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Every day is a new beginning. A fresh start!

Never was this more apparent than the day of my portrait session with Monica.

We took these photos in a tiny forest, where Monica and her husband hope to start fresh one day, and build a house to retire in.Mellow, gracious, and full of fun — Monica was awesome to photograph! I was excited to hear that these photos were meant not only as a gift for her husband, but also as a memoir for herself. She had recently lost weight, and it was touching to hear her story and help capture the start of a new chapter in her life.

I feel fortunate to have met you, Monica! Hope to see you on the Big Island again! ๐Ÿ™‚

On my way out I noticed this flower and loved the colors and light. I swear, photography was invented for days like this one!

– Jim

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Extreme happiness in November, due in no small part to the countless hours I got to spend with loved ones ๐Ÿ™‚

– Jim

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Tia & Stephen are perfect together. They have a way about them that makes it seem like they fell in love 2 seconds ago, yet they have the maturity of a couple who has been married for decades. They’re creative, vibrant and fun… and their wedding in Kohala was beautiful. Days are seldom better than this. ๐Ÿ™‚

We started the afternoon by taking photos all around their vacation house, which was absolutely perfect —

The wedding had a theme of discovery and navigation. Loved it! Of course, you would expect nothing less from Tia & Stephen, Exec. Editor & Content Director, respectively, of Vain Magazine, a cool art magazine out of Seattle.ย  Below, a glimpse at the visual dictionary turned wedding guest book. Awesome!Family time.The ceremony was beautiful. Very emotional. The afternoon light, perfect.The Velveteen Rabbit.Perfection!Days are seldom better than this —Stayed a little bit longer to get this photo. 3 shot composite. ๐Ÿ™‚ Perfect end to a perfect day!

Tia & Stephen, thank you for granting me the privilege of photographing your wedding. I loved it!

– Jim

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One of the things that I love most about wedding photography is the pace of it. It’s fast. It’s never the same. It changes from minute to minute, hour to hour. It changes from wedding to wedding. Every wedding has a different feel from the last. A new vibe. Weddings hardly ever hold still.

Neither does my own brain, so it all works out pretty well.

I love the things that do hold still, though. The things that don’t change from wedding to wedding. Family and friends coming together from far off places. The love in the air. The blue of the ocean. The way the wind blows a bride’s hair astray and yet they all still look as perfect as can be. People dancing as music fills the air.

So it was great fun putting together Cassidy & Matt’s wedding photography. Their Kohala wedding had an amazing vibe. A sense of movement and of remembrance and nostalgia as we visited places from Cassidy’s upbringing. There was a feeling ofย  change and a feeling of things staying the same, as they often do in a beautiful, rural place like Kohala.

It was very dynamic and exciting for me as a photographer, and made for a beautiful wedding day.

A beautiful, secluded ceremony.We visited a few spots in Kohala to hang out, take pictures and enjoy the day, including Mahukona Beach Park, above. I grew up swimming, camping and jumping off the old pier there so it was quite a thing for me to be back. After a few minutes, we continued our tour with a trip to Kapa’a beach park —Kohala is truly a special place on the Big Island. I’m not sure how to describe it — There’s just something about it that pulls at my heart. Below, the scenic lookout at Pololu Valley.As night fell, the reception began. Hundreds of family members and friends filled three massive tents at Cassidy’s family home in sleepy Kapa’au town. Loud music, good food and tons of laughter! Cassidy and Matt were just so happy. Happy at home in Hawaii. One of my favorite moments was when they had their first dance, surrounded by their families joined hand in hand, now a single huge family —You know it’s a local, hometown wedding when there are a ton of kids around! ๐Ÿ™‚ They had front row seats to a few keiki hula performances.And a fire dancer!

Live reggae music made the night come alive… and was still going strong late into the night.

Thank you again, Cassidy & Matt! Being a part of your family celebration is something I won’t ever forget.

Coming up next, their Trash the Dress session!

– Jim

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