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

NO DRAMA MOMMA

WHERE: HAIKU, HI | WHO: GABRIELA + CARLTON | WHY: MATERNITY (IT’S A BOY!)

Gabriela contacted me because she was 1) Looking for someone to accentuate her 23 week bump; and 2) produce artistic & dramatic photos capturing her very first baby bump. But also…in a place that’s not your typical place on Maui ;-) With some tedious planning, plenty of communication and preparation about precautions, and alot of hand holding (for balance of course!), we set off on our adventure!

SPECIAL NOTE: This adventure & location is NOT for everyone! It wasn’t easy as it involved a super muddy hike, plenty of time both in and out of the trails, and cold cold water. I don’t do shoots here often, but when I do, they’re always magical!

Sunset is my best friend, especially at this particular location. And it seems, the sun was really happy to have us, as she put on a gorgeous show of lighting that completely blew us all away. Was it cold? Yes. Was it muddy? HECK YES….

Was it even worth it??? YOU BET.

See for yourself <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!