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  • Welcome to the blog. We're Julie and Andy. Here you will find our latest photographs and musings. We are a curious duo, intrigued by the uniqueness of life stories and how everyone is somehow connected. We are inspired by people who are confident, sometimes considered quirky, passionate and in love. Our time is split between Seattle and Hawaii and we'd love to hear about your upcoming wedding or celebration.

Tara + David // Big Island Hawaii wedding photographer

Tara and David met on Oahu and realized their time was best spent with each other whether they were out surfing or on the couch in their pj’s.  They fell in love after a couple months and eventually moved to Los Angeles to pursue a career and school. As a child, Tara spent time kayaking and snorkeling in Kealakekua Bay on the Big Island of Hawaii and it left such an impression on her that they chose to marry there. The wedding celebration had a beachy elegant feel and I absolutely love the Zac Posen dress she chose to wear. Annie of Bliss in Bloom did a beautiful job with the florals and coordination. Check out their video by Fitts Studios as well. Congrats to the gorgeous couple!

 

Chelsea + Dominic // Big Island Hawaii maternity photographer

Chelsea and Dominic flew to Kona from Sacramento for a little r&r before their little one arrives in August. We enjoyed the evening light and sunset at Old Airport Beach in town. She looks absolutely amazing. Congratulations to these two!

Around the web Friday…

So heartwarming.

Jimmy Falon + Kevin Spacey sing Barbershop masterpiece. Original song.

This sweet letter made me well up with tears.

Saturday Night Live and Beyonce love.

First impressions from just  a “hello“.

Fun cactus print.

Happy mother’s day! Have a relaxing weekend.

Puakea Ranch // Big Island of Hawaii

Many of my favorite places on the Big island of Hawaii are less than a typical Hawaiian daydream filled with Beaches, waves and white sand. Rather, I’m more intrigued with the areas inland layered with lush green fields, rolling hills, and beautiful big trees. Northern Big Island is so gorgeous, which is why we chose to marry in Waimea at Anna Ranch 3 years ago, and why we take every opportunity to re visit. Puakea Ranch was on my radar for a while and I had expressed to Andy that I would love to enjoy a staycation there sometime. Like a thoughtful partner he took my comment to heart and a few weeks later surprised me with a couple nights in Wally, their newest addition, an airstream trailer. The other lovely bungalows on the property are proper little homes away from home but I had never stayed in an airstream and being more “off the grid” was enticing. No tv, no internet, no cell phone coverage for a couple days was so refreshing and it had an outdoor shower which was surprisingly liberating. At one point I recognized a calm had washed over me because I’d let go of the urge to check in with the outside world or e-mail because I simply couldn’t. Instead we read, strolled the property, met the horses, took a dip in the secluded pool, picked herbs from the community garden and fresh eggs from the hens, made a bon fire and roasted marshmallows and star gazed. The ranch also hosts wedding and elopement celebrations for couples who are looking to do something a little outside of the typical Hawaii box. It’s my kind of place and I look forward to re visiting many more times.

Carter Family full post // Maui family photographer

I first met Steve and Sarah about 8 or 9 years ago in Grand Rapids, Michigan. We were a part of similar circles but then we moved to different cities. Fast forward a bit and I watched as their darling family grew. Emerson is full of wonder, passion, interesting facts about animals, especially dinosaurs, a thirst for justice and he’s currently inviting his friends (you) to join him in his big dream. Sarah will often post “Emersonisms” or little things that he’ll say throughout a day. A recent one that I found to be far beyond his years was him remarking, “Someday, when I have the privilege of marrying the girl of my dreams – I will fight the good fight for her.” Another time she shared that she woke in the middle of the night to find him in the bathroom cutting his own hair and when asked what he was doing, he replied that he was making some self improvements.  It’s no wonder where he get this deep thoughtfullness and reflection, Sarah and Steve so evidently share their love with the children in a way that allows them to dream big and spread it along to others. Being a very talented artist herself, I was delighted when Sarah invited me over to Maui to capture them on a family vacation at Napili. They were playful and up for anything, especially when it began to downpour every 10 minutes and we had to give it another try the next morning. I can attest that these kids are loving life from the morning to the evening, especially when little Mercy has sand to practice walking in and Emerson has turtles to find.