An All-American Summer

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I hope your 4th of July was filled with backyard BBQs and an inappropriate amount of hot dogs! In the spirit of America’s birthday this week, I thought I’d post some photos from my family’s trip to Iowa last year. Because what is more all-American than Iowa in the summer? Cheers to all that red, white, and blue in America’s heartland.

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Photo Shoot: Lava Lust

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In April I was lucky enough to fly to Kona – not once but twice –  to scout and shoot on the lava fields and black sand beaches of the Big Island. Kona’s terrain can be unforgiving: miles and miles of razor-sharp blackened ground, radiating unrelenting heat, that lead to a coastline buried in a thicket of thorny kiawe trees. In the past, it was not my favorite of Hawaii destinations, but I’ve come to appreciate its hidden beauty. Plus the day shooting Kona-native and charmer Paloma Field in the latest swim fashions could not have been more of a breeze. Here are some of my favorite outtakes from the shoot, now featured in HILuxury’s latest issue.

Model: Paloma Field at Niche Models and Talent, Hair/ Makeup: Kecia Littman, Hair/ Makeup Assistant: Nalei Lacio, Styling: Yushing Ting

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Photo Shoot: Natural Beauty

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I’d love to share one of my latest shoots, now featured on The Edit Hawaii. Take one visiting Aussie babe, one (semi) quiet shore at sunset, and a bag full of sheer and sexy neutral colored beach essentials and you’ve got yourself castaway magic. It’s a corner of Oahu I see almost every day but never fails to be spectacular.  Special thanks to model Alex Kate Knight, a blogger in her own right, for being such a pro and game for anything after a long week of shooting another job!

Model: Alex Kate Knight at Muse NYC, Makeup: Jasmine Mullins, Hair: Julia Kim, Photo Assistant: Melissa Williams, Photography and Styling: moi!

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Travel to the Mountains with Photographer Charles Emerson

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I love the sense of depth and ethereal colors captured by photographer Charles Emerson, for whom mountains have always held mythical power and mystery. He’s managed to showcase their beauty using a combination of film and digital captures, multiple exposures, and light leaks in locations as far flung as Scotland, Romania, and Jordan.

Year-End Roundup

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As 2015 was NOT a year full of blogging (apologies! excuses! regrets!), you may be wondering what exactly I’ve been up to. From fun fashion test shoots to editorial and advertising clients, it was a busy year. I did more travel writing than ever before, with stories about Hawaii such as the new-found popularity of taro and the best food trucks on the North Shore, and got out and about to Miami, Iowa, Kauai, New York City, and Uruguay. Those photos will just have to be shown in the nuevo año!

So here’s to a rollercoaster year of professional ups and personal downs – a year I must say will be difficult to leave behind. Though all one can do is move forward, sometimes all I want is to rewind. Looking uncertainly at the horizon of 2016 ahead, the only thing I can be sure of – and excited for – is it will be full of TRAVEL. Pack your bags!

Photo Shoot: Blue Crush

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It’s officially been 6 months since my last post and I have no excuse except for a busy summer. Eek! With the rains and cool weather on the way, I’ll give you a little summer reboot with a series I did during the never-ending heat wave that engulfed Hawaii all summer. Shot at my favorite spots on the way to the North Shore – from Chinaman’s Hat to Pupukea – we were blue crushing it all day in retro 70s surf attire. Now featured on The Edit Hawaii.

Models: Lohelani Hicks at Larson Models and Talent and Taneka Stephens at Premier Models, Beauty: Kecia Littman, Photo Assistant: Melissa Williams

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Fashion Inspiration: Joshua Tree National Park

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I’m hoping my spring and summer will be full of this beautiful desert light and breezy whites. I have no idea if these were actually taken at Joshua Tree, but this is awfully similar to the California park 3 hours outside of Los Angeles. I’ve been. It’s amazing. You must go.

Model Alla Kostrovichova by Gregor Hohenberg for Elle Germany April 2015.