Hawaii Family Photographer – Jim Dierking // Big Island Family Photography, Hilo, Kona bio picture
  • 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

It has always been a dream of mine to do sessions that have a story to them.

The term “story” tends to get kicked around a lot these days by photographers, and rightly so, since wedding and family photos really can be about telling the story of a wedding day, or the bond a family has.

This just might be me with my head in the clouds (where it belongs as far as I’m concerned:-D), but when I say that I dream of telling a story, sometimes I literally want to tell a story of fiction, with every photo being a “panel” from a comic book or still-frame from a romantic comedy, and the characters are you and your loved ones. A story with a moral or a theme — maybe one that is important to you. Or something that’ll just make everyone laugh!

So when Tara and Al contacted me about doing a family session, and I found out that Al is an avid hunter and he wanted a few photos to feature his self-made bows, my brain went into overdrive coming up with the context of why a family would need to carry a bow and a quiver of arrows in the first place.

My immediate conclusion was that the world had been turned upside down and that Al, Tara and their daughter Anna had to brave the wilds of the wasteland. YES.

YES. That hits me on every level. I mean, it’s a post-apocalyptic family session!! May the inner geek triumph with clenched fists and a skyward gaze!

Oh. But I also felt it most important to get the more “standard” family photos, and to get them well. Our location, at about 6,000 ft on Saddle Road, made for a great atmosphere.

Anna. A bundle of energy and total ham for the camera.:-)

So Al wanted a couple shots of his bow at full draw, like above, and I was stoked about this because bows are insanely cool, and they make me think of Rambo, 300, Gladiator, Troy, Lord of the Rings, and manly thoughts overall. So I told him to pretend that he was hunting, and I had a geek moment like I’ve never had during a session.
In the end, I didn’t get to do a full-on epic tale of survival, mostly because I didn’t have enough time to really think it through, but I got a taste of my dream and I’m hungry for more. I love family photography; I love what it can mean and how important it is. But I’d also love to see how far we can take it. Let me know if you’re interested and we’ll come up with some awesome ideas!:-D

And of course, big thanks to Tara, Al and Anna for an amazing session!

– Jim

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Being a family photographer definitely has its perks.

Having the landscapes of the Big Island as an office. Meeting wonderful families from around the world. Challenging me to improve in practically every way.

But one of the more interesting perks is that it seems to have given me a unique perspective on my own family.

I come from a big, very close and very fun family. The kind of family that spontaneously declares, “Hey, we all have the weekend off! I got plenty beer and fresh fish. Party, my house!”. And before you know it, there’s 30 of us yelling at a football game, the kids are going crazy, and we’re eating Poke, Opihi, and Aku Bone. Zapp and Roger blasts into the night, three families are sleeping in the living room, the families with babies get the bedrooms, and the next morning we wake up and it starts all over again.

It’s pretty amazing, and I’m beyond grateful to have them.

I’m also grateful for the families I work with, because I can sense their own way of love and closeness, similar to that of my own family. Unique, but the same. For me, the simple act of meeting all of my awesome clients, getting to know them a bit and becoming friends with them, reminds me that I have a lot of people who support me and think I’m great. Doing this work constantly brings me greater insight into who I am, insight into how to understand others, and sometimes bops me in the head so I don’t take anything for granted.

That too is pretty amazing, and I am thankful.

 

Lomio’s, you are awesome!! (Just had to add that in):-)

 

One more perk of family photography — witnessing and capturing moments like these. Thank you, Lomio’s, for creating them so perfectly!

– Jim

 

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One of the things I like most about weddings is that it gives a chance for multiple generations of family and friends to all hang out, celebrate and have fun together. Bryant and Faye’s wedding, at the King Kamehameha Hotel in Kailua-Kona, was not just a beautiful wedding between two very fun people… but it was also a meeting of two families and many friends.

On a personal note, it was cool for me too, because a couple of the bride’s maids were my good friends in High School. I hadn’t seen any of them in 12 years so it was an awesome reunion for all! Fun times!:-)


Spectacular day, from start to finish.:-)Huge thanks to Joycelyn Cabal of JeiAngel for being my ever capable second shooter!

 

– Jim

 

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  • July 21, 2012 - 11:06 PM

    suzie - omg jim! awesome pictures, as always!!!ReplyCancel

The best things in life are the simplest. I dare say they are these:

1. Family

2. Pizza

3. The ocean

Honestly, if I could choose anywhere to be in the world at any given time, it would probably be “Eating pizza with my family by the ocean”. Life simply doesn’t get any better than that.

And so it was with the Ushkos, a wonderfully close family hailing from Alberta, Canada.

Maybe it’s just me, but I LOVE how every one of them are looking in completely different directions for no apparent reason! –
Her fortress.:-)
A magical afternoon, and a great reminder of why I do this. When I was with the Ushkos on the beach, there wasn’t anywhere I wanted to be more. I’m thankful for that.

So, a recap:

1. Family

2. Pizza

3. The ocean

4. Making photos

:-)

– Jim

 

 

 

 

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They have arrived!

Custom made, awesome looking flash drives for all weddings forth coming, and family sessions soon too! I was so excited when I saw them & tested them that I just had to run out into the jungle and take pictures.:-)

Yes, I knew it would be cheesy to take photos of a flash drive amongst the moss and the trees…. but they’re made out of bamboo. The bamboo made me do it.
I wanted to take a photo on a bench outside. My ever-loyal cat was eager to ruin the shot help me.

Cool, convenient and perfect for those smaller laptops and tablets that don’t have a disc drive. The photos also look stunning on newer HDTV’s that are USB capable.

More awesome things to come soon. Really looking forward to it!:-D

– Jim

 

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  • June 14, 2012 - 3:59 PM

    tahiti - these are great! do you mind sharing where you get these?? :)ReplyCancel

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