Keao, Owner and Photographer

Daughter of a Native Hawaiian-Chinese mom and an Irish dad, I grew up on the sugar cane clad north shores of the Big Island, and I now live on Oahu.  I was named Keao after my grandmother which I always felt honored by.  Keao, pronounced “kay-ow”, is one of the many Hawaiian words for light.  And now as a professional photographer working with families and couples, I love painting beautiful photos with that incredible island light.

In a nutshell, I’m a science nerd, reformed bookworm (book-reading is dangerous as I do not have the willpower to stop reading and will foolishly forego much needed sleep), and have proudly resisted giving up my child-like ways.  I specialize in photographing families with young children and I take full advantage of the excuse to climb trees, hunt for crabs, and run through the whitewash with the littles…all for the sake of the perfect photo, of course!!  I have two sweet and sassy princesses at home who give me plenty of practice and keep me laughing constantly with their quick humor, something they definitely inherited from my husband.

My photography style emulates my family life; playful with lots of laughter and always full of love.




Owner and Photographer