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CUTE and Adorably sweet couple! Such a wonderful engagement shoot. A nurse and a movie effects artist.. both so in love! The kind that makes you smile, and thank God that he is such a great match maker.  Just when my cheeks hurt from smiling and Ididn’t think it could get better, a rainbow framed their embrace. True love and true beauty. So naturally I hurried to capture the moment by stepping back into a hole. Eekkk… nothing hurt but a reminder why I am not a ballerina. These two love birds were so easy-going, when it started to rain, they just smiled and posed for us.  I can not wait to see what beauty is in store for their wedding day,,,, maybe a double rainbow (What does it mean?) ( Had to .)

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This was the title of the book Jenn made for her hubby… Two of the sweetest people ever! We had a blast with their engagement session~ She is a woman after my own heart, brought props and knew how to work the camera! LOVE HER! They have such a beautiful love story, Their love was bound and strengthened by an illness he has since overcame and the love they have for each other shows with every smile and touch. It was a perfect day with them and I can’t wait for the wedding day! jenn sharadon engagement 322blog

Uh oh… I seriously lost it with these sweet sweet babies! When I say lost it, I mean all my heart! Such a wonderful family and perfect little babies. As most newborn shoots go, the babies did not want to sleep (Which is where we get the best shots) . We ended up gettting so many cute shots and It just took patience and a few silent prayers. The babies eventually fell fast asleep, where we  molded them into cute positions…. these sweet things were just as precious as can be, and yet another shoot that reminded me how blessed I am to do what I love to do..twin shan 441blog

SMOOCHES

One more for a Valentine inspiration.

Ladies man

Ladies man

L * O * V * E

kisses3blogSigh…. I have so many littles in my life that sometimes I feel as if my heart will explode!  These sweet things are my niece and nephew. photo session designed by Kim. Many of you have already met her, she is not only my beautiful sister, but my numero uno assistant! She has a wonderful eye and very good with newborn babies. Happy Valentines day to everyone….. XOXO

Ok, ok seriously, I know…. I really have been neglecting this blog,, but with a very great and adorable reason, our newest little!  We call him Hercules because he came 2 months early, but was BIG and healthy and perfect. I have yet another muse and more bedrest that just led to BIG photography planning and ideas! Stay tuned for examples of some of my crazy ideas. 🙂

my newest muse

my newest muse

The Big Island and God continues to bless us with more amazing memories. Everytime we come, we look for something new to do. One day after driving home from the waterfalls and rainforest, we stopped to follow a small unmarked lava trail to the Ocean. What we found was PURE PARADISE. A black sand beach, deserted with groves of coconut trees. An abandoned compound and come old canoes were all that was left as evidence that other people had enjoyed this beach.  MY brother-in-law and Hubby went Bear Grylls on us and cracked open a coconut with a lava rock, where we enjoyed every bit of fleshy goodness on a spectacular beach. I could literally write for hours about this one moment during our trip; The way the waves crashed behind my son who was picking up sand dollars and Sea Urchins, the sound enhancing our  Princess giggles.  I could go on and on about the feeling I had in my heart looking at my lovelies so utterly happy. Hard to sum up another amazing week, My baby boy left his heart with a hula dancer names Joy, Buttercup decided she loved Mangos as much as her momma, My Hubby, well he made me cry by walking me to our church and house we got married in, and I left yet another piece of my heart in a small Hawaiian town 2,500 miles away. PS..Coming home to our small beach town… NOT SO SHABBY.. Ah, To have your heart in two places at once, what a beautiful tragedy.

OH our hearts, they start to cry out when its been too long visiting our second home. Having spent some of our best memories there, getting engaged, married, family vacations we feel as if Kona is our second home. Colin and Little Miss Buttercup packed her suitcase filled with beautiful dresses and swim suits and boarded her first airplane. Yes, I was questioning my sanity taking a 10 month on a 5 hour flight. Nope…. She was as much of a perfect baby as always, easy breezy and onto the island! Trying to pick ONE photo from this week was, lets just say Excruciating. There were so many wonderful memories attached to so many photos, but in the end I chose this one, Colin was such a Humuhumunuknukuapuaa. (Hawaiian fish) The water is healing, seriously. I feel as if it cures anything and everything.  This is what my boys did most of the time we were at the beach. Every morning, my family, my sisters and their husbands would grab our Kona coffee, sit on the Lanai and watch the yellow tangs dance in the waves, then we decided the day of what out plans would be, the first week wa filled with beaches, amazing sunsets, Luau and shave ice! We walked down Alii Drive, smelled the plumerias in the air and tucked one behind our ear every day. It took our princess all but 5 minutes to become our Aloha baby, she laughed and played just as hard as we did.

8/52.. FRESH

Stale. That is how I feel when I am not shooting, painting or drawing. Time however does not afford for an exorbitant amount of time to paint and draw, in fact… I usually end up sketching while Big man does his homework, and then painting late in the evening when the kids are in bed. LUCKILY I have a job where I am able to hold that stale feeling at bay with my photography. I didn’t turn the camera on my family this week, but had several AMAZING shoots and enjoyed putting that creative energy into my lovely clients. One in particular I have known since I started, her darling children make me smile… It was her idea to do our latest session at the Ritz, they jumped on the bed, ran through the waves and saluted the sun. sigh. nothing close to Stale is how I would describe my state of mind this week..photography keeps me fresh.

Taken by Kim my LOVELY assistant..

7/52 sweet cherub

Cupid you hit us with the full arsenal … we are seriously wounded and our hearts actually ache with love… The week isn’t even half way over yet but this shot is my favorite and I will be busy editing clients photos so Mrs. canon will have to rest in her aqua purse for the time being. Who am I kidding, that camera doesn’t get much rest…. I give it till 3pm today and there will be clicking.

my heart hurts

Being a mom requires acting skills, here is one example:

Colin, “mom can I learn how to skate board?”

Me, smiling …”Sure bud!” (Inside…. oh I think every boy I knew who skate boarded wore a cast at some point, and come to think of it, one of them lost a tooth…)  The one saving grace for my boy is that I keep most of my thoughts of bloody disasters to my self. I found that I am really good at picturing the worst case scenario when it comes to my kids, in fact.. I can tell you that I am that mom that honestly believes he will “poke his eye out” with everything from a pencil to a spoon. So with a boy in jeans, pads and a new skateboard we headed to the skate park, Did I mention it was raining, slippery wheels (more doom.) falls upon falls for learning (I have the location for the first aid ready in my head) I never knew acting was a great prerequisite for being a good mom, I cheered him on, took some pics, and all the while counted down the seconds to baseball practice, where he could safely stomp around in the brick-dust. (while I watch for every swinging bat and fly ball).

Skate Board Lessons

No one told Southern California it is still Winter.. Today was as perfect as any day could be. A walk down to the ocean with my mom, sister and the littles. We finished up with a chocolate shake and a view of 1930’s beach cottages. Mr. big man found treasures and played with the tentacle of a sea anemone, while Princess Buttercup enjoyed the new sensation of sand between her toes. This week was wonderfully sweet, from diner with friends, photo shoots, relaxing with my husband and watching my sweets play in the sand and smile at the sun.

ITTY BITTY

Princess is wearing my baby bracelet

The hands of a gifted MOTHER, (my mom) . they cradled me, propped me up as I took my first step, blew me kisses, braided my hair, cleaned after me, clapped for me, cooked me oatmeal raisin cookies, wiped tears from my eyes, PRAYED for me, hugged me endless times. They also held three babies of her own, and now they do all these things for her three grandchildren with all the same tenderness. Mom, its your hands that  made me who I am today. baby girl, may your hands know the same love your “ma’s” do.

THANK YOU ETSY! Greatest website ever! I found one of my favorite things, vintage baby clothes for Buttercup! Pink and Chiffon and perfect, a dress made in 1950… arrived on out doorstep and 3 hours later it was on my daughter and she was in a field smiling like she felt so pretty. I swear she grabbed the dress and looked at me with an expression that all girls have when they feel beautiful.  It makes me wonder who owned this dress before us,, it was found in an antique shop by the seller. Keeping a garment in excellent condition means it was loved… I smile thinking of the mom who put her daughter in this so long ago , was it for Easter, Birthday, or just because she thought it made her daughter look like a dolly? Either way I am thankful for the smile it brought to me and my baby doll.

Princess now brings her share of sand into the car

Going through my baby photo album with my mom this week, seeing tons of wonderful memories. “we used to just take off to the beach every chance we got with you kids” My mom says… MOST of my childhood was set within a 3 mile stretch of sand. I could probably map out the shoreline for google maps and be 99% accurate. As a baby we strolled the pier, and now we walk or run the beach trail at least 3 times a week with my family.  Princess Buttercup goes into a trance as soon as the salty air enters her lungs, and Big Boy rides ahead of us scanning the miles ahead for the next train. We havent ventured too far from my heritage,, We still just take off to the beach every chance we got with our kids.

For those of you who have followed me for a couple of years know that I have done a project called 52. I take one photo from the week that sums up our life, one a week for one year. I chose not to do it last year due to my pregnancy and now I’m hungry to start a new 52!~ I get asked all the time to help with photography tips or how to use camera, or if I can teach a class on taking photos, I’m not ready to take that on yet, but I encourage any of you who are wanting to learn more photography to do this project with me. It is a terrific way to make sure you are constantly shooting, (which is my number one suggestion on getting better) and at the end of the year, you can proudly say you documented your kids, family. The hardest part is choosing just ONE photo… eek… here we go, my first, our first week, lets begin an exciting and fun 2012!

LIFE IS FUN!~

The tooth fairy left a dollar and a very tiny note with encouraging words about how bright and white his tooth was

Starting 2012 with some magic and thrill~ Colin lost his first tooth, turns out he is a “Spinner” like his dad…. After numerous attempts of tieing the small tooth to a nerf gun , foot ball, and door knob, numero uno decided it wanted to wait until 2012 to come out.  It seems that when the toothfairy so stealthily took that tooth, along with it went my little boy. He has since eaten raw onions, threw a football like a pro, and rode EVERY roller coaster with his hands up at Knotts berry Farm. On one of the coasters he was laughing and holding his hands up high while I was clinging with all my might to the bar in front of us. I grabbed his hands on a tight turn and tried to place them safely on the bar next to mine. “mom I got this” well I didn’t, so I tried again, “Mooommmm I got this!” Those words rang in my heart,, yes you do baby, you got this…

I am continuously reminded of how blessed I am to do what I do, but this shoot was one that I seriously teared up several times. I was greeted by a hug from the baby. (one of three kids) Then I watched this one hug a princess with her eyes saying “she’s real” and smiled at the oldest, “C” who couldn’t be more sweet, and adorable. This was the second year this family invited me to capture their family at Disneyland and it was the PERFECT shoot to end my year with . THANK YOU “C’ family, Thank you.
This photo reminds me of how truly magical Disneyland is…
crying!

Actually, princess might have the best job in the world…….

My heart stopped.

Taken at the Fire Boat… I couldnt be more proud of my husband

No words.

Future Fire guys?

6-7 year old boys + Fire Boat = ecstatic kiddos (and dads). We had the end of the season Soccer party on RC’s  Fire Boat, the kids were thrilled to eat pizza and shoot water from the fire boat Canon.  I think the Dads were  as excited as the kiddos! Colin was so proud to show off where his daddy works! They had the chance to check out the fire engine and then go for a cruise on the Fire boat. Non stop smiles, including from princess. She loved the boat too!

Love my Daddy