Maui Engagement Portraits Gone Right

Who: Nate & Saori | Where: Makena, Hawaii | Why: Engagement Love

They say when you’ve found the person you want to spend the rest of your life with…you “just know”. Well, that saying has certainly held true for these two!

It’s not easy dating these days (ladies & gents, am I right?!), let alone finding the time to go on a date….So when one of those dates finally goes right…you hang on (and you hang on tight!). And that’s just what these two did with each other...

Embracing their traveling souls, senses of adventure, earth rumbling love and amazing ability to be up at the crack of dawn looking like this (seriously stunning!)….they came to Maui to capture it all and so much more. And they chose me…

So here’s a small collection from their sunrise Maui engagement session in Makena. The perfect location, the perfect weather, and of course, the perfect couple.

Mahalo Nate & Saori for sharing your love with me x

Hair & Make-up by: Maui Makeup Artistry | Haku Lei: Bella Bloom

5th Anniversary on Maui

WHERE: MAKENA, HAWAII | WHO: AMBER & MIKE | WHY: ANNIVERSARY PHOTOS FOR LOVE!

Where do I even begin with how sweet and fun these two were?!

With visions of warm colors, breathtaking scenery and tons of love for one another, Amber & Mike arrived at our session location and were so excited to start shooting! What time was it? SUNSET. Yup! If you want these dramatic colors and skies…that’s what you’ve gotta opt for! And believe me, it’s worth it every time…

After 5 years and two children, these two wanted to celebrate each other and their accomplishments on Maui, they’re most favorite vacation spot ever! Can you blame them?

Cheers to these two for loving hard, laughing even harder, and making me laugh the hardest ;-)

SELF LOVE

WHERE: MAKENA, HI | WHO: COCO | WHY: FOR SELF LOVE

The lovely Coco doesn’t need much of an intro…but if you must know, she’s as smart, intelligent and driven as she is beautiful (and did I mention hella FUN?!).

We kicked off our session bright and early and she was chipper as could be and full of so much energy & confidence - it’s no wonder her beach photo session blew her own mind! And mine, of course. What made her own this session, you ask? Her willingness to step outside of her comfort zone. THAT’S IT! Simple right? Hey, it’s 2019…take a chance ;-)

Solo sessions can feel intimidating, especially if you’re not one for having your photo taken on a regular basis or even at all! Feelings of vulnerability & insecurity like “OMG do I look like a fool? Did that person see me do that? Please direct me…please, I’m awful”; mixed with feelings of “I’m fierce and I WANT to rock this because I LOVE MYSELF - I don’t care what anyone thinks - no even my photographer!”….are totally fine and natural…and completely welcomed! I’m here to help you see a beauty in you that you never knew you had (or you knew you had, but needed a little reassurance)…

I’ve heard it all, I’ve seen it all, and nothing phases me…especially because I think everyone is beautiful, inside + out. Plain. Simple. Boooooom.

Mahalo Coco, for being so magically you and embracing all that makes you so wonderful! New England is lucky to have ya!

THEY DO

WHERE: MAKENA, HAWAII  |  WHO: JACK + LEAH  |  WHY: ENGAGEMENT SESSION

The timing just felt right - and with a trip to Maui followed by a jaunt to Paris, now seemed like the absolute best time ever...

So Jack nervously asked...and Leah said "I Do"...and together, they decided to make it officially, official. Leah initially contacted me to capture them as a couple on vacation - but little did she know that just a couple days prior to our session, Jack would pop the question - and this couples session would now become, their engagement session! 

With laid back vibes, perfect sunset lighting, a couple Coronas and some salty clothing later - these two and their love blasted through my lenses and made this session super fun, and even more chill than Jack had ever imagined (thanks Jack!).

Cheers to you Leah & Jack - can't wait to see you two again! 

Waterversary

When it’s your 10th anniversary...you go all out...or IN in this particular case ;-) 

Sarah & Josh dove into this session with such love, patience and FUN - I think I could have photographed them for the rest of the day. And the conditions were just gorgeous! Water was perfect with juuuuust enough clarity...the sun was shining...the morning greeted us with pastel skies and stillness... But really, my favorite part was that the beach was ALL ours. It was like Maui said..."Hey, you guys deserve a special morning, so I'm gonna give it to you. No worries - just enjoy!". 

Maui - thank you. And Sarah & Josh - come back soon. You were an absolute delight <3

I DO (A MILLION TIMES)

WHO: MATTHEW + DENISE  |  WHY: INTIMATE WEDDING  |  WHERE:  MAKENA, HAWAII

When one of my good friends contacted me on Facebook and asked if I was open to shooting their nephew's Maui beach wedding, I couldn't turn it down - and after meeting Matthew & Denise, I"m SO glad I didn't! 

It's not often that I shoot weddings - but when I do, I love them small, meaningful, and oh-so-beautiful - just like Matthew & Denise's beach nuptials. But their wedding wasn't always planned this way...at the very last minute, they decided to scrap their 300+ guest wedding plans back home and instead, elope among close family & friends here on Maui. Where? They didn't know, but that's where their amazing network of family in Maui came into play...myself included!

After much discussion on timing, locations, concerns, etc., within a week of the wedding, it all came together seamlessly; and on their big (but small) day, it was everything they had hoped for and so much more <3

Mahalo Matthew + Denise, for trusting me & allowing me to be a part of your amazing day. I'd do it again in a heartbeat! 

Officiant: Pia Aluli  |  Hair & MUA: Maui Makeup Artistry  |  Flowers by Cora  |  Venue: Kono's on the Green / Sunsets


From Korea with Love

WHO: VIOLET & JASON  |  WHERE: MAUI, HI  |  WHY: HONEYMOON SESSION

Married only days prior, Violet & Jason contacted me to capture their wedding portraits in a "not so typical way"...basically, off the beaten path and not so bright and "paradise-like" like all the other photographers she was coming across in her searches. It just wasn't her style...

Welp, luckily she found me because our visions and ideas worked hand in hand and we captured some of the most gorgeous photos ever...incorporating both her love of dance and her love of Jason, now her husband. 

After dodging a few crazy cows, cow "bombs" and dancing in the wind at sunset, we captured this modern couple's love and so so much more. Their simplicity. Because let's be honest, why complicate things? 

Congratulations to you, Violet & Jason - you two are beautifully beautiful <3

 

FAMILY TIME

WHERE: MAKENA, HAWAII  |  WHO:  OLSON OHANA  |  WHY: JUST BECAUSE...

Hawaiian vacations make the Olson family happy - so happy that they have been coming back to Hawaii for years and years with so many more trips to come!

It's not often this family of four is able to get away with just each other...so this was their chance to relish in each other's company with little on their agenda. Except this photo shoot and dinner afterwards ;-) 

They call their lives "typical", but my time with them was far from it...and they're one of the most laid-back, low maintenance, loving families I've had the opportunity to shoot - and I"m soooo thankful they strolled into my lens! 

Mahalo to you all <3

LONG DISTANCE LOVERS

WHERE: KAPALUA, HAWAII  |  WHO: PAUL & SHELLY  |  WHY: MATERNITY

It all began in 2013 when they were first introduced by family...then came the first date on Oahu. Shelly commuted back & forth from Singapore to Oahu and sometimes the Mainland for business reasons, but soon, it was for Paul.

Fast forward a little over a year, with Shelly still residing in Singapore and Paul now on Maui, their love was still going strong, and became even stronger when Paul proposed in November of 2014. Soon after, a gorgeous wedding in Bali in 2015.

Still after being married, distance separated them for various reasons, and commuting became a somewhat of a pattern for them. Nonetheless, they persisted. Until Shelly found out she was pregnant! 

With a recent move from Singapore to Maui, Shelly, Paul and their 2 year old maltipoo Cleo, are finally a family...and growing by the day! Congratulations to this persistent little family full of so much love (and the occasional bark) - I can't wait to meet your little one! <3

WHEN YOU KNOW

WHERE: MAKENA, HAWAII  |  WHO: CRUZ OHANA  |  WHY: VOW RENEWAL

They were quick to get married after only dating for about three months. They started their life together without much, but over the years, as their love grew, they began cultivating a family. Always putting their children's needs and wants before theirs, it was finally time for their grown children to give back. 

This low key vow renewal was orchestrated & officiated by their three amazing children, who are now, young adults and witnessing the true meaning of love through selfless eyes...six of them to be exact ;-) 

Prepare to be amazed by this family's love for each other, and especially, their parent's continuously growing love for each other <3

 

THE FIRE WITHIN

WHERE: MAALAEA, HI  |  WHO: THE KRILL OHANA  |  WHY:  MATERNITY & FAMILY PORTRAITS

At home, Jack & Jessica are both firefighters and during the summer, life gets pretty busy for them...so during the quieter months, they try and go somewhere to unwind and reconnect.

Naturally, they came to Maui! Can you blame them? 

This adorable growing family wanted to capture their love for each other & their little Evalette before her brother (or sister!) arrives in a couple months. Surprises are always fun, and this was a great way to capture their moments together as a family of three, before it becomes a family of four. 

Mahalo Jessica, Jack & Evalette, for being so much fun and spontaneous to work with - I hope to see you again soon! xoxo

 

STILL GOING STRONG

WHERE: NORTH SHORE, MAUI  |  WHO: CHERI & BRIAN  |  WHY: 12TH ANNIVERSARY

Anniversaries spent on Maui are always something special...

Cheri & Brian took some time for themselves to come to Hawaii and celebrate their 12th Anniversary - on Molokai, Maui, and they may have even touched down on Lanai! That's truly the way to see the islands, especially Maui! 

To capture their strong love for each other, we opted for a sunrise shoot held on Maui's picturesque North Shore...and boy did the sky deliver! I haven't seen a sunrise like this in a while...and it was SO fitting for Cheri & Brian as they recited their original wedding vows to one another <3

Still going strong after 12 years is an accomplishment in itself, and I can honestly say these two will continue to go the extra miles (and miles) with their love, as it was so evident during our time together. Thank you both for letting me be a part of your gorgeous celebration of love - and most of all, Mahalo for your open-mindedness, amazing conversations and insight into XY and Z - you two are breathtakingly amazing even on your own.

xoxo

THE LUCKIEST

WHERE: KIHEI, HI  |  WHO: THE NEAL OHANA  |  WHY: FAMILY PORTRAITS

It had only been a couple weeks since they arrived and their luck had turned for the worst...well, sort of. 

The Neal Ohana arrived on Maui, their first time ever being in Hawaii, and everything was going perfect! Weather was gorgeous, rainbows were plentiful, beaches were soft and sandy, and the air was warm...and then came a large wave that swept them off their feet during an afternoon beach walk. Dad jumped into save mom and daughter, but the fear was stricken into little Gwen of the sand and water, and well, dad's wedding band seems to have disappeared. 

Fast forward a few days, a couple bumps here and there, and it's the day before your annual family photo shoot (how exciting right?!). Gwen takes a slight fall and the pavement leaves marks all over her beautiful face, just in time for photos! Could things get any better?! They were definitely hopeful!

Along comes our beach session (yes, that includes sand and water...something Gwen was NOT so fond of from days prior!) and the Neal's were honestly, just hoping for the best of what was left of their luck. With some giggles, great conversation, leading by example with bare feet and lots of cuddles, Gwen opened up into the cutest smiles, despite her injuries from the day before....and Mom & Dad...they were SO grateful! The session came to an end and Jasper & Jonathan were just "hopeful" that the photos would turn out okay, and weren't expecting any magic because honestly, the worst was just catching up with them.

Well...I worked some magic that session that they didn't see until the end...and then some. I do my absolute best to catch moments, smirks, glances and glimpses of love that otherwise go unseen, and I'm SO excited to share with you the final photos from our "lucky" session...

Mahalo Jasper, Jonathan, and especially Gwen, for being uplifting, strong, and most of all, so much fun to get to know. xoxo