Family Sunset Session - Large Group Photography on the Big Island of Hawaii

Big family photography sessions always intimidate me a little bit! There are so many people to organize and only little old me to (hopefully) be loud enough and fun enough to get everyones cheerful cooperation. It is hard hard hard work. Like family portraits on a wedding day - getting everyone to look at the camera, smile and not be blinking is like finding a unicorn dancing on a rainbow.

This family was no problem AT ALL to work with. I mean, they were non stop smiling the entire time, so I couldn't help but smile right along with them! I mean - I usually smile at my sessions, don't get me wrong. But this was an infectious and loving kind of joy that really kept me going for their long photo session at the beach. It was a bit sad to say goodbye to them at the end of the session. I wanted to sit on the sand and talk story, as we say in Hawaii, with them for the rest of the night.

Thank you, Jaya, for trusting me to capture your beautiful family and making the trip out to Waikoloa to have your family photo session at this beautiful beach! xo

 

Will you be vacationing on the Big Island of Hawaii soon? What better way to capture your family than with a sunset photo session on one of the beautiful beaches in the Waikoloa / Puako area. I'd love to capture memories you'll cherish forever.

Tropical Maternity Photo Session on the Big Island of Hawaii

I've been so lucky to have found a great group of local creatives here on the Big Island. Most of that is thanks to the Rising Tide Society, which has helped me connect and learn from fellow photographers all over the world. As leader of the Kona Chapter - I was so excited to facilitate and grow the Kona creative community, make connections and support those in my own island community.

Ann was one of the very first photographers I met here on Kona. She is an extremely talented photographer herself, so talk about intimidating when she asked me to photographer her in the final months of her second pregnancy. Eeeeps!

She picked the spot, the dress, the haku (floral crown) and I trusted her vision all the way. And the results made me so happy! Her little girl has since arrived and I can't wait to meet her. 

By the way - if you'd like to order your own custom Lei Haku (flower head crown), Haku's by Ki is who I wholeheartedly recommend. You can't go wrong with a floral crown to your outfit for your next session in Hawaii!

 

Will you be vacationing on the Big Island of Hawaii soon? What better way to capture your family than with a sunset photo session on one of the beautiful beaches in the Waikoloa / Puako area. I'd love to capture memories you'll cherish forever.

Hapuna Family Portraits Sunset Session - Big Island, Hawaii

I am still learning a lot about the sunsets and skies here in Waikoloa. Here's what I know so far: even if you see rain clouds over the mountains, the beach most likely still has clear skies. Cloudy skies make for the MOST beautiful sunsets. Sometimes, nature just shows off and you get spoiled with soft, pink cotton candy clouds and beautiful families.

The Z family met me at the beach for their sunset family portrait session. Their little one took some coaxing to get into the photo spirit (don't worry parents, most kiddos need some extra time to figure things out!). Thank goodness mom and dad were super smart and brought along Elmo who helped us get some genuine joy and lights from this little dude. 

I still stare at these beautiful pictures and smile at how stunning the sunset was that night. I can only hope every sunset I see on the Big Island is just as beautiful for my clients!

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Will you be vacationing on the Big Island of Hawaii soon? What better way to capture your family than with a sunset photo session on one of the beautiful beaches in the Waikoloa / Puako area. I'd love to capture memories you'll cherish forever.

Puako Beach Babymoon Photo Session - Big Island, Hawaii

This sweet couple is expecting their first little love bug later this summer. After enjoying a few beautiful days in Hawaii, they reached out to schedule some babymoon portraits on the private beaches of Puako. It was a cloudy day but still gorgeous. We walked with sea turtles, danced in the tide pools and explored the lava rock walls during their session - laughing and smiling the entire time. Alex bought her perfect dress from Cookie's Clothing Co right in the Waikoloa Queens Marketplace. Isn't she gorgeous?! 

Wishing this beautiful pair nothing but love, joy and happiness in this new season of their lives! xo

Will you be vacationing on the Big Island of Hawaii soon? What better way to capture your family than with a sunset photo session on one of the beautiful beaches in the Waikoloa / Puako area. I'd love to capture memories you'll cherish forever.

What to Wear for your Hawaii Family Portrait Beach Session

I know that figuring out what to wear can feel like the most stressful thing about having family portraits taken. This post is meant to guide and inspire you, and hopefully take some of that stress off! But keep in mind that it is not an exact formula nor is it a prescription of what you HAVE to wear.

The most important thing to remember is to keep it clean and simple, relaxed and comfortable. Keep outfits soft, warm and easy - that way, we can focus all of our time on your family and the connection you have with one another. 

 

Basic Tips:

  • Solid colors always photograph well. There's no risk of distracting from faces, joyful interactions or even the beautiful Hawaii scenery.
  • Ladies: look for soft, natural fabrics that drape and flow. These make for beautiful portraits and give a sense of motion.
  • Choose colors to pick up the beautiful colors of the ocean and sunset. Neutrals such as soft pinks, cream, muted blues, soft greens and white all photograph extremely, blending effortlessly with the natural elements rather than competing with them. 
  • When in doubt select one patterned outfit for a single person in the family and then pull colors from that pattern to dress everyone else in solid colors to coordinate.
  • Don't worry about shoes. Plan on being barefoot as shoes in the sand aren't really practical and look a little odd. In fact, please don't bring nice sandals to the beach! Sand is pretty good at getting everywhere.
  • Bring a change of clothes or backup shirt/bottoms for little ones and a towel. Someone inevitably gets a bit wet and sandy from the ocean sprays or surprise dips in the ocean!

 

Where to Shop: 

  • For mom: H&M, Old Navy, J. Crew, Forever 21
  • For dad: J. Crew, Zara, Gap, H&M, Target
  • For kids and baby: Zara, Target, Baby Gap, Old Navy

 

Want more inspiration? 

 
A beautiful long, flowy dress for mom is a classic choice. The blush color set against the pinks and blues from the sunset is a nearly guaranteed perfect look. Dress dad and kids in complimentary neutral colors, leaning towards solid colors to keep everything perfectly coordinated. Remember to accessorize with jewelry, belts, hair bows and other personal touches.

A beautiful long, flowy dress for mom is a classic choice. The blush color set against the pinks and blues from the sunset is a nearly guaranteed perfect look. Dress dad and kids in complimentary neutral colors, leaning towards solid colors to keep everything perfectly coordinated. Remember to accessorize with jewelry, belts, hair bows and other personal touches.

 
Pull colors from one patterned look to help dress the rest of the family. Above, the pinks, greens and yellow from moms beautiful tropical maxi help to make the entire family coordinate without being "matchy matchy". This fun color combo is perfect for sunrise or sunset beach portraits on the beach!

Pull colors from one patterned look to help dress the rest of the family. Above, the pinks, greens and yellow from moms beautiful tropical maxi help to make the entire family coordinate without being "matchy matchy". This fun color combo is perfect for sunrise or sunset beach portraits on the beach!

 
Soft colors are classic but don't be afraid to go bold if that feels more right for your family! A bold red for mom sets the foundation and colors from everyone else coordinate beautifully with it. The hint of yellow from the young girls dress is echoed in the baby's outfit to tie everything together. This color set is perfect for a bright, golden sunrise portrait session. 

Soft colors are classic but don't be afraid to go bold if that feels more right for your family! A bold red for mom sets the foundation and colors from everyone else coordinate beautifully with it. The hint of yellow from the young girls dress is echoed in the baby's outfit to tie everything together. This color set is perfect for a bright, golden sunrise portrait session. 

 
Shades of soft blues and aqua are an easy choice for your family beach portrait session. These colors work beautifully with the colors of the ocean and sand. This is a more casual outfit collection - with dad rocking a classic and simple Aloha shirt (patterned, but not too loud or overpowering), and the two boys wearing relaxed cuffed shorts for a modern beachy style. Putting mom in a short, fun summer dress keeps her look in step with the relaxed look of the rest of the family. 

Shades of soft blues and aqua are an easy choice for your family beach portrait session. These colors work beautifully with the colors of the ocean and sand. This is a more casual outfit collection - with dad rocking a classic and simple Aloha shirt (patterned, but not too loud or overpowering), and the two boys wearing relaxed cuffed shorts for a modern beachy style. Putting mom in a short, fun summer dress keeps her look in step with the relaxed look of the rest of the family. 

 
Mom really shines in this collection in a gorgeous sea foam maxi that will flow perfectly on a windy Hawaiian beach. The rest of the family is in colors pulled from the girl's patterned dress. All the colors are matched in softness to ensure no clashing colors. 

Mom really shines in this collection in a gorgeous sea foam maxi that will flow perfectly on a windy Hawaiian beach. The rest of the family is in colors pulled from the girl's patterned dress. All the colors are matched in softness to ensure no clashing colors. 

 
Make sure only one outfit is bold in color if you want a cohesive look without any competing or clashing colors. The crisp white and gray tones perfectly match each other as well as the bold blue and will look perfect on a warmly lit beach at sunset. This is a more formal collection set.

Make sure only one outfit is bold in color if you want a cohesive look without any competing or clashing colors. The crisp white and gray tones perfectly match each other as well as the bold blue and will look perfect on a warmly lit beach at sunset. This is a more formal collection set.

 
For larger groups, a good rule is to find a pattern and stick with it. Here, the boys are in khaki bottoms and crisp buttoned shirts. The girls are in solid and patterned blues of a complimentary shade. This pattern easily repeats itself for a family group of 6+!

For larger groups, a good rule is to find a pattern and stick with it. Here, the boys are in khaki bottoms and crisp buttoned shirts. The girls are in solid and patterned blues of a complimentary shade. This pattern easily repeats itself for a family group of 6+!

 

I’m not saying you need to look exactly like this.

In fact, I count on each family adding their own twist and personality to these suggestions to bring their session to life. This is meant to be used for inspiration and to help guide you. At the end of the day, it’s really not about the clothing. I’m going to be capturing your FAMILY and that’s the most important thing. So don’t stress, just have fun with it!

 

Will you be vacationing on the Big Island of Hawaii soon? What better way to capture your family than with a sunset photo session on one of the beautiful beaches in the Waikoloa / Puako area. I'd love to capture memories you'll cherish forever.