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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 but please don’t let it be. i know a camera in your face can be hard for people & the thought of what to wear to look your  best can be daunting.

please don’t let it be. relax. you got this. it’s easier then you think.

here are some of my tips for dressing for your lifestyle photo shoot with me here on kauai, maui, big island, 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. there is no need to be 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.  don’t wear strapless if it makes you uncomfortable. 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. if you have a self concious body part (we all do) cover it up. it will make you feel less uncomfortable worrying about it.

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 if you have a tan. but if it’s winter & your flying in from the mainland, chances are you don’t have a good winter tan going, so white will actually draw all your color out, making you look even whiter. so if you like white add some pops of color in your attire. and black, oh well black isn’t as slimming as you think in photographs.

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!

****going underwater?***

if your planning on going underwater for your session  lighter clothing works best. if your fabric is heavy it will be even heavier wet. if you are wearing a wedding dress it is a good  idea to have a lighter dress for when you actually go underwater, as your dress will get incredibly heavy.

lighter color bathing suits photograph better underwater. super dark colors like navy & black often show lots of the little micro bubbles etc etc in the water. colors such as: reds, pinks, blues, light greens, whites & yellows look beautiful underwater!

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Maternity Portraits

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Maternity photography on the island of Kauai offering SAND + SEA  and arial photography services.

Your session can be at a location of choice.

Up to 2 outfit changes.

All edited images of your session in a password secure gallery

Rights to all your images via a digital download

$650

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SAND + SEA

SAND + SEA sessions

Includes two outfit changes & underwater session.

Sessions may take up to 2+ hours

You will recieve ALL the edited images in a password secure site with digital download & print release.

$750

SAND + SKY

1/2 hour Ariel Photography + 1 hour photo session

You will get the most spectacular images from our FAA insured & certified drone photography services.  Drone photography offers a unique way to capture the beauty of your pregnancy, babymoon and the natural beauty of kauai.

You will recieve ALL the edited images in a password secure site with digital download & print release.

$750

SAND + SEA + SKY

1/2 hour Ariel Photography + 1 hour photo session + 1 hour of water photography

This is for the mama to be that wants to capture herself in ALL Kauai’s beauty!

You get a regular one hour photo session & 1 hour in the water all while getting some ariel views of you in the water & on the sand.

You will get the most spectacular images from our FAA insured & certified drone photography services.  Drone photography offers a unique way to capture the beauty of your pregnancy, babymoon and the natural beauty of kauai.

You will recieve ALL the edited images in a password secure site with digital download & print release.

$900

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Lifestyle Newborn Portraits

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Lifestyle newborn portraits are a beautiful way to document the first few weeks of your babies life. They are only this little for so long & they change so so quickly.  Newborn photography focuses on baby but can include the entire family. I encourage you to get in the picture with your baby.  I come to you in the comfort of your own home. Don’t worry if your house is not pinterest perfect. I work with what I have and all I really need is a window. Upon booking I will send you a newborn prep guide to prepare you for my arrival.

Newborn sessions may take 2-3 hours so please plan accordingly.

You will get a password secure gallery with all your edited images for digital download. You will have rights to all your images.

$650

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Maternity/Newborn Portrait Bundle

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Book with deposit both maternity & newborn session to save.

$850 west/south shores

$1,000 east/north shores

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***all sessions require a 50% session price deposit to hold session date. Newborn session date is held on baby “due date” & we schedule once baby is born.

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i love shooting large family portraits! i love the energy of having the whole family together, especially when they are on vacation. many of us live spread out all over the world these days & it’s so fun getting the whole gang together. getting pictures of it all is an added bonus to the memories created. robin lives here on kauai & her sister lives in arizona & their parents live in new mexico & chicago. so they wanted to give their parents a special gift of pictures of them all together while visiting robin here on kauai. it’s extra special because wendy’s 4 kids are officailly off to college so to have all her kiddos together is special & to have them hanging with their cousins from kauai is even more special. here are a few of my favorites from their shoot.

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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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ALOHA!

my name is michelle, but i mostly go by my nickname, chelle. i am a new york native who transplanted in kauai in 2000. i have been photographing lifestyle family portraits on kauai, hawaii under my business, island reflections photography, since 2006.

i am a wife and mama of 3 children ages 15, 13 & 2!  so yes, i understand the family dynamic well, i understand the ups & downs, and how hard it can be to get everyone together for a portrait.  i do my best to make your portrait experience as painless as possible for the entire family.

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i love capturing moments with your family over overly posed portraits.

i start each session with a few posed shots and then i guide you into “poses” to lead you towards  interacting with each other.  to capture those sweet moments between you and your children, family members, grandparents and grandchildren.

my style of portraits is free-spirited, capturing the true personality & laughter, feeling & expressions of your family. i love capturing everyday lifetsyle images, kids playing & being themselves.

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i shoot sessions with both film &/or digital cameras at every session unless you specify one or the other.

i shoot on location using only natural light. locations can be at the comfort of your home or at a favorite outdoor location.

i shoot one session a day giving you the option for a morning or evening shoot. giving you control of vacation activities, busy life schedules & happiest baby hours.

feel free to surf around my blog to see more of my family portraits.

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aloha lifestyle collection: $995

My favorite! This collection is a 90 minute photo session with all your digital files.

This is a great choice for large groups or lifestyle sessions where you want time for posing, candids and creativity.

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simply aloha collection: $650

My most popular plan! Simple and easy.  One hour of photography and your digital files.

Includes a variety of posed and candid images of your family.

up to 8 people

+$25 each additional person

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little bit of aloha collection: $450

Only offered at specific West or South shore locations on Kauai.

30 min of shooting time, all edited images of your family with digital files for personal use.

up to 6 people

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AIR & LAND:

Add on our legally insured FAA certified ariel photography for a fun island view of your family in their element and surrounded by the beauty kauai has to offer from a view from up above! $200 for an hour $150 for 30min.

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DETAILS:

*professional archival prints can be purchased thru your online gallery

*neighbor islands add $400 for travel

*session dates are NOT held until 50% of your session is paid as a non-refundable deposit to secure your session date

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questions on what to wear to your lifestyle session? click HERE

want to see the products we offer click HERE

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please do not hesitate to ask any questions you may have.

i look forward to meeting you & your family!

aloha!!

michelle

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