Island Time | Maui Engagement Photography

A couple of months ago now, I had the honor of photographing Sara and Jason’s intimate wedding in Kaanapali, Maui.  I don’t think I’ve fully recovered from island time but that’s another story.  I am excited to share their wedding photos but, before I do, I thought I should share this fun, mini engagement session we squeezed in a couple days before their big day.

As is generally the case with most of my wedding clients (and most people in general), the thought of being photographed made these two feel a little uncomfortable but “awkward” wasn’t really the vibe we were going for in their wedding photos.  Channeling that awkwardness into the laughter and playfulness of an engagement shoot, even if it’s only for 20-30 minutes, can help shake off those jitters and was the secret to capturing the natural, relaxed, beautiful photos of their wedding day, as you will see when I blog them soon!

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baby hearts

Today I’m sharing one of my favorite baby shoots of 2018 with Sarah, Kevin and their yummy little June (and their first born pup, Daisy).   I got a peek at their sweet, light-filled nursery at their home in Venice when we met up for their maternity photos and I was excited to head back there for their newborn session ever since.  No surprise if you know Sarah’s bright, fun and crafty style from her blog Sarah Hearts, she created such a lovely space for her little girl and it all definitely inspired the overall vibe of our photos.  We pretty much did all the photos just in the nursery because that was where the light was best and I challenged myself to try to get as much variety of photos as I could in just that one space.  I think I succeeded!

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funny face

When families contact me about doing beach photos, I normally suggest golden hour (late afternoon or early evening depending on the time of year) for the best light but that timing doesn’t always work best, especially for families with little ones. Such was the case with the Berlas Family who wanted to do a shoot on the beach outside their hotel while visiting from Chicago, so I threw out the idea of doing a sunrise shoot.  Having a little one of my own, getting up before dawn is something I have become accustom to, so I was game… and so were they!  It was a great option and I love the photos that we got in that early morning, hazy light.  It was 100% worth it and I would 100% do it again!

One other note about these photos is really the more important aspect of the photos… what the family hoped to capture in the photos.  Before every family shoot I do, I ask my clients some questions to get to know the family more and to help me create photos that will be meaningful to them.  When I asked Cory what she wanted to remember about her son Beau at that age, she said he could be kind of reserved and that she would love to capture the “funny faces” he would make when they tried to make him laugh as if he was saying “not impressed” or “try harder.”  As you will see, I think these photos do a pretty good job of capturing his many and hilarious facial expressions!

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