Little ones, big personalities! It’s so crazy and funny how similar and different they are! Their looks and personalities are completely the opposite, but their love for each other is the same! 😍
Couple style✨can’t wait to share more with these two! What you wear to your session defines the entire vibe, so choose something that reveals or your personality and photographs beautifully! I love to be involved and help!
I really, really think the secret to being loved is to love. .
And the secret to being interesting is to be interested. .
And the secret to having a friend is being a friend. .
What do YOU think?
Beauty begins the moment that you decide to be yourself - Coco Chanel.
Sunset in paradise! What a beautiful family session at the North Shore! Sunset There is so magical and this fun family made our session feel more like a hangout! :)
So many arguments, negative feelings and hateful language is spewed simply because of ineffective communication. ✨⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
I’ve found that best way to create change and understanding is to empathize instead of criticize. ✨⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
That doesn’t mean you are agreeing. Instead it means you may be able to have a real conversation because you are talking to real people. I see that most online arguments start as an attack and so everyone’s walls are already up. ✨⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
This current climate teaches us that the other side of any belief is wrong. The end. We see the most extreme cases on either side and act like anyone over there must have no thought out reasoning for where their beliefs came from. ✨⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
I hope that we can somehow find a way to actually speak to each other despite the technology block preventing us from all fully connecting. That could lead to a lot more patience from everyone and would be a lot better start to each conversation.
Fill your life with adventures, not things. Have stories to tell not stuff to show. .
What was the last adventure you went on? You don’t have to think too hard about this! It doesn’t have to be climbing up the side of the mountain or anything crazy! It could be as simple as exploring the forest with your kiddos. Adventuring to a new restaurant with your spouse. When was the last time you did something NEW? Comment below!
Rainy ☔️ photo shoots could be my new favorite.
Yo Saturday vibes // waiting for my @jeffreestar
merch to come in, answering a few emails and listening to Blackbear for this “I don’t have a wedding weekend” ✨✨
what are you doing this weekend?
Leaving the kids back home to enjoy a second honeymoon in Hawaii - WIN!
How’s it going today? I can tell you that MY week was…I’ll say… exhausting. I’ve been racing against the clock to roll out the newest extension to my business, playing that single- mommy role while hubby is deployed, trying to help nurture my toddler back to health after this croup incident, and also keeping up with my everyday work! But I am never not grateful that I make my living capturing pure love between hundreds of families each year! So on days when stopping seems oh-so-tempting, I remember the words of Albert Einstein, and charge ahead: “Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance, you must keep moving”. KEEP MOVING, friends! If we’re lucky, we’ll catch the wind in our hair!
Aloha Friday!! 🌺 🌈 I can’t believe it’s the weekend already!! My plan is to have a relaxing weekend before my kids go back to school next week! How about you? What is your weekend plans?
Sorry I was so MIA yesterday guys! Things are finally settling back down! I need some advice from YOU though. What helps you with stress? Having a deployed husband and a million things happening while he’s gone and dealing with the whole move on my own, plus my precious little toddler has been wearing me thin. Of course photography is my creative outlet but when I’m not spending time with families, I’d love to incorporate some other stress relieving things! I do workout and that helps tremendously so advice other than that! I want to hear what works for YOU! .
Here is a peep at @sarahmckayphoto
little family. How freaking adorable are they? We did both forest and beach during their session and I legit can’t wait to finish editing and sharing these images with you guys!
I’m bored with likes and follows what’s a little spicier?
Is it constantly #nationalcatday
? Or is it just always national cat day for me? I hope one day I can be the woman with 10 cats that pour out of her room when she opens the door. ✨
Why am I so obsessed with them?!
I think introverts tend to appreciate cats in a special way because they are animals that need their own space, but will give love on their own time.
My husband is in the military, and he is gone constantly, but my two cats make me always feel like I’m coming home to someone. I laid down to go to sleep last night and Dragon curled up next to me, then had to get up and leave for 2 hours. When I came back she was waiting at the door and got right back in bed with me when I was finally ready.
I know not all cats love people, but mine do. I’m lucky to have them, and they make every day a little brighter. Are you a pet lover? Which animal was your first love? #raesdragon
“The more that you read, the more things you will know, the more that you learn, the more places you’ll go."
– Dr. Seuss. Best of luck to those who started their new school year today. Love these sweet and spunky photos of Kaitlyn, who is a senior this year. #kailuaphotographer #kawainuimarsh #windwardside #oahuphotographer
I am still obsessed with this session! @hannah_carroll1
is so beautiful and @sagecinnamonmua
did an a fantastic job with Hannah’s makeup. If you are looking for an amazing makeup artist I highly recommend her!
What was the turning point in your life that sent you down a different path—or skyrocketed you into one you’d already chosen? It may sound odd to say, but there hasn’t been a single greater moment in my career than the minute we found out we were moving to Hawaii. I know, why am I talking about Hawaii and posting a midwest image? Well, this is why. .
If Alex hadn't had joined the Marine Corps we never would have left the midwest and ended up on this beautiful island in the middle of the ocean. I never would have had the opportunities I have had in the past several years. All of these experiences that have shaped me personally and within my career. I truly do not believe I would be who I am today as a person, a mother, a wife, or a photographer if my family never would have left the midwest for a little bit. I never would have met my best friend @raemarshall
and I never would have had the opportunity to learn so much from such an amazing photographer but even more so, I never would have been blessed with her friendship outside of photography as well. It's hard to make friends but we just clicked and I truly don't know who I would be today if I hadn't randomly picked her up from the hotel to show her around when she moved to island (lol!). .
I finally feel like I'm at a point in my life where I'm discovering myself. I know my likes and dislikes. I know what I excel at and also my downfalls- and those are ok to have to! I feel like I'm at a point where I'm in acceptance of all of those things and that's a good place to be at. .
With all of this said, my family is about to be embarking on a new adventure this November and heading back to the midwest for good. I am a completely different person than I was just 5 years ago. I am so happy to be brining back all of these different experiences to where we once lived and being able to share them with all of you. .
If you've read this far, I have to thank you. I am so excited to fully enjoy these next several months that we have left on island but also welcoming this new adventure with open arms. Have you experienced something similar? I would love to hear!
Donoso & Cristina’s love is like a movie — oh and also here they are on this movie set at @kualoaranchweddings
from King Kong for a few portraits!
Their blog feature is up now on the blog, link in my bio to see more!
You know that feeling when you’re absolutely exhausted from a long day? And then that feeling right after when you plop down on the sofa with a pint of Rocky Road? THAT’s the feeling you give me. That warm. THAT fuzzy. You’re better than marshmallows and chocolate. Thank you for being here.
Yes I love family sessions 💕
Never forget to capture this time in your life with your children, time goes by so quickly and they grow up too fast!