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Vicky and Brad | Forest Engagement Session

Vicky and Brad came in from Vancouver, Canada and well, I love Canadians. They’re just so darn FRIENDLY!! I’ve been to Vancouver for nine hours once (best layover probably!) and while I was so tired I don’t remember much, I know I thought it was clean and very pretty! There are worse things for a city to be known for I guess…

I digress though! I picked these two lovebirds up at their hotel and brought them to one of my favorite places for a forest engagement session. Tall trees, pretty light, two people who don’t mind smoldering for the camera…what could go wrong?

Well, it rained. Duh. I feel like all it’s been doing lately in Hawaii is raining. Gross. But we still took some stunners, regardless of mother nature giving us the finger. I’m a fan of how Vicky just gazes into the camera, almost saying, “duh….I’m a gorgeous bride…”

Do you concur?

Forest Engagement Session

Forest Engagement Session

Forest Engagement Session

Forest Engagement Session








A Recap

So as the summer comes to a close, I’m looking back with a sense of bewilderment. Where the bloody hell did the summer go? WHERE DID THE SUMMER GO?


I’m amazed with the amount of things I accomplished in the past four months. Jesus…has it be four months?! No wonder I’m so damn tired and really just need a couple weeks off! haha So let’s go through what I’ve accomplished on my 101 things to do in 1000 days. I would have never guess how much of this I would have accomplished at the beginning of the summer. Have any you can help me with? It expires at the end of next summer!

I have successfully accomplished 55 of my 101 things. Holy moly! That is AMAZING! Let’s finish out the year with even more please!

1. Go to Thailand and volunteer at an elephant sanctuary

2. Attend a photography workshop

3. Do a public speaking gig, anywhere.

4. Mentor at least two people.

5. Shoot an international wedding.

6. Take a cross country road trip.

7. Visit Universal Studios

8. Shoot 25 weddings in one year. (I will accomplish this by September 2nd, 2014)

9. Visit Molokini

10. Master Off Camera Flash for receptions

11. Finish my thigh tattoo.

12. Learn how to do fusion.

13. Hire an employee.

14. Find a studio space!

15. Make a new friend.

16. Visit Arizona

18. Go to VEGAS!

19. Live somewhere new. This was super vague, but I will have moved three times in the past year by September 1st, so I believe this counts!)

20. Learn how to do two new hair styles.

21. Buy groceries for someone behind me in line.

22. Do a photography trip that does raises money somehow for a non-profit

23. Learn to accessorize I bought watches, necklaces and even a belt!

24. Actually do a project I’ve found on Pinterest

25. Finish the E-Myth

26. Visit Germany again!

27. Stay in a hotel in NY

28. Gift an entire wedding to someone deserving.

29. Meet Sue Bryce

30. Meet Jasmine Star

31. Do the Dole Cannery Maze

32. Visit Kauai

33. Shoot at the Haiku Mill

34. Fly a kit

35. Have a wedding published in a magazine

36. Get published in Style Me Pretty

37. Work with a celebrity

38. Learn how to change the oil in my car.

39. Become debt free!

40. Watch all the episodes of It’s Always Sunny in Philidelphia

41. Shoot my dream wedding.

42. Paint again.

43. Go camping. Successfully.

44. Be able to do five pull ups.

45. Do a 10k.

46. Go on a girls trip!

47. Read the Lord of The Rings series

48. Learn a little more about Photoshop

49. Shoot a session entirely on film and DEVELOP it.

50. Shoot a session entirely in black and white.

51. Do a session just for myself.

52. Host a workshop.

53. Buy a Tiffanys ring. Just for myself.

54. Research Family Tree.

55. Shoot a beautiful ranch wedding.

56. Say Yes for an entire week. To everything. As long as it’s relatively safe.

57. Buy dinner for a homeless person.

58. Go to a major industry event.

59. Buy two pieces of artwork for my home.

60. Read a biography of someone that I wouldn’t have normally read.

61. Go to my local library and borrow some books.

62. Go two weeks without drinking. I’m no alkie, but I love beer!

63. Apply to be on CreativeLive for anyone.

64. Buy a Mac! I need something bigger!

65. Finish a Bachelors Degree.

66. Learn a second language

67. Karaoke for the first time ever.

68. Learn how to grill a steak.

69. Make a homemade bread that isn’t from a box.

70. Learn how to successfully cook fish.

71. Protest for something important.

72. Reach 1000 likes on my Facebook page.

73. Throw a party for the 2 year anniversary of my business!

74. Shoot a wedding at Sunset Ranch

75. Submit my work to three photo contests

76. Become an OpLove photographer

77. Photograph a birth.

78. Successfully shoot the Milky Way

79. Create a mini shoot for an upcoming holiday and rock it out!

80. Master long exposure photography

81. Actually complete a 30 day blog challenge.

82. Grow out my hair

83. Organize a massive styled wedding shoot and have it published.

84. Shoot a wedding at a Vineyard

85. Ride in a hot air balloon.

86. Ski somewhere!

87. Afford to take a vacation and NOT work during it!

88. Save up money, go to an airport and take the next flight out.

89. Do a bridal show in a different city.

90. Mentor with another photographer.

91. Gamble for the first time ever. Hopefully win.(I won $5!)

92. Join a professional group, like PPA or WPPI.

93. Buy a good pair of flats. All I have is flip flops.

94. Get on the preferred vendor list with three vendors

95. Not watch TV for a whole week. (I cancelled cable!)

96. Do a full day at the spa, including hair, nails, massage, etc.

97. Pay off my car!

98. Join a bookclub.

99. Learn how to shoot with Kelvin.

100. Learn how to balance my life!



Shelly and Peter | Waikiki Portraits

Shelly and Peter, as you may recall, had to go through with their wedding on the day Hurrican Iselle hit Hawaii. While all we received was rain and ocean surges, we weren’t really able to get couples portraits on the day of their wedding. Instead, we decided to do portraits in their outfits a few days after the wedding. The joke was on us though, because while it was sunny, the strip of beach we went to had waves 10 feet higher than usual!

Luckily, these two braved the heavy waves and decided great images were more important. We were ALL soaked by the time this was done! But really, can we admit that perhaps, these images were worth it?

Thanks again you two for braving the waves!









I may have misjudged this situation…thank goodness for weather proof cameras…



While Peter went to pick up the car, we sat at a bus station and waited for him. I got a couple snaps of her sitting there, but the most fun was sitting there and seeing how much she was stared at. We even had a couple ladies stop and ask if they could help us with a ride. Ahhhh the power of the white dress!


Jessica and Mark | Sunrise Engagement Session

Jessica and Mark are on a whirlwind round-the-world trip, going from Australia, to the UK, then in San Franscisco, where they drove the California coastline before stopping in Hawaii! Are you as jealous as I am? These two were just the sweetest, braving a 6:15am showtime for their sunrise engagement session. We went to the Waianae coastline, where there are almost no people and gorgeous light to play with. I know I’ve been shooting in this location a lot this summer, it’s just plain gorgeous. Can you blame me for wanting pretty pictures for my clients?!?!

I think the only hiccup in the session was when Mark and I were attacked by an overly friendly carpenter bee. See, I haven’t been stung since I was about eight years old and have zero desire to break my 20 year streak. So imagine my fear when the bee literally chased me, blocking most means of escape. I may or may not have had terror in my eyes, squeaking in fear and bolting across the parking lot. Mark may or may not have joined me, but Jessica stood there, hunched in a standing fetal position, pretending it didn’t exist.

Good morning, right!?

In the end, we got some real stunning images. Per the usual.






Sunrise Engagement Session

Sunrise Engagement Session

Sunrise Engagement Session

Sunrise Engagement Session


Shelly and Peter | Moana Surfrider

Most people, when they do a wedding in Hawaii in August, they may have trouble imagining hurricane threats, rain and high winds. Unfortunately, for Shelly and Peter, their wedding at the Moana Surfrider was fraught with rain related issues. The ceremony was delayed by 30 minutes, to see if the rain would abate and when it didn’t, we moved the ceremony inside.

But regardless of what Hurricane Isele had in mind for us, the wedding was gorgeous and filled with happiness. Tears still filled eyes, sniffles were heard and laughter was spread. It was such a gorgeous and great wedding! Later this week, you’ll see their Day After session, filled with sunshine, so don’t fret if you don’t see couples portraits here! In the end, mother nature was kind to us after all!!

Thanks to Sarah of Whik’d Hawaii for knocking it out of the ball park again with hair and makeup!

The flowers were from Sweet Leilani Florist

p.s. Isle Media was the videographer for this day! Love those guys!

Thanks again to the Moana Surfrider team for keeping their cool during a storm of challenges!