Family group photo session | Before the chaos, Kualoa Oahu

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The calm before the storm

I don’t normally get to see families at this stage. The kids are grown and coupled but there aren’t any grandchildren yet. They were visiting Oahu for a friend’s wedding and decided to make the most of their big trip with a pre-grandchild photo session.

As soon as grandchildren arrive on the scene the vibe changes. The relaxed, party atmosphere of easy jokes quickly transitions into distracted chaos. Personally, I like the chaos that herds of grandchildren brings, but it’s fun to see this side. With one couple expecting their first baby by the end of the year, they were on the edge of change – the calm before the storm

A Kualoa sunrise

Kualoa Regional Park is a great option for both stunning mountain and ocean backdrops. And at sunrise, you get the park to yourself. We spent an easy morning sharing jokes and acting like kids under the warm tropical sun. After meandering around the park and taking in the views, it was time for breakfast. Still laughing the group made their way back to their cars and onto the rest of their peaceful vacation.

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Are you heading to Oahu for an extended family reunion?

It can be so hard to get everyone together in one place. Make the most of your trip with a pain-free photo session so you can take home beautiful memories of your time together. Find out more about my family photography sessions here.

Maternity Family Photo Session | All the blues of Oahu

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A Babymoon

With a baby on the way, Hannah knew that their family was about to change. There’s a little sadness there – knowing your unit of three will never be again. So she wanted to make the most of it and document their special bond with a family film and photos.

When people reach out asking for a short session because their baby/toddler/preschooler won’t last longer than 10 minutes, I think of this four hour session. It was actually closer to five, but there was a solid baby nap in there. True, it was unusually long because I was making a film and capturing a full gallery of photos, but time seemed to fly by as we enjoyed the beautiful morning.

A tour of Waimanlo blues

A pastel sunrise started the morning as we walked along the shore of Sherwood beach. Baby T slowly woke with elaborate stretches and yawns. He wasn’t sure what to think about the beach. Everything was new and needed to be carefully studied and examined. Different textures, sounds and smells – so much to take in.

After a little fussing, he laid his head on dad’s shoulder on fell soundly asleep. But there was water to play to enjoy so we sat under the shade of ironwoods as enjoyed a long nap. When he awoke refreshed, it was time for round II. This time we moved further along the shore to Kaiona where an old sea wall (used to collect sea turtles for royalty) creates a protected baby beach. This was an idyllic spot to enjoy the perfect sunny afternoon.

< click play to see their sweet family film below >

< and see a glimpse of their photo gallery >

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Kaiona Beach Park

The water is much calmer at nearby Kaiona beach.

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Are you planning a Hawaii babymoon?

Let me help you plan a sweet morning for your growing family so you can press pause on this time in your life. Find out more about my family photography and film sessions here.

Kailua Beach Family Photos | A brilliant Hawaii sunrise

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A memory spark

As much as I hate to admit it, I have a terrible memory. Growing up in the Midwest we had to take the California Achievement Tests each year and there was a memory component. I would try ridiculously hard to remember strings of nonsensical words, but I was hopeless and could never improve my scores. And my memory is not getting any better with age so I have a hard time remembering faces.

This family, though, I remember. It was about 7 years ago that I first got to photograph a cherubic baby sitting solemnly among the flowering vines at Waimanalo Beach. I remember her chubby legs perched on her dad’s shoulders – too short yet to do anything but stick straight out. This family, those images have stayed with me and when they reach out for photos, I’m always delighted to see them again.

Seeking the greens and blues

Our last photo session was at Kalama Beach Park in the middle of Kailua Bay. It’s a location near and dear to my heart because it’s one of my family’s favorite beaches. Every time I shoot there, I wonder why I don’t do it more often. Perhaps because it feels like cheating to shoot so close to home? It doesn’t make sense I realize.

We looked at alternate locations for this session but kept coming back to the lovely greens and blues of Kalama Beach and we headed back for another morning of beach fun. This family sticks in my memory for good reason. They are overflowing with love and silliness and always a joy to see.

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Want to take home memories of your family vacation?

No need to stand awkwardly on the beach smiling at a camera. Let me suggest some great spots where you can actually play and enjoy your time together against the beautiful backdrop of Hawaii. Find out more about my fun family photography sessions here.

Koolina Beach family photography + films | A Sweet morning

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Happy vibes

Some people seem to radiate joyful vibes. I’m not sure if it was a side effect of being on vacation, but this whole family was full of joy and happiness. As soon as we met in the tiny parking lot for Paradise Cove Beach in Koolina, the kids were hopping up and down and excited to get started. They were ready for anything and the morning didn’t disappoint.

Koolina Beach family photography

With most of the island under cloud cover, Koolina was shining in the sun. It was built as a second Waikiki of sorts based on the amount of sunshine. As we approached the beach we heard the roar of winter waves in the distance. Some were crashing over the barrier reef sending bits of algae into the cove – perfect conditions for sea turtles. Right away, we were able to spot little heads popping up around the cove as turtles searched for their favorite snack.

It was too chilly to join them just yet, but there were shells to find and games to play as the sun warmed up the cove. When it was finally time to jump in, the surf had increased sending waves into the cove. A bit nervous at first and then delighted, the kids surfed the little waves in pink intertubes, riding them all the way to shore. Such a fun morning, but being brave takes a toll. Exhausted and hungry it was time to move on for some lunch, but they planned to return again soon.

< Click play to see their family film below >

< and see their a sample of their family photos here >

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Want to capture happy times for your own family?

Let’s head to the beach for a bit of fun and adventure. We can make sand castles, explore tide pools, play in the surf and if we’re lucky, find some sea turtles! Find out more about my fun family photography and film sessions here.

Oahu Maternity Photos | A Secret Island Sunset, Kualoa Hawaii

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A bit of serenity

I love this little beach in Kualoa Regional Park. Kualoa itself is a spectacular backdrop for a photo session with lots of diversity in a fairly small area. But this out of the way strip of beach, well, there’s something about it that’s so peaceful and calm. It feels like you hang up a hammock and spend a day or a week without a care in the world – just enjoying the light breeze and warm sun on your face.

Baby on the way

It was an ideal place for Oahu maternity photos. After sharing an adventurous life, these two were ready for the next step. An adventure that no one can quite grasp until they experience it first hand.

The cool mountains and calm water created a peaceful backdrop to enjoy each other’s company and imagine the future with eager anticipation. How great to come back to this very spot in a years time with a baby taking his first steps?

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Looking for a relaxed maternity session?

I’m happy to plan a mellow evening for you to take it easy and capture moments before your next big adventure. Bonus points if you want to jump in the water! Find out more about my fun photography sessions here.


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