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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 JESS!!!

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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Cinnamon Sugar Pumpkin Bread

So for a baby shower this past weekend, I decided to jump on the pumpkin bandwagon. I’ve had a can of it sitting in my kitchen for the past three weeks and couldn’t decide what to make, since I’ve never cooked with pumpkin ever. I’ve had a weird relationship with it to be honest, hating pumpkin and it’s goopy texture for most of my childhood and adulthood. I don’t remember when my opinion changed, but now I kinda love it. If I actually experienced fall and winter, I would probably love it even more. *I’ve never had pumpkin spice latte by the way*

Anyway, I found two different pinterest recipes here and here. I combined it and make it into my own!

Pumpkin Bread Recipe

Ingredients:

3 cups Sugar
1/2 cups of brown sugar
1 tsp of vanilla extract
3-⅓ cups Flour
2 teaspoons Baking Soda
½ Tablespoons Baking Powder
1-½ teaspoon Salt
1 teaspoon Nutmeg
1 teaspoon Cinnamon
4 whole Eggs
1 can Pumpkin (15 Oz.)
1 cup Vegetable Oil
1 cup Water

Ingredients for Cinnamon Sugar topping:

Some sugar, maybe half a cup??
Throw in some cinnamon?
melt some Irish butter, because that ish is delicious

Warning: I eyeballed most of the ingredients like cinnamon, nutmeg, vanilla extract. Everything else is measured carefully.

Pumpkin Bread Recipe

1. Mix all of the dry ingredients first, then add in all of the wet ingredients.

2. Grease a loaf pan, two would be best. Too thick and it’ll double the cooking time.

3. Bake at 350 for 45-60 minutes. To check if it’s cooked, stick a pin in the center. If it comes up clean, you’re good! I accidentally put too much into the loaf and ended up lowering the temp, letting it bake a little slower for 30 more minutes so it didn’t burn.

After it’s done, sit it down and cover it in BUTTER AND CINNAMON SUGAR. Then let’s have coffee so you can give me a high five. Cause this shit is BANGING.

Pumpkin Bread Recipe

     

Lari & Dave | Portraits in Haleiwa

I met Lari and Dave at the Hawaii Bridal Expo this past summer and their energy just grabbed at me. “I HAVE to photograph them” I said to myself and *POOF* the Universe provided. We planned their portraits in Haleiwa, to do some fun shots that brought out their bright personalities. The first thing Lari said to me when she was me was, “YOU LOOK JUST LIKE YOU DO IN YOUR BLOG!” and then proceeded to compliment the crap out of me for my writing. To say I was flattered…haha So I’m hoping I have lived up to their expectations, especially photographing their gorgeous pitbull Mosey, who was not much for the big camera in her face. But we traipsed across the roads, held up traffic, guzzled down snow cones and laughed….a LOT. It was good times had by all.:)

Haleiwa Portraits

Haleiwa Portraits

We careened into traffic for these images, but it was so totally worth it.

Haleiwa Portraits

Haleiwa Portraits

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