I’m excited to share photos of one of my favorite families!! Being asked to photograph my cousin + family in a beautiful place that holds special memories was a treat while we were in Hawaii! I visited them a few times while they lived on the Big Island years ago and spent time at A-Bay then. A beach they enjoyed to go to and a place of happy memories! After 10 years living back in Canada, this was the first time for all of them to be on the Big Island at the same time. Thanks to a cousin getting married in Hawaii it was an extra fun time to be on the island with lots of relatives over there. It just so happened without knowing that we booked condos in adjacent complexes right at A-Bay. Being able to spend time together was wonderful. There were lots of laughs and reminiscing. Like always, it’s easy and fun to be with their family!! Their morning beach session was good for my heart!
I feel very lucky to have photographed their amazing family in a place they love! It had been quite a few years since I last photographed them so how everything worked out for a beach session was perfect!! More memories in a special place. We look forward to our next visit to the Big Island so much!
The cold was not letting up and I was fortunate to get a break from winter in January to go to the Big Island of Hawaii but my husband was busy with work. By mid-February with a long weekend approaching Kent was very ready for warm weather and an adventure. We searched flights to various places as we looked at the weather forecasts in each location. We came up with leaving a couple days later to spend February long weekend in Texas!! We’ve had layovers in Houston with overnites there but this was a chance to see more of the Lone Star State.
We spent just shy of 4 days in the state and put a total of 938 miles on our little rental car. Gas is cheap and with the highest posted speed limit we saw being 85mph that sure helped us cruise around and see as much as possible! It was a highlight to visit friends that live around Austin, catching up over Texas barbecues and tacos. The Alamo in San Antonio was really interesting to learn about the history of that area. Then enjoyed walking along the riverwalk and had lunch by the river. Knowing it would be a few hours drive down to the Gulf of Mexico it quickly hit our list to head south to Corpus Christi and spend a nite on North Padre Island. It was foggy and cool but regardless it’s a nice feeling to be by the ocean and that salty air! Then we headed back north to the Austin area. On our last morning went to Magnolia Market in Waco.
It was a great little getaway! On that February long weekend many places in the southern States got snow. We made the right choice to visit Texas for a break from winter!!
Just over the bridge from Corpus Christi and you’re on the Gulf of Mexico with long stretches of sandy beaches.
All along the Texas Tropical Trail on North Padre Island were these little communities where each house is a different color. We liked the coastal vibe!
It was a nice, sunny Sunday afternoon in Austin to stop by the Capitol Building.
Chip + Joanna Gaines have definitely put Waco on the map with their Magnolia Market at the Silos. It seems like this stop was what intrigued people most about our trip to Texas. Of course everything there is very well thought out and designed. We liked the use of the historic buildings and old machinery.
I had the most wonderful time with this beautiful family of 5!! Just before the holidays I headed over to their place to take newborn lifestyle photos. This precious, little bundle arrived earlier in December and is so loved! Sweet baby Seth was just 11 days new and is such an adorable baby! Many times while editing these photos I had the thought that he is very, very cute and yes, absolutely perfect!!
We were so fortunate when shooting indoors to luck out with only sunny day of that week. In many ways it was a bright spot of the week! Spending time with friends at this special time for their growing family, capturing their sweetness and bond, the many cuddles and all the adoration for baby Seth. The older kids seemed like they had really grown up and kept me amused. Everyone – including the dog – has adjusted well to the new family member. Sam joined their family on the bed and the way he curled up made for a cozy place to tuck in the sleeping baby. It was adorable!! With all the love and cuteness in their lovely home it was hard to put down my camera and say goodbye.
Congratulations Johnson family and welcome baby Seth!! Thank you for having me photograph your family!
Aloha!! A year ago I woke up on the Big Island of Hawaii after a late nite arrival. After 10 years of not being to the island I was delighted to be back!! My younger sister, her one year old and I booked just 3 days before departure and what a great, quick decision that was! We joined my parents and were glad they didn’t mind last-minute stragglers. I had forgotten just how expansive the lava fields are as you drive across the island. There’s so much variety in the scenery and we had incredible weather. Especially considering we stayed the majority of our time on what is considered the rainy side of the island. I love these fun memories of an amazing trip with some of my family and the exceptional hospitality of my uncle + aunt!! I’m also glad for a wonderful husband that said to not miss out on a great opportunity when he was busy with work that kept him at home.
This is our second day at home after another wonderful time in Hawaii. It’s tough adjusting to this cold, winter weather. So I’m reminiscing as I haven’t blogged these photos yet. There will be many photos to come from Maui and the Big Island of Hawaii as I work through them. Re-living all the warm, sunny memories on these cold, winter days now that we’re back home will be lovely!!
We enjoyed visiting the Hawaii Tropical Botanical Garden and walking the trails that lead through a lush tropical rainforest. I never knew so many colors and patterns of orchids existed until being in their gorgeous orchid garden.
We stopped along the road for a closer look at the lava rocks. You could still feel the heat in the rocks from the volcano.
The world’s newest beach – Isaac Hale Beach Park on the Big Island of Hawaii. This black sand beach was created by the lava flow from the volcanic eruption in 2018. It was interesting to see how this destructive force of nature also created something fresh and new. Nature is amazing!!
It was fun to hike in to Akaka Falls!
We drove up to the Mauna Kea visitor centre at 9200 feet. That was as far as we could go without 4WD and a little one. Coming down it was fascinating to see the craters!
I have yet to hang this photo of Rainbow Falls in our home but there’s a local couple enjoying it in theirs after being the highest bidder on the print I donated for the Dr. Brown fundraiser! There was a blood moon, a total lunar eclipse.
We lucked out with our whale sightings. The best was seeing a whale and calf fairly close from a beach park in Hilo. There were lots of sea turtles swimming there too.
We spent our last few nites in Kona, soaking up the sunshine and enjoying the beach at the Queen’s Bath. The photos we took here in the pretty tropical surroundings and by the ocean are my favorites!!
Each year it’s a highlight to meet up with this couple and their fun children. It was an extra bonus this fall to include Grams too for an extended family session. Every year they amaze me in front of the camera!! There were crazy strong winds and it was barely above freezing so it was a challenge to find sheltered areas when the wind seemed to come from every direction. But they kept smiling and cuddled in close. They’re a beautiful, happy and energetic family!! With a very close bond to Grams. It’s wonderful they enjoy to share their family photos for Christmas and it’s a gift for me to have them in front of my camera! Including their newest addition, there are now two cute, fluffy pups. It’s special to create memories with their wonderful family!!