Dragonfly Diva jewellery / Hilton Waikoloa, Big Island of Hawaii

I had a great afternoon yesterday with Cara Hollenbeck from Dragonfly Diva. Dragonfly Diva is a line of sexy, handmade jewellery by Cara, she wanted her latest creations photographed for her new website, which is currently under construction. I spent the afternoon with Cara and four of her friends/models, Ellen Hiromasa, Cheri Vann-Taylor, Sara Taylor and Morgan Taylor on the grounds at the Hilton Waikoloa. We walked the grounds and did various shots in different locations, ending up in the pool and hot tub.

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maternity photography

Ever since Demi Moore’s bold pregnancy photo graced the cover of Vanity Fair, women have been inspired to professionally document their pregnancies with maternity portraits. And no wonder, pregnancy is a fascinating time, bringing remarkable changes to women’s bodies.

A pregnancy portrait is not just a great souvenir, or the first photograph in your child’s baby album, but also a beautiful way to get used to and appreciate your new body image. Many women are not sure what to expect during a maternity photo shoot, but most leave feeling like they have spent a few fun hours being pampered and feeling beautiful. In my home studio, I use candles and music to help create a relaxing atmosphere.

With all the body changes during pregnancy, some women are not sure what to wear to a maternity photo session. My advice is to keep it simple and subtle, your husband’s dress shirt, a black or white lingerie robe, or a sarong and bikini at the beach. Simple thin clothing works well to show off the pregnancy and your belly, which is what we want.

You should wait until the third trimester before planning maternity portraits. That way I can capture the fullness of your belly. It is best to be close to the end of your pregnancy. Yes, you will be bigger and will have gained some weight, but this is part of the beauty of pregnancy. Capture the beauty of your big belly and be proud!

Wedding engagement sessions

A wedding engagement session is a great way for a couple to get some practice being in front of the lens and also for them to get to know and feel comfortable with me. I also get greater insight into what sort of wedding to expect and learn how to best photograph them on the big day.

While there are a lot of standard shots that take place at a wedding, the engagement session is a chance to throw the traditional portrait rulebook out the window and catch the couple in highly unusual settings or moments. This is a chance for the couple to let loose and have some fun.

Margaux and Colin’s Wedding / Hawi, Big Island of Hawaii

Margaux and Colin were married in September 2010 at Hawaii Island Retreat, a boutique eco-hotel in Hawi, on the Kohala Coast of the Big island of Hawaii. I got to know them both very well when I photographed an engagement session for them a few months before the wedding. Margaux and Colin are a fun couple, always willing to be a little silly in photos, and both love to ham it up in front of the lens. In the above photo, I had the bridesmaids (all 9 of them!) swooning over Colin, needless to say, he loved it

After the ceremony, the bride and groom stayed behind on the cliff and shot an arrow together, into the ocean, a family tradition in Margaux’ family. To see more photos of Margaux and Colin’s wedding and engagement, please visit my website karenloudon.com

A few pictures from this wedding were featured on a larger wedding blog, see eco-beautifulweddings.com to read more


Rick and Ellen’s Engagement / Kailua-Kona, Big Island of Hawaii

Rick and Ellen are a lively couple, who were engaged in December 2009. I remember when Ellen told me, “He liked it so he put a ring on it!” was how she announced it, while thrusting her left hand under my nose to show off the ring! Rick and Ellen have lived on the Big Island for several years now, but they’re originally from New Orleans, and they seem to internalize  “dat N’awlins spirit”, just being around them always feels like mardi gras!  They are getting married at the Audubon Zoo in N.O. in May 2011 and I will there to photograph the party!

For their engagement session, I photographed Rick and Ellen at and around St. Peter’s Catholic Church, a.k.a. the little blue church, located off of Ali’i Drive, south of Kailua-Kona.

This tiny little church is located right on the ocean and surrounded by colorful floral bushes. There are only a dozen pews and a pulpet, but the setting is serene. A beautiful etched glass window casts soft light over the entire church, especially during the sunset. The church was built in 1889 on the site of an ancient Hawaiian heiau. Today, many couples choose this quaint chapel for their wedding. Directions: Take Ali’i Drive south of Kailua-Kona. The church is located on the ocean side of the road just north of Mile Marker #5.

Vanessa’s maternity session / Kukio beach, Big Island of Hawaii

I have been coming to Kukio (Kikaua Point Beach Park) with my daughter since she was 5 weeks old so I was thrilled when Vanessa chose this location for her maternity photography session. Vanessa wanted to include her active toddler daughter in the photographs which was quite a challenge, but well worth all the running around. I think we got some really fun photos in the end!

Kukio is one of my favorite beach locations. The shallow water in the morning lends itself to bright turquoise, and the sunsets are spectacular. We call Kukio the baby beach because it is basically a walled in wading pool with clear blue waters,  ideal for young children. The wall forms a natural protective barrier from the surf and currents and many families come here to relax and enjoy the calm waters. The sand space is large, clear, white and inviting. The landscaping provides ample trees and plenty of shade.

Kukio beach is located at the end of the grounds of the Kukio oceanfront residential community. As with many resorts along the west Hawaii coast, there is a gated entrance. Let the staff member know that you are going to the Public Beach access and he will give you a pass to place on your windshield. There is limited parking spaces at the beach so be advised. Once you go through the gate, follow the Public Beach Access signs through the resort to the parking lot adjacent to the water. The beach access is nicely designed with a paved walking path through the lava rock to the shore.

Directions: Take Queen Kaahumanu Highway ( #19) north of Kailua-Kona. At mile marker 87 take a left onto Kukio Nui Drive. Follow Public Beach Access signs.

English Family / Waikoloa Beach Marriott, Big Island of Hawaii

I photographed the English Family at A-bay in Waikoloa a few weeks ago. The photo session started at 4:30pm, we went up and down the beach having fun and taking photos for about an hour and a half, and then had an amazing sunset at around 6:15pm. Little Paige was in good spirits for the entire photo session! I have so many great photos from this session, I’m having trouble narrowing them down!


Playing at A-Bay in Waikoloa