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! 

YES YES YES

WHO: MACKENZIE & CORY  |  WHERE: MONTAGE, KAPALUA  |  WHY: SHE SAID YES

It was a last minute request and I was more than happy to squeeze in the request...because just days earlier, this adorable couple of 8 years made a huge decision that would change their lives forever after...

"So you wanna do this...?" led to the sweetest reply. A simple (and giddy) yes. After 8 years...why the heck not right? Unfortunately I didn't get to witness this ever so traditional proposal, but let me tell you...the recap of it was priceless! I'm still not sure what to believe because M+C are quite the story tellers...mostly Cory actually (lol) but I was rolling on the grassy hills in laughter regardless. I"m just happy they chose ME...and only after 24 hours! 

Congrats Mackenzie + Cory on becoming forever lovers. You two rock each other's worlds already and I can't thank you enough for rocking mine during this shoot! 

Now hurry back and elope already...;-) 

BABYMOONERS IN MAUI

LOCATION: MAKENA, HAWAII  |  MOOD: EXCITED  |  WHO: NOAH & MORGAN

Early mornings are made for moments that last a bit longer than usual...

Typically it's because of lack of caffeine...but in this case, it was because these two were so excited to capture their first pregnancy where they were married five years prior (and a slight lack of caffeine too!).

These two laid-back Californians nestled in the early morning light together while taking in the gigantic empty beach surrounding them. From romantic glances and prolonged cuddles to slight giggles of excitement about the baby inside her who's just beginning to move around and make his presence known. 

It was a magically relaxed session for us all...and the final photos? Dreamy. Mahalo Noah & Morgan, for sharing your romance and new little one-to-be with me! 

<3

WHEN IT RAINS IT POURS...

LOCATION: MAUI, HAWAII  |  MOOD: HOPEFUL  |  SESSION: OHIA MATERNITY

It started with some sprinkles and unforgiving breezes and ended with a sky that left us all breathless. Photo by photo, I was nearly taking away my own breath as the skies over Maui just kept giving and giving...and so did this adorable growing family from Florida. 

Mahalo to this Tampa beauty and her family who were less than stunned by stormy skies and innocent threats of bad weather. The result was better than we ever imagined...

Making Time...

LOCATION: MAKENA, HAWAII   |   MOOD: EXCITED!   |   TIME: REALLY EARLY ;-)  |  LOCATION: FOUR SEASONS WAILEA

When it's almost time, you make the time...

These two are expecting their first bundle of joy so very soon, so they wanted to squeeze in their first trip to Maui for a "baby moon" ASAP. It was a last minute request (2 -ish days prior to their shoot) that worked out more than perfectly - and luckily they were wide awake bright and early for this gorgeous sunrise shoot. 

Mahalo Lauren & Tamarick for being the most friendly and photogenic morning company (seriously!) - you started my day off so perfectly :-) 

UPCOUNTRY (BABY) LOVE

LOCATION: UPCOUNTRY MAUI, HAWAII   |   HUMANS: JOHN & TRICIA  |  SESSION: MATERNITY

I first met Tricia almost two years ago while paddling for Hawaiian Canoe Club and we instantly became friends the moment we were introduced. It didn't hurt that she was also the new girlfriend to my friend John, another fellow paddler. So it was a bit of a natural fit and with our paddling schedules, it wasn't hard for us to see each other often and catch up as time progressed.  Our friendship continued to bloom and so did their relationship...and I'm so happy it did.

Fast forward a bit and this beautiful couple was now on the (very close) verge of introducing a new little one into this world and they asked me to capture her final days before everything in their lives would change. Of course, I accepted with giddy giggles and couldn't wait to get them all together. So we chose upcountry Maui as the perfect backdrop for this cowboy, his son and his soon-to-be wife & new mother-to-be...

Now, a glimpse of our adventure filled upcountry shoot with John, Gavin, Tricia & her beautiful baby bump...

Update :::: Timing really is everything in so many ways! Two days after these photos were taken, Tricia gave birth to her first son Ian Hunter...and hopefully not her last.

Congratulations you guys - such a wonderfully beautiful family in so many ways xoxo