Go show loveJanuary 28, 2013

This couple could not be more beautiful! Their love was so genuine and pure. The joy that came through the bride Ashely was so contagious. I was laughing, crying and just feeling the passion of two coming together as one.  

As I photograph weddings I am always so inspired, I truly believe when you love and recieve love you are really living.    That is just one of the many reasons I become a photographer …. love is truly magical. LOVE is a BIG DEAL.

So for you that are not married or if you  have been married for years.  Love does not need a pretty dress, or a fancy party…. all it needs is action.  So go show love!! You create the moments!

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The lakeJanuary 21, 2013

The first fall of snow is not only an event, it is a magical event. You go to bed in one kind of a world and wake up in another quite different, and if this is not enchantment then where is it to be found? J.B. Priestly

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Happy New YearJanuary 17, 2013

Well its been a very long while since I have been here on the blog. Needless to say there has been a lot of changes. We have moved to Sweden. Yes, I still can’t believe it. This is the hubby’s homeland. It has been such a journey. I am not going to say it has been easy, but totally worth it. I have had my tears, more then I would like to say but I really like it here. God is doing things in our lives and I love that.
Hawaii will always be my home, and yes I am still taking weddings in Hawaii. My parents and sister still live there….thank God! I never understood the way people would react when they would see images of the ocean… OH MY GOSH I totally understand. The ocean calls me… I swear.

This is my first real winter….yes I have never snowboarded, skied, sledded, etc. I am telling ya, I am a Hawaii girl through and through. I traded my slippers for winter boots. Who does that? It has been so much fun, and freezing at the same time. Lele is in love with the snow.

I am excited to say I will now be taking weddings here in Sweden and in Europe as well as Hawaii. There are some exciting things happening here. You will all just have to wait and see.

Better late then never Happy 2013!!

xoxo

all these fun images where take by our cousin Karin Bystrom

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Larry+Nicole A Big Island WeddingMarch 31, 2012

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Local Boys and a puppyMarch 31, 2012

Really, how cute are they? Ridiculous if you ask me. Local boys all the way! Such boys. Showing off their muscles, picking their noses and melting our hearts. Please stop growing! I love this age. They understand  a lot, adventure is at every door. They are dramatic (yes, telling them to get out of the ocean is the meanest thing I can do) but most of all just full of life. I was helping Jim with some work and these three were being hilarious. I had to stop and just photograph them. Opps. What can I say boys are the best! How sweet is that puppy… I know.

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MeaghanMarch 31, 2012

Here is a little sneak peek. Into Meaghan shoot. We were just playing around having fun. In a secret little spot. Good times for sure! Isn’t she a babe!

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A baby and a bow tieMarch 30, 2012

How cute is this family? It is my sister,her husband and her sweet little boy. I can not get enough of that sweet baby. He is the sweetest thing ever. They just moved back from South Africa. Its so nice to finally be able call her on my cell phone when ever I want. Sisters are seriously the best, nothing like a sister. You have best friends for life!

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The adventure awaitsJanuary 30, 2012

Grown men can learn from very little children
for the hearts of the little children are pure.
Therefore, the Great Spirit may show to them
many things which older people miss.
Black Elk

P.S. None of these are posed…he actually didn’t want to do anything I wanted him to do. Annoying while shooting…. so glad he didn’t listen to me. This seriously was a 10 min shoot. I was actually shooting a client, we were finished, I was her ride. She was waiting I snapped away. So glad I did. Sometimes your favorite images are the ones you never plan for.

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Miss E-LifestyleJanuary 20, 2012

Isn’t she a beauty! Erika is always fun to shoot. Here are just a couple of images from the shoot. We even had snow! Fun right? Erika is always thinking out of the box and keeping me on my toes. Which I love. As a photographer its fun to hear their and ideas and try to make them a reality. Thanks Erika for letting take these images of you!
Wishing you the best this year.

Cheers

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A letter to a photographerJanuary 3, 2012

The letter is from Jeanie from fototail.com  A letter she received in the summer from a former client. Its so sad but yet so powerful.  As a photographer sometimes it is hard to convey what images will mean.  How special they will be.  Photographers are passionate people! Why you ask?  We love to capture love. We are hunters of beauty!  We love what we see.  We see love, we see you love one another.

P.S. parents back up your computers, phones, and please go make prints. You never when your computer will crash.

Jeanine – 

Today I am writing for a couple of reasons.  I have some quiet time at the moment and need to get a couple of things off my mind.  I will leave this for my husband to deliver to you when he is ready.

You photographed my wedding, you photographed my first pregnancy and my first baby.  I contacted you awhile back to photograph my 2nd child and family.  After getting prices and realizing I would want all of the pictures as we love your work – I decided against spending $500+ – which is what I normally spend for portraits and prints with you..  Please know it is not because I don’t value your amazing eye, or how much we love the experience.

That week that I decided to NOT do a session with you, this is how I spent some money.

On Sunday I called and cancelled our session.  Monday I went out and got my hair cut ($39+tip), and colored ($65), Thursday I had my nails done ($24), my family went out to dinner at a somewhat expensive restaurant for no particular reason costing us $79 + tip.  This was just 4 days since canceling our session, already totaling over $200 for un necessary things.  My nails only lasted about 2 weeks, my hair is gone, and seven weeks passed when I got the phone call from our doctor.  It was not something I expected and the cancer has spread very quickly.  I will be leaving my husband, my 6 year old girl and my now 2 year old – not by choice.  It is very hard for me to talk about it which is why I need to write you.

I watch your Facebook page and your posts about the value of a photo and if I could give back all of those things that I purchased this few weeks after I cancelled my session with you, knowing what I know now, and have that session, well… I would do it in a heartbeat. 

Now my time is done and there are no more chances for me.  The next time someone cancels a session – my wish is that you forward this letter to them.  Time is fragile, it is gone before you know you had it.  If you charged $200 for one print it wouldn’t be enough for what it is actually worth.  I cringe to think that my priorities were a manicure over a memory to pass onto my babies and husband.

My love and thanks for what you have given us from past photos.  I am so sorry that I did not see it as more than paper until now.

Karen L.

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