Jessica and her tribe met me one beautiful summer afternoon at Kukio. It was a crazy windy day but we made it, the kids were such troupers. The bond this mama has with her babies in undeniable and it was so dang magical to see it through my lens.
In all the four years of shooting on the Big Island, I have never had rain on the beach during a shoot. Don’t get me wrong, over that time I probably have had to reschedule a few due to rain in the forecast. We were quite lucky that the light showers only lingered on for about 15 minutes, some of those we actually shot through. But you know what happens when it rains? You get a freaking rainbow! It was the perfect complement to the love and passion this two lovebirds brought that day!
This family session ended in one of the most beautiful sunsets on the Big Island and it was just pure joy to capture all the magical moments against such a vibrant backdrop. These three kids were such a blast, loving on each other and playing in the water and lava rocks. If fun family sessions focused on play and loving on each other are your jam then I can’t wait to meet you!!
So many beautiful memories from my first adventure elopement on Oahu! We started out the day at Waimanalo Beach and spent the next two hours adventuring on the south east coast. It was pretty amazing and I am so lucky to capture these moments for them!
I cannot wait to go back :)
So lucky to have captured precious milestones for this beautiful Ohana during their trip to the big island. Big sister turned four and I captured they soon to be little baby sibling in mama's belly ❤️The gorgeous light and sunset was the perfect ending to my adventure with them!
My evolution into family photography. Where do I start?
I started out taking photos of people mostly looking and smiling at me. But you know what? that never satisfied me as an artist. I always knew something was missing. One day I went home thinking I just had the worse session of my life. The kids would not pay attention to me. I don’t know if I got any of all of them looking at me. I didn’t open that session for days. I was anxious.
It turns out that session would be my lightbulb moment. Because the kids didn’t really want to sit still and smile at me (and can you blame them?!), I had the family interact more with each other, encourage the parents to love and play with the kids. That session became the first session that felt like me. My favorites were the images I never used to create. Images of love and connection, of joy and real smiles, not the “smile at the photographer” kinda smile. I realized only later that even though I was freaking out deep inside about how poorly the session was going, somehow that at some point I had subconsciously focused on the light and the connection instead of keeping an eye as who wasn’t looking at the camera. My work was never the same after that.
I don’t think I could photograph a family any other way.
From the moment I got there until the moment I left, it was all smiles and love from these two people and their families. Everything about that day was perfect!
Mahalo to all the amazing vendors I had the pleasure to work with:
Cannot get enough of the blue green ocean and the sunset colors from this session at Mahai'ula in Kona! These two loved birds killed this engagement session!