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Hailey’s Maternity Photos | Hawaii Maternity Photographer

I photographed Hailey months ago through my sister company Viva La Tush and I would like to say that it was THOSE photos that brought us to this moment, where she and her husband decided that they needed a new addition to the family.:)

We chose a spot at the end of the island for simple reasons: the light and…the light. Goodness, did you notice the light? I’m loving all of this gorgeousness, and those clouds? Let’s just take a moment to revel in the beauty that is Hawaii. And good luck to Ms. Hailey, you have some adventures on the way!

Hawaii Maternity Photographer

Hawaii Maternity Photographer

Hawaii Maternity Photographer

Hawaii Maternity Photographer

Hawaii Maternity Photographer

Hawaii Maternity Photographer

     

Raising a Glass for the Single Photogs

For those that are looking to hire a kickass photographer for their wedding, don’t worry. You found her. I solumnly swear that you will not see me cry at your wedding. I do not bring drama. I bring beer and jokes. And if foul language offends you, please press X on your browser. <3

Real Talk: sometimes being single and a wedding photographer s-u-c-k-s.

DON’T CLOSE THE BROWSER! I’m NOT gonna be a Debbie Downer, I swear! Yet, this blog is probably going to address the secret that the Secret Society of Single Photographers know inherently: sometimes it sucks. Recently, I was at a gorgeous wedding where the couple was so well suited it made my teeth ache in the sweetness. I usually go through wedding days clicking away, smiling broadly (genuinely!) and just loving my job. But there is always a moment that I get misty eyed 7 out of 10 times: the first dance. I won’t deny it…I’m totally lumpy-throated, misty eyed, and kind of sad. Usually, the first dance is a happy, singular moment in the wedding day the couple gets together, to really show everyone how deeply in love they are. They smile, giggle, and cry, moving together for a song.

Now, this is also the time in my day I fucking LOVE MY JOB THE MOST. I nail the shots and I cannot wait to show my clients the gorgeous photos of their day. I want to thrust the camera towards them and say, “I GOT A TEAR COMING DOWN YOUR FACE. I WIN. YOU WIN. WE ALL FREAKIN WINNNN!” But for two minutes, I have a camera up to my face so no one can see me cry (that and I have a job to do…)

See, I believe in love. Sure, tons of photographers say, “I looooove love” (can you sense my sarcasm?) but I just plain believe in it. I truly, deeply, believe that everyone deserves love. It lifts you up, makes you softer yet sharper, energizes yet relaxes, building a pressure of happiness inside your chest, until you feel like your heart might explode. It’s exciting yet scary. Thrilling, yet absolutely terrifying. It is the greatest thing on this damn planet and everyone deserves that.

I’m sad because I don’t have it. Lord knows I’ve searched for it. I have found it, briefly, in a couple people, but nothing that is true and lasting. This is the dilemma that single wedding photographers find themselves in: we believe in you, in your real love. We just want some of the love pie. Just a slice. We aren’t greedy.

The funny thing of this is that the majority of photographers, especially photography teams, are married! Yet, there is a small percentage (I’m making this up, but I bet about only 10% of wedding photographers are single) of us that ride into the sunset solo. We are the ones who gleefully and guilt free work 14 hours a day, and take naps without apologies. We go drink with our clients and smile at the cute wedding party member, because we can. We are a rare breed, having to explain to dates why we “can’t go get drinks on Friday…or Saturday. For the entire summer…” And sometimes, weddings are hard and sad for us.

Personally, I’m holding out for a handsome fella who is a photographer, traveler, sharp-witted and intelligent. Since I’ll be forever alone, I want to take a moment to raise my glass to my fellow single photographers. We brave the war zones of weddings, we sleep alone during wedding season and really, trying to mentally Photoshop your date is exhausting (if only you could spot remove unibrows…).

So you see, my dear reader, being a single wedding photographer has its trials and tribulations. I’m just convinced that we’re that much more dedicated to real love and especially to you. It takes a strong person to be single and photograph true love every week. So if you’re getting married and your photographer is single, just know she loves wine, gift cards to REI and hugs.

Just sayin’

     

Megan and Charles | Kaneohe Engagement Photographer

Damn, do these bring the heat or WHAT?!!! They have a magical meet story, which started in military training back in September. Charles saw her first and made a buddy switch seats with him, because he knew that this gorgeous woman was meant to be his. They actually just tied the knot back in the mainland and unfortunately she’s now on deployment for seven months, but they wanted some beautiful photos that represented Hawaii for them. For such a short period of time knowing one another, their intense connection rivals some of the relationships I’ve seen. Such passion, kindness and devotion. We would all be so lucky, yes?

The day was windy as hell, chilly as Antarctica and more cloudy than….bah. Whatever, you get the gist. The point is, Megan looks like Kiera Knightly and these two are meant to be together.

International Engagement Photographer

International Engagement Photographer

International Engagement Photographer

International Engagement Photographer

International Engagement Photographer

International Engagement Photographer

     

Olivia and Clayton | Oahu Engagement Photographer

These two…are just the CUTEST. When I teased Clayton about how natural he was in front of the camera, he admitted he had been an American Eagle model back in the day. I mean, really, isn’t it obvious? I enjoyed the fierce love these two brought to the camera, we had a ton of fun!!

Oahu Engagement Photographer

Oahu Engagement Photographer

Oahu Engagement Photographer

Oahu Engagement Photographer

Oahu Engagement Photographer

Oahu Engagement Photographer

     

Lyndsey and Roger

Lyndsey and I have been corresponding since…like forever. Over a year for sure! I love it when I get to really know my clients, it’s one of the favorite parts of my business. We emailed about guys, life goals, travel plans, everything. For a whole year, we chatted online, never meeting in person. Finally, she ended up booking my company and associate photographer Liz for 2016, and we actually met at the most recent bridal show! It was like meeting an old friend at last. Those that have been on the internet as long as I have, make friends online and sometimes never meet them. I’m glad Liz isn’t one of them.:)

So we got together, them and Liz!, and took some gorgeous engagement photos at one of my favorite forrest locations. The sun was gorgeous, Liz was a vision and Roger told me how they met drunkenly at a party years ago. Really, their Meet story is fantastic.:)

Anyway, here’s to sunshine and happiness!

Hawaii Engagement Photographer

Hawaii Engagement Photographer

Hawaii Engagement Photographer

Hawaii Engagement Photographer

Hawaii Engagement Photographer

Hawaii Engagement Photographer