Just a couple weeks ago my husband (Kyle) and I moved from the island of Oahu, Hawaii to San Diego, California. We stayed with our dear friend for a little over a week while we were waiting to accept a house that the military had available. If you don't already know, my husband is active duty military which is the reason we are in San Diego. He is going to a school for a year to learn more in depth medical information. Kyle is currently a DMT in the Navy and that stands for Dive Med Tech. He works on fellow divers with diving injuries. He is going to what is known as IDC school which stands for Independent Duty Corpsman, this means once this is completed he will be able to run a clinic by himself.
We moved into our new house just a couple of days ago, it is crazy gorgeous but hear this, ITS THREE STORIES!! The first thing I thought of was how good my legs are going to look after this year is over ;) Once this school year ends for Kyle, we don't know where he will be stationed next. We are really hoping we get to stay in San Diego.
I'm new to SD and would love to meet and collaborate with others in the area.
** None of these are meant to be mean or hurtful they are simply things that go through our mind that we want you to know
1. We work our butts off!
This is not to sound mean or say that you don’t know that we do work hard, but sadly some people don’t realize how much of our day and heart go into capturing your moment in time and how perfect we want everything to be. Here’s a quick look into a photographers life, and no its not, point the camera, push the button and its perfect, if that were true this would be the job for everyone.
First off I check my email and if I have any emails from potential clients I return those first. Check my To Do List. This is super important for me because I need to stay on top of all my marketing, emails, product orders and scheduling. Once that has been achieved I move to the next thing. Staring at my photos for hours while I cull and edit the beautiful faces that flow across my screen. This is what we mean by behind the scenes work. I, as a photographer, take the time edit those blemishes and the hairs flying and the little things that I see. Once that’s finished we upload galleries and email them to our clients. While waiting for a response we ponder what is happening as the family, bride and groom, and friends are looking through the images that we put our heart and soul into making perfect. As we wait, we look up the newest features for our cameras and how it could make it better. We schedule new and returning clients, and create ads to promote the business we love so much. You’re paying for WAY more than just an hour. Initial consultation (1hr) Drive there/back (> 1.5hr), actual shoot (1hr), editing (3-5 hr). I know it feels like a one hour service, but it’s really much more than that and we enjoy every minute of it.
2. We can not make you look “more beautiful” or “skinny”.
“You can just photoshop that out right?” Control what you can. Check hair ties, hair, chipped nail polish, hair roots, bra straps, stained shirt etc.
You are beautiful, amazing, strong, a fighter, a lover, a giver, positive, thankful, tasteful, fashionable, a dad, a mom, a kid, a teenager, demanding, stubborn, thoughtful, wonderful, spirited, colorful, full of life, caring, family minded, meaningful and much more. You are who God created you to be. That’s what we see and that’s what we capture. We do everything we can to make you look your best by giving tips on anything from clothing to makeup. We’ve studied poses and ideas for not just one person but your whole family, or even your whole wedding party. You are you and that’s what we capture, so you have memories to look back on forever.
3. When you post your pictures give us some credit. Please.
Do you know how we mainly get clients? Word of mouth! Time and time again clients tell me that they heard about me from a friend or a vendor. I even give out names for different vendors all the time. So when you post our work just give us a tag. When your friends envy those prints tell them who you went to. It’s not because we want praise its because we love what we do and want to do it all the time. One tag to us could give us 5 clients. Trust me it’s happened and it means the world to us to know that you care and appreciate our work enough to even do so.
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Let's welcome Jenna to her senior year of High School! She was so fun to photograph. We spent the morning in Kailua, HI at the beach where we wanted to show off the beautiful island of Hawaii. Jenna and her family were on the island visiting family and were set toffy off later that day. The live in Massachusetts so I'm sure their time in Hawaii was spent well and they enjoyed themselves. This session was last minute but we made it work.
Meet the Gipson family! Such a sweet family. They are set to move off the island of Oahu and headed to the East Coast. Let's wish them the best of luck! We had a fun time frolicking around the jungle floor (and a little bit in the trees). This is one of my favorite locations on the North Shore of the island and I am so saddened to leave this place that I've called home for the last three years.
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---> WE'RE MOVING <---
I hate that I'll be announcing this but we will be moving this August. Like my 'About Me' states, my husband is in the US Military and this year, he is going to attend a military school in San Diego, CA. This will be my first move with my business and am looking forward to all the lovely people I'm going to meet and share this journey with. Before moving to Hawaii, we lived in Oceanside, CA for a few years and I am so excited to be living down in Southern California again. I'm going to miss Hawaii so much but am so grateful for everything I've experienced while living on this island. Send me an email if you'd like to collaborate in San Diego!
I don't know if you've heard but I am selling my landscape photos as digital downloads that can be printed through any vendor of your choosing! Each photo is captured and edited by myself. These photos are both from around the island of Oahu, Hawaii and the state of California. $40 per each download.
Click on 'Gallery' & favorite which photo(s) you'd like to purchase.
Provided is a link to a gallery full of landscape images that are for sale:
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Meet the Mooney family! This is my good friend Meagan, her husband, and her adorable kids. We were able to capture these photos just before they moved Florida (thanks to the military). Moving from the island of Oahu to the Sunshine State must have been an. adjustment as it can get way hotter there. From what I understand, their last three years on Oahu were very fulfilling. Their family is thriving in Florida, as I thought they would be, but Hawaii (and I) miss you!
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We found it! The most perfect place to get out of this rain, under a canopy! The rain didn't win this time, we were able to capture this beautiful family photo.
This concludes my sessions for the year 2018, it was a great year.
Meet the Stewarts and their dog Sam. This session took place at one of my favorite locations and I was excited for this session. We got a little surprise while we were there too. We got the pleasure of seeing a monk sea sun bathing on the sand. First of all, Sam is a three legged dog who is a delicate sixteen years old. When he was younger he was hit by a car but still has such a zest for life. I loved being around him, it's amazing to see how resillient dogs really are. They don't want to ever give up, they keep living their best life. I will always and forever be a dog person, I don't think we deserve them but I'm extremely grateful that they are in our lives. What was nice about this session is the fact that my clients were very sweet and up for anything. We had some fun and then we all got to watch the sunset together, it was fun.
This was the first time I've ever done a photoshoot at Kualoa Regional Park, the ridges in the background are absolutely beautiful. I was very excited. Bad news though, when I got there it was raining.. I don't know how religious you are but I was just praying for the rain to subside for just enough time for this session. Luckily, my clients werent there yet so I had some time. When they showed up just a short time later, the rain had stopped. I was so happy. We were able to have about a half hour before it started to rain again but by that time we captured all the photos we wanted. <3