Jessica A. | Boudoir Photography

There’s something I have wanted to do for a while…a looong while!   For years now I have dreamed of shooting a  boudoir session.  I’ve watched webinars, bought books and brainstormed ideas, but never knew exactly where to start.  So when my friend Jessica called and asked about doing a boudoir session for an anniversary gift I was so excited.  Seriously!  I think I was more excited than she was!

I love how raw and sultry Jessica is.  When asked what made her nervous about the shoot she said “um…being in my underwear?”  Hahaha!  Jessica is so fierce and dedicated.  She gives 110% to everything she does and this session was no exception!  Her 3 words to describe her intentions for this session were Sexy, Romantic and Feminine and she she nailed it!

Jessica’s session was the second boudoir session I have ever shot and I am so head over heels for them now!  I had so much taking these photos, from the challenge of learning something new to shooting while standing on a chair on a 20th story balcony.  So much fun in fact, that I have decided to make boudoir sessions a part of my business now!  I am really enjoying showing women how gorgeous they are and bringing out their inner beauty as well as capturing their outer beauty.  Thank you Jessica for being one of my guinea pigs and for asking me to do this!  You rock!!!

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Blue + Gray Project | Month 5 | Anora Jayne

Today is a very special day for us here in the Clark house.  One year ago today we got our first peek at the beautiful little girl that would make us parents!  It’s hard to believe it has been a year since then.  Our baby has gone from a wiggly little alien to a beautiful, sweet, smart baby girl.  She’s 5 months old and her tiny little hands hold our hearts.

This month she has learned to sit on her own for small amounts of time, roll from her tummy to her back, hold her weight on while standing and probably one of the most exciting developments for me…piggy tails!!!  This little lady is already a diva!  As soon as she puts her sunglasses on she enters “diva mode” and gets the cutest little pout and attitude.  She is definitely my child!

Also, this month we welcomed two little girls into our Ohana.  Miss Josie was born on May 8th to our friends Glory & Cameron and  Miss Lilia was born on May 13th to our neighbors Lei & Osama!  Both of these little girls are just so beautiful and I feel so blessed to have met them!

Seeing these babies has made me realize how much Anora has grown over the past 5 months.  She is so big and so smart, she just melts my heart!  So here we go!  Anora at 5 months old in all her cute little glory!

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I know I’m a bit behind on these, but boy is it hard to keep up lately!  I can’t believe how much this little girl has grown already!  She is such a joy and has so much personality and sass already.

This month we started introducing solid foods and she is definitely a fan!  She loves applesauce and sweet potatoes.  Anora can almost sit up on her own, but she hasn’t quite figured out how to balance herself yet.

Here ‘s a quick recap of how much she has changed so far:

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And here she is now!  4 months old and so very big!

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Blue & Grey Project | 3 Months | Personal

Holy Smokes! Where has the time gone?  Is this baby really 3 months old already?!?

Things have been so crazy between Nick’s schedule, my business and keeping our little Dove happy, I never got the chance to post her pictures from last month! She has already grown so much and she is getting bigger and smarter every day.  She is so amazing and brings so much joy to our lives.

This month, she has mastered her vowel sounds loves to say “Hi” when when you pick her up.  Sh loves to play with her tongue and watch how your mouth moves when you talk to her.  She can now support herself upright and has started tri-poding, when she remembers to let go of her hands.  Her favorite pass times are playing her footie piano, talking to Doc McStuffins & Sophia the First and showing off her belly when she wears a dress.  Sadly her, little mohawk is starting to curl over now that it’s getting longer, but it’s still hanging in there!

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Crystal, Brandon + Aurora | Hawaii Family Portraits

On a day when the whole island of Oahu was covered in clouds and rain, we found the sun!  It was literally raining the whole drive from Honolulu to Kauloa.  I was so sure we were going to be rained out.  It wasn’t until I was 10 minutes away from the park that I finally saw the sun shining on the mountain side.  Yay sunshine!!!

I met Crystal through a photography group and found we have so much in common!  She runs Saphire Memories Photography and was the awesome talent behind both my maternity portraits and Anora’s newborn portraits.  She is so sweet and talented!  I’m so glad we had a chance to sneak in some headshots for her! Check out her Facebook page here to see some of her work.

It was a prefect golden hour and sunset for a perfect little family! Crystal and Brandon are so sweet and Aurora is such a sassy little lady.  I had a blast photographing this little family and I’m so glad they were my first session back from maternity leave!  Enjoy!

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Blue & Gray Project | 1 Month | Personal

We’ve laughed, we’ve cried, we’ve watched her grow and worried about everything from is she cold to is she eating enough…and it’s only been one month!!!  It’s so hard to believe that it was only a month ago that I was sitting in a hospital bed waiting for this little lady to arrive.  She truly is our little miracle!

I have been planning this project since that day I found out I was pregnant with her.  While I would love to claim credit, I got the idea from my friend Amanda and her White Sweater & Glittery Heels Project she did with her daughter.  I loved how you could see her grow and I knew I wanted to do something similar with Anora.

The cardigan is my favorite sweater (a hand-me-down from my little sister) and a pair for royal blue flats that I just LOVE.  I can’t wait to see our baby grow and one day fit into them!

So here she is, our crazy haired little wild woman.  Exactly one month old in the first installment of the Blue & Gray Project.  Enjoy!

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Sweet 16- My Baby Sister’s Birthday | Personal

I can’t believe my baby sister turned 16 years old today!  It seems like just last week she was 6 years old, holding my hand as we snorkeled off Sugarloaf Key.  I remember her getting so worried when I dove down pick up a sand dollar and bring it up for her to see.  She was such a sweet, worried little thing!

Now she is a sweet, beautiful young lady.  She has such a big heart and golden personality, it makes me ashamed of the smart-ass I was when I was her age!  I truly wish we lived closer and I could spend the day with her, celebrating.  Between the time difference, school schedules and being a workaholic, I don;t get to catch up with her much.

I love you Riles and I really, really hope I get to see you soon!  I hope you have a wonderful birthday and get to celebrate your awesomeness!  This is going to be one awesome year for you, I can just feel it!  Love you baby sister!

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Charity Mini Sessions| Photography

I love doing sessions with children!  I love families and couples too, but there’s just something so pure and innocent about shooting children’s sessions!  I love how free and natural kids are in front of the camera.  They have such a sweet, honest and open view of the world that only last for a short time.

So what better way to honor a child’s memory, then with a mini-session event dedicated to childhood?!?

On October 5th I will be holding mini-sessions to benefit the Olivia Faith Foundation.  This foundation was set up in tribute to Olivia Faith, a beautiful angel that battled a Congenital Diaphragmatic Hernia (CDH).  Olivia was born on October 28, 2011 and survived so many changes in her short life, including surgery while still in the womb and a surgery to repair her diaphragm at 1 week old.  Olivia survived only 51 days on in the NICU before gaining her wings on December 18, 2011.  The Olivia Faith Foundation was created by Olivia’s family to help provide support to families in similar situations.  Along with organizations like CHERUBS, the Olivia Faith Foundation is helping to raise awareness for this little known defect that claims so many lives every year.

In honor of Olivia’s 2nd birthday, I will be holding a mini-sessions event on October 5, 2013.  Sessions will be $150 and will include a 30 minute session and a gallery of at least 10 images.  50% of additional products purchased will also go to the Olivia Faith Foundation.  All products will need to be ordered by October 25th in order for the donation to be made on October 28th.

**DETAILS**

Date: Saturday, October 5th | Rain Day~ Sunday, October 6th

Times: 8:00am- 11:00am, 3:00pm- 6:00pm

Theme: Celebrating Childhood- From mismatched outfits to superheros to favorite blankets and teddy bears, please feel free to bring some of your children’s’ favorite items to use during your session. 

Location: TBA, probably off Pali Highway or at West Loch Park- Natural light

Each session will include a gallery with a minimum of 10 high resolution images

Each session will include a free gift in the mail

Sessions will be 30 minutes – so you are in, out and welcomed to go enjoy the rest of your day

Images will be available to you within a MINIMUM of 3 days after the shoot so you are able to order cards, prints, etc before the October 25th cut off.

Proceeds benefit the Olivia Faith Foundation

Investment: $150

Tickets can be purchased HERE:

http://littleflowerphoto.com/#/contact-me/

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Pregnancy + Working from Home | New Mommy Series

When I first found out I was pregnant EVERYONE was interested and wanted to give little tips and advise.  Veteran mommies and kid-less friends alike had stories of their pregnancies- or a friend of their’s.  I’ve heard a hundred tales of morning sickness and back pain.  One thing no one ever mentioned was work.  How it changes and how it can be more difficult, especially if you’re working from home.

For me it comes to a few key points and tricks I have learned from my wonderful friend and photographer Amanda Hedgepeth.  She has taught me so much and because of her I have been able to come up with my own system of semi-madness that works for me and my new little family- to-be.

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Here are a few of those little tips to help you out on your quest for pregnant sanity:

1. Make a Schedule & Set Working Hours-  This seems so basic, but it really is a lifesaver!  You may be the type that needs a play by play, but for me, just having a rough outline is enough.  This is partly due to my husband’s crazy schedule and how it rotates (one week he works 5 days, the next he works 2 days).  Having a rough schedule allows me to get things done and still be able to spend as much time with him as possible.

For instance, I have an alarm set for 8am Monday- Saturday and one set for 9am everyday.  This makes me wake up at 8am no matter what 6 days a week and ensures that even if I feel exhausted and sleep in, I’ll be up by 9am.  Not only does this mean that I will be able to start work early enough, but it also means I’ll have breakfast about the same time everyday.

I also know that I will need to get food out for dinner around 2 or 3pm and start cooking around 6 or 6:30. I also know Nick will be home around 5:30-6. It may not sound like much, but to me this means my working hours are from about 9:30 to 6pm with a break around 2 or 3.

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How I usually feel in the mornings.

2. Learn to Multitask- Some people (like me) are natural multitaskers.  We have to be doing at least two things at once (like writing a blog, listening to stand up comedy and eating a quesadilla).  At the very least, multitasking allows me to eat while I check emails- or write blogs.  It also ensures that I am covering my bases.

3. Turn off the distractions-  For some it’s the tv, for others it’s Facebook or Pinterest.  Either way, turn it off, grab a glass of water and maybe a snack and get to it!  I have an alarm clock on my desk to keep me on track and stop me from looking around too much.

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4. Workflow- This is a little piece of heaven once it’s done.  The process…not so much!

This is where my OCD kicks in.  I write down EVERYTHING!  From blogging to editing to laundry.  I broke down my workflow by day and made sure to include my cleaning list since I tend to forget things otherwise.  This is just my way of doing things, make sure you do what works best for you.  I like to clean everything at once, but at this point, I just can’t do it anymore.  In order to make sure I’m not only checking emails and editing sessions, I made sure to break up my cleaning list and add it into my daily workflow.  I put each list in a plastic cover so I can use a dry erase marker to cross things off when they’re done.

This doesn’t just help me, but my husband as well.  If I ask him do help me with chores, all he has to do is check the list for that day and see what hasn’t been crossed off yet.  It makes our lives a lot less stressful and helps us communicate better (meaning I’m not yelling at him for not knowing what needs to be cleaned.

I also have a weekly workflow list and one for monthly tasks.  Think of it kind of like a scheduled checklist.  Instead of just writing down what you need to do this week or month, you break it down by day or week.  Feel free to put anything important on here.  I have vacuuming down everyday, just to make sure I stay ahead of the dog hair!

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5. Schedule time for fun- It sounds a little weird, but it necessary!  Don’t just assume that you are going to stop working when you say working hours are over, though a loving spouse can be a great way of reminding you to shut down shop!  I schedule every Sunday off, with the exceptions of sessions right now.  I also try to make that at least one day during the week is a “cleaning only” day while my session level is low.  This gives us time to be a family and just hang out and enjoy each other’s company for a day without worrying about work.  We also try to do something special at least once a month, like going to the Sea Life Park.  This is SO much easier once you schedule a day off.

Since we are so far from family, both Nick and I have decided that when family is visiting, we will be taking time off to spend with them.  This may be harder for some people, but living 5,000 miles away in a vacation spot makes it a bit easier for us to know ahead of time when people are coming.

These organization tips are the secret to giving yourself more time to relax and enjoy your family.  And a more relaxed mommy-to-be means a more relaxed, healthier baby-to-be!  By creating systems for daily, weekly and monthly workflow and schedules for your time, you will have to schedule your life around your work less.  Your friends, spouse, doctor and clients will love you for it
and you will be that much happier (and have time for a slice of pie)!!!