Engagement session

Janet + Justin {Maui Engagement Photos in Makena, Hawaii}

Janet and Justin were incredibly sweet. They even brought me coffee, a huge bonus for this morning session! They wanted a variety of scenery for their engagement photos, so we played all over the Makena area of Maui. Makena holds a significant place in Hawaiian history and comes from the word mak’ke, meaning “many gathered.” 

Makena is part of a larger ancient land division named Honua’ula, which encompasses land from the rugged lava flow terrain of Keone’o’io Bay (now commonly referred to as La Perouse Bay) on the southeast shore, the lush pastures of Ulupalakua upcountry, and Keawakapu Beach, just north of Wailea. It is believed that the first Polynesian voyagers arrived from Tahiti around 1300 A.D., and many landed along the Honua’ula coastline. 

A major geographical landmark in South Maui is Pu'u Ola'i, also known as Earthquake Hill or Red Hill, which can be hiked starting from Big Beach (Makena State Park). While we didn’t climb up the cinder cone, we did go up to rocky outcropping that separates Big Beach from Little Beach, Maui’s infamous nude beach. From there, we could overlook the entire beach.

It was a captivating morning with these lovebirds. It’s easy to see that Janet feels at home in Justin’s arms and how charmed he is by her presence. I know they have a gorgeous future with shared hopes and promising dreams together. 

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Tara + Keith {Epic Day After Wedding Maui Love Session at Nakalele Blowhole}

Engagement and Honeymoon love portrait session in maui Nakalele Blowhole

This next session is very special to me. Tara and Keith are Canadians who are the loveliest, most humble couple on earth. Their spirits are so genuine and it was a privilege to photograph not only their wedding but their next day as newlyweds together.  

Their wedding was at the Four Seasons Maui at Wailea, so Tara and Keith trusted me to show them somewhere completely different! I took them to Nakalele Point. The rugged, boulder-filled landscape makes the ocean look even more beautiful and blue. The cliffs provide an amazing view and allow me to get all kinds of angles. Plus Nakalele Blowhole and the rock with the heart cutout are the cherry on top.

We hiked for 2 hours around the blow hole to get there and soaked up every second of Maui goodness. They loved being somewhere new and were pleasantly surprised because this scenery brought back fond memories of another special time when they got engaged in Iceland. They had no idea such similar magical environment existed here on Maui. Couples who are open to my wild ideas and let me unleash my creativity are my favorite! Make sure to stay tuned for Tara and Keith's wedding day pictures.