Oregon // Feb 2014

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Oregon // Feb 2014

Last year, as I was planning this trip I knew one of the places I really wanted to go to was Oregon.  My sister was on her 4th year in college and I had never once gone to visit.  She had a couch she said I could sleep on, and I preceded to look up all the beautiful places we could go see together.  My sister and I are opposite people in ever sense of the word.  And the one week I was there was more adventuring than she had done in the four years she had gone to school there.  As her older sister, I felt like it was my duty to show her how beautiful it was ... so the adventure began.   

Our first stop off the airplane was Salt & Straw.  I live by a strict 'ice cream first' motto.  

My sister helps out with this club called Unified Sports.  Its a program thats apart of the Special Olympics Organization.  I knew she had helped out being a soccer coach in the past, but when I was there they were in their basketball season & she refereed the games on the weekends.  It was honestly one of the cutest things i've ever seen.  

Later that day, our first adventure was driving a couple hours east out to Multnomah Falls near the Columbia River Gorge.  It was so beautiful ... & SO COLD.  Don't let these clothes fool you,  she took off her jacket just for the photos haha.  It was so good to spend some quality time with my sister and we ended the day with dinner at this cute little pub by campus.  Those garlic tatertots were bomb.    

The second spot on the list of places I wanted to see was the beautiful Oregon Coast.  Specifically 'Hug Point' & 'Haystack Rock' which are really close to each other.  Luckily my sisters roommate Shawna was free to adventure with us that day.  We all were a bit nervous driving toward the coast, worried we were gonna hit black ice lol but we prayed and my sister did great.  

The rest of the trip included seeing a few more spots near her campus and spending time with her boyfriend Lokahi, who also lives up near her.  I'm so thankful for him, how he takes care of her up there and how he took time to wake up so early to take me to the airport but also got in a few of my portland 'to-do's even before the sun was up.  I.e. Voodoo Doughnut & the 'Keep Portland Weird' Sign (which just so happens to be right across the street).  I hope to get here again this year to see my sister graduate!

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RYAN + JANNA // THE ALMOST TENNEYS

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RYAN + JANNA // THE ALMOST TENNEYS

Ryan and Janna were one of the cutest couples to shoot. I've known Ryan from helping with Spring Break youth camps. Janna I met through Ryan at a party and loved her friendly openness.  Our first location was a coffee field in Haleiwa.  The lush green leaves were a beautiful contrast to their all black ensemble.  This was only the second engagement hybrid shoot I'd done, using a Contax 645 and my Canon digital.

These guys were such troopers the entire day.  It had started to rain in the coffee fields and continued at our second location, Ke Iki Beach.  Even though the clouds rolled in, it set a nice soft tone that perfectly matched their sweet love.

So that is why I'm super excited, and admittedly terrified, to be shooting their wedding today using only film.  With only 160 shots I will be using all my creative judgment to capture the perfect ones. Shooting film for a wedding always seemed like a distant dream but today it's become a reality. 

I truly wish Ryan and Janna a blessed new life as they start a new chapter together.

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ODETTE OHANA // MAUI

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ODETTE OHANA // MAUI

Earlier this month on my trip to Maui, I got to meet and shoot this beautiful family.  Patrina had found me via Instagram and commented on a photo from my first trip to Maui in June saying she would have loved family photos if I we're there in July.  This was shortly after I had talked to My best friend about going back there while she was home.  So we set up dates and everything worked out perfectly. I'm really thankful to have met and spent time talking with this family, & Patrina I truly appreciate your encouragement.  I hope our paths cross again in the future.

Locations: Private Maui Estate & The Montage Hotel in Kapalua

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FOURTH OF JULY WEEKEND // PART 2

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FOURTH OF JULY WEEKEND // PART 2

After a night a good food and fireworks, it was time for another island hopping adventure! Maui is quickly becoming one of my favorite places to visit.  it might be because this is my second time to this beautiful island in a month ... no complaints here.  I also get to go there in September to shoot a wedding! So stoked to be able to do another destination wedding, even if it is just on a neighbor island.

My best friend comes home every summer, and since this is her last break before grad school she wanted to go to Maui to see her extended family and ideally take her friend Lexy while she was in Hawaii visiting as well.  We hadn't set dates before I got an email from a family through my instagram, asking for photos on Maui.  It just so happened to work out perfectly, and we set dates to go the fourth of July weekend.

After we landed, we rented our car ... and by the way renting a car through costco is the best! it was roughly $35 a day! And you also get another driver on your plan for free.  So i'll be renting from them from now on ... oh and always check if the insurance you already pay for covers your rental car, mine did so we didn't have to pay for all that extra stuff they always try to get you to buy.

We found a cute little restaurant to eat breakfast at in the beautiful town of Paia. 

Then we headed west to Kaanapali to meet up with my friend Arika, but on the way Mel took us to this amazing little pie shop off the side of the road, Leoda's.  We had just eaten, but there's always room for pie.  

After we met up with Arika, she took us to this new hotel called The Montage, to find this cove where people like to cliff jump.  PS. This place had free valet, so definitely check this place out if you're ever in the area.  While we were following some of the local kids down a path to get to the main point we noticed a little trail to the right that seemed interesting, so we followed it and came across a private bay.  No seriously, all to ourselves ... we assumed someone else would come along but no one bothered us the entire time we were there.  We swam a little and explored the caves down there and of course took some photos.  Before finally getting to the popular swimming spot on the property.  

I met up with the Odette Ohana after we left the hotel, and took some photos at their beautiful home in Lahaina, then headed back to the hotel because they had loved the photos I had showed them of our adventure earlier that day.  I had the best time getting to know this beautiful family.   Here's a couple sneak peaks of our session. 

After meeting back up with the girls, they had indian food ordered and ready to eat for dinner as soon as I found them.  I wish I could go back and eat that right now, it was so good... indian food is by far our favorite.

One of the things we really wanted to do was go to Haleakula to watch the sunrise.  And while google maps told us it would only take an hour from Kihea, where we were staying... that was a lie.  Google maps only maps you to the main entrance which is about 30 min out from the lookout, and doesn't account for the wait you have to sit in when you get to the main entrance gate.  So we set our alarms for 3am, and successfully beat the sunrise by a few minutes.  It was cold and beautiful but no pictures can do justice to God's handiwork.  So most of these were taken after the sunrise, with the perfect morning 'golden hour' light... thankfully the girls remembered to bring their onesies, so we could take the most ridiculous photos possibly ever taken on Halekula. 

On our way down, a friend had commented on my Instagram (seriously what great technology) that they were in Maui as well, and invited us to come eat breakfast at our friend's home in Haiku.  So we traded in our complimentary continental breakfast for homemade french toast with macadamia nuts picked from their back yard & hangouts with these cute kids.  I think we got the better deal.

... followed by more onesie-ness.

We came back to our hotel exhausted, so we all took a nap before heading to the beach  to relax and catch the sunrise before heading back home.  We lucked out with the most amazing sunset that day!  I'm pretty sure there was a few days that week that just had killer sunsets, the kind that everyone posts pictures of all at the same time.  And that just keep getting better, even when you think you've seen the best of it.  Unfortunately, we couldn't stay to watch the whole thing or we would miss our plane home! so we hurried back to the airport in just enough time. literally less than 5 minutes before our rental car was due back, hah!

Thank you again Maui for the wonderful time, and thanks also the amazing friends I got to enjoy it with! 

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FOURTH OF JULY WEEKEND // PART 1

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FOURTH OF JULY WEEKEND // PART 1

I hope you all had a great Fourth of July holiday weekend!  Mine was filled with all of my favorite things: great friends, beautiful and delicious food, fireworks, photos, and travel (more on that later).  My immediate family never does anything big on this holiday, except for a few years we went fishing on my dad's boat so that we could watch the fireworks from the ocean ... which was absolutely amazing.  But since we had no plans this year, I wanted to make time to spend with some dear friends of mine who will be in California for the next five months.  Our other friend Caitlin had invited them over to her (beautiful) home in Kailua to BBQ and walk down to watch fireworks after ... I invited myself along hah.  

But I am so glad I did, Caitlin's home is the stuff out of magazines!  I couldn't get over it... I walked around for a good 15 min just taking pictures of all the amazing decor she had to accent these beautiful driftwood walls with white trim.  

I think I'll be inviting myself over more often, there is just something great about being in beautiful spaces.  And it doesn't hurt that it's in walking distance from the beach.

We arrived to a little Bloody Mary bar set up on her stove, and with friends like mine you can be sure that everything must be equally pretty, as it is delicious.  

We shared stories over playing a game of bananagrams while snacking on pickled mango I made a couple days before.  Caitlin totally kicked our butt.  

We then started the fun part of the day, cooking.  Each of us took on a task: juicing limes and lilikoi picked fresh from the yard, marinating steak, starting up the grill, and prepping other side dishes for dinner.   Which included buttered organic carrots, sea asparagus with shallots, spicy ahi poke, and a blueberry feta salad.  

It was one of the most beautiful dinners I think i've ever been apart of making.  I'm thankful for friends who are as 'crazy' as I am about beautiful food ... and succulents.  More so, the food.  

We enjoyed an air show under her plumeria tree in the front yard, then walked down to the beach to enjoy the Kailua Fireworks show.  We were treated to the most amazing sunset, Thank you Jesus.  And then a beautiful fireworks show.  It was the perfect end to a perfect holiday.  

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