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

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

Down the grand staircase of the Hilton Waikoloa Village and into the sun, to find a gorgeous wedding for two awesome people. It felt as if I was dreaming the entire time.

Special thanks to my friend Aubrey Leung for assisting and 2nd shooting. And congratulations, Jason & Lisa!:-D

And now time to catch up on my pile of emails. Getting things done, one by one!:-)

- Jim

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  • April 26, 2012 - 2:40 PM

    tahiti - nice job jim! great portraits of the two of them!ReplyCancel

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