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!

<3

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. 

<3

 

GETTING PRIMAL

LOCATION: HAIKU, HAWAII   |   MODEL: LAUREN   |   ORIGIN OF PIECES: GUAM & BALI  | TATTOO: GIRL WITH THE TEMPORARY TATTOO

I'm a collector of beautiful things...I admit it. And my eyes naturally gravitate toward all beautiful things without a second thought. I suppose you could say, I have a beautiful problem... 

Must be the Taurus in me ;-) 

Over the years I've tried to gently accumulate pieces from my travels around the world...mainly one-of-a-kind leis, uniquely designed shell necklaces, and eye catching wall decor. And I use the word "gently" because if I could, I would buy ALL the pieces I've ever seen and bring them home with me! Remember Amanda, self control, self control...

I recently decided to lose some self control and create a series of portraits using some of my most prized pieces on one of my most prized friends, Lauren. You may remember her from my "For Art's Sake" blog post back in January. I keep her around not only because she's awesome, but because she's always down to shoot anything - and I mean anything. Doesn't hurt that she's beautiful (but far from a problem!). 

Get primal, get artsy, get down to your roots <3