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 ...


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 ...


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


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)


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

#justpassingthrough North Shore, O'ahu

Traveling with @reef_girls (www.reef.com) is always a dream ... but sometimes you don't have to go far to experience something new + refreshing.

This time, I teamed up with my sister Mahina (@mahinagarcia), and the lovely video ladies from @rubiascollective Bree + Roxy, and we stayed put in our beautiful back yard. Helicopters, truck rides, windy surfs, good food, it's really all we need on this simple stretch of beach on the island of O'ahu. As much as I love traveling and being immersed in the unknown, it felt really nice to be right here. X

Photos by: @rubiascollective Bree + Roxy

Posted on November 30, 2016 and filed under FASHION, CLIENTS, LIFESTYLE, OCEAN, PHOTOGRAPHY, SOCIAL MEDIA, SURF.


Sia is such a huge inspiration in so many ways . . . a remarkable songwriter, creative genius, pushing boundaries in pop culture, humble. I've been a fan of hers for almost 10 years, and to see her make a comeback despite personal setbacks is everything this world needs to witness.

Plus, this song ... it's incredible.

Posted on November 6, 2016 and filed under INSPO, MUSIC.

Malia in Black & White: Part 1

There's something about lazy days like these . . . Getting creative with our days when the surf is blown out, we've had our coffee, no work to do . . . photo adventures are always a good day.

It was great to have our friend Matt Bruening (www.mattbruening.com) spending the weekend on the North Shore and recruiting him to style with whatever we could find in our closets at the moment.

This is part 1 of 4 . . . X

One Piece suit from Farron (farronswim.com)

Posted on November 4, 2016 and filed under FASHION, MODELS, PHOTOGRAPHY.