Thank you for stopping by! I am Ann. I am a family and wedding photographer based on the Big Island of Hawaii. I am also a wife to an amazing man and a mom to two wonderful children. We all love adventures, the beach and our two crazy golden retrievers.
Unlike many photographers, my story didn't start out with me as a little girl growing up with a camera always in my hands. In fact, I wasn't really interested in photography until I was in my 20s. In hindsight, I always had a creative heart in me but never had the chance to really embrace it. My true passion lies in creating art of people who madly love each other. Be that a mom with a new baby or a bride and groom about to start the greatest chapter of their lives! I capture love, life and all the silly, fun and memorable moments in between. My favorite images from the session are those that invoke the most emotion, you know, the kind that makes you feel all the feels. Yep, that's it!
Fun facts about me:
Born and raised in the Philippines
Went to the US for gradschool where I met a rad guy and so I stayed
Addicted to coffee and cake
Can live on sushi and Indian food for the rest of my life
Star Wars fan
Self-taught (mostly) photographer
Obsessed with Hawaii
Choosing the right photographer for your family isn't easy, so thank you for considering me! What you may notice right away in my work is the emotion all wrapped up in each photograph. This is because as an artist, I always look for real, authentic moments and my goal is to freeze those moments forever.
The way your child rests their head on your chest.
The look on their smiling faces almost as if you can hear the giggles!
The way your spouse wraps their arms around you and how that made you smile.
I have an unposed approached to family sessions. What does this mean? I’m not a fan of stiff, awkward, stagnant, look-at-the camera-and-say-cheese poses. Nevertheless, I start out a session doing a little bit of that. But for the most part I will guide your family to foster a more storytelling session that focuses on capturing natural emotions, movements and moments.
I document love and joy. I capture the fun, genuine, raw emotion. I live for the big moments, the in-betweens, the ones where you don’t think anyone else is watching. My goal is to tell your story and document the authentic and unique love that you and your family have for each other. I want to capture the real stuff! The crazy beautiful sunset is just a bonus!
Check out these two past sessions to get a feel for what family sessions with me are like:
If this sounds like your jam then I cannot wait to meet your family!