Winter looks a bit different here in the islands …
but we’ve been getting some rain …
LIFE IS GUUD.
Every once in a while ... when schedules permit ... and stars align, I get to meet a new human via "Test Shoot." I think I've said this before, but it's been through photography that I've met some of the most amazing and talented people. That's enough to keep me coming back for more . . .
Amanda was visiting Maui a couple of months ago and decided to pop over to O'ahu for a day so that we could capture some goodness. That made me so happy. She is sweet with piercing beauty, soft spoken but fierce nonetheless. We had horrible weather all day on the North Shore but decided that we would brave the storm and make the best of our circumstances --- from what we gathered, you couldn't tell we were hiding from rain squalls under the rainforest and our photographic adventure was topped off by a spontaneous ahi katsu run so that didn't suck. :)
Enjoy these snaps of @amandaperlita_
My DSLR has been moody lately -- maybe it was Mercury -- or maybe it was just tired of working, and so film has made a comeback in a huge way in my life as of late.
Film was my foundation, and although I wish I was still in the dark room, I still thoroughly enjoy that state of anticipation waiting for rolls to come in ...
Here's a couple clicks of Lily <3
moorea, french polynesia
mahina / brooke
found these lost files from our time on Moorea last December,
love this lady + glad to have visited my fave place with her . . .
wearing @awattz jewelry
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
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 ...
As pivotal as October was for me professionally, emotionally, physically, it was also equally effortless. I attribute this ease to the balance of life ... slowly but surely learning to accept the good with the bad, relinquish control, enjoy the mundane, and find beauty wherever I go.
Breathe in peace, exhale anxiety . . . everything is just a gift. All of which I'm undeserving . . .
I may be biased because two of my best friends in the entire world are the women behind ISSA DE' MAR, but truly they are the most functional suits I've found for surfing + other water activities outside of sitting pretty on the sand.
This is a sneak of their 2016 Summer collection which literally makes me die of cuteness. Stripes? Cheetah print? Palms? I cannot even.
MODEL: Malia Murphey (@maliamurphey)
Don't forget to give Issa a follow on IG: @issademar for more bikini radness :)
Just a casual morning at the Bay with this moon baby.
MODEL: Mahina Alexander (@mahinaalexander)