Josiah was one happy camper running up ahead to go play with the grass and pick dandelions for his mom. We wandered around on the Rock Creek Trail in Hillsboro and let him lead the way. Photographing young kids can often be a challenge, because you never know what mood they’ll be in, but Josiah was so patient and well behaved. He had a big smile on all morning and was so happy to be there - always such a relief!
My family arrived at the shoot early and had warned me about the fog once coming up the hill to this park. Driving in I thought that the fog had rolled out already by then…until I got closer. Believe it or not this shoot was all taken right before noon. You would have thought that the morning fog would have already came and went by then, but it stuck around long enough to let us create these moody shots in it. It was cold and you could barely see anything farther than 5 feet in front of you, but this family was such troopers and followed along with me as we wandered through the fog together.
As soon as I walked up to this sweet family the mother ran up and hugged me saying she felt like she already knew me - such a great feeling! We spend the next hour or so wandering the rocks on the side of the cliffs at Aulani resort, twirling around in dresses together, and watching the sunset over the ocean. Oh and did I mention she’s also an AMAZING family photographer. It always makes me a little nervous knowing that I’m photographing someone who is also so talented in photography, but she was so down to earth and had the best family that was all smiles.
This was my first family photoshoot while visiting Hawaii and I loved every second of it. I actually never offered sessions while I was living in Hawaii (took busy enjoying Hawaii myself and working other jobs), so I was so excited to get to photograph here. Lanai lookout was one of my bucket list places to photograph in Hawaii, so it was so surreal actually getting to make it happen with the Jones’ family. We started at the lookout and drove to a few different spots nearby to get some more shots in. We hung out and explored til the sun went down over Mokapu’u Bay and we all hugged goodbye. It was a magical evening and they were great friends to spend it with!
Cherry found me towards the end of my Hawaii trip and we were able to quickly put together a a photoshoot that evening. I am SO thrilled that it all worked out perfectly, because they were such a sweet family and little Avi was so patient and good throughout it all. We all met up at Ho’omaluhia Botanical Gardens in Kaneohe. It was the same place that Alvin had previously worked at and where they took their gender reveal photographs (get this - they put colored smoke in Alvin’s motorcycle! Talk about AMAZING!) I actually lived right around the corner from the botanical garden when I was living on Oahu and had visited before, but never realized just how big it is until this session. I had gotten there early and drove the whole garden and it went on forever! It’s such a magical place and was the perfect place for this little family!