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!
This family is so dear to my heart! I first met Natalia when I was very new to the Big Island and was in the very early stage of my business. At the time, I was looking for a maternity model and she was pregnant with Mateo. Almost four years later and here I am photographing their family again for the fifth time! Always a joy to watch families grow! Now they have three kids and we are going to be neighbors in a few short months :)