Brian and Sharon’s wedding / Kailua Kona / Big Island of Hawaii

I met Sharon 2 years ago, when I was pregnant with my daughter. Friends had recommended Sharon’s natural birth class to us, and we were so glad we took those classes! I came out of that training not only empowered to take control of my pregnancy, but with an entire support group of new friends. Sharon is truly passionate about what she does and inspires those around her. She completely gives herself to her moms, you can find her on the phone at all hours, comforting a panicky mom-to be, or in the water at Kukio beach (the baby beach) with her mommy group, swimming newborns underwater.

So, of course, when Sharon told me she was getting married I offered to be her wedding photographer right away. I wanted to give something back to this women who does so much for others.

The ceremony was originally scheduled to be at Kukio Beach, however, the stench of rotting fish left over from the Tsunami was still a little too overwhelming. Sharon and Brian decided to move the ceremony to the reception venue. I was a little worried about this location change at first, thinking to myself, how will I ever be able to get a background that will compare to Kukio beach? I took a drive by the new venue and noticed the grassy lava field just across the street, I had done a family photo session in a similar location just a few weeks before so I knew that it would be a beautiful backdrop for wedding photos.

As the sun went down over the Kailua-Kona horizon, surrounded by their closest friends and family, Brian and Sharon were married at the Palisades Community Center. The ceremony reflected their relationship in the truest form. Casual, joyful, loving. Sharon and Brian…I can’t begin to thank you for allowing me to be a part of your celebration..it’s an honor I cherish.

 

The Conroy Family / Kailua Kona / Big Island of Hawaii

For the past three years, I’ve had the pleasure of photographing the awesome Conroy family. Ryan is a fun & frequently silly dad, definitely not afraid to do anything to get a giggle out of his kids……and I mean ANYTHING…..Mataya is the quiet reserved one, but, she also lives with Ryan, so she’s used to a lot of wacky stuff and pretty much nothing surprises her…….they are up for any creative ideas I throw at them, I know them well, and I like to try out new things with them, and that’s why I can ask them to do stuff like, “walk out into the grassy lava field on the side of the highway, put the kids in the red radio flyer wagon, hold this umbrella and jump up in the air as high as you can (with your high heels on please, Mataya)!”.

Ailani’s Senior Portraits / Waimea /Big Island of Hawaii

I had the pleasure of shooting some senior portraits in and around Waimea with a great young lady. It was a perfect, Waimea day in the spring. This portrait session was great for a number of reasons:

* beautiful young lady, very stylish, who was comfortable in front of the camera
* she had an awesome wardrobe
* she was looking for original, one of kind photos
* Waimea is full of unique locations
* the weather was perfect, with a slight breeze

I keep talking about how great the weather was, but it was really lucky to have such picture perfect day. You thought the weather was always perfect in Hawaii? Go ahead and laugh, but Waimea gets downright cold in the winter! Well, relatively cold. I’ve seen it drop into the 40′s many times during the months of December through March.

The chilly temperatures are accompanied by frequent wind and rain. Certain trees shed their leaves and some insects disappear until spring. You’ll even see a few people wearing fur-lined parkas, but this is certainly overboard.

 

The first location was historic Church Row Park in Waimea, the site of the Waimea Cherry Blossom Heritage Festival, which celebrates the age-old Japanese tradition of hanami, which translates to “cherry blossom viewing party.” After a seasonal winter chill, the trees typically are blooming in February, they bloom and usually fall within a week before the leaves come out. We were a little late to capture the full cherry blossom bloom for this photo session, which took place on March 8 and the trees were barely in bloom anymore. That didn’t stop us from having some fun and taking some really great photos, including a few cherry blossoms which added a nice pink color to the background.

 

Ailani wore this beautiful pink dress, which perfectly matched the rich pink petals of the cherry blossoms.

 

Then we has an idea to go back to this grungy old green barn we has seen on the side of the road on the way into Waimea town. It was sweet! The contrast between the barn and her outfits was awesome!

I definitely hope to do more senior portrait photography in the Waimea area. I look forward to it!

 

 

 

 

Amy and Nail’s engagement / Kukio Beach / Big Island of Hawaii

Nail contacted me a few weeks ago to talk about an engagement photo session. Nail and his fiance, Amy were on vacation in Waikoloa, and wanted to do some engagement photos before they left to go back home to Calgary, Alberta, Canada. They were staying in Waikoloa, so I suggested close by Kukio beach for their session,  knowing it would be beautiful and empty, especially in the early morning.  I always offer the early morning option to prospective clients, but rarely do they choose it, so I was a bit surprised that Nail and Amy wanted to get out of bed so early on their vacation…….

Now, I am really NOT a morning person, the alarm clock buzzes. I crack an eye open and see the light blinking at me. 5:45am. It takes a few moments for my groggy mind to remember why I set my alarm in the first place. I groan, and after another minute, roll out of bed. I take a quick peek out the window. Still dark out. But it won’t be for long. I quickly dress, pack a breakfast bar and thermos full of coffee. I double-check my equipment list. By 6:00am, I am on my way out the door and headed down my driveway. I am headed about 30 minutes from my home. I meet Nail and Amy in the parking lot, already the golden glow of the sun is beginning to appear. I smile. It’s going to be a beautiful sunrise.

Truly, the most beautiful part of the day occurs before many people wake up.

I would describe Amy and Nail’s relationship as playful, cute and romantic … a couple that seems to have it all. This engagement session was a blast and I really enjoyed how much these two love each other. My images capture everything about them.. fun.. laughter..romance…and love. I especially love that they were willing to go play in the ocean with all their clothes on at such an early hour.

Loss of sleep. An early morning. A 30-minute drive.

Worth it?

Totally. Nail and Amy are gonna love it.

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