The Lohse Family, Mauna Kea Beach Hotel, Big Island Hawaii

Vacations in sunny Hawaii are the perfect time to schedule a family beach portrait session.  I always LOVE photographing families at the beach! The  sand and water create the perfect soft backdrop for portraits and it’s just a magical place to be. The weather for this session was bright and hot!  But the children were such troopers and held out long enough for us to get some gorgeous photos of this stunning family. Thank you so much Lohse family for trusting me to capture your vacation memories! This session was photographed at the Mauna Kea Beach hotel,  which is fronted by one of  the best beaches on the island,  Kauna’oa beach. The sand is a perfect crescent shape and extends for almost 1/4 mile so you get that gorgeous tropical turquoise color.

The Taylor Ladies, Anaeho’omalu Bay Waikoloa, Big Island of Hawaii

I was so excited when Morgan, my lighting assistant asked me to do a mother daughter photo session with her, her sister Sara and and her mom Cheri! The Taylor ladies are all  beautiful and easy to photograph, very natural in front of the camera. We had the best time that day. It was so great to have a group of girls together with nothing but positive happy energy! After this shoot, I realized how awesome mother daughter photo sessions are. Years from now, when Morgan and Sara have left home or get married, Cheri will look back at these photos and always remember the day she and her daughter got glammed up for a photo shoot at Anaeho’omalu beach.

Thank you, lovely Taylor ladies, for making this shoot so amazing.

Jewelry: Dragonfly Diva by Cara Hollenbeck

Makeup Artist: Grace Artistry by Gracia Malendres

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)!”.