SKY & SEA

LOCATION:  PACIFIC OCEAN / HAWAIIAN ISLANDS

"WE ARE TIED TO THE OCEAN. AND WHEN WE GO BACK TO THE SEA, WHETHER IT IS TO SAIL OR TO WATCH - WE ARE GOING BACK TO WHENCE WE CAME." - John F. Kennedy

Getting new toys makes you feel like a kid again - even if you're well over 18 years old. So lately, I've literally been giggling, getting snap happy and feeling butterfly flutters all over the place, because I was (and continue to be) fortunate enough to cross paths with a very generous and talented friend, who made me an offer I couldn't refuse. And the timing? It was beyond perfect for a plethora of reasons. 

Water time is my favorite time...it's quite obvious. After all, it's one of the main reasons I moved myself all the way to Hawaii from the chilly East Coast! When I'm not out and about photographing clients and friends on land adventures and beachy backdrops, a majority of my waking hours is spent surfing or beneath the surface with some of natures most beautiful creatures, both small and large. And to me, that's just pure bliss. Oh...and it's free ;-) 

SO - my new toy you ask? Well, let's go plural because I got severely lucky and now, can spend even more time in the water with my SPL Water Housing for my upgraded (and amazeballs) Canon 5D Mark III. Ever since these have come into my life, I've been on a mission to capture even more water portrait & sport photos that make my heart go thump thump thump to infinity and beyond, and so far, so good! 

Here are some of my latest and greatest picks of my talented friends that I like to call family. Mahalo to you all, for being my daily muses, my inspiration and now, a part of my favorite collection. But most of all, thank you for being amazing people and a huge part of my life <3

FOR ART'S SAKE

LOCATION: HAIKU / MAUI, HAWAII  

"YOU AND I ARE MORE THAN FRIENDS. WE'RE LIKE A REALLY SMALL GANG"

Friendship isn't about who you've known the longest. It's about who walked into your life, said "I'm here for you" and proved it. 

You see, I have this friend Lauren whom I've known for 4 years now and counting, and she's literally at the top of the pile of wonderful people. Not because we're super close or share the most intimate life details with each other...or because we're neighbors (although that certainly helps). She's at the top because she's genuine. She's real. She's hilarious. And she carries an illegal amount of positivity that shouldn't be granted to any one single human on this planet. Did I mention she's tough? Because yea, she's immensely tough. 

We've shared some memorable moments, both good and bad, and mostly spaced out here and there because let's face it, life gets in the way. But when we connect, it's like we never missed a beat. Life never gets in the way because we just keep living it and making space whenever we have it. And honestly, that's purely okay by me. She's worth hanging on to because she rocks the casbah and her laughter is immensely contagious. And it doesn't even end there...

Here are some snippets from one of our more recent memorable moments. The day that she tore her way through my overgrown hedges with a bag full of goodies to do a casual photo shoot "for arts sake"...

Mahalo Lauren <3