Over the past few weeks, Arturo and I have been thinking about the idea of Couple's Mini Sessions. So often a couple may think they'll only need a photographer if they're engaged, getting married or celebrating an anniversary. While those are all totally valid reasons to hire a professional photographer, today's post was written to encourage you to celebrate the in-between moments of your relationship!Read More
It is the last Friday of the year, which means I'm SO excited to be sharing some of my favorite images of 2016 with you!Read More
I couldn't imagine sharing a life with anyone but Arturo. Just over seven years ago, we met for the very first time. Just after three years of being together, traveling to amazing places, and discovering our mutual love for a good New York City donut, he proposed in Central Park with a flash mob!! Four years after meeting Arturo for the very first time, I was finally able to call him my husband.Read More
Sam and Jon will be celebrating their 10 Year Anniversary together later this month, so I thought it was a perfect excuse for an anniversary session overlooking the Pacific Ocean at Oswald West State Park. We hiked about a half mile down to the beach, through a forest with some of the biggest evergreen trees I've ever seen in my life!Read More
After being together for just over 9 years, Ashley and Ryan tied the knot in Lake George, New York last September. Last month, these high school sweethearts celebrated ten whole years of sharing a life full of love together! It was a perfect excuse to get dressed up in their wedding attire again, and I was so excited to shoot their Cherish the Dress Session at Yale University!Read More
Earlier this week, I introduced my Cherish the Dress Sessions. Today, I'm introducing Anniversary Sessions! These sessions are the perfect excuse to get some new photos taken of you and your love, whether you're celebrating your 1st, 2nd, 5th, 10th or even 50th wedding anniversary! Anniversary Sessions also make a great gift to give to your parents, and even grandparents! I mean, hey, who doesn't like to celebrate love and have it documented, right?
Getting professional photos of you and your spouse taken shouldn't stop once your wedding day is over. It should become a regular occurrence, no matter if it happens once a year or once every ten years. Having your photo taken with your life partner every so often allows you to look back on the past, and see how your love for each other has grown stronger with each passing year!
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Hawaii. If you don't know already, Arturo and I are totally obsessed with it! We WILL be moving there (eventually). You think I'm kidding? Nope, I'm definitely 100% serious. When we're there, we see the difference in the sense of family and community, something we absolutely love. Another thing Arturo and I enjoy about the Big Island is that small business is supported BIG TIME over there; you'll see a few big box stores like Target, Macy's, or Costco in Kona, but besides that, it's pretty much local businesses! As soon as we got back from our honeymoon to the Big Island last year, we KNEW we'd be celebrating our first anniversary there. This time around, we brought our friends who had never experienced the beauty of Hawaii before.
We flew into Honolulu two days before our anniversary. After getting off an 11 hour flight from JFK, we were welcomed to Waikiki by a beautiful rainbow just outside our hotel! You’d think that after such a greeting, we would want to enjoy some nightlife, but I think we were both passed out by 8pm—womp womp. We’re such party animals, I know. But to be fair, with the 6 hour time difference, it really felt like 2am for us! And because of that time difference, we were up at 2am, Hawaiian time of course. Because of that, we got to enjoy the beautiful sunrise over Diamond Head! That day, we hopped on a plane to take a short flight to Kona on the Big Island. Jasmine and Pedro arrived that evening, beaming with excitement as they stepped off the plane.
The following day was our anniversary, and naturally, since we were all still on East Coast time, we were up before the crack of dawn, and ready to get some breakfast. We took a drive up into the mountains, past Waimea, to Tex Drive-In in Honakaa. The food was great, but nothing beat their fresh malasadas! For those of you wondering what a malasada is, it’s a Portuguese doughnut, served plain or with your choice of jelly or cream filling. They are SO. FREAKING. DELICIOUS!!! And hey, who doesn’t like a fresh doughnut? Tex isn’t far from Waipio Valley lookout, which of course we HAD to go to! And then drive into! It was raining in the mountains that day, so the valley was muddy and flooded when we got down there. Luckily our Jeep had no issues getting us down or up the rocky and bumpy terrain!
Later that week, we met up with my sister, brother in law, and nieces at one of our favorite little dives, Kohala Burger and Taco. YUM! One of the many things I LOOOOOVE about the Big Island is how fresh all the food is. There are a ton of ranches on the island, so all the good places have support each other in local business (you know we're all about supporting small biz!). Produce is picked fresh and fish caught that day. I don’t eat seafood, but I love me a good burger.
The scenery and plant life is amazing! The water is beautifully blue, the clouds look like giant, puffy cotton balls, and the flowers are rich yellows, pinks and reds. The sunrises and sunsets are like nothing you'll see anywhere else. The color on the Big Island is mind blowing! When you travel to other parts of the island of Hawaii, you’ll find everything from lava fields, to green pastures, to snow at the peak of Mauna Kea, to an active volcano spewing lava into the ocean!
That Friday, we headed toward South Point to find the Green Sand Beach (the sand got it’s olive color caused by eruptions from what was once a volcano). Once again, it was a good thing we had our Jeep to get us there! The bumpy (to say the least) dirt roads were no match for that sucker. At the end of our 25 minute drive along dirt paths, we finally arrived at a beach like nothing any of us had ever seen before! From South Point, we continued our trip to Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, where we saw the light of the lava in the crater of Kilauea.
One of my favorite drives on the Big Island is the Saddle Road. It takes you from one side of the island to the other, winding between the two larger volcanoes on Hawaii, Mauna Kea and Mauna Loa. When you start your ride, you’re at sea level. But when passing through the two volcanoes, you’re at a much higher elevation, and can feel the temperature change too!
On this trip, we saw everything from green sand beaches, to dolphins, and even a baby shark when we were snorkeling! I couldn't have wished for a better trip to celebrate our first wedding anniversary with two of our favorite people in the world! It was quite a way to kick off Year Two. :)