MADE FOR SUNSET

WHERE: LAHAINA, HI  |  WHO:  DIANNE + DUSTIN  |  WHY: MATERNITY PHOTOS

The wind was prevalent all over Maui…and I mean eeeeeeevvvvvvverywhere! There are only a few spots on island where you can fully escape the drifts, whips, and squalls, regardless of the wind direction…so I made sure we made the most of our little hideaway as best we could - and boy did we!

Dianne & Dustin arrived on Maui for their baby moon…their FIRST baby moon…and they were just smitten. A little bummed because of the winds, but obviously, Maui delivers when it comes to beauty (regardless of weather). A little mix of sunshine, calm waters, a slight warm breeze and a couple that radiated love & excitement for their new lil one, made this session so effortlessly beautiful - I literally could have photographed them for dayyyyys!

Thank you both so much for your positivity, wonderful conversations, and easy-going nature <3 Water sessions aren’t easy, but with a little extra time & effort, they always end up breathtaking!

A CELEBRATION TO REMEMBER

WHERE: KAPALUA, HI | WHO: HINTON OHANA | WHY: FOR LOVE AND TOGETHERNESS

When a family contacts you to capture their new family, extended family, a birthday AND an anniversary in ONE? I say….YES please ;-)

It was her mother-in-law’s soon to be 60th year of life AND her first time in Hawaii, AND the first family for my mother-in-law with all her children. ADDITIONALLY, Tasha and Alexis were celebrating their 2 year wedding anniversary and celebrating the recent finalized adoption of their daughter Calina, who went to live with them when she was 2-months old just one day after they came back from their Maui honeymoon in 2016! Talk about amazing timing and the universe working in their favor…this family was beyond magical, so they deserved an even more magical location.

Photography means A LOT to this family and I’m so incredibly thankful they chose me to capture this confetti of celebrations <3

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

STYLISH MOMMA

WHERE: KAPALUA, HI  |  WHO:  LAURA + STEVEN  |  WHY: MATERNITY PHOTOS

Dress - Check. Hair - Check. Baby bump - Check. Adoring husband - Check. A session I can’t stop staring at? - Infinity Checks! 

They arrived in style, with the perfect outfit changes, accessories, and cuteness that any photographer could ask for! Sorry...but her dress...I LOOOOOVE!

A huge congrats to these two adorable parents to be - I can't wait to see your little one! 

<3

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! 

PARTY OF FIVE

WHERE: WAILEA, HAWAII  |  WHY:  FAMILY PHOTO SESSION

Who likes a party?! I definitely do...but let’s always make it a beach party...of five ;)

Her brother contacted me just a few days before their departure, hoping he could surprise them with a last minute family photo shoot before they leave Maui from their two week long vacation. Luckily, I had some time to squeeze them in - and I'm SO happy I could!

This clan of five was such a hoot! All three of their girls were the sweetest and some of the most intelligent I've ever witnessed at that age - not to mention their ensembles (along with mom and dad's) were on point! 

With tons of cuddles, lots of laughs, dancing and strategic sand tossing, we made this session quite memorable - and then some! Mahalo Brianna for pulling things together last minute and making this more of a party than a session - I'd hang with your crew any day!

Come back soon - I can't wait to see your little mermaids! 

<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

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

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

MATERNITY BLISS

WHERE: HAIKU, HI  |  WHO:  KIMBERLY  |  WHY:  MATERNITY SHOOT

In just one month, Kimberly's life will change forever...(just kidding...I just received an email today that she's officially a momma!)!

With a little girl on the way, her and her partner are beyond thrilled for this new adventure! After just moving to Maui a few months ago, they're not only adjusting to their new life in Hawaii, but now, making way (and room) for this little gem to enter their beautiful world. 

With visions of waterfalls on her mind, we set out on a bit of a muddy walk to reach our destination...in sandals of course...and enjoyed every slippery moment of it. After all, it's totally worth it once you reach the falls, right? Totally right...and the photos....beyond magical.

Some moments from my time with the brave & beautiful, Kimberly <3

I DO (A MILLION TIMES)

WHO: MATTHEW + DENISE  |  WHY: INTIMATE WEDDING  |  WHERE:  MAKENA, HAWAII

When one of my good friends contacted me on Facebook and asked if I was open to shooting their nephew's Maui beach wedding, I couldn't turn it down - and after meeting Matthew & Denise, I"m SO glad I didn't! 

It's not often that I shoot weddings - but when I do, I love them small, meaningful, and oh-so-beautiful - just like Matthew & Denise's beach nuptials. But their wedding wasn't always planned this way...at the very last minute, they decided to scrap their 300+ guest wedding plans back home and instead, elope among close family & friends here on Maui. Where? They didn't know, but that's where their amazing network of family in Maui came into play...myself included!

After much discussion on timing, locations, concerns, etc., within a week of the wedding, it all came together seamlessly; and on their big (but small) day, it was everything they had hoped for and so much more <3

Mahalo Matthew + Denise, for trusting me & allowing me to be a part of your amazing day. I'd do it again in a heartbeat! 

Officiant: Pia Aluli  |  Hair & MUA: Maui Makeup Artistry  |  Flowers by Cora  |  Venue: Kono's on the Green / Sunsets