I like this family — and you know why? well, yeah, maybe a little because they were so very nice and gorgeous and obviously in love with each other and their little boy but ALSO because they choose me because of some shots I had taken of my son and his friends skateboarding all summer. When people like my personal work, I know we are a great fit. and I always like skateboarders and surfers so… well yeah.. it worked out just fine.
I get the chance to shoot so many families on the beaches of Maui and I never get tired of it. I love documenting the love and the connections between family members and try to get to the essence of their relationship in a short time.
about two weeks ago I flew to san francisco with noelle to be there for my father’s last days. the photographs I took were not so much about documenting his final last two days (I feel like that is a pretty private time and also that is not really who he was in his life) but about the emotions of those five days – which ranged from grief, to guilt, to sadness, to laughter, and even to joy. I see everything thru a joy colored lens and I was grateful to be there with him, to have him be peaceful, to have him know he was loved, and grateful to have noelle pushing me back into life. the weather of those five days — sunshine, and water, and wind, and blue skies was a blessing.
[backstory: my dad had been sick all year and we had visited him over the summer a couple of times and knew his time was close. we made it in time for him to recognize us and know we were there. we visited him friday morning at hospice, drove to sf to collect nalu from his apartment near his college, came back and visited dad again. on saturday noelle and i spent the day there with my dad and step mom and my father died at 6:40 p.m./sunset on saturday night. on sunday morning I took noelle on a walk over golden gate bridge to celebrate life on our trip and remember my dad and then visited nalu in sf again and had dinner at my dads house in berkeley with my step mom and sisters. on monday, my brother’s birthday, we met my brother after he was released from prison, gave him the news of dad’s death, had lunch, and sent him over to a serious rehab program where we hope he turns his life around. noelle and I visited my dads house then drove up to the hills above berkeley for sunset. we arrived just at 6:40 p.m. and watched the sunset. on tuesday, we stopped at pier 39 for a quick visit before flying home to hawaii. noelle also got in a few swim practices to keep up her training for swim team. as I said, my images don’t document his days or his death.. there are no images of my sisters or my son and they were there. I just tried via point and shoot on film to capture the essence of how the trip felt to us and just shot what moved me.]
I LOVE shooting families on the beaches of Maui. My favorite time is early in the morning when the kids are fresh and the whole day is before you. The sunshine is pretty and everyone is in a good mood.
Here is an extended family shoot stuffed into a mini session in Lahaina at Baby Beach.
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