Family photos on Hawaii’s Big Island, Tran family

It’s amazing the memories we have from our childhood.

Funnily enough, those memories deeply etched in my mind are the simplest moments with my family. My parents always had time for me. They made me feel good and special and loved. I can’t thank them enough for this.

As an adult, I realize now how hard this must have been. There are a million and one things to get done during the day. But I remember how wonderful it felt to have their undivided attention, to hang out together, to chat, and to laugh…special memories that I am forever grateful for.

Photographing this wonderful family embraced all of that. Simple, pure, heartfelt moments that unfolded one after the other.

I was in awe at the way they interacted and treated each other. Such kindness, such consideration. Such love. It really was beautiful on another level.

The Tran family lives in Hilo, and they booked a staycation at the Waikoloa Marriott Resort to celebrate Lillian & Justin’s 10 year anniversary. When we discussed the setting for their family photos, we decided on nearby Waikoloa Beach. They wanted a combination of family photos as well as some romantic couples photos. I asked them what their favorite thing to do as a family was and this was it, jokes, tickles, singing, dancing, spending quality time together, so we did just that!

It’s so important to me when photographing a family session like this to let the kids be themselves, let them have fun and allow the parents to enjoy this too. I really strive to capture personalities. Life can get so chaotic, so these are the moments you will want to remember. Their little personalities (naughty and adorable), tiny teethy smiles, mischievous dimpled hands, laughter, cries, tears and all.

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Tanya and Timothy were married 20 years ago in Oahu and recently returned to celebrate with their family

Fast forward 20 years and they now have 4 older children + the eldest’s significant other came along for the vacay.

Being based in Kona, Hawaii, beach photos are something I often shoot. For this session I chose to shoot at Anaeho’omalu Bay (A-Bay) in Waikoloa. Tanya and Tim were staying at the Waikola Marriott Beach Resort & Spa, and this beach is fronting it so they were able to walk up the beach to meet me.

I love taking couples and families here because the sunset light is always nice and if we walk about 5 min to the south, around the corner is an awesome “hidden” little beach which is pretty empty. There’s also variety in this location with gardens,  kiawe (mesquite) trees and lava rocks that jut out into the ocean.

For outfits, I suggested wearing pinks, greens and blues as it always looks soft and dreamy against an ocean  palette. Long dresses like Tanya wore have great movement in the wind. How sweet are they? This was a really fun and really intimate portrait session. I look forward to many more like this!


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Robert and Tia Yagi met in college at University of Hawaii in Hilo and fell in love at first sight, 9 years later and 1 year into their marriage a little blessing was born. Kainoa James Yagi-born July 10, 2014. Born just weeks before Hurricane Iselle hit the East Side of the Big Island and in Pele’s direct path of her current flow this family came to overcome so much right from the start. This session was a nice break from the scary reality of nature’s destruction for the Yagi family. At 8 weeks old this was Kainoa’s first time not only to the West Side of the island but the first time to the beach. He loved squishing his feet around in the sand and even fell asleep to the sound of the waves crashing behind them. They are so happy to have had these pictures taken of Kai-they cherish them. Babies are only so small for so long-he almost looks like a doll in most of the pictures. They used the picture of their feet in the sand as their Christmas card to send out to their families on the mainland.

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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