Q & A
How many years have you been a photographer?
I've had my official business since 2013 but prior to that photography has been a passion since high school.
Why photography?
My path to photography was not a straight one but the one aspect of my life that's always remained has been art. I have always been an artist well before any sort of formal training that I'd eventually acquire. If I could draw a road map to photography it would be this:
finger painting > paint by numbers > pencil drawing > ceramics > art history> painting > photography.
Why photography? Because it's a form of art that allows me to be as much of an observer as an active participant in the creating of art.
What are your hobbies outside of photography?
I have been an artist my whole life and so I've always felt an intense, undeniable feeling that I must create...preferably a hands on media like painting or ceramics. I've recently found a huge passion for resin art and alcohol inks. Google it! It's amazing and super fun.
What do you want your clients to know about your photography?
When creating images I always aim to be timeless and true to who you are. I do not subscribe to any sort of trends in photography. You'll find that my work is clean and simple and a true representation of the day. I hope that it will be still considered beautiful in 3+ generations so that your grandchildren will appreciate it's beauty. I let my couples be who they are. Are you reserved and quiet? Then your images will be calm and simple. Are you extroverted and fun? Then your images will be emotive and exuberant. You create the story I just capture it.
I see your website is mostly weddings, elopements, maternity and portraits...do you photograph family photo sessions?
Just this year I've made the transition to exclusively focus on weddings, elopements, engagements, anniversaries and maternity.
Where did you grow up?
I am born and raised on the island of Kauai. I spent my college years on Oahu and 6 years in San Francisco from 2011 to 2017. Through my travels I've come to understand exactly why I love living in Hawaii and how fortunate I am to have grown up here. I grew up running around the neighborhood (no adult supervision required) with my brother and cousins. We'd go on all sorts of adventures the majority of which, I still have vivid memories of. It was a great place to be a kid.
If you could describe yourself in 1 sentence what would it say?
I'm a down to earth person, an introvert, an artist, I never say never and trust that life will always surprise you.
Favorite ice cream?
Not just a flavor but an entire ice cream empire (as small as it may be). Lapperts. Flavor: Kauai Pie, clearly.
Favorite movie?
Pans Labyrinth with Amelie a close second.
Where would you like to travel to next?
Moura, Portugal. Because well, it's a city with my last name! Then, the Maldives because I'm in search of the calmest, bluest, clearest water (that can't kill you as easily as these Hawaiian waters can....sorry for being so morbid but 'tis true!)
Whats your favorite place?
The mountains, hiking trails when I am the only person there. I seek places like this to find a type of silence that always turns out being much more than silent. To truly hear the leaves rustle in the breeze, to hear and feel the wind rush through your body and to understand that you are so insignificant in this world compared to the vastness of nature, the universe.