Archive for 'underwater'

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 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 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 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 04, 2015


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 😉

Posted on May 20, 2015

Ahhhh, lazy pool days.

Then, out of nowhere….

Mommy shark attacks! 🙂



From a recent “day in the life” vacation photo session. One of the many reasons I love documentary/photojournalistic style family photography is because of real life, authentic moments like this. You can’t really plan this or set it up. How many simple, fun moments like this one have you experienced on vacation? Isn’t it fun to think about them? I can just imagine the four kids in this family looking through their album and laughing, saying “oh, remember that one time, when…”

Posted on Apr 24, 2015

Since I’m sure we’ve all heard plenty reasons this week why we should care for and protect the earth, I’m going to just share a few photos from my ocean series and dedicate part of my weekend to snorkeling for trash that made it into the ocean. Because you know what they say – actions speak louder than words. Happy Aloha Friday and Earth Day every day.

Maui Ocean Art Photography