Being able to see the moment and capture it. These photos are just recording what was happening. It was so refreshing to just see the moments passing and grabbing on to them. A family hanging and spending time by the pool. Nothing simplier and nothing sweeter.
I had been daydreaming about photographing Tori for almost two years. After meeting her beautiful family I had been trying to coax them all into letting me take their photos... but timing was funny and it was never right. When Tori first found out about baby number two we said this is it! I'd just come over and photograph them right in their yard. Their backyard is filled with fruit trees and my favorite Lokelani roses. Now I know the three of them are knockouts, and so beautiful... but there was something more that I really loved about this shoot! The love in Tori and Nick’s eyes when they look at each other, and at their son Kekaaona, makes my heart melt into a puddle. I’m so happy to have finally captured their love
P.S- Tori is an incredible make-up artist check her work out - http://www.toriellemakeupartistry.com
Sundays boutique is located in Paia right across the street from the Post Office. Inside you will find a feast for your eyes including hanging plants, a variety of brands of apparel and swimwear, and jewelry you might not be able to live without. Did I mention you can also build your own bouquets with gorgeous locally grown blooms from Wild Heart Flower? I had the pleasure of getting a sneak peek of the space with Amanda, owner of Feast Hawaii, to do a promo for the grand opening. Together we curated some styled photos of the merchandise in the store.
Hope to see you in there!
Alex + Candace
Their love story:
Meeting at 17 Alex and Candace grew up together. Together they rented their first home in Olinda, then moved to Boston. Traveled around Europe, and decided it was time to come home. They missed their friends and family... so sold mostly everything we accumulated, packed up our pitbull Quila who we brought from Maui, tied down camping gear food and essentials on the roof, and camped across the US from east to west until we made it to LA. Shipped over our car and we were back in Maui. We knew we were ready for Julian before we were married because we committed to each other a long time ago. But after having Julian I guess something changed and we wanted to feel whole so we decided to make it official. This New Years made 9 years together!!!
Wedding day Shinagins:
Meeting Candace at her hotel room at the four seasons, I got to capture some candids of her and her girls getting ready, then we headed to a spot I picked out for their first look. Candace said she wanted her son to be there to help cool their nerves. And I couldn't be happier to capture both Alex and Julian as they saw Candace for the first time. The photo of them walking away from the first look is one of my favorites, the lighting was totally in my favor.
Let me just recap on one of the key parts of this wedding. Watching Candace go down the aisle and watching everyone else cry I started to get a little weepy.... I was just so taken by everyone's reaction I felt my chest get big. You know the feeling. The estate was right across the street from Big Beach so we left the ceremony to capture some sunset shots and get our toes in the sand. Headed back to the venue to dance the night away. I left that wedding feeling so full in my heart.
Looking back at these photos I can remember this day like it was yesterday. The scene was set in Kula at the residence of the couple. Lindsey got ready at the home and Lachlan was to meet up for the first look. Then we quickly zipped down to Hale O Na Kaula Church to have the Ceremony and Reception. This wedding was to start 11, and I thanked my lucky stars that we had lots of cloud cover which was heavenly for photos. These two had so much chemistry and you can feel the love. I am so honored I had the chance to cover their beautiful wedding.
These two talented sisters are responsible for the brand Origin Z Leather.
I thought what better way to describe the company but to ask the creators themselves...
"Origin Z Leather is based out of our workshop in UpCountry Maui, featuring high quality leather-goods entirely made by hand. Using veg tanned cow hide, goat and deer skin, our pieces are cut, edged, skived and hand-stitched. By using quality material and methods, our intention is to create works of functional art that can be your lifelong companion, and not wear out, but wear in! Becoming infused with your collective experiences, through daily use. Hand stitching makes our pieces what they are. The interlocking two needle stitch we use is four times stronger than a machine stitch. If a single link breaks the entire piece won’t unravel. The natural leather featured in many of our pieces will also transform in color through exposure to sunlight and hand oils, gradually changing from light peach to rich brown. In essence, the more that you use one of our pieces, the more beautiful it will become. We hope to promote minimalism by providing uncompromising quality and timeless style."
Collaboration with the following artists:
Hair: Petra Gilmore
Make-up: Victoria Rodgers
Designer: Hanu Hawaii
Jewelry: Maui Bliss
Its great to have the support of a team when bringing a photo shoot to life. This was the first time I had a makeup and hair on site; it made our wildest dreams come true! The suits and active wear are handmade in Wailuku, Maui by Kahanulani. Jewelry adornments by Maui Bliss really complete the photos by making them sparkle and light up. Im so lucky to have had the opportunity and pleasure of working with such a talented team.
In case you're inspired to check out Kahanulani's swim and activewear lines on etsy:
A collaboration I did with Natalia Rogers and model Midori Mel based on the Legend of the Naupaka for the Mālama Wao Akua exhibit at the Hui.
"The legend surrounds the forbidden lovers Nanau and Kapaka. When Pele set her sights on Kapaka, she was enraged to find he was only captivated by Nanau. In retaliation, Pele banished the lovers to be separated forever. Kapaka would be tied to the mountains and Nanau to the shore. This Naupaka flower symbolizes the loss of her other half."
In honor of Mothers day I thought I would post a pregnancy shoot. A day late... but lets face it everyday is mothers day. A mother never stops being a mother.
This is the beginning of Karolyn story. In these photos Karolyn is 40 weeks and week after she gave birth to a healthy baby girl. Our timing was perfect! I had a friend Tori Speere help style the shoot because of her amazing eye for the little final touches. So grateful for the opportunity to get to capture this point of a mamma life... the excitement, growth, and the anticipation.
Opening the doors of my new blog
and most of all Welcome.
I thought the look book of Kate Christiansen Designs would be appropriate for the first post. These hand-knotted gems needed to have a style that reflected their natural beauty. Kate and I collaborated our treasures and curated these photos to tell the stories of the pieces.
Check out these beauties at her website: http://www.lovekcdesign.com/