Archive for 'Hawaii'

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 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 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.


Posted on Jul 17, 2015

Life often feels much like the ocean. Sometimes it’s calm seas, glassy water and smooth sailings. Other times it’s a perfect storm of crashing waves, rip tides and coming up for air just to get sucked right back under.

Between a backlog of photos to edit, moving into our new house, and getting ready for our baby’s arrival, it’s been mostly the latter for me. Yesterday however I went for a quick swim to test out some camera settings, and remembered how much the ocean tends to balance me.

So while I use my renewed energy to catch up on editing, enjoy these hues of blue, and dream of calm oceans. (I used these hues to inspire paint colors for the house but that project will have to wait!)

Oh and don’t mind the little update of my fast-growing belly at the end 🙂


Posted on Jun 22, 2015

Last Saturday was International Surfing Day.

I was going to pour my heart out about how surfing is both the hardest and most amazing thing I’ve ever learned (read: still attempting to learn), the incredible feeling that comes with catching a wave, and the many life lessons surfing has taught me (persistence and humility being at the top of the list), but I decided to save that deep soul searching for another day and keep it light today with just sharing some random surf photos I took quite a while back. Let’s just say I’m only dreaming of surfing like these guys one day…

Enjoy 🙂