Underwater Photography

pc: Randy Gillespie

Aloha! I’m Shera and while you may know that I design and make the jewelry at ‘Alohi Kai you may not know I’m also the underwater photographer. 

The animals I carve are inspired by my underwater experiences around the world and in Hawaii, but capturing the movement of a wild shark in a carving is greatly aided by good images – and not just one! Close ups of their heads, tails and fins from different angles are important. Watching and understanding how a shark or dolphin moves helps when designing but carving something in motion is so much easier when you have images to study.

As the daughter of two college photographers who fell in love, and a dear grandfather who supported his family with a photography studio, I’ve been taking photos most of my life. But after starting *underwater* photography over 20 years ago with a little point and shoot, that was the edge of a deep black hole – more cameras, more lenses, more strobes!  So in response to a number of requests, I’m adding a few of underwater photos to the shop. These are all taken by me, and will rotate as time permits. (If you have a favorite creature let me know and I’ll see if I can add some.)

Find more information about the presentation formats below. If you have a special framing or mounting request, please contact us to discuss and we will try to accommodate it. Best of all, you get free shipping on all photo products.


Just the Print

Our photos are printed on professional-grade archival quality papers. Vivid colors, expertly printed. (We use lustre finish, matte and art papers are available on request) A good option for when you already have a frame.

photo print
Mounted Prints

Our photographic prints mounted on a substrate. These are mounted on styrene which has a super smooth surface and resists warping, making it an excellent choice to add durability and rigidity to prints that will be framed.

photos mounted on styrene
mounted photo
Metal Prints

Photos are printed on high-quality aluminum, for a durable presentation and a high-gloss finish. Metal prints give a sleek contemporary feel to your wall. Available with an easel (smaller sizes only) for table top or choose from float mount or inset frame for hanging.

Metal easel


float mounting

Float Mount

inset frame mount

Inset Frame Mount

Bamboo Panels

A beautiful and sustainable option! Printed on the same archival quality papers, but mounted on silky smooth 3/4″ bamboo panel with exposed edges. These are made with organically grown, renewable, and FSC certified bamboo. They arrive ready to hang with the cutout in the back, or to lean against a wall. An elegant and modern alternative to a frame.

bamboo panel

photos come right to the edge of bamboo panels

bamboo panel

Bamboo edge

bamboo back

Bamboo panel back