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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Kailua Portrait Photography: Meet Sarah & Kyle

Meet Sarah and Kyle, crazy in love newly weds married in 2012.  We met near Kalama Beach for a mini session last Friday.  As soon as I met Sarah I instantly liked her  She was so warm, friendly, and sweet.

Then I met Kyle, and I knew I had lucked out.

These two are happy together.  I mean, butterflies in your stomach, happy together.  They are like two peas in a pod.

Sarah was grinning from ear to ear the entire time.  Her smile is so sunny.  She was looking at her man, Kyle, like he was the absolute best thing since sliced bread. And Kyle held her like she was real and someone to be loved and cared for.  It was evident that he sees her, cherishes her, and wants to protect her.  He was proud to have her at his side.  When he looked at her it was more than obvious that yes, clearly, he would do anything to make this woman happy.

They’ve been living out here for the past 2 years while Kyle was finishing his degree.  In December they’re moving back to Orange County, just in time to celebrate Christmas with their families.

Happy 1st year of marriage and here’s to wishing you many, many more together.

With aloha, Crystal Chanel

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PS  (Here’s a cheesy photography metaphor for, what I’ve been thinking about lately) I used to fear the bright sun during photo sessions because of the potential it had for creating shadows.  Well, I’m not afraid of the shadows anymore.  Sometimes, seeing both at the same time – the sun and shadows, looks more like true life to me.   You can’t always control all the variables (failure, disappointment, rejection) in life, or you might miss out on the bright sunshine (success, contentment, and love), too.   So spoken with love, to one of my dearest friends in life, struggling to find her path.  It’s ok if you can’t always avoid the shadows or control the outcome of every experience, it doesn’t mean you failed.  Because the truth is, the space in between the light and dark is where all the magic happens.

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