Winter Love | Montana

i really needed to take one more flight to get my MVP gold elite status with alaskan airlines (sounds dumb but i swear it’s worth it!), so one random afternoon i thought i would book a flight to missoula montana the following week to see my best friend jackie. for some reason it never even crossed my mind how freaking COLD it could be in montana in december, i think i kind of forgot about winter. sure enough, the day before my flight i checked the weather and it said – 26 and snowing… ha!! growing up outside of calgary had me used to this kind of weather years ago, but i haven’t even seen SNOW in over 2 years! i was, for the first time in my life, soooo excited to experience that again. i love endless summer and i wouldn’t trade kauai for anything, but there are days where i just wish i could feel cold and cozy at the same time, to drink hot coffees snuggled up in blankets with nothing to do outside. thanks to montana’s cold snap i was in luck.

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i didn’t have any winter shoes except some old boots i found in my closet that were minutes away from falling apart, jackies daughter told me i should maybe think about getting some new shoes the minute she saw me (haha!). luckily jackie had winter gear for me and i managed to keep warm. the snow was sooo beautiful and i was quickly reminded how short the days are in the winter. on my first day, despite the snowy roads and flurries we decided to take a road trip to glacier national park since i had never been before, so we drove real slow (and real careful) and talked and sang the whole way there:). we were the only people in the park so we looked for good photo spots and danced around on the snowy road;) i was sooo happy, and coming from the most ‘anti-winter’ person you can be, i think i may even love winter now!

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we walked around the town of whitefish and visited a local coffee shop that was opened by photographers, and we sat by the fire and drank holiday drinks:). it finally felt like christmas! the rest of the trip was so good. even when we didn’t do anything, jackie and i always have the most inspiring conversations. i left montana feeling motivated and alive. we talked a lot about how important it is to be reflective in life and how if you’re not, you run the risk of being what i like to call “a floater”, where you don’t let yourself feel anything good or bad, you just kind of … exist. jackie is always reminding me to take risks especially with my heart, and it always feels so rejuvenating to be reminded of that. we also talked a lot about business and she inspired me to create a new website… so naturally i didn’t really sleep while i was there and when she went to bed, i got to work… a few days later and wallah! i just launched my first showit5 website last night! (to check it out, click here!)

so, cheers to the holiday weekend, to being cozied up with people you love infront of fireplaces and christmas lights, to great friendships and to the winter solace! for those of us back here in hawaii, believe it or not we’ll be dreaming of these snow covered trees! <3

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Janel and Rob | Maui Anniversary Session

Yet again! another rainy day and rainy forecast. it was like we just couldn’t win with the weather this month and every session i photographed was mostly in the pouring rain. we had planned to do the road to hana with janel and rob, and stop wherever we felt would be a good spot. despite the rainy weather i knew that when i photograph sessions with essentially no plan it leaves room for the unexpected, and that is always when the magic happens. sure enough, the first spot we had wanted to stop at wouldn’t let us on the property for a commercial shoot. again, what doesn’t work out usually is just making way for something better, so i wasn’t concerned and janel did so great at trusting me and going with the flow. i had no idea what we were going to find, but sure enough an hour or so later (after getting stuck in construction, and having to pass up our plan b spot due to flash flood warnings) i saw the coolest gravel road off of the highway in a forest filled with fog. it was one of the most magical scenes i have ever shot in and had we been focused on a plan i almost guarantee we would have missed it. rob wrapped janel up in his arms as the mist rolled in and out and i had butterflies i was so excited.

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after that we figured we had come so far, so we might as well just go all the way to hana and check out the red sand beach. we hiked up there together, hung out, took some photographs and ended up with a solid set for these two. no plan for the win!

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