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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

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… 😀

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! 😀

– Jim

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My girlfriend and I have this thing, where we come up with the name — well, the theme — of the year ahead. A single word that encapsulates everything that we want our lives to be about in that year.

Last year, the word was WILDFIRE. We had first met in January, not much more than a year ago to the day, and we were both at the same place in our lives, where we desperately, simply, wanted to live. We wanted this passion to spread like fire, engulfing everything we did. And you know, we did well, by gone. Our trip to India was the highlight of it; a 2 month foray into a foreign planet. Every moment either a triumph or disaster, each one large enough to warrant remembrance, yet still so bizarrely minute that, now months later, we can barely believe that we had lived them.

I guess that’s how a lot of life’s moments are, especially the small, surprising ones, like that time I was carrying a full basket of laundry out back in the rain, and slipped smack onto wet concrete. I remember being surprised that it happened and surprised that it did not really hurt as much as you might think it would. And again, I guess that’s how a lot of life’s moments are, including some of the bad ones. Each moment a lesson, every day a blessing.

2014 is FOUNDATION. It will be the year where Syreeta and I lay the groundwork for not only the next year, but for the years and decades ahead of us. This year will be our newly poured wet concrete; solid at heart, ambitiously made, to be traversed with care. My professional photography will be a big part of it, and I’m hoping to take it to a level above anything I’ve done so far. Which I guess isn’t too hard, since I haven’t gone very far!

But just as concrete continues to harden over time, I never seem to stop learning new things about photography and myself. Each session a new dawn, every image a chance to grow. This year I want to really solidify my work into something that truly speaks for me. I have such a strong sense of gratitude for family, love and memories — the simple fact that these things even exist to begin with — and I know in my heart that there is a way for me to express this through my work, with my clients. I feel like I must express it.

Among others, this session, with the very fun Gramm family, is close to what I have in mind.
Life is nothing short of beautiful. Cheers to a great foundation, everyone. 🙂

– Jim

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This session was just a smattering of good times… probably from the fact that the Mayer Ohana is one of those families who unintentionally “own the room”, because their affection for one another is so loud and obvious and not at all dull.

They are what I think families should be. They are loving, honest, joking people — and by “joking”, I mean that at the beginning of the session they jokingly told me something along the lines of “GOOD LUCK BUDDY HAHA!”. Or maybe that’s honesty. 😀 They embody the ability for a family to have fun, let loose and enjoy the moment together… because each and every moment is all we really have.


Huge thank you to the Mayer family for letting me be a part of their stay on the Big Island! And thank you for not holding any bit of your personalities back — the best photos from this session will never be shown here, simply because they’re a little crazy (and they involve the guys taking their shirts off and stuff). But hey! Great photos always come from such honesty, and I’m grateful for theirs. 🙂

– Jim

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