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  • Hi!

    I'm a family and intimate wedding photographer based on the Big Island of Hawaii, available from Kona to Hilo, Oahu, Maui and beyond!

    I'm really just a kid at heart. I enjoy creating photos with a genuine sense of love, playfulness and warmth. Rich colors and candid moments make me happy, and I would love to capture you through my perspective!

    Please let me know if there's anything I can do for you -- I'd be happy to hear from you!

    With thanks,
    Jim Dierking

For my daughter, Sharlotte. For my wife, Syreeta.

For the future.

For my clients.

For their daughters and sons, granddaughters and grandsons.

The love of “family” itself.

The people we include, by blood and choice alike.

To foster connections.

To create memories.

To be the best person I can be.



A commitment to quality.

A vow to remain vulnerable,

To beauty.

To truth.

To love.

Gratitude, always.

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What a year!


2016 was a whirlwind of amazing sessions, great people, challenges that weighed me down, and lessons that lifted me up. It was probably the hardest and most stressful year I’ve ever had, but also my most successful, and every bit of that success was motivated by the biggest thing to happen to me — the birth of my daughter, Sharlotte, in February.

It literally took a single moment of hearing her wail and cry for the first time, hearing that beautiful, incredible sound, to leave me changed forever. I was clutching my wife’s hand tightly, her amazing fight through labor finally over, and I looked into her eyes, and I knew she had felt the same thing. It was as if an ancient, dormant side of us had woken up. Even now the very thought of our girl creates a surge of anxiety, worry, care and love that neither of us never knew could be so powerful. We love her! She is our love. She is our Sharlotte.

It’s the way she stuffs tofu in her mouth. Or the way her face turns dark red when she’s in a rage because I need to change her diaper again. And the way her babbling is loud enough to be heard a few aisles down in Target. The way she points to the morning moon with utter fascination and awe. I will do anything for that little being, my little lady Sharlotte. She is my purpose now, and being a stay at home Dad, on most weekdays she makes it abundantly clear that she cannot survive long without me.

I have to say, the stay at home Dad life is hard. It’s really good, don’t get me wrong! And the actual baby stuff hasn’t been too bad so far. But trying to get my photo work done (itself a full time job) is an exercise in frustration. Nothing I’ve ever done compares to the stress I feel every time I’m scrambling through work and — this literally just happened as I’m writing this — she just woke up from a nap that should’ve been longer, and I’ve hardly done enough work, and I haven’t even eaten breakfast or brushed my teeth yet.

On many days I awake with a question. How will I do this? How can I get my work done? And the answer, of course, is coffee.

Kidding. My wife, Syreeta, is an incredibly devoted Mom and is great about giving me a baby break on the weekends, and giving me time for work and for myself on weeknights. My parents help here and there too — if you hire me for a session, chances are Sharlotte will be with them while Syreeta finishes her 9 to 5 work day.

And speaking of my sessions — I have a huge amount of gratitude for my clients of 2016 — you’ve all been amazing, and have given my little family and I so, so much. Thank you! The year ended with my heart full, and this coming year is beginning with a clear mind. I can’t wait to see what 2017 has in store for all of us, and I hope that if you’re reading this, we can connect, and capture some great memories together!

So long 2016, and thanks for all the fish!


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Earlier in the year, I had the pleasure of enjoying one hour of beautiful light and wonderful vibes, just north of Kailua-Kona, with the Spendlove family. They’re amazing people — so warm, loving, and comfortable in their own skin. An amazing session, for which I am grateful!

Thanks so much, Spendloves!

And thank you so much for being here, reading and looking at my work! 🙂


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The Big Island of Hawaii is a true wonderland for photography, and there isn’t a session that goes by where I don’t take a moment to simply remember where I am — to gain perspective on what I am doing. I am amazingly fortunate to be able to meet up with so many friendly families, so many people I enjoy spending time with, capturing their moments together in this beautiful land.

Some of those people I enjoy hanging out with are the Deguara family, and one of those amazing places on this island is the verdant, refreshing, Pololu Valley. A place for both adventure and relaxation, it’s the perfect spot if you need a vacation from your vacation — an eden away from noise, cars, buildings and crowds — and it was just as perfect for this very natural and adventurous session. This was the third time I’ve been with the Deguara ohana, and quite possibly the most fun we’ve had yet!


I can’t remember whose idea it was — either mine or Dad Deguara’s — but for some reason everyone REALLY wanted to see if they could push this massive log into the sea. Why? Well, it’s a feat of strength! A measure of family unity! A metaphor for life (although in my head, everything’s a metaphor for life)!

Once they synced up and pushed, they got it moving fairly easily, and off it tumbled into the shallow sea… only to be hit by a wave that pushed it right back up the sand. I clicked away, of course. 😀



Good times.One of the funnest sessions of this year, and one of two I did at Pololu during the busy summer season. I’ll blog the other soon! Thank you for having me once again, Deguara family — can’t wait until next time! 🙂


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The thing about parenting, is that there are just so many ways to do it.

There are parents who are cautious about their kids, and others who let them climb trees as high as they’d like. There are Moms who are totally adamant about getting “the shot” of their little ones, and others who don’t really care what I capture… so long as it looks nice. There are Dads who are goofy and have no problem hopping around like kangaroos, and there are also fathers who have no time for tomfoolery during a photo session.

Either that or they were just tired during the session and not in the mood to be Mr. Aloha, which I completely understand, fellow Dad. I just became a Dad 7 months ago, and most days I teeter between delirious joy and tired grumpiness.

Anyway, I feel as if basically all parents wear all of these parenting hats at least once in the day, and sometimes two or three at once. One of the things that I love about my work is that it gives me the opportunity to meet and hang out with a lot of different parents, and a lot of grandparents too. That’s a huge number of hats.

And if there’s something I’ve observed during my sessions, it’s that we’re all pretty much the same — none of us have any real idea of what we’re doing, all of us are trying our best, and for the most part, we’re all pretty darned good parents! We all do things differently, sure. We do things our way, what works for us. But it does seem to work.

Heck, we work. We work hard at being parents! And I like to think our kids — my daughter, although she is pretty young still — appreciate it even though they often might not jump for joy about it. It’s their tiny smiles, bursts of laughter and even grouchy cry faces that show how much they care… how much they need us. Knowing that is enough of a jump for joy for me!

Even just a serene, peaceful evening in a beautiful place, together with one another, is cause for celebration. And I feel as if that’s exactly what the Ho family had, during their session at the Four Seasons Hualalai. Their little girl was adorable (if a bit tired for the session) and we had a great time walking the beach, exploring and enjoying the setting Hawaiian sun.

– Jim

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