Cyndia Michelle Lavik

Date: September 15, 2021


2015 - Bachelor of Science in Photography, The Art Institute of Pittsburgh

Activities and Societies: Student Leader for the Student Photographic Society, Volunteer representing AIP at Imaging USA 2015, graduated with a 3.89 GPA

1989 – 1990 - Art Institute of Seattle, Music/Video Business

Activities and Societies: Participated in a class audio production as Producer

1986 – 1988 - Point Loma College, Music/ Communications

Activities and Societies: General Education, Introductory to Music Theory and Communications.


Professional Photographer/ Videographer

2004 - Present - Zoomhui:

Freelance photographer specializing in Fine Art, Nature, Sports, Outdoor Portrait, Editorial, Architecture & Studio Photography

Creative Director/ CEO

2019 - Present - Sun Art Hawaii, LLC

Entrepreneur, Creative Jewelry Designer and Marketing

Property Photographer & Multi-Media

October 2004 – Present:  Freelance and, Honolulu, HIResponsibilities Include: creative direction in property multi-media illustration, property photography, social media direction, owner assistance, computer data entry 

Jiu Jitsu Instructor

2018 to Present

Kahala Jiu Jitsu: Kids Instructor from ages 4 to 16

Contributing Photographer

CBS Mornings - September 7, 2021

Music: "Rewriting History of Grunge Music" - African American woman who led a grunge forerunner gets her moment of long-overdue recognition  

The Seattle Times - July 8, 2021

Music - "Before Nirvana or Pearl Jam, there was Tina Bell, the godmother of Grunge. Musicians pay tribute in upcoming concert"  by Jade Yamazaki Stewart (photo credit as Cyndia Lavik)

The Culture Rock Griot - February 5, 2021; "Pioneer Report: Scotty "Buttocks" Ledgerwood of Bam Bam Sets The Crown Straight On Grunge Queen Tina Bell" by Samantha Hollins (photo credit as Cyndia Lavik)

Official Waikiki Roughwater Swim Photographer since 2014 - Present

Official Photographer: Spartan XterraKualoa Ranch, August 2017 & December 2017

Official Photopgraher: North Shore Swim Series 2012 to 2016

Hawaii Sport Magazine - Jan/2012 to 2016


July/Aug 2016: Inside cover - North Shore Swim Series

Sept/ Oct 2015: "The Bike Issue" - Cover, Athlete Profile: John Henderson

May/Jun 2015: “The Swim Issue” Cover and 9 supporting photos, “Miki” athlete profile

Mar/Apr 2015: “Athlete Profile: Jakob Dewald”, “South Shore Classic”

July/Aug 2014: Cover photo, “Cyclist on Tantalus”

May/June 2014: Cover photo, all “Are You Ready?” & “Stefan Reinke” profile photo

Nov/Dec 2013: Cover photo, "Circle Island Tour", "Midnight Riders" & "Put the Mettle to the Pedal"

Sept/Oct 2013: Cover photo, "Best Seats in the House", Ka Iwa Coast Run & Walk, Athlete Profiles

May/June 2013: Cover Photos, Summer Scenes, Surf n Sea NSSS promo, "Dive In!" photo Sept/Oct 2012: "Pau" photo

Jan/Feb 2012: John Flanagan swim photo

Mid Week Issues: September 21, 2016 -  Kids Tennis

FreeSurf Magazine: V11 N9 - 2014 - News & Events: “North Shore Swim Series”

Hawaii News Now -"Teen falls from rocks near Makapu'u Lighthouse" (photo credit as Cyndia Lavik)

Makai - Ocean Lifestyle Magazine

Issues: Oct/Nov 2012: Cover Photo, "The Fastest Four"

Race Crew and Deckhand

1993 – 2001: Self-Employed

Professionally crewed and raced sailboats in Hawaii, to the US Mainland from Hawaii and in the Mediterranean. Specialized in: teak repair and varnishing and general overall boat maintenance.

Promotional Assistant

1998 – 1999: New Planet Radio

Responsibilities Included: designing of all print ads, flyers, lanyards and letterheads, organized on-air prize giveaways, wrote promotional commercials with schedules, assisted and organized with all promotional events for three of Hawaii's most popular radio stations.

Radio DJ & Band Promotions

1990 – 1992: KXME/KCMU Radio DJ and reviewed new music artists and newly released albums.

1989 - 1993: Promoted local bands and venues

Honors and Awards

Runner-Up in the Student Photo Contest, 2014, sponsored by the Student Photographic Society and the Professional Photographers of America.

1992 Bicycled from Seattle to San Francisco



The Art Institute, Student Photographic Society – Student Leader

Waikiki Yacht Club

Sports: Cycling, Sailing, Swimming, Jiu Jitsu, Golf, Hiking, Body Boarding, Snowboarding

Music: Anything and everything

Lived in Norway from 2001 to 2004 learning the culture and language, which I now speak fluently.

Skills & Expertise

Fine Art, Seascape Photography, Sports Photography, Portrait Photography, Studio Lighting, Digital Photography, Adobe Lightroom, Photoshop, InDesign and Illustrator, Photojournalism, Event Photography, Commercial Photography, Architectural Photography, Head Shots, Image Manipulation, Black & White Photography, Location Photography, Editorial Photography, Long-exposure Photography, Environmental Photography, Computers, Printing, and Web Design, Silversmith, Freelance Jewelry Design, Social Media and Jiu Jitsu Instruction.