Sunrise Family Photos at Lanikai Beach | The Dreamer

Photographing the Photographer

It’s always a joy to photograph another photographer’s family- get them out from behind the camera for thier own bit of adventure. They were making the long journey from Texas so we planned something special. It was supposed to be a two-part morning starting with sunrise family photos at Lanikai Beach followed by a waterfall hike to Likeke Falls. Finding a waterfall was 4-year-old Hannah’s idea and hike is perfect for kids. It’s a short hike under dense jungle canopy dripping with green vines and bright flowers. The path opens into a small clearning where the falls tumble into a shallow pool to splash in. The forecast was warm with a cool breeze. We were ready to explore.

Lanikai is for Mermaids

As soon as her toes touched the sand, Hannah was entranced by the beach. She spent time drawing in the sand with salty sticks, dancing along the shore, and humming quietly to herself. She was happily enveloped in her own private world. Mermaids were definitly involved. She’s always been comfortable in the water, swimming like a fish in pools and lakes since she was a baby. Her first time in the ocean gave her pause, but soon she fully submerged, wriggling her little body in an attempt to get a closer look at the coral. She may have used her dad as a prop.

The water was clear and warm and once she went in, she never wanted to leave. “Just a little longer”, she pleaded again and again. The weather made it near impossible to leave. It only become warmer and more inviting as the morning stretched on. We never did make it to that waterfall.

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Do you have a little mermaid in the family?

Let them loose at the beach to splash and play for a fun, stress-free photo session you will want to remember. Find out more about my family photography sessions here.

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