INSPO: JEFF DIVINE PHOTOGRAPHY

The photography of Jeff Divine has got me feeling a kind of way . . .
Maybe because I wish I was alive + shooting in the sixties and seventies, or because he was so great at capturing the raw and candid moments in surf culture, or possibly because film is my favorite thing in the world.

I think about what it would have been like to be in the mix like this . . .
I just love it so much.

If you are a surfer (or love surfing), you have to pick up his book, SURFING PHOTOGRAPHS FROM THE SEVENTIES TAKEN by JEFF DIVINE !

Ah. :) 

Posted on June 14, 2017 and filed under INSPO, PHOTOGRAPHY, OCEAN, SURF.

Ceylon Sliders

What is it about traveling that heightens your senses? Expands your gratitude? Makes you more open to spontaneity, susceptible to being social, awake to what's possible? 

I can't quite put my finger on it, but I'm addicted to the journey. I often travel for work, to follow people around shooting photos, and while I'm there I can't help but be completely immersed in the moment. Maybe it's because I don't want to miss a thing ...

One word to sum up my time at CEYLON SLIDERS?
... ICED COFFEE.

... and surf. and food. and more iced coffee. and more surf + food.

I believe that Sri Lanka -- and even further, Maldives -- is the farthest I could possibly travel away from my home base in Hawai'i. Three airplanes and a 3 hour bus ride later we landed at Ceylon Sliders, a quaint boutique hotel with 5 adorable rooms right across the street from the Indian Ocean. From one island to another, I felt very at home being surrounded by the ocean and found comfort in surfing with familiar faces. The team at Ceylon Sliders / Sunshine Stories (a sister company that offers yoga and surf retreats) inspired me in more ways than they'll ever know. Their hospitality was beautiful and they showed us such a wonderful time in Sri Lanka that included mostly food, art, surf, and wild tuk tuk rides!

XX, B

Posted on May 23, 2017 and filed under FRIENDS, LIFESTYLE, PHOTOGRAPHY, OCEAN, TRAVEL, SURF.

Coconut Comradery

Alana Spencer is someone that should be on your radar.
I've known her since she was just a tiny 12-year-old surfer grom, but she's always carried herself different than the rest. She's grown into such a beautifully calm, gracious, and gifted woman and it's always exciting to see what kind of projects she's diving into.

It was a pleasure taking her pic as she made time for me in her busy schedule right before flying out to the Gold Coast of Australia. Having self-employed friends who travel all over the world for work is so inspiring; but it's always the best when we get to catch up on life in our favorite place on earth, HOME.

Follow her on IG: @coconutcomradery

XO

Posted on April 1, 2017 and filed under FRIENDS, LIFESTYLE, PHOTOGRAPHY, SURF.

iPhone Diaries: March 2017

If I had to sum the month of March up in one word, it'd be: OCEAN.
I got a lot of it, and how fitting as it is the month of Pisces. I don't think I've spent this much time at the beach since I was a wee lil grom, and I love it. The completely exhausted feeling that hits you after a long day on the beach -- there's nothing like it in the world, and I'll admit that I have to intentionally find those moments again, whereas they came so naturally growing up!

Here's to being a fish, turning 32 this month, and living a life of celebration every day no matter what.

My bike rides to check the surf from my house are my time to breathe, look up at these beauties, and find treasures on the beach ... a daily moment that is so, so precious to my sanity.

The one, the only, Makoa Ho came home for the month, so you can only imagine what kind of silly shenanigans we got into along the way. This one was for the books -- a perfect day of surfing at Makaha, followed by chasing the sunset up the coast + enjoying pau hana adult beverages with our fave west side friends.

Taking my buddies for a swim with the sharks is always a highlight for me. 

With all of the vog that lingered this month, gorgeous sunsets were the result, and so I cannot be mad.

Oh, and the moonrises as well?! Gosh . . .

Always being fueled up by the best at the beach ... Haleiwa Bowls + nature's candy :)

People think Hawaii is gorgeous year round, which it is, but sometimes you have to search a little deeper to find these picturesque moments. We had a really harsh rain this month, turning our oceans the color and consistency of chocolate milk ... but with a little driving + a lot of perseverance I had a dreamy tropical moment to myself. 

Next month I'll be abroad and I can't wait to share with you when I return ...

XX

Posted on March 28, 2017 and filed under LIFESTYLE, OCEAN, PHOTOGRAPHY.

iPhone Diaries: February 2017

Well, according to my iPhone photo album feed, February was a very beautiful and colorful month ... aside from my struggles with the flu, my husband being abroad, and the occasional torrential downpours that kept us indoors, we found some epic moments along the way. I can't believe we're entering March so soon ... time is flying, but we're the pilots ;) 

Beautiful flower arrangements from this talented lady: @meleanahawaii XO

Picture-Perfect moments on our #goals weekend with @straitswim

This silly girl @leideee was swinging from vines and stuff for @straitswim, it was pretty legendary.

When @haleiwabowls saved our lives with a mid shoot pick-me-up!

Sunsets from the @straitswim brand house were just so peaceful . . .

More sunsets, aka my love language, this time from the be$t side ... Makaha (yea)

Followed by a little island hop to go see my bff @cassandrarull where we just had way too much fun in 24 hours!

 

Can't wait to see what March has in store ... X

Posted on February 23, 2017 and filed under LIFESTYLE, OCEAN, PHOTOGRAPHY.

I love love.

I don't specialize in weddings, or engagement shoots, or even couples shoots --- I'll leave that to the professionals, but I will say that I do love shooting LOVE. Informally, formally, on the fly, whatever. I just love how sweet pictures of couples can truly be.

Here is Leila + Kiron just being super beautiful + in love ...

X

Posted on February 15, 2017 and filed under PHOTOGRAPHY, FRIENDS, LOVE.

NEW YEAR, OLD ME

Let's start off with this: HAPPY NEW YEAR! 2017, surreal, wow.
Yes, the thought of a new year does bring happiness to my heart. I love new beginnings. I love ending old seasons. I love what the New Year represents ... a fresh start? Realizing what matters? Realizing what no longer does ... it's all really beautiful, and I'm all for it! I was never one to make resolutions because I'm constantly trying to live out my fullest life the best that I can, but I do love making an "impossibles list" at the start of every year --- mostly things that I find to be entirely out of my control, but things that consume my prayer life, and when I see them become realized it's the most incredible testament.

In my creative life this year, I just want to make art that sets my soul on fire.
Creating out of a place that doesn't need recognition to know that it's good and pure at the core ... like when I would sit in the studio or dark room for hours working on something that would never been seen by another human. O, I had so much love for the craft then.

I think that's a tangible goal. If I'm not already doing that then I'm in the wrong business.

Here are some images that put a twinkle in my eye; I love getting lost in other photographers', artists', writers' work . . .

(all images via tumblr)

X

Posted on January 5, 2017 and filed under INSPO, PHOTOGRAPHY, WORDS.