What is the Best Spot for Family Photos on Oahu? | Two Faces

hawaii family photo session at laie beach park

Softness + Solitude at Laie Beach Park

People often ask me what the best spot on Oahu is for a family photo session – what’s my favorite. And I honestly can’t answer. Beauty is abundant, but the interpretations are varied. Some families fall in love with the classic tropical vibe of clear blue water and dancing palm trees. Others are drawn to massive, twisting trees forming a cool, protective canopy or mountain vistas. The choices are overwhelming so I recommend the best spots based on an individual families needs

For Michelle’s family we opted to play in the waves at quiet Laie Beach Park. I’ve been photographing their family on their annual Hawaii vacation for 5 years. So far, our sessions have taken us on a tour of the island – Lanikai and Kualoa on the eastern shores, leeward to Koolina, and Kawela Bay on the north shore. I wanted another new spot to show them that fit the energy level of their growing family. Laie has lots of space to run, few people, and beach treasure to discover. Perfect.

Except it wasn’t. The forecast calling for a sunny evening with light breezes was in reality windy and heavily clouded. Not exactly what we were promised, but the weather didn’t dampen the level of excitement.

dad and son share a big laugh at laie beach park oahu
boy running along the beach with reflection in oahu
kids snuggle mom during a photoshoot in oahu
mom watching kids play along shore in oahu with mountains in the bacground
sibling boys play tag on the beach in oahu hawaii
boy running along the beach with a stick in hawaii
mom and daughter in a lush coastal forest laie oahu
mom snuggles tween daughter during an evening photo session in oahu hawaii
siblings play along the shore windward oahu
siblings play together at a beach in oahu
family of six  walking along the beach in the evening laie oahu
portrait of a girl and her baby sister oahu hawaii
couple portrait with cliffs and mountains laie oahu
happy family sharing a hug during a beach photo session in hawaii
girl walking along the shore
dad and toddler daughter drawing in the sand at the beach
mom snuggles son in the evening at laie beach park

Endless Sunshine at Koolina

Normally a bit of gloom wouldn’t bother me, but I know this family loves to get in the water for part of their session. They even get coordinating swimsuits from Of One Sea, but it was just too cold and dark to make it happen. I suggested meeting up for a quick morning dip in Koolina. The combination of locations made for a fun contrast showing two very different faces of Oahu.

What does your family’s perfect photo spot look like?

Let’s spend a morning taking photos and making memories in whatever backdrop you choose. Most important is capturing the love and connection in your family. Find more information on my fun family photography sessions here.

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