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Once upon a time, I attended the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana. A thriving college town tucked in the cornfields in the middle of nowhere. I remember making the long drive from Chicago where I grew up and passing sign after sign with towns boasting a population of 64, 32, 118 … It was as if every member of those communities mattered. It feels like many lifetimes ago.

When Louise reached out to book a session during their upcoming Hawaii vacation, I was surprised to discover they were from Champaign, Illinois. We met on a balmy winter morning at Paradise Cove in Koolina. I’ve lived all over the country and abroad and have never felt nostalgia for Illinois, but this family. They felt like home.

The kids had a rocky start with a stubbed toe for one and a bit of a cold for another. They came around slowly as the sun began to warm the little cove and turned into real water lovers. They beamed with delight as they splashed and streaked through the surf. Maybe it was in their warm, open demeanor or their readiness to laugh, but our session sailed by too quickly.  Hopefully, we’ll meet again.

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Are you planning your vacation to Hawaii?

Let’s venture off the beaten path to explore and laugh with your family under the warm Hawaiian sun. Find out more about my fun family photography sessions here.

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