Kailua Family Photographer: Meet Tiffany & Alaska

Meet Tiffany, my long time, smart PA, and pretty friend,  living out her fairytale with her good lookin’, Kiwi adventure guide, entrepreneur, company owning husband, Russ.  (Check out their super awesome New Zealand canyoning company by clicking here.) They are wildly in love, had a baby girl  6 months ago, and named her Alaska Jade.  Alaska is sweet, easy going, likes to imitate the Hulk, and loves her mama to the moon and back. She has deep blue eyes and recently discovered how awesome her toes taste;)

We did an impromptu mini session at Kailua Beach a couple of weeks ago, when Tiffany and Alaska came to visit.

“I’ll love you forever.  I’ll like you for always.  As long as I’m living, my baby you’ll be.” – Munsch

With aloha,

Crystal Chanel

 

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Hawaii Wedding in Waikiki: Flavia + Ben

Sometimes you just get really lucky.  I can’t tell you how awesome it is when your people, from across the International Date Line, 5,690 miles away,  find you online.  That’s when the magic happens.

“I am an American living in Adelaide, Australia with my Australian fiancé. We met in Taiwan and fell in love on a random trip to Malaysia. We’ve been through months and months of long distance, but have finally managed to be together! We will have guests from all over the world join us on November 23 and I want to document as much as I can with some stellar photos.” – Flavia

Yes, please! I am a sucker for these kinds of one-in-a-million love stories.  Love that covers distance, time zones, cultures, customs, plane tickets, love letters, phone calls, and care packages.  Love that says, “Why the heck not?  Let’s go for it.  Completely.  Fully.  I can’t see my life any other way.  You have to be in it.  We will do whatever it takes to make it work.  Overcome any obstacle, because baby, I LOVE YOU! Marry me?”

Yeah, I did take some liberty with the dialogue, but in my head that’s how the story would play out.

Flavia is a timeless beauty.  Look at her gorgeous cheek bones!  She’s strong and adventurous and Ben is charming with a brilliant and witty sense of humor.  Together, they’re one of those dynamite couples.  They really seem to add to each other.  50%+50% = like 500% when they’re together.  I feel like they are the type of couple that will grow old together. When they look back, their memories will be rich and full of awesome experiences.  It’s so beautiful to witness a love like that.  A love, where you as the photographer, feel so sure that this couple is going to live a happy, fun, adventurous, full life together.

It was an honor you two.  Thank you so much for inviting us into your world.  We had an absolute blast!

Aloha,

Crystal Chanel & Ivan

 

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Bellows Beach Family Portrait Session: Meet the Seibels

Meet the Seibels, a family I photographed at Bellows Beach on a warm November Sunday afternoon.  They are a beautiful family full of so much love and acceptance.  They laugh together.  Play together.  Surf together. Pray together.  Travel together.  Cheer one another on.  They believe in each other.  They root for one another.  They are for each other in every single way possible. Not to mention they are a gorgeous, colorful, family to photograph.

With aloha,

Crystal Chanel

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Kailua, Hawaii Portrait Photographer: Meet Ginger

Meet Ginger, a woman in her white dress, who I photographed in the gorgeous morning light at Lanikai Beach here on Oahu, Hawaii.  I had a radtastic time creating portraits of a girl I met when I was 12.  I mean, they are 18 year olds walking around in the world today, that were born when our friendship began.  Crazy!

We had heaps of fun, playing, laughing, and picture taking.

So through thick and thin, the good and the bad, the ugly and the uglier, the madness, craziness, epiphanies, laughter, silliness, sadness, disappointments, heart ache, happiness, and thousands of miles distance between us -

I want you to know this . . .

“You’ve Got A Friend”

When you’re down and troubled and you need a helping hand
and nothing, whoa, nothing is going right.
Close your eyes and think of me and soon I will be there
to brighten up even your darkest nights.You just call out my name, and you know where ever I am
I’ll come running to see you again.
Winter, spring, summer, or fall, all you have to do is call and I’ll be there, yeah, yeah,
you’ve got a friend.If the sky above you should turn dark and full of clouds
and that old north wind should begin to blow,
keep your head together and call my name out loud.
Soon I will be knocking upon your door.
You just call out my name, and you know where ever I am
I’ll come running to see you again.
Winter, spring, summer, or fall, all you have to do is call and I’ll be there.Hey, ain’t it good to know that you’ve got a friend? People can be so cold.
They’ll hurt you and desert you. Well, they’ll take your soul if you let them,
oh yeah, but don’t you let them.You just call out my name, and you know where ever I am
I’ll come running to see you again.
Winter, spring, summer, or fall, all you have to do is call, Lord, I’ll be there, yeah, yeah,
you’ve got a friend. You’ve got a friend.
Ain’t it good to know you’ve got a friend. Ain’t it good to know you’ve got a friend.
Oh, yeah, yeah, you’ve got a friend.
-James Taylor & Carole King
With aloha,
Crystal Chanel

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