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 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.


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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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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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.

as a mom of three awesome kids, who grew up faster then i could blink and a wife to a super creatively talented husband of 20yrs!! i know first hand what it’s like to want to preserve every second of my babies being little. i also know what a chore getting the family together for photos can be. i do my best to make the photo taking experience  as painless as possible for the whole family.

with experience in my craft and growing wisdom, i realize even more as each year passes how priceless timeless imagery is for our life story.


my style of photography is a beautiful mess of film double exposures and dreamlike portraits that speak your truth.

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


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.



aloha lifestyle collection: $1200

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.


simply aloha collection: $850

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

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

up to 8 people

+$35 each additional person


little bit of aloha collection: $650

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



*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


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


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

i look forward to meeting you & your family!



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