A sweet vacation in Hawaii to celebrate their 20th anniversary. What’s better than that? It was the first trip for the kids and everyone was super excited. They were staying at the Beach Villas at Ko Olina and wanted to stay nearby so we our made way to the always beautiful, Paradise Cove. The calm waters are perfect for kids to explore and if you’re lucky, you might spot a sea turtle or two.
 
The sun was shining and bright as we made our way along the foot path to the little cove. The kids were feeling a bit shy and hung close to mom and dad in the beginning. We wound our way along the cove playing games and searching for cool shells. Slowly their silly, inquisitive personalities began to shine. Being nature lovers, they were really excited to search for fish and crabs in the tide pools.  When they saw sea turtle heads popping up in the lagoon, it was definitely time to change into swimsuits. Cameron was so stoked and dragged his mom into the water; mouth hanging open in disbelief.
 
The turtles swam around us as they snagged bits of green algae from the water. There were so many turtles that the kids grew bored with them and moved on to new adventures.

Are you a beach lover?

Grab your family and let’s jump in! I’ll bring my underwater housing to get close to the action and capture so unique points of view. Find out more about my fun family photography and video sessions here.

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This wonderful family has been splitting their time between Oahu and Nebraska over the past three years. I’ve had the opportunity to photograph them and their adventurous boys each time they’re in town. The lagoons at Koolina are their backyard and playground so we met there for a fun morning of exploration and snorkeling.

The boys are starting school this year and schools get very cranky when their kids are absent, so this may be their last long trip to the island. We made the most of it with a visit to Kahe Point to take in views of the Waianae Coast, look for pirate treasure and fly airplanes. Then we hit the beach at Paradise Cove with new snorkel masks. Have you tried one of these masks before? They fit over your whole face so you don’t have to fuss with your snorkel and they give you better visibility. After seeing these kids cruise around the cove easily chasing fish and each other, I bought one for my own kids. So far so good, but there is some controversy surrounding how safe the masks are. They’re harder to remove if you flood your mask, so I make sure to keep a close eye on them.

We enjoyed a beautiful morning and captured it with both a family films and photography …

 

 

And on to the photos …

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Let’s get out and explore the island! We can hit the beach, hike in the mountains, or just lounge at home. Spend time with your favorite people in your favorite places and let me capture beautiful memories from our time together. Find our more about my family films and photography sessions here.

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The sun had just begun to peek over the horizon as we took our first steps onto the cool, shifting sand dunes. It was an unusual VOG morning with no wind. Haze hung in the air and moisture stuck to our skin. We settled down in the sand dunes to slowly wake up. Makapuu Beach was their family’s favorite beach. One they were very comfortable with, but maybe not quite this early in the morning.

Little Stella slowly began to perk up. She was a a super sweet, soft spoken little girl, but you couldn’t miss that hint of mischief in her eye. Before long she was jumping off rocks and pulling mom and dad into the water. As we swam with fish in the oversized tidepools, hang gliders circled over head. Dad is a hang glider himself and the cliffs over Makapuu are famous; attracting hang gliders from around the world. He reminisced about his own jumps from that spot as he splashed with his family. Big yawns ended our time together, but they would be back for more perfect beach days.

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Show me your favorite spaces to play and explore on Oahu. I’ll join you for a fun morning to document your beautiful memories. Find out more about my fun family photography sessions here.

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There are several sets of twins in my daughter’s kindergarten class. I’m continually fascinated by the bond they share, but also how different they are in personality. How fun to always have someone to share your life and experiences with. This year i’ve photographed several sets of twins and continue to see that same bond. This duo was no exception. Their love was evident in their shared secrets, inside jokes, and spontaneous hugs. Yet, they were so different. One was more bold and gregarious while the other shy and quiet. One loved the water, but the other wasn’t a fan. Both were super silly and affectionate.

A chilly breeze blew as we made our way through Sherwoods Forest in Waimanalo. The sun made a spectacular appearance as we approached the shore. The Chu family twirled and hugged under the warmth of the sun’s rays. The twins raced happily along the empty beach and slowly ventured out to test the waves. When the sun became to bright, we escaped into the forest for a bit of calm to climb trees and pick flowers. It was a lovely morning adventure.

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Let’s plan a fun morning where you explore and play with your family. Enjoy your time together and take away beautiful images. You can find out more about my fun family photography sessions here.

 

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Every year since the girls were taking their tentative first steps, the Meadow family has scheduled a family photo session. Being from the East Coast, most of these photos include the warm tones of fall, but they have particularly fond memories of shots from vacations in Cape Cod. Toes in the cool sand. The girls walking hand in hand along the shore. The years seem to pass more quickly as of late and their annual photo tradition has lapsed as the girls grew into teenagers. This trip would be a great opportunity to spend time together and make new memories on another little beach.

We emerged from the canopied beach access path into bright sunshine and pounding surf. The girls skipped on ahead snapping photos of each other and their impressive surroundings with their phones. They were quick to hug and even as teenagers, still vied for mom and dad’s attention. As a mom to grade-schoolers, that’s always heart-warming to see. They ventured further and further out until they were soaked by a couple of rogue waves. The sun set with them laughing and happy. They were still full of energy and headed into town for some urban fun.oahu family photographerfamily photos at keiki beach oahufun family photographs on oahu north shoreHawaii Beach portraits

You’re never too old for a family photo session.

If you’re planning a trip to Hawaii, make the most of your time here. Let me plan a fun adventure for your family so you can share laughs and adventures and take home beautiful memories. Find out more about my fun family photo sessions here.

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