Hawaii Family Adventure Session | A Perfect Evening in Laie

A Final Photo Session

It would be my last family photo session, although I didn’t know it at the time. It was early March and news of the coronavirus was escalating quickly. Campaigns on handwashing and “shakas not handshakes” had just begun to circulate and visions of our own upcoming travels still danced in our heads.

It turns out Melissa had great timing. Her family of 7 was at the tail end of a whirlwind, multi-island vacation. They had been hiking and snorkeling, ziplining and boating. She wanted to finish their epic trip with one of my adventure photo sessions. She said they were up for anything including playing in the water. The older kids had taken a surf lesson in Waikiki the other day and were excited about waves. Since they were staying on the north shore, I had the perfect place – Laie Beach Park.

portrait of a girl with her family behind her

Hawaii Family Adventure Session for a Perfect Afternoon

The parking lot was buzzing with activity when I arrived. As usual, the warm, clear afternoon had attracted crowds of beach-lovers. Fortunately, a favorite little spot of mine tucked under a canopy of trees was vacant. We made our way to the shade and started with some games as a warm-up. I noticed the kids looking longingly at the rope swing and perfect climbing trees nearby. “Can we climb?” they asked. “Of course!” Seconds later the tree was filled with the entire family, nimbly making their way from limb to limb and exiting via rope swing. They were fearless and competitive but kind, looking out for one another, making space, and offering words of encouragement.

The thing about large families is there is always something interesting to photograph. Every direction I turned was a photo opp – kids in trees, building forts, jousting, and giving spontaneous hugs. I spun about trying to keep up and capture it all.

As the crowds began to dwindle, we moved down the beach, ready for our turn in the cool blue water. The oldest kids had been eyeing the bodyboards I brought and were eagerly waiting for this moment. Into the waves they charged, unafraid of their size and intensity. Each large foamy wave crested and crashed around the bodyboarders shooting them to the shore. We continued like this long after the sun had set and the beach had emptied. It was a memorable way to end their trip and a perfect last photo session.

family portraits at laie beach park with evening sunshine
portrait of a girl in hawaii with sunflare
dad and daughter portrait during a fun photography session by little bird
boy climbing a tree with a rope swing in hawaii
family of 7 in laie looking out at the ocean view during a portrait session
portrait of a boy at laie beach park
brothers playing on a rope swing
boy climbing a tree in the jungle like laie beach park in oahu during a photoshoot
sisters play together during a hawaii family photo session by little bird photography
mom tickles daughter during a beach photoshoot at laie beach park
family exploring the beach park in laie
portrait of a girl with wind blown hair
brothers portrait at the beach in black and white
girl playing in the water at sunset
dad hanging from a tree during a fun photo session in hawaii
girl building a driftwood fort on the beach in hawaii during a photo session
twin brothers wrestle during a family photography session in oahu
mom and daughter cuddle and laugh during a family portrait session at the beach in laie
parents holding son on their shoulder during a photoshoot
girl in a tree watches her brothers climb another tree in the distance at laie beach park
girl builds a driftwood fort at pounders beach oahu
family sitting close shares a laugh
boy hangs from a rope swing at laie beach park
climbing trees at laie beach park during a Hawaii Family Adventure Session
family of 7 races the waves along the beach at pounders in laie
black and white portrait of a girl snuggling her mom
sisters build sand castles at the beach during a photo shoot in hawaii
brothers bodyboard during a Hawaii Family Adventure Session in oahu
boy body boarding at pounders beach oahu
girl with a body board walking alone down the beach in laie
boy catches a wave into shore on his yellow bodyboard
boy on a wave during a Hawaii Family Adventure Session at pounders beach
girl with a makeshift driftwood slingshot at the beach in hawaii
boy jumps a wave on his bodyboard
dad takes turns throwing his kids in the air during a family photoshoot in oahu
kids take turns on a rope swing during a Hawaii Family Adventure Session photoshoot
little girl standing in the rough waves at laie beach
dad helps kids as they play on a rope swing in laie
mom and daughter play in the surf in laie at sunset during a fun photo session

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