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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.

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.

Around the web friday…

Inspiring and beautiful! 

A very important job

This dress is cute and I just purchased this one.

Algorithms of love ?

I made this for dinner last night and for brunch this morning I’m baking a take on this one..homemade crust, of course.

We are listing our extra space in Kona, HI.

Happy weekend!


Jill + Gaby // Beach House Kauai wedding

Kauai’s Beach House Restaurant in Poipu offered a lovely location for Jill + Gaby’s wedding celebration. It was such a sweet and beautiful afternoon and was clear that these two adore each other. Documenting it was truly and honor and it reminded me how grateful I am to experience the deep love between others.


Beers Family // Big Island Hawaii family photographer

When Andy contacted me letting me know that the four of them would be enjoying a Kona vacation and wanted some photos with their new addition Theo, I was thrilled. We first met this past fall and Henry is a ball of energy and excitement. Shy at first, he warms up rather quickly with my silly games and coconut hunts. He even brought his red camera along again. Happy spring!

The Carter’s // Hawaii family photographer

I popped over to Maui to photograph this beautiful family. There will definitely be a longer post coming up from this one. Have a wonderful weekend!