Justin + Meg rock their engagement session

On top of being dog owners, avid campers, hikers and all around super awesome humans we get to call Justin and Meg our friends. They are getting married this summer and wanted to do some engagement pictures and I had the perfect locations for them. All that was left was to go out and have fun and laugh a lot.

I always know when I get back after a photo session, and I upload the images, that if while I am looking through them my cheeks hurt from smiling I know we got awesome shots. Give the photos below a gander and see for yourself. 

Andrew + Malia

Andrew and Malia are this really cool couple from New York. Malia is actually from Hawaii which is one of the reasons they decided on having there wedding here on Oahu. Another bit of cool information is Andrew used to be Q-Tips personal assistant. Q-tip is one of the members of a group I am pretty passionate about called Tribe Called Quest. 

When Andrew told me they were having their wedding at Kokokahi YWCA in Kaneohe I was super excited! If you have never seen it and you are looking at venues, I think it is an amazing location for a wedding and you should definitely check it out:)

I think what I Iike best about photographing at this location is there are so many places to take photos. It's like this huge outdoor studio. I also really like where the reception was held. It reminds me of an old beach cottage by the ocean. 

I guess I should let you go and see the photos for yourselves:) Please take a look at the vendor list that played a big part in this celebration. They all contributed so much and did such an awesome job. 

Wedding Coordination - http://www.luanaevents.com

Music - http://www.soundscapehawaii.com/Dean

Catering - http://www.beachesandbackyards.com

Cake - http://www.paradisepastries.com/index.php

Rentals - http://www.accelrentals.com

Hair and MUA - http://www.whikdhawaii.com

Flowers - https://www.paikohawaii.com

Kaunamano Farm

We have known Brandon and Nicky Lee for a little over 16 years now. Over the course of those 16 years we have had the pleasure of getting to know their whole family and a lot of their amazing friends. When we were younger a lot of our timeover there was spent surfing Honoli’i or getting up early to drive down to Waipi’o Valley for an early morning surf. One time we decided to do a 8 mile hike from Waipi’o to Waimanu Valley in the middle of the night with nothing more than our backpacks and boards. It was an adventure to say the least and I have some friends to thank, for not letting me walk off a 100 foot cliff into the ocean. Brandon and Nicky’s Families have taken us in and taken care of us, fed us and always have let us stay with them. I have had the pleasure of photographing Brandon and Nicky’s wedding 10 years ago and watching their family grow with their three children Veda, Ava Kim Chee and Nixon. Nowadays, Brandon and Nicky are the owners of Napua Restaurant which is an amazing restaurant tucked away in a little cove on the ocean next to the Mauna Lani Resort. They also have a farm in Hilo, a boutique Berkshire pig farm actually, and it is definitely a family operation. My wife and I made a quick trip over and I got to take some really fun pictures of farm life for the Lee ‘Ohana. 

Check out this Video to learn more about the Lee Family’s organic farm. But first, check out the photos below:)

Carolin + Heather

There are a lot of things that go through my mind before getting ready to photograph a wedding. There is a lot of prep involved on my end. Absorbing the wedding timeline and packing all my equipment. Making sure batteries are charged and lenses are clean. Normally I do this the morning of the wedding but on this day Carolin and Heather asked me to do something that I hadn’t done before. This time instead of prepping for the wedding, which I did the night before, I got to swim out to Canoes in Waikiki and take pictures of Carolin and Heather having a little pre wedding surf session. The waves were small and fun and the weather was so so nice and these two Seattle girls who have a love for surfing were ear to ear smiles. I am a pretty happy person in general but after this little surf session my cheeks hurt from all the smiles and laughs we all shared. 

I hope you enjoy looking at the photos as much as I enjoyed swimming around taking them.

Thanks Carolin and Heather for such a beautiful day:)

Jason + Jill Dillingham Ranch Oahu

From the first time I met these two awesome people and saw their smiles I knew that photographing their wedding at Dillingham Ranch was going to be a really good time. 

Dillingham Ranch is one of my most favorite venues on the island. Pulling off the main road and driving up through the palm grove to the ranch is like taking a step back in time. Jason and Jill enlisted friends and family to make this DIY wedding something that they would never ever forget. Jills cousin who is part owner and chef at MW Restaurant catered the wedding and friend Ari South from the tv show Project Runway made Jill's amazing dress. Seeing everyone come together to celebrate these two amazing people made me so happy I got to be there to document their special day. 

Check it out and see for yourself. Smiles on Smiles on Smiles:). 

Ryan and Melissa Vanni and Family

Wow 2016 went by fast. So fast I didn't even have time to post anything. My poor shutter buttons on my cameras took a licken but kept on ticken:) 

Now sitting on a year of awesome work I decided to go back and look at some of my favorite weddings I have shot. The first wedding that comes to mind is Ryan and Melissa Vanni's Vow Renewal on the North Shore of Oahu. They have such an amazing family and of all the weddings I have ever photographed this is the only one I have ever cried at. The energy that surrounded this family was so strong and it really showed when Ryan and Melissa said their vows. Everyone's faces were full of happy tears and I truly had an amazing time with this amazing family on this amazing beach. 

So now as we run into 2017 one of my New Years Resolutions is to post a lot more and introduce you all to some of the most amazing couples and families I have ever met. Happy 2017 everyone. Happy 2017 Vanni Family:)

Happy 2016 Everyone!!!

I couldn't think of a better way to kick off the 2016 year than to share this super duper amazing family session that I had just before christmas.

I have been doing the Kiakona family christmas card photos for the last 4 years and this year took the cake or the cape:) Can't thank them enough for booking me every year and of course again this year. Here is to a SUPER 2016!

Noah + Caycie

I met Noah and Caycie at one of The Wedding Cafe's photography workshops and immediately after could tell they were a super duper fun couple! I was even more pumped when they booked me to not only photograph their wedding but also I got to do an engagement session with them. It is such a great idea to do engagement sessions with couples cause you get to know the couple so well, as I did with Noah and Caycie, and then it makes for a fun transition into photographing their wedding.

The engagement session was so much fun! Noah and Caycie are Kamehameha School Alums and I was stoked to find out they wanted to do their session up at Kamehameha School Campus. The session went super well and we had a blast! Though we did get in trouble for hopping the fence to get some pictures on the football field and security ended up escorting us out. After a quick scolding we were back to taking pictures. I will post some soon but for now I want to highlight their amazing wedding. 

We did a bunch of getting ready photos at The Hawaii Prince Hotel. Then it was off to Kamehameha School Chapel for the wedding ceremony. After that we got to go around campus for some photos of the couple and their wedding party. Luckily we didn't break any rules this time:) After photographing on campus we headed down to the reception at Mariposa Restaurant. The reception started off with custom shots for the wedding party and pretty much ended with an extremely amazing lip sync show by the bride and bridesmaids for the groom and all of the guests. It was a pretty amazing night! Ok I will stop talking:) Check out the pics.                                   Aloha-

Congratulations Noah and Caycie:)

Why hello there!

It is truly amazing how fast time flies. Here we are  having flown through Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Years. We will be going into summer soon and getting ready for the holidays all over again. I have been so busy shooting photos I haven't really stopped to appreciate some of the awesome couples I have had the pleasure of working with and the amazing images we have captured.

On top of all that I have a new logo that I am proud to display here on my site and you will see in some of the content that I will be showing below. I wish I could show more but I gotta get back out there and take some more pics of some amazing people;)

Chris + Jules

There is so much awesomeness when it comes to these two extremely amazing people.

Chris  and Jules met through cross fit and after getting to know them I learned that they really love riding tandem bikes. They actually rode up and down some of San Francisco's craziest hills. The other story that caught my attention was Jules breaking her arm in an arm wrestling match. Hello!!! She broke her arm, arm wrestling.

After hearing all their really cool stories I knew that I really wanted to get to know them better and I really wanted to shoot their wedding. AND I also knew that I didn't want to arm wrestle Jules:) 

Chris and Jules got married on the sun deck of the Outrigger Waikiki. A really beautiful location overlooking Waikiki Beach and Diamond Head. We got to drive around Diamond Head taking photos at some of my favorite spots and then they had their super fun reception at the Hula Grill

It was a pretty amazing day:) Here are some of my favorite shots:)

Sweet home Waimanalo

Chris and Jess are an amazing couple that live in New York but they chose Jess's families farm in Waimanalo as the setting for their beautiful wedding. 

The weather was kinda cloudy and rainy but that didn't stop us from getting some super fun shots on and around the property.  

I got to spend a lot of time just photographing Chris and Jess at different little spots and I LOVE what we got.  

The flowers that you see in the photos and Chris's Maile were made by Courtney and Tamara at Paiko in Honolulu. If you want to see more amazingness from these two you can check out there site here

Congratulations guys!!! 

Took some photos... Then the rain came.

This being the my first blog post on my new website I thought I would share something a little more personal.  

We have known Brant and Keri for a long long long time and they are such an important part of our family. They were at the hospital when both our children were born. They have changed poopy diapers, endured spit ups and wiped snot from little noses. They have baby sat for our kids and watched them while we were away.

Now it's time for them to bring there own child into this world. We are so looking forward to being there for his arrival and we can't wait to change poopy diapers, endure spit ups and wipe snot from his little nose. 

We got about 15 minutes in of photos before we encountered a flash flood. So here is a little sneak peak before we go back out and finish our session.