Planning Your Wardrobe: Hawaii Family Photography Session

Figuring out what to wear for any photography session is difficult...that's why I'm here to help you slim down your options, OR create some more fabulous ones! 

I love color & accessories, just keep the patterns to a minimum. This goes for your kids too. If you or they are uncomfortable in their clothing, it will show in the photos. Choose clothes for everyone in the same color palette (see optimal palettes below…). The goal is for you guys to look great, but we want the focus to be on you, not your clothes. The outfits should blend together and blend a bit into the background.

Keep it fun! If you want to bring two outfits for everyone, bring two. And if you have little kids, we know how they like to get dirty, so bring some back ups.

But no matter what you wear, be confident that I’ll make you look fantastic…

it’s my job.



BASIC TIPS

  • The most important rule is to BE COMFORTABLE! But more importantly, be you! I am going to create art that will hang on your walls for years and I want your family to look like themselves. This goes for your kids too. If you or they are uncomfortable in their clothing, it will show in the photos. 

  • I love color and accessories, just keep the patterns to a minimum ;-) Try to have only 1 patterned outfit for every 3 people for family shoots. Then dress everyone else with color coordinating looks.

  • Try to coordinate outfits without looking overly “matchy”. Avoid wearing same colors and instead, find a color palette you love and piece together items from that palette that are complimentary to one another (see examples above to help get you started!).

  • Ladies - long maxi dresses are your best bet for EVERYTHING. They’re literally flattering on everyone! Plus they move so beautifully! When in doubt…maxi dress it out ;-)

    • But keep in mind…beaches tend to be windy! So those cute dresses, shirts & skirts with all the multi layers and ruffles, won’t work well on the beach. All these layers will drive you craaaazy as you try to make them stay still & flat (plus they’re distracting to the eye). So keep it simple…

  • I like my sessions to be fun and have an element of freedom, so please dress your children in clothing you don’t mind them playing in. And that goes for you too! *Don’t forget to bring a change of clothes or backup shirt/bottoms for littles ones & a towel - sand, dirt & shoreline fun are inevitable!

  • No visible logos or branding on the clothing itself. 

  • Dress babies as babies. For anyone under 2 years old, steer clear of collared shirts and jeans, as they tend to make the little ones look a lot older. Try onesies for boys and sweet little dresses for girls…

  • In general, shoes aren't necessary for any of my sessions. You can bring standard rubber sandals for walking to/from our location or for walking on any rocks/stones. 

    Still need some more inspiration for your wardrobe?

    Visit my ‘What to Wear’ Pinterest Board!


Where to Shop:

For Mom: Old Navy, Forever 21, Asos, Lulu’s, Nordstrom Rack

For Dad: Old Navy, Zara, Gap, Target, J.Crew

For Kids: Target, Baby Gap, Old Navy, Pop Real, Bitsy Bug, My Modern Kid


COLOR PALETTE SAMPLES


FOOL-PROOF PASTEL COMBOS & INSPIRATION

(Notice the 1 patterned outfit & how the others compliment it in a simple way…)


LOVE NEUTRALS?


THE BOLD + THE BEAUTIFUL

RAIN OR SHINE

WHO: ALLYSON & ERIC | WHY: BABYMOONIN IN MAUI | WHERE: MAKENA, MAUI (HAWAII)

The skies in these photos are stunning, am I wrong? In fact, they were beyond stunning…but only for a short time. First, let me introduce Allyson & Eric...

Allyson & Eric are visiting Maui, Hawaii for their very first time, choosing to bask in the sunshine for the best baby moon ever. Allyson is about 34 weeks pregnant with their first child (a baby girl - woop woop!) and an absolute trooper & ray of sunshine (more on that shortly…). Eric, her patient, awesomely adventurous and positive husband, stands by her side as one of the luckiest guys ever. They’re both, in fact, extremely lucky!

Maternity photography is hands down, my favorite type of photography. Mix it with the ocean & Maui, and you’ve got me hooked for life! The forecast called for partly cloudy skies, sunshine and 5 mph winds - pretty perfect if you ask me! We arrived at our location optimistic, however, Mother Nature decided to surprise us with clouds rolling in deep, sprinkles and lots of white wash in the ocean. After much discussion, laughs, and an option to reschedule, we decided to roll on to the empty beach and make it our own. And I’m so glad we did…

With my state-of-the-art weather reading abilities, I knew we’d have some sunshine soon, but not for long. Enter Mr. Sun - for about 10 minutes - it was gorgeous! Sprinkles, rainbows, the whole gamut. Then, came a shift in winds, and more clouds…and a downpour. Allyson & Eric didn’t bat an eyelash though - they said “the show must carry on!” (Gawd I love these two!). I promised them the sunset would be worth it…and I swore by it with my life & camera (in water-housing of course)…

An outfit change, soggy sand, more rain and lots of love later, we made our way into the ocean to get whatever underwater maternity shots we could with the semi-clear waters. It was just then, the rain stopped, the sun angled perfectly through the clouds, and we were blessed with the most gorgeous conditions & sunset ever. Not going to toot my own horn…but I kinda knew this would happen - and I’m SO glad these two (and their mini) held on with smiles!

From our Rain & Shine, beach & ocean photography session in Makena, Hawaii. One of my favorites and definitely, one for the books!

Photos in order of weather progression…

THE HAPPIEST

WHERE: KAPALUA, HI | WHO: AUSTIN, SARAH & THEIR TWO KIDDOS | WHY: FOR LOVE

The last time this dynamic duo had photos done was over 4 years ago…except it was just the two of them.

Fast forward 4 years, and now, two (happy) kiddos strong! Introducing Kennedy (2 yo) and Luke (6 mo) - the cutest, most happiest lil siblings ever…AND at Sunrise! Honestly though, a majority of my families with little ones choose the Sunrise session because of the time change here in Hawaii - they’re already up hours prior to our session - so by the time I see them, they’re bright eyed, awake, and smiling from ear to ear!

The beach was all ours and the light? PERFECT as always. Some moments from our vibrant, casually formal, Hawaiian photoshoot featuring this loving family and SO much love <3

GOOD MORNING MAUI

WHERE: KIHEI, | HAWAII | WHO: SARA + RYAN | WHY: BABYMOONIN ON MAUI

Let me kick off this post with a high five to these two awesome human beings….

From the moment we arrived at our location, we were giggling and laughing without hesitation - and it seriously carried on during the WHOLE ENTIRE SESSION. Yup, no joke. I’d love to take credit for bringing them out of their shells….but the credit all goes to them! I was merely just a gal with her camera witnessing their amazingness. To say these two are warm and friendly is a severe understatement. If I could underline the word severe in this program, I totally would!

What’s even more hilarious is this was their first time having photos done and you CAN’T. EVEN. TELL. that they’re feeling uneasy and not-yet-caffeinated. They were rockstars in every sense, and their future lil boy will no doubt, be just as approachable as they are.

Woop woop to you Sara + Ryan! Come back soon - Maui needs your sunshine <3

FAMILY FUN

WHERE: KIHEI, HAWAII | WHO: BREANNA & HER WONDERFUL FAMILY | WHY: FOR LOVE

When the whole family flew into Hawaii (minus just a couple who couldn’t make the trip), you schedule a photoshoot to capture the love and allllll that comes with it. Like adorable NEW little babies named London <3

Surrounded by love, amazing grandparents, warm Maui sun, and parents that exude love for each other and everyone around them, I bring you my time with this loving family…and lil London <3

MADE FOR SUNSET

WHERE: LAHAINA, HI  |  WHO:  DIANNE + DUSTIN  |  WHY: MATERNITY PHOTOS

The wind was prevalent all over Maui…and I mean eeeeeeevvvvvvverywhere! There are only a few spots on island where you can fully escape the drifts, whips, and squalls, regardless of the wind direction…so I made sure we made the most of our little hideaway as best we could - and boy did we!

Dianne & Dustin arrived on Maui for their baby moon…their FIRST baby moon…and they were just smitten. A little bummed because of the winds, but obviously, Maui delivers when it comes to beauty (regardless of weather). A little mix of sunshine, calm waters, a slight warm breeze and a couple that radiated love & excitement for their new lil one, made this session so effortlessly beautiful - I literally could have photographed them for dayyyyys!

Thank you both so much for your positivity, wonderful conversations, and easy-going nature <3 Water sessions aren’t easy, but with a little extra time & effort, they always end up breathtaking!

A CELEBRATION TO REMEMBER

WHERE: KAPALUA, HI | WHO: HINTON OHANA | WHY: FOR LOVE AND TOGETHERNESS

When a family contacts you to capture their new family, extended family, a birthday AND an anniversary in ONE? I say….YES please ;-)

It was her mother-in-law’s soon to be 60th year of life AND her first time in Hawaii, AND the first family for my mother-in-law with all her children. ADDITIONALLY, Tasha and Alexis were celebrating their 2 year wedding anniversary and celebrating the recent finalized adoption of their daughter Calina, who went to live with them when she was 2-months old just one day after they came back from their Maui honeymoon in 2016! Talk about amazing timing and the universe working in their favor…this family was beyond magical, so they deserved an even more magical location.

Photography means A LOT to this family and I’m so incredibly thankful they chose me to capture this confetti of celebrations <3

SISTERLY LOVE

WHERE: KAPALUA, HI  |  WHO: KELLY, KATI, KRISI, JENI |  WHY:  FOR SISTERLY LOVE

There’s nothing quite like the bond that sisters share...especially these four...

They are all so different and yet, grounded by the same roots. They have formed a new bond since their Mother passed in November that has given them a foundation and resilience unlike ever before. And what better way to strengthen that bond than a trip to Maui.

Factor in a mini-hike, lots of laughs, believable jokes, changes in the open and lots of sticky tape, it was by far, one of the most hilarious sessions I've ever had and one I will definitely never forget! 

Ladies - thank each and every one of you SO much for sharing your time, stories and of course, a mini-adventure with me. I still laugh thinking back about our time together! 

A glimpse into their beautiful session as they re-grounded themselves and celebrated the life of their Mom...<3