Meet Jamie & Patrick. A super fun couple who is still madly in love with each other, even after 5 years of marriage. They are both passionate about their work (Jamie has rockin’ administrative skills and an eye for high fashion – think Jimmy Choo and Valentino, and Patrick is a web genius who makes companies look good), which may be why they seem so happy. It makes a difference when you like what you do, day in and day out, year after year. What’s more, they’re into each other. You should see the way Patrick makes Jamie laugh. There’s a certain playfulness to their relationship and a light in her eyes when he’s looking at her. They’re F I T, too. Patrick is an avid surfer. He can see the ocean from his place, jealous much? Wait, mainlanders, you might be thinking, “It’s an island, can’t you see the ocean from everywhere?” Not always, it depends on where you live Jamie just ran a marathon. Check out her legs. That’s right baby, 26.2 freaaaaaakin’ miles. Speaking of baby, they’re expecting their first this summer. Woo Hoo!
In fact before Ivan and I moved to Hawaii, I would look longingly at Jamie’s FB (Backstory, Jamie and I met in college in English Comp) and think to myself, “Really? They are really people who just decide to live in Hawaii and go to the beach and wear bikinis and feel the sun on your skin and the sand between your toes, pretty much whenever you want?” I thought to myself, that’s ridiculously awesome. So in a way, she was my Hawaii inspiration, lol. Maybe “someday”, Crystal… well I’m glad our “someday” happened over 2 years ago.
Anyhoo, these two love life. I think they understand the value of it, more than most people, having both lost people close to them. It’s evident that they really know how to find the joy in life.
We took these pictures in Haleiwa up on the North Shore of Oahu. We started at the Haleiwa Harbor, made our way to Aoki’s, then the Ron Artis Music House, and ended up in a grassy field as the sun set.
Meet Renee, my spunky, fierce, redheaded, bohemian/80′s/high fashion model. I first met Renee at The Black Cat Salon in Kailua. She’s a hair stylist there. I’m an Aveda fan, believer, fanatic, whatever you want to call it, through and through. I love their hair color, hair cuts, make up, and skin care. I love their mission and the way they give back to the community. I love the black licorice tea, the massages, and the fun, unique, creative people that Aveda tends to attract. Back to Renee. I went to The Black Cat for a bang trim and we struck up a conversation. I basically asked her out, lol. Told her that she had striking features that would photograph incredibly well and asked her if I could take her picture. Like Annie Liebowitz said,
“When I say I want to photograph someone, what it really means is that I’d like to know them. Anyone I know I photograph.”
And that is how it all began. Lucky, lucky me. We met at her house, finalized her outfits, and then made our way down towards Chad Lous. A lovely little coffee shop in Kailua on Kihapai Street.
Renee was effortless in front of the camera. You would think she was used to being photographed. She claims otherwise, saying she was nervous and what not. Instead, I saw a fierce, confident, beautiful woman able to easily take on the persona of whichever outfit she had on. Not only is striking, she’s also sweet, warm hearted, and talented. I am so excited for her adventure this Spring. She’s going back packing around Europe with her best friend. Anyone and everyone who’s ever participated in this rite of passage, knows how it changes you and how you never forget it.
Which kind of reminds me of the time when Ivan and I wandered around Europe. It was so fantastic. Maybe we’ll go back in a year or so. For now, this mama is going to cruise it up Alaska this summer.
Thanks for the fantastic session, Renee. Looking forward to collaborating with you in the future.
Meet Anuenue, a mamapreneur to 3 boys, who is as sweet as she is gorgeous. A quality that is sometimes rare, which makes it all the more thrilling when stumbled upon. We met at Lanikai Beach for a Hawaii beach portrait session on a weekday afternoon. It was kind of every photographer’s dream or maybe one of my dreams. A beautiful, kind soul with long brown hair, on a white sandy beach with calm aqua waters and lush green foliage.
What’s more, an extra tidbit that she probably would never tell you herself, (Because in the short 1 hour I spent with her, I realized just how humble and gracious of a person she is), she is a super competent nurse, who writes grants which make healthcare on the Leeward side of Oahu, more accessible and affordable to those who would otherwise be without medical help.
Anuenue is the owner of Malacologie Sunrise Shells, located in Kauai. What makes her company so unique is that she and her husband dive for shells in the Pacific, and she then takes these ocean found treasures and handcrafts them into one of a kind pieces of jewelry. You can view part of her collection, including earrings, necklaces, and bracelets, at the Fighting Eel here in Kailua.
Consider me inspired. A mama to 3 boys (after you see her pictures, you might be in denial like I was and maybe still am-”Really, really?! She’s had 3 kids?”), a wife to a handsome firefighter who also happens to do extreme rescues of people who get stranded along the Na Pali coast, a small business owner with an artistic vision who dives in the ocean for her materials, and a nurse who cares about those who could otherwise go unnoticed.
It was truly a pleasure to photograph you Anuenue. I had fun getting to know you a little bit better.
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Waimea Bay is a world famous surfing spot located on the North Shore of Oahu, Hawaii. When Ivan and I decide to leave our little slice of neighborhood perfection otherwise known as Kailua, we drive up the North Shore via the Kamehameha highway. It is a gorgeous, gorgeous drive on a sunny day and I highly recommend it. If you’re lucky and the Pacific isn’t feeling too shy, she’ll show you every shade of blue imaginable. We’re talking tiffany blue, turquoise, navy, royal blue, sapphire, midnight blue, and the list goes on and on and on. You get the idea.
In the summer time it’s a placid lake and in the winter, it’s home of one of the largest, gnarly, rideable surf spots in the world. After educating myself via Wikipedia I learned some pretty cool stuff. When ocean swells are 20 feet, The Hawaii Quicksilver In Memory of Eddie Aikau Big Wave Invitational is hosted on a single day. It’s invitation only and there are 28 riders. What’s more, no jet skis are allowed to tow surfers into the wave so they have to paddle in themselves. The event has only been held 8 times in the past 19 years. The last time being in December 2009 when waves reached 30-50 feet high. So you make be asking yourself who was Eddie? He was a famous lifeguard and surfer known for braving 30 foot waves to save lives. Eddie volunteered with the Polynesian Voyaging Society for a 30 day, 2,500 mile journey from Hawaii to Tahiti. Their canoe developed a leak and capsized 12 miles south of Molokai. He was lost out at sea, last known to be paddling on his board towards Lanai to get help for his crew. All were later rescued by the US Coast Guard but Eddie was never found.
Fingers crossed that I get to see this surf competition this winter. So not only does Waimea Bay have massively huge waves, it also offers a sweet rock to jump off, and the sunsets our ridiculous. So vivid. It’s a good way to spend your weekend. I promise.
- North Shore famous surf spot.