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The World is Big Enough | Hawaii Family Photographer

Jennifer probably has one of the most picturesque families, with coordinating colors, beautiful children and happy smiling faces. But when she told her daughter’s name was Jenna as well…I was freakin SOLD. I love meeting other Jennas and brag to people about I bet they’ve “never met a boring Jenna” which if you think about it, it’s probably true. They say there is some science to naming your child and I think the name Jenna holds power of energy, excellence and ambition.

Now that I sound conceited, I want to share with you this gorgeous family.:)And yes, Jenna was energetic and curious, just as Jennas tend to be…

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A Urban Foray | Portraits in Kaimuki

Mona and Kalei just got married and seriously, how fun is their session? They wanted to do their portraits in Kaimuki, a hip urban part of town. I think I was born to be an urban photographer. It’s quite fun to look for unique spots and angles, all the while dodging cars, ignoring the smelly smells of the city and ignoring the peering gaze of passerbys. I really had a great time with these two though, they were up for pretty much anything. I want to showcase this session and go, “SEE?!?!?! THIS IS WHAT HAPPENS WHEN YOU TRUST ME!” haha so hopefully you, dear reader, will look at these images and think, “damn…I need to trust in Jenna!”:)

Enjoy all of these fun spots! If you want your own urban adventure, visit my website here. Hope to chat with you soon:)

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Hana & Bo | Hawaii Best Wedding Photographer

Let me tell you, these two are adorable. Hana was like a giddy school girl, full of smiles and giggles. When I asked them how they had met, imagine my delight when they said, “E-Harmony”. I mean, I thought that website didn’t work! I know I signed up twice in the past decade and the program said, “Sorry Jenna, you’re too complicated to have a match.” or that’s what it meant in so many words. haha So this success story is awesome and hopefully it helps give some of you ladies some hope! Anyway, he was here in Hawaii, she was in Minniapolis. They did the long distance thing for THREE YEARS until he finally moved to be with her. How sweet is that?? See, long distance CAN work! She also came to Hawaii to become a lawyer and passed her bar exam, SO YAY FOR YOU HANA!!!

Anyway, I just adore them and their photos. Easy day on their big day, with the smiles and kisses easy as the breeze.

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Her daughter Lucy was just a fun ball of energy, as carefree and lovely as a 12 year old could be.
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Don’t these two look like they should be on a dang magazine?!?!

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Looking to have your own gorgeous wedding? Check out my website and give me a shoutout!

     

My 30 Before 30 List

They say that one of the biggest no-no’s with running a blog is to NEVER start with a “sorry I’ve been so busy!” because you don’t want to apologize or create expectations or whatthehellever they have come up with.

Yet, I know there are people who read this blog all the time. It actually tends to blow me away with how many people read this blog. Makes me remember to watch my damn mouth! So for those expecting my normal MWF updates, I’m sorry!

Anyway, I’ve been focusing on myself and my second to last semester of school. This past month has been virtually devoid of work (comparatively to the summer) and it’s been glorious. I’ve bought new equipment, practiced new techniques, watched videos, watched too much TV, even got a stand up paddle board I’ve used a total of three times so far!

A while ago, I typed about losing my kefi. While I don’t think it’s entirely back, I’m well on my way and happy with the direction I’ve chosen. I did also mention that I was tossing around the idea of tossing my 101 things to do in 1000 days list. I felt that it had become insurmountable to the lack of time and funds I have. So instead, I created a NEW list. A 30 before 30 list! Because I turn 30 in like 2 years and I don’t want to hit the big 3-0 without…you know…accomplishing way too fucking much.

So here is my list. And watch me do it all.

1. Live abroad for at least 2 consecutive months.
2. pick a flight and just leave.
3. become bilingual
4. Get a bachelors degree
5. Photograph a birth
6. get my TEFL certification
7. Live somewhere new
8. attend a photography workshop
9. finish my thigh tattoo
10. Become debt free
11. Scuba dive in another country
12. Buy a house
13. Shoot 30 weddings in a year
14. Host a workshop
15. Shoot an international wedding
16. Photograph 20 women in 2015 for boudoir
17. Get a new piercing
18. Volunteer abroad to help women and children
19. Read and finish The Artist’s Way
20. Don’t eat out for a whole month
21. Host a dinner party
22. Sleep somewhere haunted
23. Give blood
24. Try a sensory deprivation chamber
25. Learn how to make three different cocktails
26. Try rock climbing
27. Fly first class at least once
28. Make a cake from scratch
29. Leaving open for possibilities
30. Leaving open for possibilities

So wish me luck all of you wonderful people!!!

Jenna

     

A Lovely morning | Oahu Family Photographer

Sometimes, family sessions don’t work out as you’d hope, especially with young kiddos. I have a rule: children under the age of five usually have a 20 minute max. Most family sessions don’t make it past 45 minutes! Meltdowns happen, refusal of eye contact is prevalent, sobs can be heard two miles away. Sloane was just that kiddo, who OBVIOUSLY hadn’t had her coffee yet.:)I barked, meowed, used different pitches of voice. I include some of her meltdowns to show you that family photos don’t need to be perfect, they just need to reflect who you really are. Sloane knows who and what she likes and I wasn’t one of them.:)p.s. I still got some smiles though:)

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