5th Anniversary on Maui

WHERE: MAKENA, HAWAII | WHO: AMBER & MIKE | WHY: ANNIVERSARY PHOTOS FOR LOVE!

Where do I even begin with how sweet and fun these two were?!

With visions of warm colors, breathtaking scenery and tons of love for one another, Amber & Mike arrived at our session location and were so excited to start shooting! What time was it? SUNSET. Yup! If you want these dramatic colors and skies…that’s what you’ve gotta opt for! And believe me, it’s worth it every time…

After 5 years and two children, these two wanted to celebrate each other and their accomplishments on Maui, they’re most favorite vacation spot ever! Can you blame them?

Cheers to these two for loving hard, laughing even harder, and making me laugh the hardest ;-)

SELF LOVE

WHERE: MAKENA, HI | WHO: COCO | WHY: FOR SELF LOVE

The lovely Coco doesn’t need much of an intro…but if you must know, she’s as smart, intelligent and driven as she is beautiful (and did I mention hella FUN?!).

We kicked off our session bright and early and she was chipper as could be and full of so much energy & confidence - it’s no wonder her beach photo session blew her own mind! And mine, of course. What made her own this session, you ask? Her willingness to step outside of her comfort zone. THAT’S IT! Simple right? Hey, it’s 2019…take a chance ;-)

Solo sessions can feel intimidating, especially if you’re not one for having your photo taken on a regular basis or even at all! Feelings of vulnerability & insecurity like “OMG do I look like a fool? Did that person see me do that? Please direct me…please, I’m awful”; mixed with feelings of “I’m fierce and I WANT to rock this because I LOVE MYSELF - I don’t care what anyone thinks - no even my photographer!”….are totally fine and natural…and completely welcomed! I’m here to help you see a beauty in you that you never knew you had (or you knew you had, but needed a little reassurance)…

I’ve heard it all, I’ve seen it all, and nothing phases me…especially because I think everyone is beautiful, inside + out. Plain. Simple. Boooooom.

Mahalo Coco, for being so magically you and embracing all that makes you so wonderful! New England is lucky to have ya!

Waterversary

When it’s your 10th anniversary...you go all out...or IN in this particular case ;-) 

Sarah & Josh dove into this session with such love, patience and FUN - I think I could have photographed them for the rest of the day. And the conditions were just gorgeous! Water was perfect with juuuuust enough clarity...the sun was shining...the morning greeted us with pastel skies and stillness... But really, my favorite part was that the beach was ALL ours. It was like Maui said..."Hey, you guys deserve a special morning, so I'm gonna give it to you. No worries - just enjoy!". 

Maui - thank you. And Sarah & Josh - come back soon. You were an absolute delight <3

MISS ABBY

Portraiture is my absolute everything.

I live for beauty in so many ways, shapes + forms...but when it comes to capturing beautiful souls, I get so excited before every single shoot. Seriously!

Solo portraits are hands-down, my favorite. Why? Because with every client, I get to help you become more and more comfortable in your own skin, and try new things! Speaking of trying new things...Miss Abigail here wanted a few water portraits mixed in with her land portraits, but was a bit nervous because Hawaii oceans aren't like your typical oceans! Can you blame her? She's absolutely right! #strangerdanger

Well, that's where my extensive knowledge in lifeguarding, surfing, Hawaii's waters and swimming come right in! And of course I jump in the water with you so we're experiencing it all together :-)

Abby was an absolute natural in the waters here - as you'll see through her calm, natural essence in each shot. Mahalo for trusting me Abby...and seriously, amaaaazing job! You made this shoot easy peasy.

© Amanda Emmes  |  Hair & MUA by Marlee: South Shore Studio

STRONGER THAN YESTERDAY

Meet Morgan.

She's got stories...attitude...motivation...heart...and muscles galore. But what she's got the most of is strength. Infinite strength to be honest. So she's making moves...BIG moves...because she's got so much creativity and drive within her, that it can't be contained. And I'm thrilled to be a part of it.

LA, watch out. Fitness world, watch out.

Morgan in her element...

FAMILY TIME

WHERE: MAKENA, HAWAII  |  WHO:  OLSON OHANA  |  WHY: JUST BECAUSE...

Hawaiian vacations make the Olson family happy - so happy that they have been coming back to Hawaii for years and years with so many more trips to come!

It's not often this family of four is able to get away with just each other...so this was their chance to relish in each other's company with little on their agenda. Except this photo shoot and dinner afterwards ;-) 

They call their lives "typical", but my time with them was far from it...and they're one of the most laid-back, low maintenance, loving families I've had the opportunity to shoot - and I"m soooo thankful they strolled into my lens! 

Mahalo to you all <3

LONG DISTANCE LOVERS

WHERE: KAPALUA, HAWAII  |  WHO: PAUL & SHELLY  |  WHY: MATERNITY

It all began in 2013 when they were first introduced by family...then came the first date on Oahu. Shelly commuted back & forth from Singapore to Oahu and sometimes the Mainland for business reasons, but soon, it was for Paul.

Fast forward a little over a year, with Shelly still residing in Singapore and Paul now on Maui, their love was still going strong, and became even stronger when Paul proposed in November of 2014. Soon after, a gorgeous wedding in Bali in 2015.

Still after being married, distance separated them for various reasons, and commuting became a somewhat of a pattern for them. Nonetheless, they persisted. Until Shelly found out she was pregnant! 

With a recent move from Singapore to Maui, Shelly, Paul and their 2 year old maltipoo Cleo, are finally a family...and growing by the day! Congratulations to this persistent little family full of so much love (and the occasional bark) - I can't wait to meet your little one! <3

THE FIRE WITHIN

WHERE: MAALAEA, HI  |  WHO: THE KRILL OHANA  |  WHY:  MATERNITY & FAMILY PORTRAITS

At home, Jack & Jessica are both firefighters and during the summer, life gets pretty busy for them...so during the quieter months, they try and go somewhere to unwind and reconnect.

Naturally, they came to Maui! Can you blame them? 

This adorable growing family wanted to capture their love for each other & their little Evalette before her brother (or sister!) arrives in a couple months. Surprises are always fun, and this was a great way to capture their moments together as a family of three, before it becomes a family of four. 

Mahalo Jessica, Jack & Evalette, for being so much fun and spontaneous to work with - I hope to see you again soon! xoxo

 

THE LUCKIEST

WHERE: KIHEI, HI  |  WHO: THE NEAL OHANA  |  WHY: FAMILY PORTRAITS

It had only been a couple weeks since they arrived and their luck had turned for the worst...well, sort of. 

The Neal Ohana arrived on Maui, their first time ever being in Hawaii, and everything was going perfect! Weather was gorgeous, rainbows were plentiful, beaches were soft and sandy, and the air was warm...and then came a large wave that swept them off their feet during an afternoon beach walk. Dad jumped into save mom and daughter, but the fear was stricken into little Gwen of the sand and water, and well, dad's wedding band seems to have disappeared. 

Fast forward a few days, a couple bumps here and there, and it's the day before your annual family photo shoot (how exciting right?!). Gwen takes a slight fall and the pavement leaves marks all over her beautiful face, just in time for photos! Could things get any better?! They were definitely hopeful!

Along comes our beach session (yes, that includes sand and water...something Gwen was NOT so fond of from days prior!) and the Neal's were honestly, just hoping for the best of what was left of their luck. With some giggles, great conversation, leading by example with bare feet and lots of cuddles, Gwen opened up into the cutest smiles, despite her injuries from the day before....and Mom & Dad...they were SO grateful! The session came to an end and Jasper & Jonathan were just "hopeful" that the photos would turn out okay, and weren't expecting any magic because honestly, the worst was just catching up with them.

Well...I worked some magic that session that they didn't see until the end...and then some. I do my absolute best to catch moments, smirks, glances and glimpses of love that otherwise go unseen, and I'm SO excited to share with you the final photos from our "lucky" session...

Mahalo Jasper, Jonathan, and especially Gwen, for being uplifting, strong, and most of all, so much fun to get to know. xoxo

ROMANTIC (+) IONS

WHERE: MAKENA, HAWAII  |  WHO: HANNAH & DANIEL  |  WHY: 2ND ANNIVERSARY

It's your 2nd anniversary and your 1st time to Maui...so much to do in so little time! 

When Hannah initially reached out to me, she was looking for a candid session near a waterfall, or some foliage, or mountains or maybe a beach...or all of them if possible. The Hawaiian Islands hold a special place in their hearts, as does the landscape, and she wanted to make sure they captured ALL of it during their first time to this island. And boy did we...

I'm ALL about adventures...seriously, just take a look at my Instagram feed (@amandaemmesphoto) and you'll see I'm always hopping around the islands (or world) in search of fun! I was super eager to work with Hannah & Daniel, not only because of her adventurous spirit, but because of her amazing personality and the way she described her & her husband's love for each other. Who wouldn't want to capture that?!?

Mahalo Hannah, Daniel, Mother Nature, and beyond, for filling this session with endless amounts of positive romantic ions, sunshine, laughs and amazing conversation. I can't wait to see you two on your next anniversary! 

<3

OHANA MEANS FOREVER

WHO: THE FERREIRA OHANA  |  WHERE: KIHEI, MAUI, HAWAII

There's a first time for everything, and for this family, after years of growth, exciting changes and much love, they decided to have their first ever family portraits. And bonus...they chose me! 

The weather on this particular day was dodgy (to say the least). After a few conversations and location adjustments, we found the perfect spot with juuuust enough wind, a little bit of rain, and lots of sunshine. Luckily, the weather gods were working in our favor because the clouds parted ways just for us - and we couldn't have been more excited! 

Capturing their love for one another was easy...walking away from witnessing it was the hardest part <3

Mahalo to you all, for allowing me to see what Ohana really means...and for always making me feel like a part of it...

XOXO

THE KACHET LIFE

WHO: KACHET J. | OCCUPATION: BLOGGER @ THE KACHET LIFE  |  MOOD: STRONG & ZEXY

"It’s pronounced /kaˈSHā/, not catch it..."

She's a lady who loves the finer things in life without sacrificing a paycheck...and SO much more. I could talk about Kachet till I"m blue in the face because she's full of pizazz, spunk, beauty, smarts and is quite the entrepreneur...but honestly, I"ll leave it up to her to explain and YOU to explore by visiting her blog at The Kachet Life.

Solo portraits are hands-down, my favorite type of sessions! Not just because I get to spend  quality time getting to know my clients and discover what their best "looks" are, but mostly because I love watching my clients find their inner confidence and strength. Each and every one of them, from the very beginning to the final shot, literally OWN the session and change a part of ME every single time. And I friggin' love it - seriously. 

That being said...multiple high-fives to Kachet for diving into our shoot with such positivity and openness - and fierceness. She embraced her inner (and unknown) water-goddess and I couldn't be more proud of her! 

Oh! And she just recently became engaged - so make sure you congratulate her ;-) Maybe one day I'll get to meet CJ...lol.

Mahalo Kachet, for being so adventurous & outgoing...but most of all, thank you for being you!

<3

THE BIGGER THE BETTER

LOCATION: KAPALUA, HI  |  WHO: THE GARCIA OHANA  |  MOOD: ORGANIZED!

Every year, this family makes it way to Maui for some R+R, warm weather and of course, precious (and hilarious) family time. My time spent with this family was seriously some of the most fun I've had in a long time - SO many laughs and such amazing conversations! 

The love between each and every single member of this family was absolutely remarkable - I literally didn't want the session to end because I wanted to continue getting to know them all! I can honestly say I felt like a part of the family during the short time we spent together...and I can't wait to see them again next year (even if we don't do a photoshoot). I miss them already! LOL. 

Cheers to ALL of the Garcia Ohana...thanking each and every one of you for such a wonderful session! <3