PRINTS AT POME

LOCATION: P.O.M.E. (PRODUCT OF MY ENVIRONMENT) PAIA, MAUI

Fine metal prints of some of my favorite ocean & landscape shots are now exclusively available in Paia's cutest surf boutique, P.O.M.E.! See what's available below in 8x10 and 8x12 metal prints...

Can't make it to Maui? No worries - prints are available online as well with a bunch of other super talented Maui artists. See it all here! Did I mention there's FREE shipping on orders over $100? Yup!

Mahalo & much love to my favorite little family at P.O.M.E. - you guys rock!

P.O.M.E.: An Eco-conscious boutique and art gallery. Inspired by a surf and yoga lifestyle. 

SUN SHINE

LOCATION: MAUI, HAWAII

Pacific Biodiesel recently planted sunflowers as its first biofuel crop on Maui and without any hesitation, the blooming sunflowers generated overwhelming attention island-wide and dominated local social media in ways you'd never imagine. 

In my short lifetime, I don't recall ever seeing such a beautiful crop, let alone a crop paired with such a beautiful backdrop like our West Maui Mountains! So naturally, I jumped on board the photo-train and made my way over with my good friend Sabine to snap some fun photos. 

I'd like to think I was one of the first to pull over and get my sunflower "fill", but honestly, who knows! Regardless, we captured them at just the right time in their bloom before they (and the birds) began to give into natures cycle and do their thang. 

If you're waiting for me to say, "we stopped and smelled the sunflowers"...well, yes. We did. And it was awesome & full of happy, buzzing bees. 

Visit the Pacific Biodiesel website for more information, frequently asked questions, and videos about the company’s Maui biofuel crop <3

THE BEST THINGS IN LIFE...

LOCATION: WAILEA IN MAUI, HAWAII  

"YOU CAN BUY CHILDREN ANYTHING IN THE WORLD, BUT NOTHING WILL COMPARE TO THE MEMORIES YOU MAKE WITH THEM" 

They say "The best things in life are the people we love, the places we've been and the memories we've made along the way" and I'd have to agree 1000%. In this family's case, it was a bit of all these things and more. 

I could feel the excitement as soon as I heard both their voices on the line, asking my availability for a last-minute shoot. It was their first time to Maui, but more importantly, it was their 10 month old daughter Sophia's very first vacation of her brand-new life, so they really wanted to capture their new family in all of their warm, tropical bliss. Did I have the time? How could I not! 

It had been a rain filled 6 days and counting and the chances for sunshine were few and far between...except we all scouted the reports and a decision was made. We're carrying on and running from the clouds to the southern most tip of Maui to wherever the sun is shining! So we did, and the morning couldn't have gotten any more beautiful. Luck? Maybe. Destiny? Absolutely. 

Mahalo to this family for bringing their own rays of sunshine to Maui and sharing their adorable new family with me! Now I can only hope they come back yearly so I can see Sophia grow in the beauty she's destined to be <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

BENDY GODDESS YOGA

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

"INHALE THE FUTURE, EXHALE THE PAST"

Inhaling the fresh morning air with Regina from Bendy Goddess Yoga felt rejuvenating but I really wish I drank caffeinated coffee instead of decaf - next time, next time.

After our last shoot a couple weeks ago, and before I headed out on a mini-vacation to Oahu, we decided to sneak in another quick morning shoot last minute. She met me down on Maui's Southside in Kihei for another yoga themed shoot; except this time we focused on using the warm morning sun paired with some perfect weather and pristine Kihei waters.  All (non) caffeine aside, we really lucked out with perfect weather & luckily Regina doesn't take much time to warm up!  Me on the other hand....;-) 

See some of my favorite picks from the shoot below!

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

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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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