i met julie at a photography retreat right before our move to oahu. i remember her telling me she vacationed here yearly and wouldn't it be super fun if i photographed her family next trip here. it was already an honor for her to even suggest that she'd choose me as her photographer. but when i got her note that they were planning a trip - and that it was just weeks before we moved back to the mainland, it seemed too perfect.
i met up with her and her handsome men midway through their vacation... coming from calgary julie suggested they have a few days to get some sun. ;) the family had just been to waimea bay that day so the boys had great musings of being rocked by giant waves and kicking butt on boogie boards. i'm not gonna hide that i was extra nervous that 1. julie is a fellow photog, always a huge compliment but also added pressure and 2. four boys, some of whom were far from preschool age. crazy jumping and silly songs weren't going to work on this crowd. but they were very kind to me and warm to my efforts of getting their genuine personalities captured.
julie had looked at past sessions and was looking for soft and pretty. the island has so many stunning views that location is always hard for me. but a couple months back we had hit up the northshore side of kaena point and it stood out to me. with the perfect amount of haze from the water and the sun tucking behind the mountain it is a crazy gorgeous spot.
this mom and dad have every reason to be proud of these young men. and how they've managed to keep them all so close is something i aspire too. super rad family, so thankful to meet them. check out julie's post here!