North Shore Photography was started in 1983, by photographer Bill Romerhaus. He first started taking surfing photographs and doing darkroom work as a freshman in high school where he was sports editor for the school paper four years. He has lived in Hawaii for over 50 years and shot his first surfing photo in 1965 and then was a contributing photographer to SURFER and SURFING magazines for years. From that time he worked part time as a studio portrait photographer, color printer, a military photo hobby shop manager, at the Hawaiian Telephone Company, and then for 20 years as a senior facilities mechanic at a Satellite tracking station (COMSAT- founded by science fiction writer Arthur C. Clark) overlooking Sunset Beach on Oahu's north shore. In 1983 he started North Shore Photography, specializing in black and white professional darkroom services, while continuing to work, and then went into the photography business full time in 1989.
He also worked as a contributing photographer to over 30 international surfing magazines and manufacturers, and as a free lance photographer-writer (photojournalist) for over 100 publications and agencies worldwide. His black and white, hand colored, and color photos have credited him with over 200 cover shots and full page advertisements all over the world. His work has appeared in POPULAR PHOTOGRAPHY, SURFER, SURFING, HONOLULU, ALOHA, HONOLULU NEWSPAPERS, OUTDOOR, OUTSIDE, CONDE NAST TRAVELER, NATIONAL ENQUIRER, UPI, and many other publications. His professional clients have included AMERICAN EXPRESS, BURTON CLOTHING, VOGUE INTERNATIONAL, HAWAIIAN TROPIC, HILTON HOTELS, CRAZY SHIRTS, ALOHA & HAWAIIAN AIRLINES, NO FEAR GEAR, DISCOVERY, CBS, ABC, CNN, HISTORY & A&E CHANNELS, UNIVERSAL PICTURES, and WARNER BROTHERS PRODUCTIONS, to name a few.
His photo "Paddlers At Avalanche" (Outdoor magazine, Jan. 2000, and Popular Photography, April 2000) and hand colored photo series "Points of View" (published in Aloha Magazine) won first place in the 'Best published' photo categories in the 1994 Hawaii Visitors Bureau Travel & Journalism Awards. His recently published photo history book: "Haleiwa: A Pictorial History" won the 2008 Hawaii Historic Society's Honorary Best Published Historic Publication Award, and the Haleiwa Chamber of Commerce 2009 Malama Ana Award.
His last jobs were for CBS television "Hawaii 5-0", Sony Pictures "Soul Surfer", Disney/Dreamworks "Fright Night", ABC Television "My Generation", Universal Pictures, "Forgetting Sarah Marshall","The Cleaner" for CBS/A&E Networks, Warner Brothers, "The Big Bounce", and the TV series pilot "Rocky Point", filmed on the North Shore, providing vintage photos of Haleiwa, Hawaii, and surfing for background artwork.
Bill is currently represented by Getty Images (an international stock image agency based in New York) which is one of the worlds largest and most prestigious, and a branch of the Getty Foundation for the Arts.
He now specializes in printing and selling historic, stock, and nostalgic images of Hawaii (aka Nostalgic Photos Hawaii) from the thousands of photos he has produced and collected as a professional photographer in the past five decades living in Hawaii, sells his work in over 30 galleries and retail stores on Oahu, on e-Bay, and this website. He also is a contributing photographer to the North Shore News for over 40 years.
His other current projects include writing and publishing two electronic books for Kindle, and pursuing the sale of a movie script which is one of his life goals.
In our own way we feel we are contributing to preserving and promoting the history and culture of Hawaii for Kama'aina and visitors to display or share with others all over the world, Aloha.