i love having elements of nature in my shoots. i often bring a fruit that is in season or flowers that are in bloom for a shoot in lue of trendy props.

one of my favorite flowering trees in hawaii  is the showerwood tree.

so when this mama to be needed some maternity pictures to document her 4th & final baby. i knew i wanted the showerwood trees in her neighborhood to be in her session.

i can’t wait to meet this baby!

~as featured on Tiny Prints blog for 100 Inspiring Maternity Photo Ideas & 100 Layer Cakelette

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gear: contax 645            film: kodak portra 400     lab/scans: Goodman Film Lab 

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so many of my clients are not on island so they can’t feel, touch or see my products that i offer in my portrait & wedding collections.

i strongly suggest you order a collection with a print collection or album.

you took this time to collect your family for a portrait and pulled off the most perfect dream of a wedding day so it’s my job to get those jpegs into something that you will treasure for a life time. we don’t want those jpegs sitting in your computer, we want them on your walls or physically in your hands.

print collections

my print collections come with custom manufactured wooden boxes from my husbands woodshop, schmidt woodworks & design, here in lawai, kauai. so you are supporting my entire family when you choose to purchase a print collection. how cool is that!! boxes will vary from tropical native hard woods such as koa, milo, mango, monkey pod & locally reclaimed wood. my husband constructs each box with love,  using only the finest grade materials from his woodshop. having my husband manufacture my keepsake print boxes helps keep my costs lower then buying them from someone off island & it allows for no wood in his woodshop to go to waste.

you are not only getting professional archival prints on beautiful thick rich papers that you can look at in your hands but you are also getting a beautiful keepsake box of aloha as an additional keepsake from the beautiful islands of hawaii.

additional or specific custom keepsake boxes for albums or print collections are also available for an additional charge.

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custom hard cover books are included in all wedding collections.

shown here is our layflat 8×8 album & 10×10 hard cover album

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USB & DVD

our dvd’s are custom designed with your image from your family session or wedding.

dvd cases are eco friendly made from 75% post consumer waste. this double pocket case comes with an eco friendly greeting card printed with soy inks designed & photographed by michelle with a special message for you.

cards & ribbon packaging may vary

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wedding collection albums

my signiture wedding albums are custom tailored to your desires. we offer many choices in designs from the color of leather, fabric or image for your cover.

if you choose to not purchase a keepsake album in your collection you can always purchase for your one year anniversary or later down the road.

as a young girl i loved curling up with my mom & looking at my parents album from their wedding day. a beautiful archival keepsake wedding album is a special gift even for your children to look back upon for years to come.

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love is contagious.

….you truly can feel it when you are in it’s pressence.

these two were the sweetest & cutest couple.

their wedding was simple, nothing fancy, nothing crazy over the top.

but it felt like one of the most beautiful weddings simply because of the love these two felt for each other.

ther love radiated so bright that you couldn’t help smile in their presence.

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gear: contax 645, nikon610, nikon f100    film: kodak porta 400

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someone told me there is a girl out there with love in her eyes & flowers in her hair…. ~led zeppelin 

having another photographer ask you to photograph them is a huge compliement. so when jaclyn cruz of jaclyn cruz photography asked me to photograph her & her boyfriend on vacation i was over joyed & honored.  being a photographer jaclyn enjoys having all their vacations together documented with a photoshoot.  so nothing seemed out of the ordinary for her to have her pictures taken with dustin while away. so jacyln was totally surprised when dustin got down on one knee & asked her to marry him with the ring inside a fake camera lens.

i loved spending the afternoon with this bubbly, happy couple. we had sun, we had rain, we had a rainbow, we got wet & she said yes!

click here for video by 10th letter media

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  • Umuhoza - Dear Monika, Rita and Nicholas! Thank you so much for such a wonderful walk. I enjyeod every single moment. While walking with you the world seems to be incredibly beautiful, happy and full of love! I’m glad that you have these pictures, so I will be able to walk with you again. See you soon!ReplyCancel

when the editors of momazine magazine, jaime & lauryn, asked me for some images for their summer issue i had no idea they were going to give me a 10pg. spread! i know right! crazy! needless to say this magazine is beautiful! and i am not just saying this because i have my images gracing it’s pages. nope, not at all. i am talking about the quality! seriously this magazine is like a surfers journal for photographers. it’s like a soft cover book!

i am obsessed! and the photographers featured are amazing! it’s such and honor to have my work shown along side these uber talented photographers.  it’s so rewarding to see your work in print.

here is a quick tease of some of my pics in the magazine….to see them all you gotta get your own…hahahaha

if you haven’t gotten your copy…hurry up & get your summer 2015 issue here

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all images in mamazine magazine were shot with kodak film:

gear: contax  645, nikonosii, hasselblad 500cm, nikon f100

film:

120mm: kodak ektar, kodak porta 400

35mm: kodak 200 gold

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