Nuuanu Photographer | The Twin Life

A Break from the Cold

When you’re smack dab in the middle of a cold, Canadian winter it’s fun to fantasize about warmer times and places. That desire for warmth was strong enough for Allison to book flights and make the long trek to Hawaii despite the hardship of traveling with twin one-year-olds and a five-year old.

Since they are not serious beach lovers and were unsure how the babies would react to the sand and waves, we headed inland for our session. As much as I love the beach, the forest is always a welcome change from the unrelenting sun and wind. Forest sessions feel calmer, more peaceful. As if you have all the time in the world.

Nuuanu Valley Park is a personal favorite. Birds trill loudly in the twisting, Dr. Suessian trees. Branches move and rustle in the wind allowing shafts of light to stream down to the forest floor spotlighting treasures below. The park somehow manages the delicate balance of manicured lawn and wild jungle. You can plunge into the dense thicket to experience it more intimately or simply admire the wildness from the maintained path. Either way, you feel like you’re somewhere far away and maybe, just maybe, a bit magical.

Twin Life

Allison decided that a Hawaiian background would be a great opportunity for a family photo session. She didn’t want anything overly posed or stressful. She simply wanted to capture the beautiful chaos of their lives.

And chaos is was. The mere fact of being outnumbered by these little people meant someone was always in need and or getting into trouble. These two parents handled each meltdown and whine with grace, love and humor.

family walking in a tropical park in hawaii
family photography at nuuanu park in oahu
family cuddles during a park photo session at nuuanu in oahu
mom and baby snuggle during a Hawaii family photo shoot
baby standing in the park
dad and baby share a laugh during family photography session by little bird photography
baby with pacifier looking into camera with mom behind
life with twins as mom cares for both at a park in hawaii
family exploring large trees during a photo session by little bird photography
baby playing with sticks captured by a nuuanu photographer
mom and baby under giant leaves in a hawaiian park
family photos in the park at nuuanu valley
dad and bay laughing in the park during a family photoshoot in hawaii
boy with a stick at the park in hawaii
family with a baby playing in the park during photoshoot
sweet family photo next to a large banyan tree in hawaii
oahu baby photographer in the forest of hawaii
boy hanging from a tree in the park
hawaii family photo session with twin babies in the park
oahu family photographer at nuuanu park
Nuuanu photographer family photo session
mom and baby play on giant banyan tree roots

What is Your Family’s Story?

Photos can do so much more than capture what you look like. They can showcase love, connection, personality, and preserve your family’s story. Let’s plan a fun morning and make some memories! Find out more about my family photography sessions here.

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Oahu Vow Renewal Film + Photos | A Family Affair

Celebrating 10 Years of Marriage

Ten year anniversaries are to be celebrated with aluminum or diamonds, depending on if you’re a traditionalist or modernist. I’m not entirely sure what type of aluminum products people are gifting. A can of beer perhaps? In any case, Kerri and Michael had their own take on how to celebrate 10 years together – a trip to Hawaii. They didn’t want any fuss. Just a simple exchange of vows at sunrise. I like their style.

We met at Laie Beach Park as a brisk wind whipped through our hair. The baby wanted nothing to do with this chilly morning and much preferred a nap in the car. His older siblings, on the other hand, we’re ready to jump into the water. Their feet danced in the sand as if the water was pulling them closer.

We spent time exploring every inch the beach including most of the sticks. Maybe too much fun because by the time everyone changed into swimsuits, they were fully exhausted. Mom was tired, kids were beat. It was only dad who seemed to come alive in the surf. Next time, guys.

Why Family Films?

A client recently remarked that although she loved the idea of a family film, she wasn’t entirely sure what to do with one. That made me think about what family films mean to me. A family film is similar to flipping through a photo album, only intensified. It’s like having thousands of images in condensed form flooding your senses with memory and emotion. They’re amazingly effective at transporting you back in time.

I feel like this session does a great job of showcasing how film and photos translate the same scene. One is not inherently better than they other. They’re merely different. And together, they have the power to pause time and tell your story.

You can view their mini film below.

And you can glimpse a sample of their family photos here –

family taking in sunrise during a hawaii vow renewal cermony
mom talking with sons after a vow renewal in hawaii
family cuddles during hawaii photo shoot
oahu maternity photos at the beach
oahu vow renewal cermony on the north shore of oahu
brothers in matching clothes sharing a laugh at a beach in hawaii
mom holding son in the air during a family photo session
brothers in suspenders at the beach
husband looks lovingly at wife and she cuddles their toddler son
boy makes giant jump on the beach in hawaii
mom and baby boy cuddle during an oahu family photo session
boys playing in the surf in hawaii
oahu maternity photographer at laie beach park
family portrait on the beach in oahu
beach engagement portraits
boy in suspenders at the beach in hawaii
boy trying to do the shaka
mom and son sharing a laugh during fun family photo session in hawaii
family walking along laie beach

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  • Keao - That is beautiful!!!! And I love her dress and their outfits, what a sweet and beautiful family!ReplyCancel

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A Mini Family Photo Session | A Big Move for a Little Baby

The Island Wardrobe

I am admittedly biased, but Hawaii is a wonderful place to raise babies. You don’t have to bother with pesky articles like shoes (or even pants for that matter) until you hit the toddler stage. Even as toddlers, nudity is often their preferred and acceptable state. If you absolutely must wear clothes, a diaper and t-shirt will get you far. It makes both clothes shopping and potty training a breeze.

There may be some long-term consequences down the road, however. Convincing kids to wear shoes can be a real trial. My own kids complained of being suffocated by their sleeves. “My shirt is squeezing me!”

But it’s not just clothing – or a lack of clothing – that makes Hawaii a baby paradise. It’s the unlimited outdoor time. Outside there is endless entertainment in the form of sand, sticks, and water. So simple, but it can keep them happy day after day.

A Mini Family Photo Session

Megan and her family recently moved to Hawaii, so this beach scene was all new and exciting. Their big move was a perfect opportunity for a mini family photo session. We met the sunrise at Waimanalo Bay Beach Park to explore.

At first, baby Grace was unsettled by the shifting nature of the sand. It moved too much for her taste and she didn’t appreciate the way it stuck between her toes. It took a bit of convincing to get her back on the ground after our initial trial. Fortunately, driftwood makes for an excellent drum and no one can resist banging on a drum.

After snacking on a handful of sand, baby Grace seemed to feel more at ease on the beach. We just might turn her into a beach baby after all.

family walking towards the beach in hawaii
dad and daughter and sunshine during a family photoshoot
family leaving footprints along waimanalo beach
dad holding baby daughter's hands at a beach in oahu
family playing at waimanalo beach park during a family photo session in hawaii
mom kissing baby girl during fun family photo session in hawaii
baby portrait at waimanalo beach by little bird photography hawaii
profiles of dad and daughter by little bird photography

A Mini Photo Session is Perfect for Baby Milestones.

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Laie Family Photos | Celebrating a Third Birthday in Hawaii

Turning Three in Hawaii

I braced myself for the terrible twos. When the tantrums and trials never materialized, I thought I was in the clear. With a sigh of relief I entered the threes only to be blindsided by, well, tantrums and trials.

Whenever I photograph a three-year-old, I’m on high alert. It’s perhaps, the cutest age as they are so tiny and so full of opinions and personality. However, these adorable creatures are volatile and I appraoch them with great care.

Sunrise and Surf at Laie Beach Park

With excitemend and a bit of caution, I met Cindy and her sweet little family of three amidst the pounding waves at Laie Beach Park. Sunrise arrived with strong winds howling through the trees and whipping the waves into a frothy soup.

Their visit to the island coincided with Maya’s third birthday so they decided to make the most of the happy coincidence with a family photo session.

Maya is a fearless little creature and made a direct beeline to the pounding surf, dragging mom and dad along with her. She was so full of joy and energy that she could barely keep both feet on the ground. Her favored mode of transportation included many skips, leaps, and hops. all conducted with deep belly laughs of delight.

We spent the morning exploring every inch of the beach. Every stick tested. Every crab hole investigated. She led and we followed marvelling at her endless supply of joy. After spending a morning with little Maya, it’s hard to believe she’s every anything but sunshine and happiness. Maybe turning three isn’t so scary after all.

You can watch their mini family film below.

Take a peak at the photos from their session here.

family watching the sun rise over the ocean in hawaii
mom and dad hold daughters hands as they play in the surf in oahu
mom and daughter run down the beach during photoshoot by little bird photography
sweet family moment at the beach during a family photo session in hawaii
dad and daughter silhouette at the beach
toddler girl jumping at sunrise on the beach in oahu
dad holding daughter in the air as she giggles
toddler girl full of personality
family walking along the beach at sunrise in hawaii
toddler feet with footprints in the sand and wave approaching
oahu family photography at laie beach park
toddler girl playing at the beach by little bird photography
family plays on the beach in hawaii as waves pound the shore
mom holding daughter at the beach in hawaii

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North Shore Family Photo Session | Towering Trees and Baby Waves

Follow Your Curiosity

As you drive around the island, you will come across clusters of cars awkwardly parked along the shoulder. There will be 20, 30, or more cars in a remote area, but no people in sight. It makes me unbearably curious. What am I missing out on? It feels like some secret beach or hike or park is just out of sight. So I started to investigate. I parked my car in line with the others and looked for signs of life or a trail to follow.

One time, my curiosity led me to a nude beach along a quiet strip of land on the North Shore. Ah, that’s what everyone is doing here. Most times, it’s led to something fantastic like Kawela Bay.

The small, crescent-shaped bay is abutted by dense forest. Banyan trees dominate the canopy sending prop roots to the forest floor where they create a natural playground. These sprawling trees are a climbing gym, fort, cave, and swing all in one. A kid paradise. And when you tire of the trees, the beach beckons beyond the branches.

About this North Shore Family Photo Session

Michelle and her family make an annual trip to Oahu to visit family and each time they do, I get to plan a new adventure for them. They are beach-lovers so a mellow swimming beach was a must. The forest was something new.

The kids were hesitant at first. It was a windy day and rubbing tree branches groaned suspiciously like hidden monsters. Slowly, they got used to the strange forest noises and began to explore. They tried to walk a fallen limb like a balance beam, test a dangling tree root for swing-ability, and peer into tree caves for trolls.

North Shore Family Photo Session in a hawaiian rainforest
mom fixing daughters hair during a photo shoot in the forest
portrait of dad and sons in a hawaii rain forest on the north shore of oahu
closeup of girl spinning in the forest
couples portrait in the rain forest on the north shore of oahu
mom spinning daughter under giant banyan tree roots in hawaii
kids playing in the banyan trees in hawaii
mom and daughter share a silly kiss in a hawaiian rainforest
siblings sitting on a log during a family photo shoot in hawaii
dad and sons walking through tropical forest in hawaii
family photo session in the rainforest in hawaii
mom and sons exploring the forest in hawaii
dad helping son during a jungle photo shoot in hawaii
siblings trying to share a kiss during a family photo shoot in hawaii

When the mosquitoes became unbearable and we were itching to get in the water (pun intended), we were greeted with this scene.

kids heading out to play in the water at kawela bay oahu
dad holding son at the beach on the north shore of oahu
fun family photo session on the north shore of oahu
little boy playing in the water on the north shore of oahu
sandy feet walking on a log at a beach in hawaii
family wearing of one sea swimsuits during a photo shoot on the north shore of oahu
dad chasing son along the beach at kawela bay oahu
mom comforting son during a family photo session in oahu
family photo session at kawela bay
dad holding son at the beach during a family photo session
kids running on the beach at sunset in hawaii
girl drawing in the sand at a beach in hawaii
family playing at the beach at kawela bay oahu during a photoshoot
dad and kids plyaing at the beach on the north shore oahu at sunset

What Does Your Family Adventure Look Like?

Let’s head out on your own little adventure. I’ll help you plan a fun day so you can enjoy yourselves and I can capture all the personality and love in your family. You can find out more about my personalized family photography sessions here.