"I cannot not sail."
I have the best pleasure of being involved in the Sail Foundation here in Kona. This June was the start of the annual summer sail camps. They are a blast to be a part of. The excitement of the kids warms your heart as they work hard to get their boats ready for the water. Once they set sail they get to participate in different activities on the water at the entrance of the harbor. It is a wonderful experience not just for the children but for everyone involved!
I was given the greatest pleasure to shoot this beautiful wedding. When Janna contacted me and offered to fly me out I couldn't refuse. Standing at a coffee counter in the Dallas airport before my connecting flight, the Barista, asked me where I was going. I replied "Arkansas." She laughed, "Why would you go there? For work I hope?" I told the women I was going to shoot a wedding. She then said "Well if it's raining here then you best be building an ark there." She made rowing gestures with her hands as she made this comment. I laughed as I took my coffee and headed for my gate. It's funny to me because Arkansas has a reputation of being a very boring state but what I found in my four days there is that Arkansas is a beautiful place. Lush trees and rolling hills with bits of historic houses tucked into the country side. The wedding was located at the, Overlook Bed and Breakfast. Which included the most breath taking views. The morning of the wedding was very rainy as all the girls including myself helped decorate the tent and get Janna ready. Nervous about the weather Janna layered herself preparing for cold. Only moments before the start of the wedding did the weather give way and the clouds parted letting the sun shine through. What started out wet, windy and cold ended in warmth and love.
I flew out in time for the rehearsal dinner and was able to experience the setting up of the wedding. I got to see the cooking of the food to the decorating of the tent. I even got to have the pleasure of teaching the brides maids how to make Haku Lei. I decided to share some of my moment both before and after the wedding. Janna's wonderful parent's band, Daddyman Blues Band, played the after party!
Living on the Big Island of Hawaii, it's hard not to spend your free time at the beach. Working in the service industry I have many people ask me: "Where are all your beaches here?" While Big Island may lack the giant sandy beaches it makes up for it with what I believe to be the most beautiful beaches in the state. Sure, they're harder to get too and usually require more travel time but it's always worth the work just to be able to stick your toes in the sand.
I got to have the pleasure of photographing my dear friend Brigid. She is a nature beauty that requires very little makeup. I hadn't gotten to shoot any fashion photography in a while and shooting her reminded me of how much I love it. In high school I thought my dream was to become a fashion designer. I used to alter my clothes using my Mom's Singer and would spend all my time drawing out my design ideas. In college it only took a semester of classes for me to realize that was not my passion. I transferred back to the art department and found that I would must rather be a fashion photographer.
Children are my favorite subjects. When I photograph Children especially babies I find that I am capturing the true essence of a person before society has made an imprint on them. Pure innocence. Photographing Baby Jett was such a pleasure. She is such a sweet little lady who loved the sounds of my camera and became very intrigued by all it's clicks and lights. She was only a few months old when these photographs where taken but children grow fast and I can't wait to have another session with her.
"A woman knows the face of the man she loves as a sailor knows the open sea."
~Honore de Balzac
Katie and Kyle choose the perfect setting for a beautiful first moment together. It the middle of Kailua Bay this beautiful couple tired the knot. Using a traditional Hawaiian ceremony, this couple had one of the most touching, simple and elegant exchanges of vows, embracing the culture they now claim as home. The orange sun setting into the ocean made these two's sweet laid back personalities shine.
Hawaii natives, Jenna and Eddy married in their home town of Kailua Kona, on June 14th, 2014 at the Kona Sheraton. Under a blue sky, facing a glittering ocean front the couple were wed surround by flowers and loved ones. Each table piece was carefully hand crafted by the bride herself. As the after glow of the purple, red and pink sunset filled the Sheraton court yard Jenna gave Eddy the beautiful gift of hula. A day that started in love, laughter and sunshine ended in music, dancing and stars. A perfect to start to a wonderful life together.