Dear Universe and Life,
The best moments in life are these.
Huge, huge thank you to the Crim Family for joining me at Kukio Bay on this beautiful day!
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), 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.
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!
And of course, big thanks to Tara, Al and Anna for an amazing session!
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.
One more perk of family photography — witnessing and capturing moments like these. Thank you, Lomio’s, for creating them so perfectly!
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!