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

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

Winters in the Volcano area of the Big Island are chilly, but still mild compared to the mainland.

Or so I try to tell myself, so I feel better. After the 30th consecutive night of ± 15° C temperatures, ice cold rain and the occasional fog bank, you begin to question if you really do live on a tropical island.

And of course, the answer is no. The Big Island is a lot more than that. It’s a world unto itself, with more variety than your grandma’s old spice rack. A fitting place for the Smith family’s reunion.

Living in or hailing from Burma, Mexico, Argentina, Chile, the UK, and the US, it was an amazing experience to be there with them. Not just photographically. But simply to be there, to see a great family together again. To hear them talk to one another. In spanish. Very expressively. To witness the zest for life they have was truly inspiring.

Great times!

One thing that this session did for me, and continues to do, is to remind me that the Big Island, as rich and “varietous” as it is, is simply a rock out in the middle of the world. A microcosm. I caught a good glimpse of this during my travel to the Philippines last year, and spending time with the Smith family made me hungry — desperately hungry — to experience things beyond here.

Will be a good thing to blog about.:-)

– Jim

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From an early age, I figured myself to be the kind of guy to have an exciting job. But I never would’ve thought that an exciting job would bring me to places as relaxing and beautiful as St Peter’s, also known as the Little Blue Church, in Kailua-Kona, Hawaii.

I suppose it’s because I’d thought that an exciting job meant traveling into dangerous, distant lands. Desert bandits! Secret missions! Intrigue! That sort of thing. But I was missing a very important point — maybe because I was like 8 years old — but the point is that love, being in love and capturing love, are by far the most exciting things in life.

I was reminded of this fact at Tom & Tracy’s wedding…

After having a bit of fun around the church, we headed up to the Four Seasons Hualalai for a few photos at sunset.

I have to give a big thank you to Elena Graham, who was my 2nd shooter for this wedding. She captured the two tender closeups above, as I simultaneously went for the epic wide shot.:-)

As the sun fell, Tom & Tracy retreated to their private dinner on the beach. Tom even managed to sneak in an adorable call to his mother, to tell her he and Tracy were married.:-)It was a beautiful moment.

Right about then, at the end of the wedding, was when I decompressed and let it sink in.

I’m on a beautiful beach, and I just photographed two people who are having the best day of their lives. Two people truly in love, and committed to that love.

I had always wanted an exciting job. A cause, or purpose to work for… to live for. I don’t want to get too cheesy here and say something like “My cause is love. I live for love“, because I’m too modest for that. But you know what?

I do.

Happy Valentine’s Day everyone!

– Jim


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  • February 29, 2012 - 1:09 PM

    tahiti - “I’m on a beautiful beach, and I just photographed two people who are having the best day of their lives. Two people truly in love, and committed to that love.”

    omg. so true jim! this is the kind of thing that always reminds me of how much I love what I do!ReplyCancel

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