Hawaii Is Color - Paia and Lahaina, Maui

Growing up in California, Hawaii was the place to go if you needed a vacation. And even more than the beaches, the color everywhere always caught my eye. Every signal light covered in surf stickers, bright murals on every drive, art with meaning and color every where you look. My trip was jam packed into such a short time (though I have still managed to make it into 3 blog posts. lol See here and here ) so I just took pictures of whatever grabbed me and what I walked away with was a crazy swirl of colors, adventure, and happy people. Just the way I like it.

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Lindsay Meyer and Her Horse Dogs - Jacksonville, Florida

Lindsay and her husband, Scott, own the genius Jacksonville farm Congaree and Penn. (It's also where I shot this beautiful wedding.) Not only is she the most gorgeous farmer ever, but Lindsay is a also really talented artist. (You can check out her work at Old Kings Lane.) Her wedding invitations made me want to throw a big party just so I could have some of her amazing invites!

So I was there to photograph Lindsay but I should have just called this a family shoot because her pups were NOT going to be left out! Lula and Seabiscuit are known as the horse dogs at my house because they are sooo big, and my boys regularly ask when we're going to visit them. They're just that cool. ;)  It was a super fun just hanging out with Lindsay, cuddling her GIANT dogs, fending off angry Chicken Joe (roosters are EVIL!), and enjoying a piece of her beautiful life. 

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Getting ready for bed - Jacksonville Family Photographer

So my kids' bedtime is at 7:30pm. And do you know how many times a week I get them in bed by then? Like 1, if I'm lucky. I could definitely use some lessons on how to be more of a tiger mom (having a regular routine is SOO hard for me). As much as I still need to grow in that, there's something kind of magical about just letting my boys play and explore, even if it means they're not in bed til 9. lol

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And as you can see by now, by boys are rarely clean and I'm lucky if I can keep pants on them. ;) 

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Yeah, they're never clean...

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I'm thankful I didn't get kicked in the face taking this one! But Finn thought is was pretty funny seeing his crazy mom lie down underneath the swings.  #DangerIsMyMiddleName 

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And then there was cliff jumping

Oh Hawaii and your blue, blue, blue water! I love our Florida beaches too but all the volcanic rocks, turquoise water, and mysterious islands on the horizon are seriously magical. This was the day after our workshop/retreat/crazy-mind-blowing-learning was done and we all just reverted to crazy, energetic teenagers once we started jumping.
It was so fun to have Wendy taking all of us to more hidden spots instead of the usual tourist traps. It was also kind of hilarious and awesome to go with a bunch of photographers because we must have looked like some lost paparazzi. lol  There were always at least 3 people with their big, bad film cameras up at all times. And then I did all my jumps with waterproof disposable cameras strapped to my wrists. We were seriously happy photography nerds! ;)

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Guys!!! We were swimming with a SEA TURTLE!! So perfect!

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Wendy, you're a LEGEND!!!!!
(and it's my blog so I'll use as many exclamation points as I want! It was an exclamationy kind of trip!!!!!!!)

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See guys? I totally jumped off a cliff.  Many times. And it was just what I needed.
(Thanks for the rad photos of me, Wendy Laurel!!)

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