I wonder if my kids really understand how blessed they are? Waking up with the ocean in view and adventure around every corner. I honestly don't know if we'll live in Hawaii forever, so I hope they enjoy and appreciate every day and every experience. I know that God is using all of this to make each of them into unique people, and I'm so thankful for this time in our life. My special prayer for Em, is that she will grow up with a beautiful understanding of who God is and what He has given her. So that she can live her life in response to that.
1 cabin. 21 people. 5 days. So much fun! As part of our visit to Idaho, we were able to spend some time up in Donnelly with my family. Of course, I couldn't pass up the opportunity for family photos (insert collective groan from beloved family members) amidst the beautiful and rugged Idaho wilderness (technically the backyard to our cabin). Honestly, taking pictures of family has to be harder than . . . just about anything I can think of at the moment! For example, this is what has happened in the past when we use the delayed timer on my camera so I can be in the picture.
Although a lot of extended families get their pictures done in Hawaii, I really love when a single family has the time to hang out with me on a beach during their vacation. Sometimes they come dreading the "family picture torture" time they expect. But it's so not that! They take their shoes off, laugh, throw rocks, climb trees, and spend some quiet moments remembering why they love their family. In the meantime, I snap away. And now and then, they forget that I'm even there and authentic moments happen. This session with the Garvin family was full of such moments, and I hope they will always treasu...
What a perfect morning with the smiliest little boy EVER. If only everyone was so happy to have their picture taken. Of course, it makes it a little easier if you get to run in the sand and throw rocks into the ocean. Documenting this little family's first trip to Hawaii was a breeze. If you're looking for a fun and relaxed Hawaii portrait session, let's hook up!
I had tears in my eyes when I saw them at the airport. I knew I would. When we moved to Hawaii 6 months ago, I was pretty sure the hardest thing would be leaving this particular family. And it was. Not everybody is lucky enough to grow up with their best friend as their sister and go through all of life's big events with her by their side. It seemed like our lives have always been strangely parallel. From marrying brothers a month apart, to having a baby every other year, to showing up with the same outfit, and even locking ourselves in the bathroom to hide from our children. I never took it for gra...
Sometimes I pinch myself when I think I get paid to hang out on the beach with cool people. And take all kinds of fun pictures! Seriously, this family reminds me of my own. . . ready to have fun at the drop of a hat and never satisfied with "normal." And just waiting for opportunities to throw each other in the ocean! We had a gloriously breezy evening on the beach with storm clouds to our left and sunshine to the right. Thanks amazing Bird family for just being you and making my job so darn easy. May the big island always have a special place in your heart! Aloha.
We were just getting to know this family! And deciding that we liked them! And then they move! Sorry about all the exclamations, but the points must be made. Jen and Trey we wish you all the best as you move back to the mainland. I hope you can look back at these pictures and remember your year in Hawaii with joy! Not many get the opportunity to live in paradise for more than a week. We will miss you so much!
If you'd like to catch up on my blog from the past (otherwise known as Gingersnap Photography) you can do that right here! As far as I know, things you put on the internet never really ever disappear (that's kind of scary and nice all at the same time) so you should be able to hop back in time and view past photos for as long as you like. You could even go way back to some of my first posts as a photographer, when I still didn't know what I was doing (but thought I did). Again, scary and nice all at the same time. Here's something a little more recent:)