In my early 20s I spent three months in Nepal and India and since then I have always been obsessed with that part of the world. I absolutely love the people, their culture and food. Recently I had the privilege of photographing the first Indian wedding at Hualalai Four Seasons. It was a three day celebration full of beautiful traditions, music, dancing and so much love. The dinner the night before the wedding was very traditional. Everyone dressed in full Indian attire, there was Bollywood style performances and they had every type of curry dish you could imagine. There was even a henna station for all of their guests to enjoy! Shruti and Vikram live in the U.S. and wanted their wedding day to incorporate some American traditions as well. I think they did an amazing job of balancing old tradition with new! It was an absolutely beautiful day, one I won't forget!
A couple of weeks ago I photographed a couple expecting their first child. They made a last-minute decision to hop on a plane from L.A. and fly to Kona to share one last trip together before becoming a family of 3. Now that I'm a Mum I often get asked by expectant mothers if I have any advice... well yes, yes I do. All babies are different and respond to different parenting styles. What works for some bubs doesn't work for others. My advice is simple, do what works best for you and your baby! My second piece of advice... go on a babymoon! You'll never regret the trips you take, only the ones you didn't.
Last month while most of the country seemed to be under snow I flew to Santa Barbara where the weather was just perfect. The skies were blue and there was just the tiniest nip in the air. Everything about this quant little town is beautiful. We all stayed at the Kimpton Canary Hotel which is literally in the heart of the city and just a stones throw away from amazing restaurants, cafés and boutiques. It's only two blocks away from City Hall where my fabulous bride and groom were married. Courtney and Jason were joined by their family and closest friends for their very intimate wedding. One thing I love the most about my job is getting to go to new places and explore different parts of the world. But my most favorite thing is when clients become friends. I am so happy for my new friends! Looking forward to seeing them soon, hopefully here in Hawaii!
Two of my greatest passions in life are traveling and photography, and I love when I can marry the two... (See what I did there!) I had been to Sedona once before and I remember thinking how special in was. I wished to one-day shoot a wedding there... Last month I had the chance to make that dream come true! The spot where Sheila+Monty were married was an hour away from town and only accessible by four-wheel-drive. The bride and groom and wedding guests piled into jeeps, and made the very bumpy journey. That alone was an adventure in itself! When we arrived we met a medicine man who was native to the land. He led us on a little hike to a bluff that overlooked a beautiful canyon. The view was spectacular! It was such an honor to photograph such a special and intimate ceremony. It is definitely a wedding I will always remember. Congratulations to this beautiful couple!
Waipio Valley is pure magic, and getting married there is magical! On the day of Elana+Brett’s elopement it was overcast and stormy. Some couples would worry that the heavens would open up and it would rain. Even if it had poured rain, I don’t think they would have minded… they were just so excited to finally become husband and wife!