Hawaii Family Photography | Jim Dierking | Family Photographer on the Big Island, Kona, Oahu, Maui 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

Andy & Christie in the Volcano

New Year’s Resolution # 12: Take more pictures here –

The Hawaii Volcanoes National Park is a truly beautiful place. An epic place. The kind of place that makes you want to hike through a crater in the fog, like some Nordic warrior of old, and let out a battle cry when you reach the other side, because that’s what you do when things are so epic.

It was wonderful to be there with Andy & Christie that afternoon. Rather chilly, with the sun going in and out of the clouds, the breeze and all. But the air had a good snap to it, and Andy & Christie were like static cling on each other. Cute & totally cuddly. No Nordic battle cries to be had, but their constant laughter was just as good!

And yeah… you guessed it, like all of my clients, they have cool jobs! Andy is in law enforcement, while Christie is a photographer too! He keeps the streets safe, and she makes great photos.

A huge thank you to Andy & Christie for having me there with them in such a beautiful place. And really — THANK YOU to every one of my wonderful clients from 2011, who gave me the privilege of continuing my journey as a photographer, as I captured yours as newly-weds and families. I am so lucky to have all of you.

Not to mention my new clients for 2012 — I’m pumped to meet all of you too!! This year is going to be awesome, due in no small part to all of you! Which reminds me of another of my resolutions…

New Year’s Resolution #4: Be more thankful.

Thank you, all.:-)

- Jim

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ChristieJanuary 6, 2012 - 3:52 PM

Thank you so much Jim! We think you did an amazing job and can’t wait to come back to the Big Island with our son so you can take some family portraits for us!! Wishing you all the best in 2012!

James RubioJanuary 9, 2012 - 3:29 PM

Dude that opening shot is killer!

Jim DierkingJanuary 23, 2012 - 2:25 AM

Christie — TOTALLY! Would love to work with you again :-D Thank you!

Thanks James! You’re killer-er

Return to the North Shore

The North Shore of Oahu is one of my favorite places in the world.

It’s a place of big things. Big waves, big sand dunes, big rocks, big daydreams. There’s a sense of scale to it that I remember vividly from my childhood.

During the summer, my huge family would round up our big 4×4′s  and drive them right up onto the enormous sand dunes of Mokule’ia, to pitch a big-top canopy right smack dab in front of the pacific. We would live on the sand for a week or more under the comfort of our circus tent. We swam all day, ate fresh fish in the evening, and slept under the stars together.

So I was absolutely thrilled when Aaron & Vicky inquired about joining them on the North Shore for a photo session during their honeymoon… more so when Aaron told me that he grew up cruising the North Shore too. It was truly special to return there, not simply for my own sense of nostalgia, but also because I was documenting Aaron & Vicky’s love for one another, as they experienced this big place as husband and wife.

I’ll just come out and say it. Aaron & Vicky defy the laws of physics. Yes they do. Somehow they are both incredibly laid-back AND very thorough in how they plan things. It’s like combining blue and red and getting green instead of purple. Our back and forth emails were the epitome of planning mastery. Talks of “recon” trips. ETA’s and time of sunset. “Favorable line lengths” at Aoki’s Shave Ice.

And yet they were so easy to be with, and so nonchalant about everything. They were focused entirely on each other, on their love for one another and making each other happy. Even I ceased to exist.  The camera wasn’t there. They were just being themselves. Spontaneously. As if they planned it…

Their cool jobs might have something to do with their sweet planning skills. Both Aaron & Vicky are Engineers. Aaron works in the Solar energy industry, and Vicky works in medical technology. Very cool!

All of that said, you can’t plan something like this.:-)



That last photo is interesting. It was getting really dark and I was already “off the clock”, but I liked the look of the dusk sky and the trees. And to be honest I had seen that spot many times before and had always wanted to go there. The basketball courts and the streetlights, the walking paths and palm trees. It’s just an interesting looking place. So we stopped for a few minutes and made this little moment; one of many, for which I’m so thankful to have created with Aaron and Vicky.:-)

And one of thousands that I have from a lifetime of visiting the beautiful North Shore of Oahu. I can’t wait to return again.

- Jim

Want to see photos from my own North Shore experiences? I posted some! Click here, it’ll open in a new window.:-)


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tahitiDecember 7, 2011 - 6:31 PM

umm second shot in??? UH MAZING!

James RubioDecember 7, 2011 - 7:28 PM

Really beautiful set Jim! Might be my favorite session from you! I also 2nd what Tahiti said. Looks like it was a perfect day and perfect couple!

KirkDecember 7, 2011 - 8:43 PM

Beautiful images. I love every one of them.


Jim DierkingDecember 11, 2011 - 9:06 PM

Thank you for the kind words, friends! :-D It really means a lot coming from such talented people as yourselves.

MALIAMarch 15, 2012 - 8:07 AM

This is my hometown, Haleiwa! I love it!


There isn’t much in the world that gives me more happiness per second than the thrill of discovery. You know, that raw, unbridled feeling of “NEVER IN MY LIFE HAVE I SEEN — (fill in the blank here with something awesome)”.

Luckily I find it thrilling to taste new flavors of Jello, so I experience it pretty easily, at little things most people take for granted. Streetlights in the rain for instance. Or hearing how the speed of sound makes a basketball game across the park seem disjointed and unreal.

I suppose I simply feel a whole lot, all the time, for everything. I tend to keep it inside, so from an outside observer I look all like, “Yeah I’m cool, seen it a million times”, when on the inside I’m doing handstands on the surface of Mars. For some reason I don’t like people catching me. I’d rather express it through writing. And music. And photography.

And when the Hartrim-Lowe’s stepped on that wet sand for the first time and shook the palm tree and saw the texture of the white coral and looked at that firepit burning as hot as the sunset… I loved it. I felt it. And I was right there discovering things with those amazing kids. A perfect afternoon.

NEVER IN MY LIFE HAVE I SEEN… well… all of this.:-)

A special thanks to the Hartrim-Lowe family, for letting me discover things with you!

- Jim

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HeatherNovember 6, 2011 - 4:41 AM

I can’t help but smile every time I see these photos. You did such a great job. I think your biggest accomplishment for the day was getting our children to warm up to you so quickly. Perhaps they could sense your inner ‘handstands on the surface of Mars’. :)

Jim DierkingNovember 12, 2011 - 10:51 AM

Thanks Heather! Getting the kids to like me and want to take photos is usually the biggest challenge… but with your kids, it was easy. They were all awesome!

Ed & Kelly’s Wedding

Ed & Kelly’s Wedding, Kona, Big Island of Hawaii. The perfect start to two awesome days with an awesome couple!

Wait a second… let’s go back in time a bit.

This is how it started.

The rain didn’t just fall. It whipped sideways. It rolled down the mountain like a steam engine. But everyone was in good spirits. The good folk at the Royal Kona insisted that it would blow over, and from personal experience I thought that was a pretty good prediction. And hey, glass half full, right? Everything was going to be great.

And soon enough, almost magically, the rain passed, leaving a very light drizzle. So we moved to a new spot where the sand was much more dry, and the ceremony was beautiful.

When I write in this blog, I try to remember how it felt to be there. The “mood” in the air during the day. I enjoy trying to find the right words, but this time… there just aren’t any. For anything. MAN I LOVE MY JOB comes to mind I guess. But beyond that, I’m incredibly thankful that Ed & Kelly gave me the privilege to be at their wedding, and  to photograph them in the rain and fire of the sunset that day.

Ah… perfect end to day one.

Now, time for day two! Let’s go trash that dress!:-D

- Jim

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[...] the fiery, rainy dusk of their wedding, to what might be the most pure blue sky I’ve seen a long [...]

Trash the Dress with Ed & Kelly

From the fiery, rainy dusk of their wedding, to what might be the most pure blue sky I’ve seen a long while!

Ed & Kelly’s Trash the Dress session was seriously awesome fun.:-)

These two people are so awesome. Up for anything, always positive and totally in love. And, like many of my clients, they have COOL JOBS! Ed is a pilot in the US Marine Corps, flying Ospreys (I was a little jealous, I’ll admit), while Kelly is a marine biologist, and also works with the youth in conservation efforts.

I think my job is pretty cool too, so between the three of us, it was a massive cool party!

Huge thanks to Ed & Kelly for being so brave! Trashing the dress is fun because it’s kinda like breaking the rules… so I felt I had to break one myself.

Mid-day lighting is said to be harsh, difficult to work with, and should be avoided at all costs. “Instead, shoot while the sun is low in the sky” they all say. But for a long time I’ve felt there was potential to mid-day, and that there might be a unique look to be achieved, especially through the different ways you can alter color and tone through today’s editing software. I knew I could make it look cool.

Gotta admit though, it felt downright bizarre to be doing a beach session at any time other than sunset. It felt… wrong! But I knew my technical capabilities and I trusted my ideas, and Ed & Kelly were just awesome, so I was excited to create some mid-day goodness.

I know I already said this in their wedding post… but man do I love my job. I love that I can pour my soul into it and get some measure of reward. A sense of satisfaction and pride, welling deep within. “I made this with my eyes, my hands and my brain. With my heart.”

But more importantly, I make these photos with great people. People like Ed & Kelly. And that might be the biggest reward of all.

- Jim

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[...] Now, time for day two! Let’s go trash that dress! [...]

Lori HObinOctober 25, 2011 - 12:10 PM

Amazing photos of a very special copy! You can feel the joy just from looking at the photos! Our prayers for abundant blessings for Ed and Kelly. I looks to me like the photographer…already has them…:)

Jim DierkingNovember 2, 2011 - 1:25 AM

Thank you for the kind comment, Lori! :-)

CindyNovember 2, 2011 - 5:20 AM

LOVE those pictures!

Jim DierkingDecember 25, 2011 - 2:41 AM

Oh! Didn’t know this one got another comment so long ago. Thanks Cindy! :-) Merry Christmas to ya.