Coatings Inc. My willingness to share my knowledge in these areas has allowed me to earn my degree as a Photographic Craftsmen. As I have found out in life that the more you give out the more you get blessed. Considering Photography as an art and a craft the photographer should have control of the whole process from the photograph’s inception to the finished art piece. As a result I have created “Institute Of Visual Arts” ( dedicated to educate artist and photographers, giving them the ability to take control of the image. I also know that my imagery has the power to encourage people in their walk of life. I love using my knowledge to inspire others to pursue excellence. In all of the history of photography right now is the greatest and most exciting time, the Technology Of Digital has made it possible and affordable for photographers and artist to take control of there craft from the beginning to the end. The most exciting part of my life is living out my dream on Maui in a quaint little rural area called Kula with my wife Rebecca and my two teenage daughters, Stephanie and Melissa. My two oldest children have married and live on the mainland. Kyle and his wife Daisy live in Long Beach CA. As a legacy to my artistic endeavors, my son Kyle is a creative digital genius working for Quiksilver a clothing Manufacturer in Huntington Beach CA. My daughter Jennifer and her husband Josh, who is in full time ministry doing digital video editing in Las Vegas have given me my first Grand Daughter Ruthie, who will be 5 in October of 2005. They now call me grandpa! I also enjoy water sports, which includes my newest thrill Zap-Catting. It is an inflatable catamaran racing boat designed to race in large surf. I have been using it for more great photo opportunities. I attribute my success to the love and respect that I have for God and to my beautiful wife who has believed in me since we first met in 1976. My vision for the future is that my Digital art and photography can inspire you, your family and your sphere of influence to go to the next level of creativity in your life.

NaPua Gallery’s Full Moon Review

Tomorrow evening, join us for a very special event. NaPua Gallery’s Full Moon Review; “You are Your Art” where all guests are encouraged to wear what inspires them. Enjoy complimentary valet parking, delicious dessert, refreshing beverages, and most importantly the artwork we are all here to appreciate. This is an open event for all who […]

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Great Maui Images

Check out a new slide show program I have been using. Want to know how I made it?

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September 11, 2010 - 8:26 am

Randy Hi Bryn

It is called FotoMagico 3 by Boinx. Eddie Tapp turned me on to it. I got the pro version which also includes PhotoPresenter 4. Check them out at

September 10, 2010 - 6:46 pm

Bryn Pro Show Gold? Nice slideshow. I’ve been looking for better slideshow software myself, so I do in fact want to know how you did it.

Adobe LightRoom Up To Speed Class by Randy Hufford

Adobe Lightroom V3

Adobe LightRoom Up To Speed  Class by Randy Hufford Saturday Sept. 11th, 2010 Contact: Institute of Visual Arts Maui • 3697 Lower Kula Rd. Kula, HI 808-878-4154 • www. • Cost: $99 for a 4 hour hands on class from 1pm to 5pm Everyone has been requesting classes on Saturday so you could […]

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Photo Adventure Maui Captures Satellite Laser

During our July Photo Adventure Maui we had the chance to see in action a laser used by NASA to track Satellites to make sure that they are staying on track. This laser rapid fires a laser at satellites and measures the time it takes to bounce the laser light back to the observatory. Really […]

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Traveling With A Canon Wide Format Printer

We have been island hopping for Canon teaching a Printing Tips and techniques class. It started on Maui than Oahu and Today on Kauai. Than next week again on Maui with opportunity to sign up for a Hands On 5 days workshop on Maui. This will be followed by Randy Hufford’s 5 day Digital Printing […]

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