What is it about baby curls that makes them irresistibly cute? By some force of biology, I find baby talk spewing from my mouth in a voice a full octave higher. It’s some sort of cuteness trigger that I can’t control. The cuteness didn’t stop with the curls, this little guy was also super expressive. You could see a range of emotions flash across his face and we explored the little beach at Paradise Cove. Before their trip, Lauren had visions of them playing together as a family in the sand – making little sand castles and splashing in the shallows. The reality was that Truman hated the sand. They plopped him onto the sand the day they arrived and he fully shrieked in horror. This baby is no screamer. He is mellow, happy, easy, but the sand … hated it.

After a few days in Hawaii they were hoping his reaction would lessen, but not so much. Over the course of the morning, we experimented with what Truman was comfortable with. He would look at the sand warily if his parents sat down and he got too close to touching the stuff, but it was tolerable. Want to make this happy, easy-going baby scream? Simply let his toe graze the sand. Same goes for rocks. And water was questionable at best. If the water was deep, it was okay, but any chance he could touch the sandy bottom and it was no deal. We all laughed hard that morning. Now, this isn’t to say that we engaged in baby torture. His moments of unhappiness were brief but I couldn’t help capture him red-faced, wagging an approving finger at us.

On the last day of their trip he was willing to take a couple steps in the sand. Big progress :)

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Although Teale and her family were visiting from the Bay area, they’re no strangers to Hawaii. They have strong ties to the island and were married at her godmothers home in Hawaii Kai. It’s there that we met for a special maternity session. Little Grace buzzed about excitedly as she gave me a grand tour of the yard with its sparkling pool and fruit trees. The house is perched high on the hillside with views of the ocean sparkling in the distance.

We played games around the yard before investigating the pool. Despite the warm sun overhead, the pool was downright chilly. Now, I admit that i’m a wimp when it comes to cold but I wasn’t alone on this. First the toes and then up to the knees … but there was no adjusting. Just the cold. Only Grace seemed impervious to the chilly water. She happily hugged her mamas belly as they discussed plans for the next day’s adventure.

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This family proudly holds the title of my most photographed family and they don’t even live on Oahu. Our first session was years ago when little Eleanor was a toddler and they were still a family of three. They have some serious Hawaii love and it’s a joy to see them each year. In fact, it’s my personal mission to take them to a new location each year to play and explore. I tested a few different spots for this visit, but we all fell in love with Kualoa Beach Park where the beach is backed by a vibrant green mountainscape.

I was especially excited for this session because they scheduled a family film and photo session. In darkness I made my way around the coast with visions of a time-lapse sunrise. As I approached, the sky slowly began to brighten and I could tell it was going to be a spectacular show. I pulled into the park and my heart sank. The gate was locked. All other beach parks open at 6am, this one apparently doesn’t open until 7am. That was a good 10 minutes after sunrise. Cars piled in behind me, all of us eager to enter the park. We waited. 7am came and went, but the gate remained solidly closed. Finally at 7:15, a sleepy-eyed park attendant drove up in his golf cart and non-nonchalantly let us in.

There was beauty everywhere making it hard to know just where to start. We opted for the sunlit mountain peaks as our background and were lucky enough to have a rainbow thrown in for good measure. After running around the grass we decided it was beach time. When I scoped the site out earlier that week I discovered a fantastic buoy swing. It was even better than a tire swing and the kids made a beeline for the buoy. We lounged at the picnic tables and took in views of the windward coast while waves gently lapped on the shore. The air chilled as clouds rolled in, but we had one last stop to make for a very Hawaiian adventure – the macadamia nut farm. You can crack your own nuts with a crowd of roosters looking on hopefully.  The bar is set high for next year.

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And now the photos here …

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At 19+ hours, the flight from Australia to Canada is a painfully long one – especially with kids in tow. Meisha and her family were suffering through the long flight to visit family. Fortunately, Hawaii lies in between making it an ideal layover for a few days of tropical R&R – swim, eat, lounge, and gradually adjust to the time change. Since the beach is a big part of their lives back home in western Australia, they took the opportunity for a beach-y fun photo session.

To keep things simple, we scheduled their session were they were staying at the Kahala Hotel. The sun shone brightly as I drove south to meet them. As I got closer, however, traffic increased and I soon found myself in an unusual Kahala gridlock. Swarms of polo and visor clad people were moving en masse in the direction of the hotel. It was the Sony Open golf tournament. I lucked out with a parking spot about a mile from the beach, grabbed my gear and ran. My slippers slapped the pavement and awkward gear banged against my legs as I weaved through the crowds, but I made it (almost) in time. Sweaty and winded, I made a lovely first impression, but this sweet, silly family was unfazed. They were ready for fun. It turns out with everyone on the golf course, the adjacent beach was almost empty. We spent a couple happy hours playing on the beach and jumped in the water at the end to take in the peaceful sunset.

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Many of my clients are doctors or medical students with young families. A grueling work schedule doesn’t leave much time for rest and relaxation so vacations become all that more important. This extended family of doctors planned a tropical getaway at the Four Seasons Resort at Koolina. Getting everyone together is such a rare occasion that we had to celebrate with a family reunion photo session. Since vacations are meant for fun, they brought they packed their swimsuits and were ready for anything. I brought my underwater camera.

The group made the short walk from their hotel to Paradise Cove. Despite the early wake up call, the kids were full of energy and ready to explore. The sun had just made its appearance and palm tree filtered light flooded the little cove. Immediately, the kids made a beeline to the water. They delighted in making footsteps in the fresh sand testing the water. It was a morning tossing and chasing energetic toddlers to the sounds of delighted shrieks and deep belly laughs. In other words, a perfect vacation morning in Hawaii.

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