About HFD

HappyFish provides the following services for professional photographers:

We are a small boutique company with a vast client list of incredible photographers throughout the US, Canada, Europe, Caribbean, Central America and Australia. HappyFish Design is sought after for our flair for custom design, as well as how we cater to our clients with the utmost of personal attention and customer service.

What makes HappyFish different from the other companies that offer the same services?!?  We’ll let our happy clients tell you themselves!

Where did the name HAPPYFISH come from?!?  We’d love to tell you, amazingly, we’re asked this a LOT !! ;)

Please contact us for any question whatsoever!

Your experience with HappyFish

As a professional photographer you know that there’s a lot more to taking great photos than just clicking a button. The same is true for great design. Photographers wishing to rise to the next level in their business and are learning that it really does help to use other professionals trained in their areas of expertise. For example, when you thumb through a glossy magazine certain ads make an impact and enforce a brand instantly – while others just can’t shake that ‘unpolished’ feeling. What makes the difference is the honed intuition of an experienced designer. I have 26 years of design experience and am passionate about every project. Design is my life and livelihood – not something that I do on the side. Your client hired you because of your artistic vision and expertise – I will work with you to enhance your vision on each page the design layout should enhance and not distract from the photography and the story that is being told. HappyFish will design a great custom album design layout to meet any criteria.

We pride ourselves on providing impeccable personalized customer service and keeping the whole process fun and streamlined. We genuinely enjoy getting to know our clients and exceeding their expectations with every project. Quality and trust is the foundation of our relationship – ONLY Chad and I work with your images! We strongly believe in not re-outsourcing your projects to someone we’ve found on Craigslist, or student, or someone from another country for peanuts. While the world seems to be moving to mass production and automation – we’re going in the opposite direction of personalized and direct customer service.

Who is HappyFish??  Meet Karen and Chad

I have a Bachelor of Applied Design degree and has studied various fine art and design disciplines including textile design, interior design, web and graphic design.  I have been specializing in design services for over 26 years.

I met my husband Chad in 1996 on the island of Maui. He has been a photographer since the darkroom days before digital photography existed. His passion for the art led him to underwater, architecture, events and wedding photography.  His images have been used in high end advertising in publications like Architectural Digest, Western Living, Maui No Ka ‘Oi, Travel + Leisure, Condé Nast Traveler etc.

Maui 1996

Maui – 1996

In 1997 HappyFish Design was created to provide design services for small and medium sized companies of varying industries from big name aviation down to gourmet salad dressing!  Chad’s passion evolved again with the evolution of digital cameras and became the first featured photographer for Capture One. Today, he’s involved with a global network of photographers and is considered a trusted resource for advice on computer hardware, calibration, printing and color work.

From 2001 through 2005 I was also lead graphic designer and project coordinator for Kapalua Marketing (Kapalua Resort, Maui, Hawaii) and also worked with Maui Land & Pineapple, Inc. and Maui Pineapple Company, Ltd. During this time I designed and coordinated pre and post press production of a vast range of projects including ads for local and national publications, promotional and informational collateral, signage, t-shirt designs, special event collateral (such as the Mercedes Championships and the Kapalua Wine & Food Festival) and more.  I also was the project coordinator during complete website redesigns (which were designed by StarrTech Interactive) and maintained all content for their large family of websites including KapaluaMaui.com, KapaluaRealty.com, KapaluaClub.com, KapaluaVillas.com, and KapaluaLuxuryHomes.com.

In the summer of 2005 HappyFish Design began providing design and post-production services exclusively to professional photographers. Together, our unique experiences and talents complement each other to become your trusted resource. We’re crazy passionate about photography and design and care deeply about each of our clients.  For us, this is more than a business, it’s our soul, and our clients will always be a part of our Ohana.

We look forward to getting to know you!

Karen and Chad

2016

We welcome you to join OUR FAMILY!