An absolute favorite from Kit and Nichole’s beautiful North Shore wedding.


Today, I reminded myself that life is too short not to spend more of it outside.

I also plan to put on my prettiest dress and spin in circles at sunset.



PS. Only 3 more days to “apply” for The Breathe Scholarship!

If I could bottle up a family and shoot them for the rest of forever, the Hansen family may just be the one.  Sherri has been a long time, tried and true, follower of the blogs (old and new).  When she heard I was going to be in Southern California, she jumped at the opportunity to book a session with me.  So did her husband.  He secretly emailed me right before Sherri had the chance and asked me to PLEASE tell her I was booked so that he could surprise her with a shoot with me as a gift. What a man!!!  I love it.  Sherri was definitely among the thousands upon thousands who wept, plead and grieved with us over the tumultuous weeks last year as we said goodbye to sweet Baby Gavin.  I’m so thankful I got to finally meet her in person and to spend some wonderful time with her family, who are every bit as sweet as she is!  Plus, look what she gave me as a tearful parting gift?! How could yo NOT love this woman. Enjoy some images of our time together. I hope you can feel just how very special this family really is.

This party was like every child’s very best daydream come to life.

I’m telling you people, EVERY DETAIL WAS THOUGHT THROUGH TO PERFECTION!  When the kids arrived, they each had their own personalized scavenger hunt!  There was face painting, food and goodies galore, I spent on buying inexpensive table runners for the decoration and everyone love it! craft station, performers, and even a beautifully adorned basket full of bug spray and sunscreen just in case!  I still can’t get over the fact that upon arrival all the girls got fairy wings and all the boys got pirate hats and swords!

And the party favors . . .  ahhhhh the party favors.  They were honestly like NOTHING I HAVE EVER SEEN. IN MY ENTIRE LIFE.

Isn’t this “set” remarkable!!  Tania (Mom) wanted to stick with the fairy theme by having everything seem larger than life in proportion to all the little fairy guests. It was amazing!

I’m such a sucker for face painting! LOVE IT.

Every detail was thought through to perfection.  Check out this fun activity table!  The kids always had something to occupy them, so any and all potential meltdowns were  avoided all together!

The dancers were definitely a huge highlight of the day.  They did such a fun Peter Pan themed performance! The kids loved it!

I adore the shot below (left). . . darling little girl watching the “princess” get her face painted. LOVE.

In keeping with the Peter Pan theme. . .

In addition to the personalized gift bags the kids took home at the end of the day, each child also went home with a darling chair, just their size.  Such a FUN party favor!

It was such an honor to photograph ADORABLE little Callie’s 2nd birthday party at The Contemporary Museum in Honolulu.  Never was there a little girl so loved.  Truly.  It was such a beautiful day in every way.  Thank you Tania for inviting me to share such a wonderful memory with your family.  xx, N

High fives to Nada Marriott of Expert Event Planners of Hawaii for a job oh so very well done.

Love this family up, down, side to side. SUCH a fun shoot!  . . . have I mentioned how much I love this family? Be sure to check out Nicole’s oh-so-beautiful photography here. Enjoy!  xx!  Me