I had the honor of taking family photos of Melissa and her boys before they moved away from Hawaii a couple of years ago.  We knew each other from volunteering together at our church nursery and we were sad to see them go but excited for the new adventures waiting for them.  They loved everything about living in Hawaii and wanted to capture their last days in Hawaii, photos and memories that they could take with them.  Unfortunately, her husband, Pono, was away preparing their new home so he was unable to get back in time for photos.  Still, we didn’t let that stop us from getting incredible photos of Melissa with her beautiful mother-in-law and sister-in-law playing on the beach with her handsome young sons.  They are such a sweet family!

So, how awesome was it to capture this beautiful family again six years later as they returned to visit home!!  And this time, Pono would actually  be able to be in his own family photos!!  Along with a fresh new face, their youngest son “Z” had joined this fun family.

Taking photos of families means so much more when you get to know them and create photos that capture their personalities.  Melissa’s boys keep her beyond busy and her hubby is the leader of the rowdy pack.  I really wanted to show their adventure and playfulness in their photo session.  I knew some great locations that would help bring that out in our photo session and Pono mentioned really wanting Mokoli`i Island, known to locals as Chinaman’s hat, in the photos as well.  So, we did it all!!

There was tree-climbing and boogey-boarding, water fights and loving cuddles.

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Hawaii family photos that are fun and beautiful

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Relatively fresh faces to Hawaii, the L ‘ohana have fully embraced island life with eagerness and excitement; ready for sandy toes, salty swims and adventures in ironwood forests. Excited, they wanted new family photos of their beautiful family and showing off their gorgeous new playground. I happily answered the call.

From the start, Elizabeth and Dan were clear that they wanted photos that were natural and relaxed and that is something that strikes a chord for me. As a family photographer, my goal is to bring out the best of families in photos that they will treasure for a lifetime. And more significantly, I want their photos to be and feel genuine to them. It means getting to know them before a session, taking our time during the session, and being open and creative to where the mood takes us. We had parked near the woods and the sinking sun was showering the trees in dancing light. So, we ignored the beckoning call of the sea for a bit and followed the girls as they skipped through the forest, playing ring-around-the-rosie and becoming giants sitting on dad’s shoulders.

Then we scampered down to the beach. The weather was ridiculously gorgeous and it was the perfect beach day. Something that didn’t go unnoticed by anyone, as we were not the only ones enjoying it. We headed down the shore away from the crowds and once we reached a solitary stretch, we kicked off our shoes and played away. In her initial inquiry, Elizabeth claimed that they were “awkward” in front of the camera, which I quickly laughed off. There was nothing awkward about this loving and fun-loving family.  Just see for yourself.

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Love fun and genuine photos as much as we do?  Use the contact form in the menu above or email keao@keaosphotography.com to set up a complimentary phone consultation.

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