You know your vacation is amazing when you decide to book a photo session before you leave the next day. We travel fairly often as a family and it’s safe to say i’m fairly useless before a flight. I wander from room to room forgetting why i’m there and repeating the same actions senselessly. Did I look under the beds already? Wait, where is my passport? Do we have charging cables handy and where are the snacks? It’s not pretty, so I was extra impressed when Sophia scheduled a family photo session with twin toddlers and a pre-schooler just hours before their flight.

I met them at their stunning vacation rental on Lanikai Beach where the sand is powder soft and the waves lap gently on the shore. A diaper-clad toddler greeted me at the door and curiously investigated my camera case while everyone got ready. The kids each wanted to go their own direction and do their own thing. Instead of panicking, Sophia calmly wrangled all the littles for one last morning of sandy toes and salty kisses on the beach.

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First family photos. There’s something special about that moment when you celebrate your new family status. Now, a family of three. I met them at Makapuu Beach as the sun began to warm the horizon, hinting at the warm day to come. Raphael sat in his car seat looking a little confused by the strange morning adventure. Once his toes touched the sand, however, he was happy to explore.

Melissa is a big fan of Maurice Sendak’s, Where the Wild Things Are. She brought along a little tent to add a sense of wild adventure and we switched locations to the tall ironwood forest down the road at Waimanalo Beach. Raphael fell fast asleep during the 5 minute drive. Nothing would wake him up before he was ready. We walked down the beach searching for the best location, set up the tent, had a snack, and only then did he open his big eyes. He looked around curiously, but didn’t utter a single cry of protest. After exploring his tent for a bit and snuggling with mom, it was time for a serious nap.

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Mila isn’t a common name. In fact, when we named our daughter Mila we weren’t entirely sure it was a name. Someone shared the name on a baby board and even though I couldn’t find much information about the origin or meaning of the name (other than Mila Kunis the actress), it stuck with me. That’s why it was extra special when Mila jumped into my arms at school pickup and excitedly told me she made a new friend named Mila. From then on, they were the best of friends. I would often overhear them on the playground speaking “Mila”. Mila’s twin brother would often join in on the fun and they would all be silly together.

It was hard to hear that their time in Hawaii was coming to an end. My Mila cried big fat tears when she heard the news. The downside of living in a dense military community is that you lose your friends every three to four years. They weren’t excited to leave behind our tight-knit beach community either and scheduled a photo session to document this special time in their lives. In the chaos of their big, international move, we managed to fit in one afternoon to relax and play on their favorite beach. We played hard and laughed harder. It was a beautiful way to send them off onto new adventures.

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My face has gotten me into trouble in the past. It betrays any thoughts or feelings i’m experiencing. Essentially, I have the opposite of a good poker face and in little Knox, I found a kindred spirit. He was feeling our morning beach outing intensely. His family was in Hawaii on vacation so everything about the beach was new and exciting. They made the short walk over from the new Four Seasons at Koolina to one of the best little beaches on the island for babies and toddlers. It’s a small, natural cove that’s tucked along the shoreline. Although, it’s not as popular as the larger, shiner coves with their clean bathrooms and paved walkways, it’s my favorite. It’s rugged beauty packed into a small size.

Grandma organized their big trip to spend time with the grandchildren she doesn’t get to see often enough. Our photo session was a way to slow down and connect. Well, as much as you can slow down with a toddler. Knox’s little face lit up as he threw rocks at the ocean. It turned into a pirate scowl as he charged the world with a giant stick and filled with glee as he snuggled with family and soaked in all the attention. Enjoy it little Knox as your family dynamic is on the verge of a big change. Soon, you’ll be a big brother.

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We met on a wild, windy day at Waimanalo Bay Beach Park. I heard wind rushing through the trees as soon as I pulled into the parking lot. Scheduling this maternity session had been a bit tricky. We were left with exactly one possible day after taking into account vacation plans, due dates, and accounting deadlines. We chose to embrace the dramatic moodiness of the morning and headed to the beach. Little Lucius was quiet and clung tightly to mom and dad as we wandered along the beach searching for ocean treasures. It would be a very different scene a few weeks later.

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Just a few weeks later, baby Amelia was in their lives. This time I came to their home and there was excitement and joy in the air. Lucious was bursting with exciement. He raced circles around me on his trike and bounced around the house showing me each room and all his special toys. He was definitely comfortable now that we were on his turf.

Sweet baby Amelia was oblivious to the noise and chaos around her. She simply snuggled close, and with a big yawn, fell into a deep sleep.

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Let’s capture some beautiful moments of your baby’s firsts days. You can book a family session or schedule several shorter sessions over the course of a year to capture major milestones. Maternity sessions are typically scheduled around 32-36 weeks and newborns are scheduled within the first two weeks. No worries if you don’t fall within those dates. Contact me today to find out more.