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! 

WATER BABIES

WHERE: MAKENA, HAWAII  |  WHO: DARLA & KYLE  |  WHY:  FOR LOVE OF HAWAII

Hailing from Ohio, Darla & Kyle found themselves vacationing in Hawaii again after falling deeply in love with it the last time they visited.  We'd been in talks for months about this shoot, making sure we could capture nature at it's best, with some rocks and a bunch of water time.  And oh the water time we spent! It was adventurous, breathtakingly beautiful, and so worth the time! 

Mahalo Darla & Kyle for being so amazing & fun during this shoot - it was definitely one for the books!

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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...;-) 

A Match Made in Heaven...

LOCATION: MAKENA, HAWAIII   |  MOOD:  ROMANTIC

It all started with hope...and of course two online dating profiles.

Finding your match isn't easy these days, especially when you're busy as can be and located miles away from each other. Luckily, these two struck gold when they found each other amongst the piles and piles of other humans in "search" mode - and they haven't looked back since. They recently married in July of this year and decided Maui (and me) were a perfect match for their Honeymoon. 

Meet Dorinda & Chuck...the most adorable couple from the East Coast.

CAPTURING PHYLLIS

LOCATION: THE PAIA INN  |    MODEL: PHYLLIS LANE   |   OCCUPATION: PHOTOGRAPHER, MENTOR, AUTHOR, ARTIST   |   MOOD: F YEAH

If you haven't heard of Phyllis Lane, you should immediately click on some of her links below and educate yourself on her. She's all the things every female (and male...you know you're jealous) could all hope to be and that much more...she's simply magical and exudes endless creativity, positivity and laughter more than any human I've ever encountered. 

A mega-talented photographer? CHECK

Spiritual Mentor? CHECK

Accomplished Author? CHECK

Artist? CHECK

We came together through the magic of intuition and I can't explain how perfect our session was. Creativity flowed, great conversation and openness flowed even more, and from that, bloomed a new friendship. Now, I share with you our moments together in Paia for a sunset portrait session at the gorgeous Paia Inn.

Thank you for sharing a piece of your birthday weekend with me Phyllis - but more importantly, thank you for choosing me to capture your beautiful soul. You've left me and Maui enlightened and we cannot wait to welcome you back on your next trip. 

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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

BENDY GODDESS YOGA

LOCATION: MAUI SUNSET, KIHEI     |     MODEL/OWNER/YOGA GODDESS: REGINA PADILLA

I've recently started working with Regina from Bendy Goddess Yoga (@bendygoddessyoga) for some yoga-inspired shoots to help promote her upcoming 2017 sunrise/sunset yoga classes at Maui Sunset in Kihei. I've taken a few yoga classes in my day, but what Regina brought to the beach tonight was something that left me utterly speechless. Inspirational to say the least! Not only is Regina hilarious, she also has such a warm soul. I can't wait to take one of her classes!

One shoot down and so many more to go! Some of my pics from our shoot are below. Let me know what you think!

You can regularly join Regina's classes at Maui Yoga Studio in Wailea: www.mauiyogastudio.net

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