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Maui Family Photographers | Coastal Rainforest to Beach Sunset

Maui family photographers capture dad and son in tropical rainforest portraits with golden light

A Shock to the System

I stood in line and fidgeted with my phone trying to keep it from falling asleep before the check-in gate. It had been over a year since I last left the island and the new ever-changing procedures had me on edge. I had a family waiting for me on Maui. One who had been trying to schedule a photo session for almost a year. We did a big cheer when they all made it to Maui. Now it was my was turn.

My brain went through the list again – COVID test – check, safe travels form – check, ID – check, rental car reservation number – check … Many lines and many hours later I found myself cruising along the Honoapiilani highway in a fresh rental car. There was a brief scare when they told me they ran out of cars, but then they upgraded me to some flashy monstrosity that screamed tourist.

My eyes feasted on the Maui landscape – at once familiar but also a welcome break from Oahu- as I wound my way up the coast toward Kapalua. Over my shoulder, I caught glimpses of the bright blue ocean. It always feels a little sad and empty when the humpback whales are away, but always stunning.

A Magical Coastal Rainforest

My destination was a coastal rainforest in Honolua Bay dripping with life and lushness. The shoreline was littered with masked beach-goers gawking at brightly colored fish, but we wanted the interior. Jess loved the idea of two locations for their family photos. We would start with the rainforest just as the golden light lit up the branches and end splashing along the shore at nearby Ironwoods beach.

We shared jokes and climbed overgrown tree roots under the sun-warmed canopy. It was in truth hard to leave all the beauty behind but the sun was sinking and we needed sand under our feet.

family photos at honolua rainforest
mom and teenage son share a moment during a family photo session in hawaii
dad carries son on his shoulders in a Maui rainforest during a family photoshoot
family explores honolua forest during a family photo session on maui
family portrait in a hawaii rainforest at sunset with golden light
mom and son share laughs during a family portrait session in Maui
mom shares sweet moments with her boys during a maui photo session
family portrait at rainforest on Maui
senior portrait of a boy in a rainforest on Maui kapalua

Kapalua Ironwoods Beach – A Sunset to Remember

We made the short drive following the sun it’s place poised about the water. There was more space to run and play here and we felt energized by the crashing waves. More laughs, hugs, and exploration ensued until the sun faded like a memory. We squeezed every moment out of that beautiful afternoon.

siblings running along the boardwalk at kapalua ironwoods beach at sunset
boy pretending to take a photo with a piece of coral during a photo session in hawaii
family plays along the shore at ironwoods in maui
mom hugs son during a kapalua family photo session
boy trying to out run the surf in hawaii
boy and his reflction at the rocky shore in maui
boy smiling in the golden light during family photos at kapalua bay
boy hiding from waves behind mom during family photos at kapalua ironwoods beach at sunset
boy surprised by a wave during a family photoshoot in kapalua maui
family watches the waves at sunset in maui
portrait of a teen boy wearing a hat at  sunset in maui for family photos
couple kisses at sunset kapalua ironwoods beach maui
family hug at the beach in maui hawaii
portrait of a boy being silly at sunset during a family photo session in maui
mom and son portrait at sunset in kapalui maui
boy running along the shore at ironwoods beach
family walks along the beach at sunset at kapalua beach maui
brothers being silly during family photo session on maui
boy running along the shore with cliffs behind at sunset on maui
family explores the cliffs at ironwoods beach kapalua maui
view of a family on the beach from the cliffs at kapalua bay

Planning a Family Vacation on Maui?

I’m happy to play tour guide and show you some of my favorite places to explore on Maui for an evening of fun memories and photographs to cherish. I photograph a limited number of families on Maui, Kauai, and the Big Island each year. If you have a fun family who likes to explore, let’s start planning! You can find information about my family photography sessions here.

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