DE-JAY “ACE” HANSSEN
Born in California and raised in Nevada, I am a tried ‘n’ true west coast guy. Growing up watching epic storms and clouds made me find a deep appreciation for photography and made me want to be a storm chaser from the age of 6. I realized that if I learned to take pictures, I could see these amazing sights all the time, so my parents got me my first camera, a Kodak Disk camera. I had no idea what I was doing, but if it was in front of me, I snapped away. I will always choose to have crazy clouds in the sky instead of pure blue skies, and Hawaii provides that regularly.
I joined the Army as a Military Policeman and Correction Officer in 2006 at the age of 17, and from then until 2015, when I got out, I was able to travel to amazing places from Germany to Romania to Afghanistan. Taking pictures all the while and learning on the fly, I started to turn this passion into a profession. I went to school for my degree in photography, and it was the beginning of the realization of me being a professional photographer.
I joined Oahu Photography Tours in 2016, and it is by far my favorite job I have had. I love sharing my home with guests from all over the world and forging bonds with brand new people every single day. I have lived here since 2011 and have been exploring every inch I can get to on an island I can fly too when I can. I hope that I can show you this fantastic space the way that I do and help you take images that you can cherish for the rest of your lives!
I started doing portraits and still enjoy it but have always really felt at home and comfortable capturing landscapes, which Hawaii has plenty to offer. I’ve been known to spend hours in a single location to get that one perfect shot that I was looking for. To me, the adventure of capturing the image is just as good as nailing that ideal exposure. If you want to go out on an adventure and get to know your camera or phone and shoot the best that Hawaii has to offer, I am your guy.
I look forward to seeing you!
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