Maui Engagement Portraits Gone Right

Who: Nate & Saori | Where: Makena, Hawaii | Why: Engagement Love

They say when you’ve found the person you want to spend the rest of your life with…you “just know”. Well, that saying has certainly held true for these two!

It’s not easy dating these days (ladies & gents, am I right?!), let alone finding the time to go on a date….So when one of those dates finally goes right…you hang on (and you hang on tight!). And that’s just what these two did with each other...

Embracing their traveling souls, senses of adventure, earth rumbling love and amazing ability to be up at the crack of dawn looking like this (seriously stunning!)….they came to Maui to capture it all and so much more. And they chose me…

So here’s a small collection from their sunrise Maui engagement session in Makena. The perfect location, the perfect weather, and of course, the perfect couple.

Mahalo Nate & Saori for sharing your love with me x

Hair & Make-up by: Maui Makeup Artistry | Haku Lei: Bella Bloom

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

Facebook

Instagram

 

JAYNE'S SPOT

LOCATION: MAUI, HAWAII   |   MODEL: JAYNE CHEN   |   OCCUPATION: MODEL, ENTREPRENEUR, FOUNDER & CREATIVE DIRECTOR OF "LASHES IN A BOX"  |   HEAD JEWELS:  THE GYPSY SHRINE

Meet Jayne Chen.

She's gorgeous, hilarious, brilliant, thoughtful, fun and highly successful. And she's a fitness guru.  

Sunrise sessions are never easy, but Jayne was bright eyed and ready to hit the sand & ocean as we made our way to one of my favorite locations for water portraits on Maui. That saying, "time flies when you're having fun" is more than applicable to her session - we couldn't stop laughing while we made our way into the water and well after we were dry. Time literally flew way too fast but not too quickly that we couldn't capture a TON of beautiful Maui portraits. 

Mahalo Jayne, for claiming your sandy spot in Maui with me! #thisisjaynesspot

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

 

STRIKE A POSE

LOCATION: MAUI, HAWAII   |   HUMAN: LOGAN HELLER   |    OCCUPATION: MAKEUP ARTIST/ACTOR/SINGER/MODEL/ALL AROUND AMAZING HUMAN

When I say "Strike a Pose", you say, "which one?". Introducing Logan Heller - a mega talented Actor, Makeup Artist, Singer and Model, all wrapped up into one soul. Impressive right? 

Maui showed up just as much as Logan did for these shots, and I'm so thrilled they did. We shared some sunshine, partook in various wardrobe changes, conversed about deep thoughts (but mostly not so deep thoughts) and nearly gained 50 new wrinkles from laughing so hard.

Thank you Logan, for being strong, for being sassy, for being open and honest, for being talented and most of all, for being you <3

If you're interested in having your makeup done by Logan, you won't be dissapointed - you'll be beautiful. Contact him via:

 loganjheller@yahoo.com

Facebook

Instagram

NATURAL BEAUTY

LOCATION: MAUI, HAWAII   |   MODEL: KELLY GALLAHER   |   SUIT: FOREVER 21

When Nature and Natural Beauty collide...

TRASH THE DRESS

LOCATION: MAUI, HAWAII   |   OCCASION: 5TH ANNIVERSARY |   PROJECT: TRASH THE DRESS

Picture this...

It's your 5 year Wedding Anniversary and you come back to where it all began...Maui, Hawaii. 

Just a short five years ago, this adorably adventurous couple was married in a beautiful ceremony in Wailea. The dress was white, crisp, and oh-so-vibrant; and the groom...so fresh and so clean. And then came the decision to celebrate this milestone just like they started it...but this time, instead of wearing her dress for the first time, she is now wearing it for the last time!

Meet Christina & Evan, two of the cutest, most positive and outgoing humans ever! Bravo to Christina for holding up and swimming in her gorgeous, but heavy, wedding dress. She made it look beyond easy, and with a smile.

Happy Anniversary Lovers! <3

AQUA JESSE

LOCATION: MAUI, HAWAII   |   MODEL HUMAN: JESSE RICHMAN |   OCCUPATION: PRO-KITEBOARDER

When Jesse Richman isn't flying high in the sky as a pro-kiteboarder, he's soaring the seas below...well below...as an avid free diver and spear-fisherman.

I recently had the opportunity to catch him before he left on another international kiteboarding trip so I could witness how he un-winds while he's home and on land, which is rare for this avid traveler and adrenaline junkie.

Turns out, this pro-kiteboarding, Maui-native fits in pretty well with everyone else here on Maui...by spending his time in the ocean day in and day out as a surfer, athlete, free-diver, fisherman and all around amazing human being.

But oh, he's broken world records, so he's not EXACTLY like everyone else on Maui ;-)  Check him out at www.jesserichman.com

And if you didn't see our latest collaboration in the Wall Street Journal's "What's Your Workout?" section, click the link within the link here: https://www.wsj.com/articles/the-delicate-balance-of-jesse-richmans-kiteboarding-1495278001?mod=e2twph - or see a snippet on my recent blog post at https://www.amandaemmes.com/blog/2017/5/25/whats-your-workout

Rock on Jesse (fist pound).