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! 

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

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

THIS FREEDIVER'S ADVANTAGE IS ALL IN HIS MIND (WSJ)

WHERE: MAUI, HAWAII  | WHO: KURT CHAMBERS  |  FOR:  THE WALL STREET JOURNAL

Stoked to share my most recent project with The Wall Street Journal and Champion Freediver Kurt Chambers from Big Island. 

BIG Mahalo to Kurt (@chambersbelow) and Katie Pentz (@bunnyofthesea) for the adventures, knowledge, and great conversations...and of course, the swim ;-) 

Professional freediver Kurt Chambers practices repetitive surfacing exercises off of the Pali Coast on Maui. He can dive to deeps of 300 feet on a single breath.&nbsp;AMANDA EMMES FOR THE WALL STREET JOURNAL

Professional freediver Kurt Chambers practices repetitive surfacing exercises off of the Pali Coast on Maui. He can dive to deeps of 300 feet on a single breath. AMANDA EMMES FOR THE WALL STREET JOURNAL

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.

50/50

LOCATION: MAUI, HAWAII  |  HUMAN: LOGAN HELLER  |  MOOD:  FIERCE

This isn't Logan's first shoot, and it's definitely not his last. But what he brought to this session was something different; something real that ran deep within him; something fierce.

Dive deep into this transitional shoot - and stay open minded like I do on a daily basis because it's been my life practice. Beauty comes in all forms, so does love, peace and understanding. I'm not here to make a statement, I'm here to live it, to be one with it. To embrace it like Logan does. 

Take it in like whoa. And Logan, thank you for bearing your soul for me shoot after shoot. Unleashing your inner female surprises me each and every time. Much love xo

If you're interested in having your makeup done by Logan, he's an amazing Makeup Artist. I promise you won't be disappointed - you'll be beautiful. Contact him via:

 loganjheller@yahoo.com

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