Remembering a Photo Session on Big Island
Three years ago, I packed up my gear and took a flight to Big Island for a photo session. I lingered at the Kona Airport, delighted by its charm and aloha, before heading north. Heat waves rose from the asphalt as I drove through endless lava fields. It was hot by Hawaii standards. They type of day where you sweat just by sitting still. The only glimpse of relief lies far below where tiny coves sparkled like blue gemstones. I met Pinky and her family at Mauna Kea Beach where we reluctantly left our air-conditioned cars. Baby Aria was just 5 months old and she struggled with the heat. It wasn’t until we entered the water that she began to get comfortable and relax. It was cool and peaceful as the golden light of sunset met the bright turquoise water. Those images were family favorites and brought back wonderful memories of Hawaii. That’s why when Kai was born, we knew another water photo session was essential.
A Newborn Session at Paradise Cove, Koolina
As a newborn photographer, it’s rare to get in the water during photo sessions. We were all looking forward to it, but at 2-months-old, we weren’t sure how Kai would respond to the water. Some babies (most babies?) cry as soon as a toe breaks the water’s surface. Since his sister was at home in the ocean, we were hoping Kai would feel the same. Either way, Paradise Cove at Koolina with its calm, protected lagoon is the perfect spot for an ocean introduction. After playing games, searching for critters in the tide pools, and a quick nap, it was water time. At first, Kai’s face wrinkled in unhappiness. He was about to protest, but then settled in and started kicking his legs. We were able to create another successful water portrait to match his sisters.
Do you have a beach-loving family?
Let’s plan a lovely morning at the beach. Take in the scenery, enjoy family time, and take home beautiful images. Find out more about my fun family photo sessions here.