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Client Quotes
Tony Stone Images Logo
"SunStar is one of our best contributing photographers. He has been supplying us with marketable images of excellent technical quality for quite some time. He is a prolific photographer of emblematic images with a wonderful sense of color, design, and energy. He is capable of creating highly original conceptual images and of tweaking eternal themes to make them special and original. He is professional and reliable, and his photographs are of a consistently high standard. We are happy to be working with him."

SARAH STONE,
TONY STONE WORLDWIDE STOCK AGENCY,
Los Angeles
Miller Logo
"Your photo work is the best I have ever had the pleasure to edit. It is definitely the best color and the best lighting and some of the best models as well. The images we are using for this campaign are the best so far. We look forward to your work for all the upcoming ad campaigns in the future. It is always a delight working with you."

STEVE STOKER,
MILLER BREWING
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"We heartily recommend Sun Star as a top-rate photographer. He had photographed scenes ranging from wind surfing to canoeing for use in our sports-oriented ads and posters. Always bright and colorful, his vivid works have proven instrumental in helping us create the perfect ad images."

KOJI INOUE,
FUJI PHOTO FILM CO., LTD.
Coppertone Logo
"I have never seen any photos or color to match yours. Your style of capturing outdoor life and sunshine make you our top choice for ads for Coppertone and others in our line. Thanks for the "experience."

COPPERTONE PRODUCTS
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"SunStar stopped us dead in our tracks. He is what we have been looking for. He shoots with lots of color and life in his photos. He has a unique theme in all his photos and has a creative eye that is hard to come by. His understanding of light is wonderful and the overall feeling of his images is fresh and colorful. We are fortunate to have such a photographer signed on with us. We sell his images quite well, and he is hard working in producing new stock images for our library. SunStar is definitely an asset to our business."

KATE RYAN
F-STOCK PHOTO AGENCY
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"SunStar has been one of our very favorite photographers at MEN’S FITNESS for several years. The color and energy of SunStar’s images leap off the pages of our magazine. The sun-drenched lifestyle he captures so well is consistently appealing to our readers. He has a truly awesome stock library. We also use him for custom shoots, He always delivers exactly what we want, and often surprises us with images we hadn’t expected as well. I highly recommend his work."

MICHAEL LOGAN
MEN’S FITNESS Magazine
Modern Photography Logo
"Thanks for the perfect cover for the June issue of MODERN PHOTOGRAPHY. It was the perfect illustration for the title article.... How do the top sports shooters catch those winning moments?.... It was a pleasure working with you on this. You have some of the best action shots our office.”

MODERN PHOTOGRAPHY
Pacific Stock Logo
"Over the past several years, SunStar’s work has consistently dazzled our clients, resulting in making him our top seller. SunStar’s work is incomparable with other photographers’ images. His unique and colorful pictures literally jump off the page no matter where they are used. Often our clients specifically request to see his images. His style is so different that you just know when it’s a SunStar shot. He has a special rapport with his models which is reflected in his images, whether they are tiny children, bathing beauties, or seniors. He is always there for us. If we need a special image shot, he will go out of his way to accommodate us and our client. We are very happy to be representing his excellent work in our files. His work stands alone as a colorful, emotion-evoking collage of creative imagery unmatched by others in the field.”

BARBARA BRUNDAGE,
PACIFIC STOCK, Honolulu
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"We have been working with SunStar for about 8 years, and he always delivers. His photography has consistently been of the highest quality, is always interesting, innovative and highly publishable."

LARRY EVANS
OUTSIDE MAGAZINE, Chicago
"Our offices in London and Paris combined with a distribution network in 24 countries make us one of the foremost suppliers of quality stock photography worldwide. Sun Star has worked with us for six years and supplied us with a large quantity of superb images, many of which have now been used in major advertising campaigns. His work is always exciting and possesses an energy which is uniquely his. The quality of Sun Star’s images speak for themselves. I am happy to state that he is one of the most exciting and original photographers we currently represent."

TIM LUND
THE TELEGRAPH COLOUR LIBRARY, London
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"In our fitness center business, the ability to communicate our philosophy of a healthy lifestyle is extremely important. SunStar’s expertise in capturing genuinely wholesome images that reflect people in natural settings is incomparable. His pictures communicate the fitness lifestyle message in a powerful way. All of SunStar’s work reflects a unique ability to use color rarely ever seen. I look forward to working with him in the future and looking at all of those incredible shots!”

TONY CALHOUN, General Manager
GOLD’S SPORTS & FITNESS CENTERS
in Stock Logo
"SunStar captures an image and makes it beautiful, whether it is a surfer on a wave or children on a beach. The ordinary becomes extraordinary through his use of color and light. The blue of the water makes it all too inviting, and the red of an apple is so vibrant against the water that the forms of contrasting colors become strong. It is hard to imagine that such colors and forms exist in a photograph. Having SunStar as our high-energy sports and action photographer has really been to our advantage. SunStar’s reality is supercharged. What he shows us is the experience of hang gliding high above Hawaii, flying through the air with a windsurfer, or riding waves on a catamaran in crystal blue water. The forces come alive in his images. The fury and power of the ocean, and the colors and light of a super-real environment are shown to us through his lens. He is a professional in every sense of the word, making working with him a pleasure. His graphics and color transform an image into a Technicolor wonderland. He is truly a master craftsman of color that radiates in all his images. He can capture any of your photographic fantasies with images that stand above any other in his field. The first impression is usually WOW! Not only has he been reliable in providing us with the images we needed but the clients thought his images were right on."

JANE MIHO,
IN STOCK PHOTOGRAPHY, Los Angeles
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"TRAVEL & SPORTS is a four color magazine published in the US and distributed worldwide. We have a voracious appetite for photography since our average issue will contain over 200 color images. We review and use slides from some of the best sports photographers in the world. One of these world-class photographers is SunStar. We have used his photography for the last 4 years. The quality and originality of SunStar’s work speaks for itself. What differentiates him from other world-class photographers is his desire and ability to work with others to get the job done. This man is intelligent, energetic, and talented. I cannot imagine a publication that would not profit from working with him."

JOHN C. DEAN,
TRAVEL & SPORTS Magazine, San Francisco
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"Our Art Directors love your work more than any other that comes into Freelance Photography. We are always excited to see your newest. And the color...it is amazing! How do you do it?”

Hallmark Cards, Inc.
"The quality of SunStar’s work made for a fascinating segment of PM MAGAZINE, and captured the interest of our viewers. Our entire crew was impressed with his friendly, professional attitude. His photographs stand out from the rest. It was delightful to spend time following him around as he photographed the sports and adventures on the beaches of Oahu. Our time with him was well spent!”

ANNE De ROCK,
PM MAGAZINE KGW-TV, Portland, OR
"I have been using Sun Star for over 10 years now, for clients such as SEGA, The Royal Life Saving Society and Baywatch. In that time he has constantly proved himself to be incredibly original, technically superb and always wonderfully 'out there'. His expertise in capturing colour, people and the very essence of life blasts through the transparencies he produces, whilst his compositional art and special ability to translate the moment cannot be surpassed. I thinks it's true to say that his unique and incredibly marketable style of photography can never be learnt, but has to be truly felt by the individual, this feeling, the ability to capture and transform realities reflection is surely Sun's greatest gift...."

STUART SAWYER,
Managing Director, SSM Ltd., London
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"SunStar is a cooperative, creative professional whose photographs have done a great deal to enhance our magazines. His work is excellent and the covers on which we have featured SunStar’s work have been our best. His flexibility in meeting the time demands encountered in our business have made dealing with him a pleasure. The color, clarity, subject matter, and energy of his pictures are superb — generating an excitement that reaches any audience. I can recommend him without reservation as a photographer whose quality and quantity will truly capture your mind’s eye.”

JERRY PRICE
FOCUS ON THE FAMILY Magazine
Yamaha Motor Corporation, USA Logo
"It is our great pleasure to recommend SunStar, one of the world’s finest photographers. We at YAMAHA have used his photos for our marine products. His images catch people’s hearts. His photos have extremely good quality, have fantastic color, and incorporate special framing. The atmosphere of his pictures is a kind of fantasy — out of this world. People can dream through his pictures. It is really the ultimate escape experience from daily life. We love his pictures."

KENNY OKAZAKI, Research & Development
YAMAHA MOTOR CORPORATION
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"We believe SunStar’s work to be outstanding. Our clients include the most prestigious weekly and monthly magazines in the world as well as book publishers and commercial companies who use our photo material for advertising purposes and for posters. SunStar’s photography is excellent. He has an eye for the right details in the photo that complete the professionalism of his highly artistic photographs.”

PHYLLIS SPRINGER,
Editor-in-Chief
SIPA PRESS, Paris, France
American Express Logo
"Who is this Sun Star? We love your work and seeing it come through the mail is an experience. Beaches and sunlight and happiness...You say it better than anyone ...and the color...the color!.”

AMERICAN EXPRESS
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"SunStar has been a very successful part of an ongoing effort on our part at MUSCLE & FITNESS to create the illusion that the magazine is bigger than life. His ability to capture the intense colors of his environment, incredible movement in the local sporting activities, and meaningful interaction between men and women has gone a long way toward making us a success. He goes out of his way for us on any assignment we give him. Therefore I don’t hesitate at all in going out of my way for him. I highly recommend him for any job.”

JIM CHADA
MUSCLE FITNESS Magazine
"It was worth chasing all over the world to find you, for your work on our new catalog cover. Your work is undoubtedly the best I have ever seen of its kind. Your colors are more impressive than anything out there and your action is incredible! Thanks for taking the time to get us this years catalog cover from your stock."

SPORTSCHECK, Europe
Endless Vacation Logo
"The incredible clarity and color saturation in SunStar’s slides set them apart from anything else I’ve seen from the Hawaiian Islands. The biggest advantage for our use is his right-on sense of what is visually hip. His work is ahead of the rest of the pack. Since stock photography quickly looks out-dated, having access to such cutting-edge photography certainly helps our image. We have used SunStar for several covers and have found him to be extremely reliable and honest. He is definitely at the top of my ‘A’ list of photographers.”

CONNIE RICCA BOEHM
ENDLESS VACATION PUBLICATIONS
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"During the 11 year period that we have been publishing we have found that SunStar’s work is consistently better than any other watersports photographer that we have dealt with from around the world. We have used his photos on 75% of our front covers over the past three years. His strongest features are the superior reproductive quality, unique angles, excellent framing of subject matter, and superb, vibrant colours. I highly recommend his photography skills as one of the very best in watersports, beachsports, and beach lifestyle fashion photography."

STEVE JARRET
WINDSPORT MAGAZINE,
Ontario, Canada
"We get many compliments about SunStar’s covers. As always, our readers are in love with his work! We have enjoyed working with SunStar. He has a great talent for photography. A simple photo with his ‘touch’ becomes a portrait! We are the largest publishers of magazines in Spanish in the United States and we work with many talented photographers, but SunStar ranks #1 on our list!”

TERRY BONICH,
CREATIVE PUBLISHING CONCEPTS
Miami, Florida
Hawaiian Airlines Logo
"I look for material that captures the beauty and essence of the Hawaiian Islands. Sun Star's photos do that and more. I've been impressed with the vibrant colors, fresh models, and sharp action images Sun Star produces. He has a recognizable style, one which lends a professional quality to any print project. Sun Star is personally easy to work with. He goes out of his way to please the client and is always ready to provide additional images when asked.”

MICHAEL FLYNN
DISCOVER HAWAII and HAWAIIAN AIRLINES MAGAZINE
Caribbean Travel & Life Logo
"As usual, I am very happy with what you have sent me for the cover shots. They are all potential covers as far as I am concerned. You are never at a lack for bright action and leisure photos. The models are perfect and so are the angles and layouts. I don't think I will send those proposed sketches for covers as what you have is better than what I had planned by far. Just keep sending the stock.”

CARRIBEAN Magazine
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"We can always count on SunStar’s excellent action shots with clarity in color and visibility of our products. We would be more than proud to recommend him to anyone interested in top-notch photography by a very reliable and well-qualified person. Sun is a world traveler. He believes in ‘being there’ wherever the action is."

ROBERT K. BURNS,
Chairman of the Board
LOCAL MOTION, Honolulu
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"Throughout the past 4 years, SunStar has provided ACTION SPORTS RETAILER magazine with a wide range of quality sports and beach- lifestyle photography. The color quality and richness of SunStar’s photographs have distinct appeal to all who deal with his work. He is also an extreme pleasure to work with, and I highly recommend him.”

BRAD BONHALL
ACTION SPORTS RETAILER
"Your new cover for Aquanaut was the best we have had. Everyone at the office said they think it is great. The subscribers have written some letters also. Thank you for your help. The dolphin shots in the last issue got a lot of letters also. Have never seen any dolphin shots like those ever. They were great for our Dive Magazine."

AQUANAUT Magazine
"We are always impressed by the consistently high quality of SunStar’s transparencies. The color saturation and exposure are always perfect and his sense of composition adds even more impact to the image. When it comes to color separating, his transparencies are a dream. We never have to spend time and money on color corrections and adjustments. The ocean, the sky and the flesh tones are spot on. Most of all, we enjoy working with him. SunStar is incredibly prompt in sending us selections and always provides a wide range of choices which makes the art direction that much easier. We would recommend his work to any publisher looking for a consistent and wide-ranging source of high quality tropical, glamour, or watersports imagery.”

JOHN HILLS,
MAUI INC. Magazine, Kahului, HI
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"I cannot wait to get your photos, Sun Star. How do you get these images? They are not like anything we have ever seen!"

QUICKSILVER
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"SunStar is one of the most important photographers represented by Imperial Press in Japan. He is a most diligent producer of high-quality, salable photographs which have strong appeal to our clients. He responds well to our requests for photographic situations that meet the needs of our particular market. We are especially captivated by the brilliant color, strong graphics, and arresting action in his work.”

DAVE JAMPEL
IMPERIAL PRESS, Tokyo
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"We at Holiday wanted to let you know that your recent cover is a hit. The other shots are a definite must in the future. Brilliant!....There have been many letters from readers about these covers more than any others we have had for years....You know, Sun Star, we are your biggest fans. Keep sending us these great cover possibilities...we are never tired of them."

HOLIDAY/BURDA PUBLICATIONS
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"As the editor of a top travel publication, I have had the opportunity to work with many fine photographers over the years. There's no question that Sun Star's work stands out. He is definitely a trend-setter. His images are memorable, well composed, and alive with vivid colors. I have been most impressed with his portfolio of water sports and beach scenes. Without exception, they are action packed and intriguing, often shot from unusual angles. There's no question that Sun Star's masterful photography has helped us. In short, he is brilliant!"

CHERYL CHAE TSUTSUMI,
ALOHA, Magazine, Honolulu
"...your photos make us all here wish we were there. How do you do this? Thanks for sending us so quickly this wonderful collection of possible covers. They are all perfect for cover formats. How are we ever going to choose from all these great shots?"

CHICAGO Magazine
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"We have come to appreciate the incredible photographic excellence of SunStar’s work, with particular emphasis on his use of colour and lighting. He produces highly creative images. He is highly recommended by our publishing company."
ANDREW HONEY,

Publisher and Editorial Director,
BIG BLUE
"The quality, color and variety of SunStar’s images speak for themselves. He is our number one photographer."

MICHAEL FIELDER
SURFEN Magazine, Hamburg
Design Logix Logo
"With literally thousands of images of Hawaii flooding the market, finding SunStar was no easy feat. We found more than what we could have possibly hoped for! With his beautiful color saturation, stunningly gorgeous subject matter, and arresting compositions, finding that picture- perfect snapshot of paradise is just a Star away! I highly recommend SunStar’s work!”

ALAN M. LOW
DESIGN LOGIX, Honolulu
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"SunStar has a unique quality. He has a great eye for composition, design, and color. His work for the Keauhoe Beach Hotel on the Big Island of Hawaii was very pleasing to the client. To look at SunStar’s portfolio would be inspirational to any art director. His photos are fun to work with and they make me look good. I highly recommend anyone to take a look at SunStar’s photographs. They are sure to inspire."

DOUG PAINE
DOUG PAINE DESIGN, Honolulu
The Vitamin Connection Logo
"Not only are we delighted with the quality of your photography, but also with the great speed with which you respond to our requests. It is a pleasure to work with somebody who is efficient -- thanks again for your help."

Peter E. Riley, Publisher,
THE VITAMIN CONNECTION
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"After reviewing the portfolios of more than a dozen leading water -sports action photographers, we felt that SunStar provided the most evocative and alluring images of surfing, windsurfing, and beach scenes — exactly what we wanted in a product designed to promote travel to a general audience. SunStar is particularly noteworthy for his brilliant colors, interesting and creative camera angles, and attractive models. His photos also have a distinctive look which make them work especially well in a multi-shot layout. He shoots multiple originals off motor drive, which permits him to offer original transparencies for separation, something we could not get from the major stock agencies.”

PAUL McMENAMIN
BOKEN COMMUNICATIONS, Santa Barbara, CA
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"SunStar’s unique type of work is not only the best of its kind in Hawaii, but I believe the equal of any I have seen in the stock books which display the work of international photographers. He has his own palette of colors, and his attention to composition and detail results in work that is of consistent quality. Many photographers would be content with his rejects."

PAUL TURLEY,
INFINITE CONCEPTS, Honolulu
"Your shots of the healthy lifestyle are way and above anything we have ever seen. All of your work was the best we have seen. Please send more for future covers."

HEALTH JOURNAL Magazine
"Sun Star, your work is fantastic, the colors jump out at me and the people ...are so healthy looking. I have never seen photos like this in this office. It is just the best! Looking forward to your next shots for the other new software packaging and seeing what you have up your sleeve."

DIGITAL IMAGING
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"SunStar’s pictures were covers of many SURF magazines and brought him the reputation of a leading surf photographer in the world. He keeps on shooting the hottest and most spectacular pictures of surfing and tropical scenes. There will always be a wide demand for them!”

TED GUELLER
XOA ART EDITIONS, Switzerland
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"SunStar is one of our major photographers. The color of his work is very clear, eye- catching, and perfect for our specialized uses."

MITSUHARU NAKANISHI,
Director NEO VISION COMPANY, Tokyo, Japan
"SunStar has worked for us regularly for the last 10 years. His work is excellent. He has an eye for the best light and combination of movement-composition.”

HEIKE DUSSWALD
SURF MAGAZIN, Munich
"Thank you for your help with my new book covers and labels for my health products. Your colors make my senses come alive with life. It is so wonderful that you are sharing your gift of color with the world. My work with health and light make me especially keen to appreciate your talent. I feel you are carrying on this work of mine with light and health I have been sharing with the world for over 60 years now (I am 85 now). I want to use your bright photos on many many more covers and in books to come."

BERNARD JENSEN
Health Practitioner and author of Iridology, Diagnoses Through The Eye and over 100 other books and booklets.
"Your work is always inspiring to say the least. Always out of the ordinary, creative and outrageous!"

WINDSURF Magazine