Gratitude Post


When I look at these photographs, I feel so much love in my heart.

I love what I do, folks. I just do. From beginning to end, I love getting to know every single person I photograph. I love hearing your stories, your life goals, your fears.. And then I remember..

Being photographed is two things: Terrifying & Transformative

It's terrifying because, well, it IS. You're letting go of control, you don't know how to pose, you feel awkward/uncomfortable..

It's transformative because you could have a life-changing experience for the good or bad. I'm sure we've all seen a photo of ourselves at one point or another where we shocked at how the photo was taken mid-blink, or you were laughing so hard they caught a little double-chin. Those have changed your perception of how you look for the worse.

However, being photographed and then LOVING the images that came out is a whole other transformative experience (hopefully one I can create for you). That. That is the best type of transformation.

So to those I've photographed, thank you. I love you. For those I haven't photographed yet, I can't wait to get to know you better.


Personal Branding with Kehaulani

This photo shoot with Kehaulani was on the darkest day I've ever had to do a shoot with, but it didn't stop us from getting her the portraits she needed for her job as a realtor at Keller Williams here on Kauai. Kehau wanted photos for work and has never liked a single headshot she's had done. She has perfect bone structure, and the perfect face for makeup! I loved photographing her! 

January 2017

I have a goal this year to blog at the end of every month and recap what I did. Quiet hilarious to me that it's February 9, which means I'm already over a week late to posting this.

I constantly go back and forth on whether or not I want to mingle my personal life and my professional life, but I've put my foot down and decided that if my audience has no part of me to relate to, then why am I even here. The whole point of what I do is to connect.

Connect to people, to clients, to readers, to looky-loos who are just here out of curiosity. I'm not judging, I do it too. Which is even more reason as to why it feels right to share parts of me that many may not know.

So January was a crazy month. To be honest, no work actually got done... Well, maybe 2 solid days worth where I put noise-cancelling headphones on for the entire day.

My mom flew in right after New Years day and was here for 2 weeks. It was so good to have her here, and to solidify her decision to eventually retire here with us. From this post alone, you'll learn just how important family is to me.

After mom went back to the mainland, my husband left for a work trip for 5 days, and my mother-in-law left shortly after 2 weeks in the Philippines. While my husband and mother-in-law were out of town, I watched over my sister-in-law to help her get around and help her with day-to-day kine things.

So my entire month was completely family-first. Not much work got done, and I can't say I regret it because time with the people I love most is really my first priority.

I did get to get together with my good friend and fellow artist Natasha Young and I had the immense privilege to see her newest painting in progress. SO HONORED. She is so insanely talented. Hope you folks check her out!

I didn't want to post too many spoilers of her work, so instead I'm featuring mostly her work space. I'm always so newly inspired whenever I hang out with her. The key to keeping your artistic eye in tact: Hang out with artists who's art you genuinely are inspired by. Every time I hang out with my favorite artist ladies, I come home amped up and ready to work on my own personal projects.

Which reminds me.. I'm working on a series right now that involves soooo much love and attention to detail it's insane. Don't worry, I'm documenting what I'm working on and I can't wait to just finish up with the first piece. I'll get there.

So with that, I leave you until next time.


Portrait Photo Shoot with Kinohi Naihe

This was my 3rd or 4th time photographing Kinohi, my first being 3 years ago(?). Don't quote me on that, because I'm not sure, haha. I've seen this kid grow up into a 13 year old! WHAT?! She gets prettier every time I see her, just like her momma Tiff! 

Here's the thing you probably wouldn't believe: Kinohi had a full cast on up to her knee during this shoot. She's such a rockstar, she balanced on one foot, and moved around in crutches.

Kinohi is a pageant girl and while I've only seen her perform ONCE, I'm convinced that this girl is gonna go far. Always ALWAYS an absolute pleasure having Tiff and her family in the studio as they are some of my most FAVORITE people to photograph!