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what goes up…
must come down 🙂
photographing pure, honest vacation fun and authentic family relationships will never get old for me.
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.
Hehehe. Puts a smile on your face doesn’t it 🙂
Clearly these kids have learned the “together we’re stronger” lesson about teamwork early on…
I love documenting moments like these in my work. Because they are pure, authentic fun. It’s how vacations go down, and how I believe kids should remember childhood.
That and – you can’t beat playing in the pool and calling it work 😉
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
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 🙂
It’s no secret one of my favorite details to photograph are hands. Not people talking with their hands as in jazz hands – unplanned moments of hands telling stories, naturally all on their own.
Hands can reveal so much about the connection between two people. The safe haven a mother’s arms offer. How a tween can still be daddy’s girl. A simple touch revealing an unspoken bond. Sometimes I see it, and I like to make it the obvious focus of the image. Other times it’s just a sweet little detail hiding in the background waiting to be discovered by those who look a little bit closer.
And then there’s close ups of little hands, speaking volumes about childhood. Tiny fingers holding on, little hands exploring texture, kids being kids enjoying their environment, or just a quiet moment.
All of these moments here occurred naturally. I love that with my style of photography, I have time to look for these little details. Moments that could easily be missed in a more traditional portrait session.
I know these aren’t the glory photos. They likely won’t be enlarged, or hung over the fireplace. But I want you to have them. I want you to remember these moments. Because I know I’ll always want to remember what my child’s hand will feel like in mine.
I already did the good old “post a snapshot of self and siblings at young age” thing on National Siblings Day last year, so today I thought what better way to celebrate our closest friends we didn’t choose by sharing some favorite sibling moments from my various photography sessions.
I find it so interesting and intriguing to observe siblings and the connections and relationships they have. Little brothers looking up to big brothers. Big brothers who may never admit it, but clearly adore their little sisters. I’m sure they all fight and have their moments too, but what I usually get to see is best of friends, however way they choose to show it, and that just makes my heart happy. Probably because it reminds me of the 3 best friends I was lucky to grow up with 🙂
I really love the unpredictability of toddlers. They are so fun to photograph, because they are mostly unaware of the camera, and just do what they feel like.
These almost 2-year olds’ parents were so in tune with them, just letting them be, chasing, tossing and cuddling them, it felt like the most honest look into their daily life. It always honors me so much when perfect strangers extend me this kind of trust, allowing me into their life to create these memories for them, and I leave feeling like I just spent the afternoon with friends.
Taking family photos of this fun gang was a blast! A girl who loves the ocean and riddles (and is impressively good at solving them), a boy with more boundless energy than I could wish for, a baby happy as a clam even when covered in sand (actually I should say especially when covered in sand). And carefree, go with the flow parents who clearly adore each other as much as their family.
We met on a sunny morning in Kapalua and after a quick posed photo for the Christmas card, just walked and ran and played. And I was reminded again just how lucky I am that my clients trust me to document their families in this way. An unscripted way with little or no direction, that allows everyone to just be themselves. Because when you truly trust, and let go of the control and the expectations, magic starts to happen. Magic called real life. And you will have photos of your family the way you are, perfectly imperfect, full of real laughs and real love.
If you think photos like these would appeal to you, let’s talk! 🙂
I’m so passionate about my documentary family photography style because I get to photograph moments like these. Real life. Honest moments of childhood and the carefree joys that come with it. I spent the better part of a day with this boy and his family on the Big Island of Hawaii, and can’t wait to share more moments from our time together soon!