Candid family photography

It doesn’t feel right to have favorite families to photograph. Just like it doesn’t feel right to have a favorite child. If I did have favorites, however, this one would be at the top of the list. It’s such a treat to see them each year.

Our goal has been to visit a new location around the island each year. It’s a tradition that even camera-loathing Henry enjoys because it always involves lots of exploring, digging, climbing, and splashing. This year we met at sunrise beneatch the rocky cliffs and surging surf at Makapuu Beach. After a long car ride, the kids emerged in a rush of energy and excitement. Even thought their from Texas, they know how to have fun a the beach. Straight to the sand they dashed to start digging and running through the dunes.

The sun was sluggish and reluctant that morning, but when it finally broke through the crowds, the heat was unbearable. We made our escape to the cool green of Nuuanu Beach Park.

We shared laughs among the oversized leaves and toads until bellies began to rumble. I often get caught up in their adventures and before I realize, half the day has slipped past and my memory cards are full. Until next year my friends. I already have ideas for another fun morning.

Click the play button below to watch their family film.


and now the photos…

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Want to push pause on this part of your life?

Capture all the sweet moments, little voices, and gestures that make your kids who they are with a family film and photo session. Find additional details here.


Documentary Family Film : Living the Sweet Life on Maui

Her Very Own Documentary Family Film

Kate was my very first documentary family film fan. She would tune into my Vimeo channel to watch my family films on loop. Now, these weren’t films of her family. They weren’t even people she knew. Still, there was something captivating about these families holding hands and laughing together that she returned to again and again. When her mom, a dear friend a fellow Hawaii photographer, told me this story I was touched. I wanted Kate to have her very own film.

The Film Session

Their family lives on Maui so when I booked a photo session for another family there, I extended my trip to capture a day in the life of Kate. The day evolved toddler style and we were able to capture a perfect day in Kate’s world. The day was filled with chickens, snacks, books, gardening, and fun with mom. We ended the day with a stunning sunrise at a secluded beach in Kihei. In fact, it was so lovely, I had to make a separate film just for our beach visit. This film, however, I may like like even a bit more. True, there was no beautiful background or sky alight with brilliant colors. It was a simple morning. A typical morning. And there is an undeniable beauty in that.

You can watch their day-in-the-life film below.

I grabbed some screenshots from the video as well –

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What does your story look like?

Your memories matter. Now matters. Give yourself and your family a gift to treasure with your very own documentary family film. Let’s plan a fun day together so I can tell your family’s story. We can head out to your favorite places or simply spend a quiet day together at home. You can find out more about my family film sessions here.

Disney Aulani photographer | Transformation

Some kids are a little more reserved in front of the camera. They might be shy or spend a lot of time fake smiling for cameras. They might loathe cameras entirely and run in the opposite direction when a lens is pointed at them. Whatever the case, I work hard to get beyond that and bring out real smiles and personalities. I have lots of tricks up my sleeve, so it’s just a matter of finding one that fits.

Still, i’m no match for the magic of the ocean. Like nothing else, playing in the water can transform the most stoic, camera-aware child into a joyful bundle.

Kim and her family were visiting Disney’s Aulani Resort for the first time and thought it was a great opportunity for family photos. It was their first professional experience and they were a little unsure what to expect. I gently nudged them to consider playing in the water. I know, I know. A photo session in your swimsuit sounds like some particularly evil brand of torture, but many of my all-time favorite images were captured in the water.

In the end, I was glad I pushed them. The kids are both polite and well-behaved, but it’s nice to get a little deeper for photos. A little more real. As soon as they entered the water, they were immediately themselves. They splashed and played and ran with wild abandon. It was so much fun to see that transformation.


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Do you have a water-loving family?

No need to get fancy for your photo session. Grab a boogie board and beach towel and let’s spend a fun morning playing in the surf. Those are the moments you will want to remember. Find out more about my fun family photography sessions here.

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High school senior portraits Oahu

The plan was a sweet 16 birthday trip to Hawaii complete with photo session, but Hurricane Harvey had other plans for this Houston family. Their house was spared, but their trip was not. After the flood waters receded, they began to plan again. This time,  it would be a family trip to Hawaii and senior portraits.

Adriana was torn between the dramatic, rocky coastline of Makapuu and the lush green of Laie. So we did both. We started the morning at Makapuu Beach with the sun rising heavy over the ocean. It’s been a rainy year with stormy weather continuing well into summer. The rain followed us on our drive south to Makapuu so we were relieved to see the sun peeking over the horizon. Wind whipped through our hair and left salt crystals on our eyelashes, but we happily soaked in the scenery.

Rain continued to be our theme for the day and large drops escorted us back home. The plan was to meet gain the same evening in the sea of green that is Laie. Rain continued to fall as I made my up the coast to Laie Beach Park. Again I was nervous, but the rain slowed and eventually stopped just before our session. We ended the day as perfectly as it started, splashing along the shore and enjoying time together as a family.

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Hawaii is a stunning backdrop for high school senior portraits.

If you’re planning a trip with your family, let’s take some time for a bit of adventure and a photo session. Find out more about my fun family photography sessions here.

A morning adventure | Honolulu photographers

When Kitchie reached out for a photo session, I remembered her family immediately. My memory isn’t the best so I knew they left an impression. I first photographed them some five years earlier on Waimanalo Beach. At the time, they were a family of three with a pudgy baby. The vision that popped into my head when they reached out was the baby’s chubby little legs as she sat astride her dad’s wide shoulders. She wore a solemn expression with a floral haku lei balanced on her head.

Now, they were returning as a family of four. That baby had transformed into a charismatic fun-loving little girl while her little brother took the role of solemn chubby-legged baby. Even though it had been 5 years, it felt like seeing old friends. We met for sunrise at family-friendly Kalama Beach Park. It’s a personal favorite for baby and toddler photo sessions because it’s easy to access and has both a beach and park. Not all baby’s are comfortable at the beach and it makes a nice break from the sun and wind. We spent the morning laughing and chasing waves (and chickens!) until it was far past nap time. It was a fun morning and I look forward to the next time.

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A trip to Hawaii is the perfect excuse to update your family photos.

Let me plan a fun morning for your family so it feels like an adventure instead of a photo session. Find out more about my fun photography sessions here.