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Corrie has been my friend since high school and I was so excited when she asked me to take her family photos! She is one beautiful woman and momma! I loved watching Corrie and Jesse interact with their sweet girls. Jesse is a PRO at getting his girls to smile!

This was a wonderful, sunny morning and I think we were all really happy to get some vitamin D! Thanks Corrie and Jesse for an amazing session!

All I need to be happy is the sun, my camera and a new trail. I love exploring places I’ve never been. Jared and I really avoided the tourist parts of Maui and opted for the less frequented areas. The jungle was my favorite! I love all the vines and gnarly trees. Lots of mosquitoes though! Next time I’ll wear some serious bug spray when jungle trekking. Maybe some day I’ll get to shoot a portrait session there. For all you couples and families who want photos in Maui, I’ll hop on a plane just as fast as you can say “Aloha!” Ok? Ok.

 

Jared and I were simply at the beach to take photos of the sunset, that was it. So when this humpback whale jumped out of the water we were AMAZED! I can’t believe I actually got photos of it. I was smiling ear to ear the rest of the night. Some days when swimming in the ocean you hold your breath and hear them talking to each other. The day before we came home we went on a whale watching boat ride. Here is some of what I captured.

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This baby whale above did approximately 10 jumps in a row for us. I think he was proud of the new trick he learned. They are beautiful creatures and I’m glad to know their population is growing by 7% every year. The coolest part was hearing them breath and seeing the water shoot up into the air. If you go to Maui, definitely go during whale season! The rest of these photos are what I’m calling my “Mars” exploration. Mount Haleakala and the south shore of the island are so wild looking. The lava rock makes for some crazy terrain.  The hike we did was a four mile trek called “King’s Trail” along Maui’s lava covered coastline. There were ancient ruins and little wild goats to see. I do not recommend this hike to anyone with little kids. It was tough! The last image shows what we walked on the whole trail. So happy we wore shoes and not sandals.

 

I must admit bringing my camera on vacation is a bit of a worry for me. It’s heavy, expensive and I’m always concerned about it being stolen. I debate every time if I should take it or not. As I’m looking through what I shot, I’d say the rewards are worth the hassle. The memories of hunting for sea treasures, sunrise on Mount Haleakala, making new friends, exploring with Jared and learning how to husk a coconut are all fresh in my mind as I look at these images. I’ve decided to blog these images in no particular order and this is the first set of many to come. I feel so blessed. Aloha Maui, until next time.