I have had the distinct pleasure of spending 5 days of my life with Betty (and Kent!). 3 for her wedding in Kona where was lucky to spend my summers growing up, and two in Honolulu, where I had the honor if photographing the resulting baby bump. I am so grateful to have the honor of documenting their most life altering moments on film. Really on film, not just metaphorically speaking. Thank you for brining me to my favorite place on earth, feeding me my dream food, making me laugh, and hiking to Lost land with me! I hope to find an excuse to spend another day with you!!
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This wedding was really special to me. It was the first time in, well, maybe a year, that I could come home and sleep in my own bed afterward. And Sarah and Howard are exactly the kind of people that make me love what I do so much! And that is why there are so many images here. So you can see what I saw on that beautiful January day.
What you are about to see, is my most favorite thing about photographing people. It’s called an engagement session – but it’s really only called that so when my potential clients read my packages, it’s an unpretentious description of something they know about – and can understand. But it’s really so much more than that. This moment, of being (sometimes somewhat) newly engaged, is an incredible one. And as I see it, a time in your life that you will never again experience, full of excitement, anticipation, dreaming, and sometimes hardship too. You take each other, hand in hand, and you promise to make a promise. You plan, you taste test, you take the dog for a walk, and it’s all leading up to a pinnacle moment.
I spend the day with Dana and Ryan. I knew we were meant for each other when I asked them to plan a perfect day and I would just follow them around, when they said it would most likely be food based. Ahhhh how I love to eat – and how I love clients that love to eat! So they planned to cook a superb meal – I mean, REALLY AMAZING. It was, in fact SO GOOD that I ran right out the NEXT DAY and bought a fancy le Creuset dutch oven and immediately approximated the dinner they made for us because I couldn’t stop thinking about how good my mouth felt when I was chewing on that slow cooked short rib goodness. But on top of our culinary exploits, this day was full of adventure and discovery – their life on this day a picture of this moment. In this house. With this dog. Telling these jokes, making dinner and enjoying each other like old friends who sparkle at each other in every side long glance and story told.
This is a day in the life of Dana and Ryan.
In the early months of Sarah and Dave’s relationship, something extraordinary happened. Jack. Their son. How lucky it is to find the person you are meant for, and be so strong in that notion to bring a child into the world and still hold strong to each other. I can say after this, my first year of motherhood – it’s ridiculously hard to hold the child that needs you to be strong, to keep it together, on minimal sleep, owning your body and your thoughts in your heart and have room for the one who helped you bring that beautiful child in the world. Nothing is more rewarding, nothing is more difficult. And Sarah and Dave do it beautifully and with enough ease to show each other – despite the chaos and unchartered territory of early parenthood – how much they mean to each other. They live in a world of love, and it was pretty wonderful to take part in that one special day to celebrate it!