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Posted on Jul 16, 2016

Excuse me while I gush about this family for a bit…

Abbe is a fellow NAPCP photographer, and when she told me they were coming to Maui on vacation, I was so excited I’d get to meet her in person. The fact that she also wanted to do photos was icing on the cake (and a bit of pressure because she is an amazing photographer)!

We got busy planning a sunset lifestyle session with a few posed images, and lots candids documenting the fun, connection and closeness they share as a family. Abbe put together the most perfect set of outfits in blue hues with pops of color – we just needed a good sunset to round it out, and Maui did not disappoint.

I really enjoy seeing inside the inner workings of each family during a photo session, and observing what makes them tick and brings them together. I loved how much this family let me in to see all the love and fun, the connections, even the goofiness. It is so special to me when a family is vulnerable enough to open up this much, I never take that for granted. I understand the trust it takes.

It allowed to me to create a set of images for them that I absolutely adore, as I do their family. Below are just a few of my favorites.

If you happen to live in the Charlotte, NC area or ever find yourself out that way, consider Abbe for your own family photos – she is one of the sweetest, kindest people I know and her work is gorgeous.

Thank you Abbe and family for a wonderful evening together, and thank you for being you! <3



Posted on Apr 22, 2016

Happy Earth Day!

Since I usually post ocean photos for Earth Day, this little ocean motherhood collection fits that theme perfectly!

I love Vairdy’s approach to motherhood so much. She lets her boys’ boundless energy and thirst for adventure lead their days together, joins in on the fun and just goes with the flow! In their home of Squamish, BC they ride bikes, ski amd explore rivers, so of course vacationing on Maui they loved playing in the ocean.

Here are just a few of my favorite motherhood moments from our time together. Knowing that photographer moms rarely end up in the photos, I’m so happy for her to have these. Motherhood looks amazing on you Vairdy!

To see more of Vairdy’s and her boys’ adventures, and her gorgeous work, check out her website!

Meanwhile here on Maui, this has inspired me to start offering special motherhood sessions. A collection of unscripted, pressure-free photos of your connection with your littles. Playing, snuggling, or just daily life together.

What does motherhood look like for you? If you think you might be interested when I announce these special sessions sign up here to get first dibs at the introductory special 🙂

Happy Aloha Friday and enjoy your weekend@


Posted on Apr 11, 2016

As I recently experienced myself, those last weeks before baby’s arrival are a really special time in a family’s life.

Time seems to creep ever so slowly towards the due date as anticipation builds and excitement lingers in the air.

And maybe a little dose of impatience mixed in with wanting to savor these feelings… The miracle of the growing belly, the baby moving inside, talking about what he will be like and sharing hopes and dreams for this little person. Hanging on to the way life is right now, as it will never be exactly the same. At least for me it felt that way.

That feeling was the inspiration for this in-home/beach/ocean maternity session. I wish for them to have a record to look back on together with their little boy one day, what a typical morning routine looked like for mama and dad and his furry older brother. I wish for them to fondly remember this time, and to appreciate how beautiful and radiant she looks. And for baby boy to see what love and fun he was born into.

They are so sweet, affectionate and loving, what a beautiful chapter in their life story. I feel so honored I got to document it, and look forward to witness their next adventure.



Posted on Mar 19, 2016

Sharing a favorite session because I get to see this family again Monday, and I can’t wait! I love how in tune and engaged these parents are with their boys, and how much fun they all have together. They just did their thing, which allowed me to do mine – document them having fun in my photojournalistic style.

Originally we had planned on spending the morning snorkeling with the turtles, but a hurricane induced swell stirred up the ocean, so we went with plan B, playing in the waves and pool. We met back up in Lahaina late afternoon to explore the town, treat the boys to shave ice, and enjoy sunset at the beach.

I love the honest look into their vacation and into their family dynamics the images reflect. It’s one thing to have a set of pretty photos in nice clothes with beautiful Hawaii as your backdrop, and I get why people want those – we incorporated some of that into this session too. But to me, the photos depicting real life, showing what being together as a family felt like, the big and seemingly insignificant moments of actually vacationing, playing and just relaxing, I think those will mean more and more as the years pass by.

After seeing their photos, this mom told me, “you just really get us”. Still one of my favorite compliments I ever received.Maui_Lifestyle_Family_Photography

Posted on Sep 30, 2015

With my baby belly about as far along as this beautiful Maui mom was when we took these last year, I feel inspired to share this fun maternity session under the palm trees and at the beach with a sunset that didn’t disappoint.

I just wanted them to enjoy each other, and soak in life as a family of 3 for a moment, before little brother’s arrival would change their family dynamic. Talking about her pregnancy, she told me it felt like it flew by and yet at the same time it seemed like she’d been pregnant forever, and at this point it just felt like endless waiting.

With 5 weeks to go, I can now understand exactly how she felt 🙂



Posted on Sep 08, 2015

As promised in my last post – the beach portion of this family’s day in the life vacation session on the Big Island.

I enjoyed observing them celebrate life, family, and being together with both laughter-filled moments and some of the more quiet kind.

Here’s just a few random favorites of mine 🙂



Posted on Aug 19, 2015

Sometimes, in the chaos of fun and play, for just a split second, the world stands still.

As much as I enjoy movement, splashing and laughter, I love moments like these.


Posted on Aug 18, 2015

This family. They bring aloha wherever they go. I first met them as a family of 3 when they visited Maui almost 2 years ago, and instantly fell in love with their kind hearts and easy-going ways as they let me photograph them playing on the beach just being themselves.

Of course when they wrote me this spring to ask if I’d come meet them on Oahu for updated photos with their newest family addition, I hopped on a plane in a heartbeat! We enjoyed a windy afternoon at Lanikai Beach in Kailua, doing what they do best – being in the moment with their kids, enjoying life as a family of 4.

I could document their life all day long – here are a few of my favorite moments.


Posted on Jun 01, 2015

It’s actually been almost a year since I photographed this family here on Maui, and considering their session includes some of my favorite photos, I can’t believe I never shared it here on the blog! Well better late than never, right?

One of the things I love so much about the way I photograph families, is how I get to take a peek inside their life and see how they enjoy their time together. I love how these parents were so happy to just be in the moment, relax, and play with their boys – the love and joy they all bring each other is so evident.

I feel so privileged I get to witness this kind of connection within families, and turn it into memories for them to keep forever. <3

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Posted on May 28, 2015

This family. Six of the sweetest people I know. People I consider much more friends than clients.

We first met a little over 2 years ago, when I photographed them during their annual Maui vacation (you can see photos from that session here, here and here – look how much those kids have grown!). I was a little bit nervous at the time because this was the beginning of my current style, having let go of posing and structuring sessions, and photographing families in a more lifestyle and documentary way.

I truly enjoyed every second of their session so much, in love with this freeing style of photographing, knowing I had found my style. They loved the experience of the session and adored their photos beyond expectation, which gave me the confidence to continue on this path. For that, I will be forever grateful to them.

I’m sure you can imagine my excitement when they returned to Maui and I got to spend a whole day with them! Since that won’t all fit into a single blog post, here are a few favorites from our morning together at the beach in Makena.

I love the way they play as a family, and their go-with-the-flow parenting style. There were races, swinging around til dizziness set in, and dad pretending to get pulled into the sand holes by a big crab was one of the kids’ favorite games. And if you know me, you’ll know I adore any family willing to get as sandy and soaked as I usually get at sessions.

I can’t wait to share more from our day together but for now, please enjoy these fun moments 🙂