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Stunning Hualalai Maternity Session | Big Island and Hawaii Maternity and Family Photographer

I am so in love with how this session turned out despite having to fight ferocious winds during this session! The wind actually ended up working to our advantage! I love a good windy day, when hair and dresses are blowing in the wind--it gives so much motion to the images!

This baby is already so so loved by her loving, amazing parents! I am so excited for you C and J and thank you for such a fun session and braving an windy sunset with me at Hualalai!

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Sheraton Kona Wedding | Hawaii and Big Island Wedding Photographer

It was truly a joy to capture this wedding for Stacy and Jeff at the Sheraton Hotel in Kona. It was  a day full of love, happy tears and laughter. 

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Kona Sunset Session | Hawaii Family and Wedding Photographer

Hello there blog world! I am back! Back from a crazy busy end of 2016, a rough pregnancy, birth, and sleepless of summer of 2017 :) But I am officially back to blogging and neck deep, but extremely happy, in sessions and weddings! 

I love all my family sessions but there will always be a few that will tug at my creative heart the most. This family and this session will be one of them. Words won't do justice to describe how happy I was creating and delivering this gallery so I will just let these images speak for themselves!

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Kohala Coast Sunset | Big Island Family Photographer

Kohala Coast Sunset | Big Island Family Photographer

I first came across Bre's amazing work when I joined ClickinMoms a few years ago. I have always been a fan especially of her family photography. She makes it look easy, fun and, well, breathtaking. I finally met Bre in person when I attended the Blair + Thurston retreat in Bainbride Island, WA (which I reviewed here). I knew quickly that she is a beautiful person inside and out! So when she asked me at the end of the retreat to capture her family during their trip to the island a week or so later, I was of course flattered and terrified at the same time! 

I arrived at the location half an hour early to make sure the tide was not too high and the waters were calm enough. But initially I couldn't even get in the path because of a few bees! And I am scared of bees--commence freak out mode! This specific spot on Puako could only be accessed through a 3ft wide path. If the tide was low, walking along the lava rocks from a path about six or so houses down the road would have been an option, otherwise we'd have to trespass and walk through someone's yard. But the tide was high enough to make the first option impossible and trespassing is a big non-no for me! Suddenly the trade winds started blowing a little stronger and the bees moved away! Phew! 

Bre's family is just a joy to photograph; they made it so easy and calmed down my nerves really quickly. I think at some point I sort of forgot that I was, in fact, shooting the Bre Thurston! The sunset that day was equally amazing and the trade winds blew just enough to give us a good breeze. Their session will be one of my favorites of all time! 

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Waipio Valley Dream Engagement | Hawaii Wedding Photographer

When Stacy and Jeff told me they wanted their engagement session at Waipio Valley, I kind of did a happy dance in my head! I have been dying to shoot at Waipio but the valley is very hard to get to. It is a rough 4wd drive (read: scary as F) and certain stretches boasts as the world's steepest! Hiking down is a possibility and actually what most visitors do; but the thought of hiking back up with my gear just sounds impossible. I'm pretty much at the worst shape of my life (except for that one time when I was about to have a baby!). I've hiked here twice and every time I sort of half regretted it on the way back up ;) Nevertheless, Waipio is my favorite place on the entire island so capturing their love and happiness and making timeless memories was priceless! 

Jeff and Stacy are an absolute dream couple to shoot and their session was nothing short of an adventure! So much so that my phone almost got soaked in water when we tried to cross a river to get to some wild horses on the other side. That idea was eventually nixed after multiple attempts because we had to risk getting everyone and all my gear wet! Needlessly, we still got some amazing photos from the valley! 

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