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November 9, 2017

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.

July 14, 2017

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...

June 17, 2017

It's amazing how many families choose to come back to Hawaii year after year. Once it's in your blood, I guess it's pretty hard to stay away. And then it's pretty special to pass on the tradition to your kids and even your grandkids! I was happy to snap some pictures for this beautiful family as they walked the beaches of Kona and made some more memories in their favorite place. See you next year!

April 19, 2017

This had to have been one of the windiest sessions to date! I mean, a little wind-blown beach hair is iconic, but it proves a little challenging with a group of 13. The evening was beautiful though with some delicious light and a perfect sunset. This family powered through and stayed fun and relaxed - evidence that they simply enjoy being around each other.  And maybe being in Hawaii! Mahalo to the Mathies family - it was a pleasure!

March 3, 2017

Beautiful family photography on the Big Island of Hawaii.

October 31, 2016

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!

August 14, 2016

This is my baby. She promised that she'd always be my baby, but I have a sinking suspicion that she'll break that promise sooner than later! I always take some special pictures of my kids around their birthday, and Josie has been begging for hers. She is the fourth child, and as such, she lives quite a different life than the first child did. For starters, it's amazing she's still alive considering I didn't read any baby books when she was born and I'm pretty sure I've missed at least 50% of her well-child visits and immunizations! On the other hand, she's got 3 extra people in the house to look aft...

June 7, 2016

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...

May 23, 2016

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.


April 18, 2016

Yay! I'm so incredibly excited to launch my new photography website here in Kailua Kona, Hawaii. After living in the beautiful mountains of Idaho for most of my growing up life, we said goodbye to everything familiar and jumped on a plane across the ocean. About 2 years ago, both Jason and I begin to wonder if God might have us move to Hawaii to help his brother with a little church he was starting. It seemed like such a far-off dream at the time, but here I am typing with a tropical breeze floating through my windows and palm trees swaying in my front yard. Sometimes I have to pinch myself! Hard. G...

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