Colored Powder Family Photoshoot | Brighten Your Morning

Colored Powder Family Photoshoot at laie beach park oahu

Caution – Teenager Ahead!

Teenagers are the last frontier, the great unknown. At least for me personally. With a middle-schooler at home, I have intimate knowledge of the various stages of childhood until that point, and so far, things have been good. The terrible twos were actually the terrible threes but otherwise, we bypassed any overly dramatic ages.

What comes next, however, well, that scares me. Parents of teenagers often tell me in hushed tones how their formerly sweet child dramatically shifted overnight into an aloof, moody creature they don’t even recognize. These parents seem exhausted and sad. And so I wait anxiously – when does this change happen? Does it always happen? Can it be prevented?

Bright Colors for a Fun Family

Most of the families I photograph have young children. Little kids are adorable after all and parents feel the passing of time more acutely in the early years as their kids grow and change rapidly. When I do get to photograph families with teens I observe carefully and ask questions. Surprisingly and without fail, these families put me at ease. They are loving, affectionate, and goofy. And this family was no exception.

Holly’s family is in the military and they recently moved to Hawaii. Their goal was to capture some joyful beach memories before a long deployment. She chose beautiful Laie Beach Park or Pounder’s Beach and we met in the chilled dawn air. Despite our shared love of color, sunrise was stubbornly subdued that morning. A bank of clouds hung low over the horizon leaving us in the muted blues of morning. No worries we brought our own color to liven things up.

After taking in the beauty of the beach and sharing laughs and inside jokes, it was time for a bit of color. The color was inspired by the colored powder used during Holi, a popular ancient Hindu festival, also known as the “festival of colors”. And closer to home, the color was inspired by shared memories of past color runs.

Do You Have a Colorful Family?

Let’s bring out the color in your family photos! Whether the color comes in powdered form or from nature, we can enjoy a fun morning together making memories. Find out more about my fun family photo sessions here.

Kakaako Photography | Celebrating Early Traditions

family of three at the kakaako waterfront park at sunset

Memories of Kakaako Park

These days time moves too quickly. That’s why Amanda and her family make the most of family time. Her personal favorite is quiet evenings spent strolling along the shore at Kakaako Waterfront Park in Honolulu. Here, they watch ships pass offshore in a never-ending parade and surfers bob in the lineup. They make a game of getting close to the waves without getting splashed. Sometimes losing is the best part of the game. When that gets old, they navigate the giant boulders or balance on the rock wall and make their way out to the farthest point of the park. Life is simple here and the sunsets are beautiful.

A Stunning Sunset

It was after 5:30 pm when we met, but the heat and intensity of the day still hung in the air. Simply walking from the parking lot left us damp with sweat so we lingered in the shade of the tall monkey pod trees and played peek-a-boo. The game doubled as a fun warm-up activity as little E was feeling particularly shy. It was one of those days where a toddler just wants to be held tightly by her mom. She needed a little time before she felt comfortable being her silly self.

We walked along the seawall and jumped over giant rocks searching for crabs before running down the big hills that characterize the park. You could see the entire city from those hills – from the cranes in rapidly developing Kakaako to Diamond Head and the Waianae’s in the distance. In the end we needed to closer to the water. To watch the last rays of sunlight dance on the waves and with one last family hug, the day was over.

family swinging a toddler girl during a photo shoot at kakaako park
family hug with a toddler
family waling on the shore at kakaako park in honolulu
dad holding daughter's hand while ocean sparkles in the background
mom and daughter photoshoot at kakaako park in kailua
mom kisses toddler daughter on the cheek during a hawaii family photo session
mom waits for toddler girl running up the steep hill at kakaako park in honolulu
happy toddler girl at kakaako park
family looks out at the ocean before sunset in oahu
family portrait session in honolulu
closeup portrait of a toddler girl during a family photoshoot in oahu
family plays at kakaako park
dad and daughter play at kakaako park in honolulu at sunset
mom and daughter watch the waves in  honolulu
dad and daughter search for crabs on the shore at kakaako park
family watches the waves at twilight in honolulu

What Will Your Memories Look Like?

Let’s plan a fun day visiting your family’s favorite places so you can surround yourself with beautiful memories. Find out more about my easy family photography sessions here.

Hawaii Family Adventure | From Here to Eternity at Halona Beach Cove

siblings check the surf at halona cove beach in oahu

A Hidden Cove

Sandwiched between iconic Hanauma Bay and wind-swept Sandy Beach is a small rocky cove tucked out of site called simultaneously Halona Beach Cove, Cockroach Cove, and From Here to Eternity Beach. The latter comes from a steamy love scene between Burt Lancaster and Deborah Kerr in the 1953 film “From Here to Eternity”.

The beach is accessed by parking at the Halona Blowhole Lookout where you can watch the misty eruptions of waves forced through old, underground lava tubes. On a hot summer’s day, the fine salt spray is a welcome relief. If it’s clear, scan the horizon for views of neighboring Molokai and Lanai (don’t forget to scan for whales in the winter). After gawking at the scenery, take the rocky path down to the beach below for a bit of adventure.

A Weekend Ritual

As strange as it sounds, this beach makes our trips to Costco bearable. We typically take the scenic route that hugs the rugged windward coastline from Kailua to Hawaii Kai. To offset the pain of this essential errand, we stop at Halona Cove or nearby Sandy Beach for a quick dose of wild beauty.

An hour or two is the perfect amount of time to jump off the rocks and get tumbled in the surf. However, the wave action can get intense, especially in the winter so enter with caution. If it’s calm, follow the rocky edge of the cove toward the blowhole for a closer view. If you continue along the coast, you will find another small, sandy beach that will eventually connect with Sandy Beach. Please, be safe! Keep your distance from the blowhole, stay on dry rocks and monitor the waves for safety.

siblings walk down to halona cove beach on oahu
girl climbing the rocks at halona beach cove during a family photo session in oahu
boy with bodyboard heading into cave at halona cove
watching the mist from the halona blowhole in hawaii during a family vacation
boy in a sunhat at halona beach cove in oahu
girl waiting for salt spray from the halona blowhole on oahus windward coast
siblings jumping off rocks at halona beach cove in oahu
Hawaii Family Adventure at Halona Blowhole on Oahu
Views from Halona cove beach in windward oahu

Looking for More Family Adventures on Oahu?

Visit nearby Makapuu Trail for a short hike that leads to a lighthouse, secluded cove, or tidepools. It’s like a choose-your-own-adventure trail! For more inspiration sign up for the Little Bird Post below and receive monthly ideas for family fun in Hawaii.

Oahu Family Photographer Beach | Cherub on the Edge | Kualoa Beach

a happy couple walking on a beach in hawaii at sunrise

A Long Drive

The clock was ticking. Sure at the moment, she looked like a cherub – all rosy round cheeks a pink chubby perfection. Her smile flashed easily revealing newly cut teeth, but it was coming less often. And the eye rubs were coming faster and more furious. One had the distinct impression that she would roll her eyes at your goofy antics if she only knew how. Yes, time was running out.

The morning started out in a glorious burst of color. I wound my way up the coast before dawn taking peeks at the ocean conditions in the gaps between houses and sips of coffee. It was calm with a light breeze – perfect weather for a baby’s first beach day. As I approached Kualoa the sky glowed crimson. It evolved into bright red before succumbing to orange and eventually yellow. I paced nervously at yellow as I read the latest text update.

I was about to photograph the loveliest Midwestern family who was making the ambitiously long drive from Koolina to the very different, mountain-backed beach scene at Kualoa Beach Park. In the morning chaos they got turned around and ended up trapped in an HOV commuter lane speeding them away from their desired exit. They were still 30 minutes away.

I watched crabs scuttle along the sand to spar with neighbors as the sun warmed my face. It was a serene setting but I couldn’t relax. A baby in the car for that long? That can’t be good.

A Burst of Happiness

They arrived in a frenzied rush and pulled our youngest model from her car seat. I expected protest, but she was all smiles. These weren’t ordinary smiles. No, they were big eruptions of joy that extended to her ears and toes and they were absolutely contagious. Still, I knew time was ticking and we made a quick scramble to capture both photos and video. She gave a solid 30 minutes of delight before succumbing to sleep. Ah, little cherub, thanks for hanging in there.

Watch Their Family Film Here

And See Photos From Their Session Here

a happy family with a baby during a photo session in hawaii
mom walks baby daughter with mountains behind at kualoa beach park oahu
dad and baby daughter play on the beach at kualoa at sunrise
portrait of a sweet chubby baby in hawaii
grandparents play with their grandchild during a family photo session at a beach in hawaii
grandma walking baby girl on the beach
extended family vacation photoshoot in oahu
dad and happy baby splashing in the waves on shore at kualoa beach park
mom laughs and hugs baby daughter
adult mom and child during an extended family photoshoot in oahu
a family of three plays at kualoa beach park in oahu
closeup portrait of a baby with blue eyes
a family of 3 shares a hug at kualoa during a family photo shoot by little bird photography
dad carries baby daughter on his shoulders with kualoa mountains in the background during a family photo session in oahu
couple walking on the beach holding hands at kualoa beach park at sunrise
baby with tiny hands on her chubby knees
couple kisses on an empty beach in kualoa oahu hawaii

Want to Capture Your Own Sweet Moments?

Let’s plan an easy morning of fun and photos that you will treasure. We can even plan something nearby ;) Find out more about my family photography sessions here.

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