Archive for 'documentary'

Posted on Jul 12, 2016

The Maui summer heat is here, come cool off with me in the water!

I’m now offering a special session package just to capture all the fun to be had in and under the water. These sessions are available in the ocean or your personal or resort pool, or even a kiddie backyard pool or sprinklers will work just fine. It can be just the kids (including fur babies) or the whole family!

A spontaneous and fun alternative to a dressed up beach session, this collection of images will make for fun summer memories, and might just be perfect for your Christmas card too.

Below are some examples of images you might expect to get out of a water play date session, and I have lots of new ideas I can’t wait to try out.

A limited number of sessions are available at an introductory rate – book now before they’re gone or email me for availability and more details. I can’t wait to splash with you!



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 05, 2016

what goes up…

Maui vacation fun



must come down 🙂

Maui vacation fun 2


photographing pure, honest vacation fun and authentic family relationships will never get old for me.

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 Mar 09, 2016

My dearest little Kate,

One year ago today we found out you existed, and with you my heart’s capacity grew to dimensions I couldn’t have understood.

Through my 366 project, I record your daily life, your rapid growth and subtle changes, the immense personality you’ve had since before you were born.

Through this project I come to terms with time never standing still, as much as I’d like to slow it down, by creating a record of the days passing by to share with you one day.

Here is a glimpse of what your January was like.


your Mami

Project 366 January - Maui Family Photography

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 Sep 04, 2015

A while back I flew to the Big Island to join this extended family for a day of fun, documenting a very special vacation.

We started with a few family photos around their house in Kona, and then dove right in – into the pool that is! I love how much joy being in the water brings out in kids of all ages.

Day in the life are my favorite type of vacation photography sessions, because it allows the family to be completely relaxed, act like themselves and just enjoy each other, and never fails in making for some great, true vacation memories.

Join me on here next week for part 2 of this family’s vacation fun as we head to the beach, but for now, here’s a few of my favorite underwater photos.



Posted on Aug 26, 2015

What better excuse than National Dog Day to share this fun dog and ocean playdate session.

Dogs here in Hawaii are extra lucky. For them, the fun doesn’t end at the dog park, they get to play in the ocean too. Luna loves it, especially when there is a ball to chase. And I have to say I never knew just how graceful the doggie paddle looks underwater.

I hope you enjoy these, and if you’d like some photos of your own four-legged family member’s adventures, I would love to do a pet photography session with you – underwater or on land 🙂

Hawaii Underwater Dog Photography


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.