Aloha and Mahalo!

How is my Hawaiian language?  I’m sure you are saying, “Awesome John…you must have been practicing!”  Well not so much, but I do love Hawaii, even though I’ve only been to Kauai one time.  Needless to say, we were contacted by Ms. Amber who said she wanted us to photograph her daughter and that she was a “pistol.”  Now, I’ve heard those words from parents before so I took it with a grain assault.  Then comes shoot day!

Kea and Amber came to our home studio to meet our makeup artist and get ready for her shoot.  As Kea was getting her makeup on, I talked to her about her shoot.  I remember her saying, “I don’t really like people.”  Okey dokey, this is going to be a tough cookie and Tonya and I made it a personal challenge to make sure she liked people when she was all done.  This shoot turned out to be one very fun and adventurous shoot with a lot of laughter, and even some tears.

Amber had an authentic flower flown over from her relatives in Hawaii for Kea’s hair, and not to mention brought a portrait of Kea’s grandfather who recently passed away.  She was his favorite and important for us to capture the love she had for him and everything he meant to her.  I prepared the home studio for some intimate simple portraits and I feel we captured that love for each other.  Hence a few tears were shed during that portion of the shoot.

We went to a couple different places and she was a trooper letting us style her for the concepts we had planned out, and came up with along the way.  At the end of the shoot everyone was laughing and hugging.  What a wonderful experience it was for us, and from what they told us, for them as well.

Thank you Amber and Kea for a wonderful shoot and experience.

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