Childhood Magic - Maui Style

When a fellow (and amazingly talented) photographer reaches out to you to capture her & her family on their first trip to Maui, you jump up; raise your hand; and say YES!

Immediately upon meeting Claire & her family (did I mention they’re all gorgeous?), I knew this sunset session was going to be SO much fun! With open hearts, beautiful flower crowns, flowing dresses and the perfect sunset & backdrop, we jumped right in and made the most of the high tide & lava rock surroundings…

Not only were their outfits coordinated to perfection; the fabric was comfortable with plenty of beautiful textures, and their small accents like leis and crowns were just magic!!!!!

Need help coordinating your wardrobe for your upcoming family session? Be sure to check out my recent “Planning Your Wardrobe: Hawaii Family Photography Session” Blog!

As for Claire, if you’re in the area of Phoenix, Arizona and looking for an amazing newborn photographer, be sure to visit her website HERE <3

Much love to you & your family Claire…and of course, thank you for choosing me x

SISTERLY LOVE

WHERE: KAPALUA, HI  |  WHO: KELLY, KATI, KRISI, JENI |  WHY:  FOR SISTERLY LOVE

There’s nothing quite like the bond that sisters share...especially these four...

They are all so different and yet, grounded by the same roots. They have formed a new bond since their Mother passed in November that has given them a foundation and resilience unlike ever before. And what better way to strengthen that bond than a trip to Maui.

Factor in a mini-hike, lots of laughs, believable jokes, changes in the open and lots of sticky tape, it was by far, one of the most hilarious sessions I've ever had and one I will definitely never forget! 

Ladies - thank each and every one of you SO much for sharing your time, stories and of course, a mini-adventure with me. I still laugh thinking back about our time together! 

A glimpse into their beautiful session as they re-grounded themselves and celebrated the life of their Mom...<3

RESTLESS IN MAUI

WHERE: MAUI, HAWAII  |  WHO: VI, ARIEL, JALEN, KIAN  |  WHY: FAMILY PHOTOS

My family sessions typically last up to 60 mins (depending on special circumstances of course)..and this particular session, was one of those circumstances...

When we first spoke, Vi mentioned her two boys were a bit "restless", but incredibly sweet, cute and absolute best friends with one another....joking with each other more than fighting. I didn't think much of it because 99% of children at every session are the exact same - and trying to make a child (especially on a beach in Hawaii) focus on family and NOT the water?! Not the easiest! 

Along comes the session and from the moment I laid eyes on the boys...I couldn't agree more.

These two lil guys were absolutely adorable, incredibly sweet, cute to the "T" and SO stylish! How could these two be restless?! With positivity on my side, a perfect location and a beautiful Maui sunset...we headed right for the beach. 

Fast forward a few minutes later...

And they were off! Running, playing in the shoreline and completely dismissing all of us! What charmers! ;-) With some sweet talking from us all, paired with a little direction, and stealing little moments here and there when we could, we absolutely nailed this session, despite their infinite amount of energy, water splashes and quick footing. And all in about 25 minutes!!!

Honestly - this session was so much fun...I'd hit repeat any day! Vi - thank you and Ariel for your patience and trust - this session wouldn't have been the same without it! <3

OHANA LOVE

WHERE: MAKENA, HI  |  WHO: JING, DELBERT, MIMI, DYLAN  |  WHY: FOR OHANA LOVE

Where do I even begin with this sweet family? 

Full time jobs, school schedules, extracurricular activities, homework, and everyday life tend to get in the way of genuine family time...am I right? So when Jing & Delbert found just a little extra time in their family's schedule, they packed their suitcases, departed from California and made their way somewhere exotic, laid back, and chill...Maui! 

In search of a location different from your standard beach, jungle, open field, etc....we discussed many options and of course, they were drawn to one of South Maui's finest. Can you blame them? And seriously, right from the get-go, they were the happiest, most laid back family with the SWEETEST kids. This session was definitely...one for the books (and this blog!). 

Mahalo Jing - I hope to see your smiles again soon <3

THE PERFECT BALANCE

WHERE: KIHEI, HAWAII  |  WHO: SILVIA + ALBERTO + OLIVIA + VIVIANA  

As Silvia puts it...her and her husband are a "perfect mish mash" of left brain / right brain...so the perfect balance. And I couldn't agree more!

For their first time to Maui (but not their first to Hawaii), they chose me to document their family's love for one another, which about 8 months prior, grew to include a little butterball by the name of Viviana - who is sooo cute! 

With beautiful conditions, everyone's easy going nature, their beautiful daughters and their adorable love for the camera; this shoot was even better than good...it was perfect <3

CRAZY LOVE

WHERE: WAILEA, HI  |  WHO: ALINA, SIMON, MARI + KYLE  |  WHY: BECAUSE OF LOVE SILLY!

I"m going to start off by saying I LOVE referrals...mainly because I absolutely adore all my clients! When my awesome clients refer their friends to me, I'm over the moon because it literally means they MUST be as cool as my clients!  And you should know, they are. All of them :-) 

That's how this fun loving and super adventurous family came to me - through their talented and amazing friend (and previous client) Kachet (check out her site & snippets from our shoot HERE)!  

The weather prior to our originally scheduled shoot was not in our favor at all - it literally didn't stop raining the whole day we were scheduled...so we bumped it to the following morning because my forecasting abilities love the "20% chance of rain" quote and the little partly sunny icons - and it was suuuuch a beautiful morning! Go me! But really...go US! 

Some snippets from my time with this super fun and amazingly energetic family at 6 am...

And a huge bravo to Alina for stepping out of her comfort zone and getting into the impact zone for some water shots! She made it look easy...<3

© Photos: Amanda Emmes | Gorgeous Handmade Flower Hakus: Haku Maui