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  • Hi!

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

    I'm really just a kid at heart. I love to create photos with a genuine sense of love, playfulness and warmth. Rich colors and candid moments make me happy, and I would love to capture your family 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

Back on the Big Island after an awesome family reunion on Oahu! We were camping on the beach and it was great fun — still feeling tired from it all, in fact.

Now I’m back to work — emails, editing, emails, editing — and the cycle continues. But then I thought, “HEY. I should post more pictures on my blog,” so here’s a wonderful session from earlier in the year with the Chao family, hailing from Saskatchewan, Canada. The sun was very bright on this afternoon, giving me some challenges photographically, but it was made up for by the brightness of their smiles.

And that could very well be one of the cheesiest things I’ve ever written. But it’s the cheesy things that are often true. So without further ado —

I wish my tired brain could form better words right now — words to express how thankful I am for everything. For my huge extended family, whom I got to spend the weekend with, and for the families I get to photograph, who share a bit of themselves with me and my camera. And of course, my fiancee, who is wonderfully supportive, kind, and brings stability to my life through laughter and happiness. Thank you so very much!

– Jim

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I’ve always been a sensitive, sentimental person, having felt deeply sad as a child when I found my favorite foam football chewed to pieces by my dog. Staring at the bright orange chunks on the ground, I remembered all of the good times I had with that ball, and ruminated over the games of catch we would never have after its destruction.

Funny enough, and I think I’ve said this somewhere on this site a couple times, but I still am that same sentimental kid at heart — a prime example being that there hasn’t been a day where I haven’t wistfully thought about what I wrote in this post, over a year ago, about me quitting weddings.

I reflect on it often. I remember the intensity of each wedding, the challenge and the beauty. I remember the feeling of being a part of such an important, happy day. I remember having a really hard time wiping away the tears, unleashed by my sensitive eyes, that welled up in my camera’s viewfinder. But more than anything, these days I keep wondering if I should start photographing them again. I stopped because I wanted to devote my time and attention to personal projects, and to focus on family work, which has worked out pretty well.

But I guess I just miss making the photos. These photos.

I also think it’s because back in January I asked my Syreeta, the most amazing girl I’ve ever met, if she would marry me, and she said yes in a flurry of tears. Since then I feel so much more in-tune and connected with not just weddings and love in general, but also with my past wedding work… including this incredibly serene honeymoon session with Dottie and Tim, at the Four Seasons Hualalai.

It’s a wonderful thing rediscovering the past and finding new ways to appreciate it. I’m proud of the wedding work I did before — even more so now, because I have a deeper emotional connection with it through my own relationship.

The truth is that I am really excited to get married, and likewise, I am really excited to see others get married too, and capture it in a way that is hopefully beautiful, honest and vibrant! So, from this post forward, I am open for weddings once again. I will be pretty selective about which ones I take on, but If you’re interested, get in touch and we’ll see what we can do. No power in the ‘verse can stop us!

– Jim

PS. I eventually got a new football. It was green. Like this flash.:-)

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Time spent together
Importance underrated
Family summers

Ah, yeah… I’m not the best at writing Haikus. Maybe I should stick with being a family photographer instead!

The lengths parents will go to so their kids smile for the camera…:-D

Okay, one more — can’t resist.

A perfect sunset
First rainbows are lit ablaze
Then cooled with night’s gaze

– Jim:-)

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Here’s an awesome afternoon I spent with two families, the Browns and the Blews — friends back home, vacationing on the Big Island together. Mr and Mrs Brown had a beautiful wedding vow renewal mid-session; so beautiful that it made it obvious to me that I would love to shoot more vow renewals, and thankfully I have since.

If a wedding feels like the arrival of a summer swell, forming pristine waves across a beach, a vow renewal would be the calm rise of an evening tide, gentle, knowing and patient. Very touching to capture!

Funny, I’m sure you can guess which family is which based on their outfits!:-)


I really should blog more; just looking at these photos brings back a ton of good memories, and reminds me that I am very lucky. Thanks so much for reading and viewing!

– Jim

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Being a family photographer always seems to offer me lessons in life; wisdom hidden in everything around me.

This session with the Ito family, hailing from Alberta, Canada, had such a lesson. I arrived at the Fairmont Orchid greeted by grey clouds and relatively dark skies. There would be no real sunset that day, just a fading of light toward the western sea. But those same clouds and lack of sun gave us incredibly soft light to enjoy, atypical of the bright afternoon sun I usually work with. The temperature was comfortable, and not the usual sweat-inducing heat during most sessions. At first glance I was a little worried that the sun wouldn’t make an appearance. But like all things in life, nothing is ever distinctly good or bad. Every moment simply is, and how I react and make use of any given situation is for me to decide. So we made good use of the soft light and captured some great photos!:-)


And here’s a random photo of a hibiscus!:-D

– Jim

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