I promised myself I would complete this blog post before January first so I could publish the first week of January and look like a bad-ass-on-top-of-her-game photographer.

Well, the first week of January has come and gone and here we are mid-month and I’ve plopped myself down in a coffee shop in Paia (the lovely Sip Me) and I’m forcing myself to get-er-done.


Last year, I photographed 45 families, 22 weddings, and 17 sweethearts.


Holy smokes. And in case you don’t follow me on IG or you’re just casually stopping by and we don’t know each other – I had a baby last year. She changed everything once she came along and I’ve been struggling to keep up (oh – and I run another business – Engaged on Maui – and we shot 130 proposals in 2017!).

But ya know what – as dynamic as 2017 was, I’m so thankful that my clients trust me to deliver photos to them that that document special moments in their lives.

And if anything, being a mother has reinforced how IMPORTANT photographs are and have re-ignited the fire within me to continue to create amazing images for my clients!

Looking back through all of my galleries it was really hard to choose my favorites. Sometimes the light was working in the right way – sometimes I look back at the photos and remember the session so clearly because of how special it was (secret weddings and pregnancy announcements – OH MY!).

Whatever it was, I’m humbled each time I book a new client. Or dare I say friend. Because that’s what it feels like after we are done!

To my 2017 clients : I do hope our paths cross again!


So here they are: my best images of 2017!

Haleakala elopement in Maui wedding on top of Haleakala Haleakala national park wedding just married with the stars in maui minimalist photo of wedding rings couple kissing by greenery in maui maui roadsters wedding in maui moody sunset photo in maui magmod photo of couple in field photo of a couple kissing in the ocean in maui sunset photo in maui of a couple bride praying in the rain in Maui couple kissing under a rainbow in maui sunrise photo session at baldwin beach in maui merriman's kapalua wedding photo of rings with fire engaged couple at sunset in maui kukahiko estate wedding in Maui, hawaii black sand beach in maui, hawaii sunset in wailea, maui with an engaged couple prism photography in maui, hawaii sunset in lahaina, hawaii with bride and groom black and white photo with smoke bride and groom white orchid beach house wedding asian couple photo of a couple kissing in the rain at white orchid beach house maui sugar beach events wedding bride and groom bliss wedding planning bride at sugar beach in maui bride and groom snuggling at sugar beach, maui couple in honolua bay forest, maui reflection in water of engaged couple in maui kapalua engagement photographer maui engagement photographer sunset at ironwoods beach with bride and groom gay couple cuddling on beach in maui kukahiko estate wedding sunset with bride and groom bride getting ready at kukahiko estate in maui, hawaii family photographer in maui, hawaii maternity photographer in maui, hawaii gay couple engagement photos in paia, hawaii couple in water at baldwin beach in maui couple cuddling under banyon tree in maui, hawaiiMaui roadster wedding in Maui, hawaii


What have I learned about myself looking back through these? I love wide shots and center-justification (rule of thirds, be damned!). Hah!

I have some big announcements coming right around the corner. I’ll be blogging about them as soon as all the pieces have fallen into place. But I’ll give you some quick insight:


  1. I am focusing on larger weddings in 2018 (4+ hours). My Sweetheart and Family sessions will be limited because of this.
  2. HOWEVER, I will be bringing on an associate for families and couples in February!
  3. I’m shooting my first off-island wedding in February – which I’m SO excited about because it’s my first wedding that’s not on Maui! WEEEEEEE!!!!!
  4. Guys. I’m getting a drone. It’s going to be sweet. And I can’t wait to incorporate it into my Sweetheart Sessions and Weddings!


Thanks for hanging out and checking out my favs of 2017.



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