my daughter is growing up at an alarming rate. it seems like yesterday i was walking her into preschool & now she is in jr. high. it’s crazy! i know everyone says ‘they grow so fast, cherish each moment’. wow it’s crazy how fast it goes… looking back on these past 11 years, they fly! it seems like you will never get a break when they are little & you’re just hoping to get a shower or a solid night sleep, heck if you brush your hair it’s a good day. but looking back at those simple days, those will forever be some of my most cherished times with my kids.   sometimes you don’t know the best years until they are past. it seems like the years leading to kinder last a lifetime when you are in those times & then once they finish kinder it just moves past at lighning speed. now i look onto even more of the best years ahead as being a mom to these kids. they may be a different kind of best, a different kind of challenge but i still want to hold on as long as i can, anyway i can. for me that’s thru pictures. and lately i find myself taking lots & lots of pictures of my kids thinking: how much longer do i have of them actually liking me & wanting to spend time with  me lol. mother hood is crazy like that, when we have them all the time we need a break & when we see them slipping into independence we try to hold on tighter.

here are a few of my fav shots off my contax 645 camera shot on kodak porta 400 film. my daughter & i took a walk out to one of our favorite kauai beaches. we were not dressed for pictures in mind. we just wanted to go & have a little time together & since i always have a camera rollin along everywhere we go….. we had fun, we had laughs, we got sand in our eyes, we got wet from waves, i stubbed my toe….they may not be perfect but i will cherish these for a lifetime.

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hey hey east coast i am coming your way….i will be traveling for a month from new york to boston. please inquire if you would like to book a travel session with me while i am in your neck of the woods. i will only offer a limited number of sessions so these usually fill up. i would love to meet you & capture your story while i am back on my home turf kickin it with my parents. the east coast is so beautiful in the summer & i am excited to shoot in some different places. some of my sessions from back east are some of my favs & i can ‘t want to do more. please inquire at islandreflectionsphotography@yahoo.com for pricing, dates & locations.
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“what do i wear to my lifetsyle shoot!?!”

every year i personally get my family photos taken by someone other then myself, JUST so i can feel what it is like to be in your shoes.

yes it can be stressful, a camera in your face, what do i wear to look my best. but please don’t let it be.

here are some of my tips for dressing for your lifestyle photo shoot with me here on kauai or maui or big island or oahu or mainland.

 ********be yourself!!  be comfortable!!********

this is pretty much what i will always tell everyone: be yourself, be comfortable & make sure you can move freely.

wear what you already own. no need going out to buy clothes. chances are your favorite items are already in your closet. and they are your favorite items because you are comfortable & feel good in them. so wear that!

if you don’t wear heals & dresses everyday, don’t wear them to your  photo shoot.  if you don’t walk around with matching outfits don’t come to your shoot like that. most woman (pretty much everyone) says “i hate my arms, can you make them look smaller?” well yes, if you cover them up with mid length sleeves this helps & makes arms look more flattering. don’t wear strapless if it makes you uncomfortable. 

get the point….just be yourself….and be sure to be comfortable!

i will have you moving, walking, running, spashing (yeah you might actually get wet), sitting etc etc so you want clothes that will let your personalities shine. if your kid like surf trunks, let him wear surf trunks, if your daughter has a favorite dress that she loves to pieces let her wear it. let the kids be themselves too. if your child is uncomfortable in their clothes it will show! this goes for the husbands & grandpas too.

********color!!*********

don’t be afraid of color!  color is a good thing. yes white is nice but color is nicer and black isn’t as slimming as you think.

have fun & choose a color or two &  work those colors into your outfits for your shoot.  prints & stripes work well too, don’t be afraid to just wear what you have in your closet or your suitcase. chances are those are your favorite things to wear anyway.

color looks beautiful on film so be sure to have some nice pops of color!

*****an inspiration piece!****

do you have a favorite scarf? your favorite flowing skirt?  a shirt you just love? your childs favorite tee?

wear it &  then pull a few colors or a color from that.

and then it all comes back to having fun with this & being yourself!

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it was super fun photographing this fun family from australia.

we tried keeping the little one dressed but all i gotta say is:

boys will be boys & water babies will be water babies.

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