We had the pleasure of meeting Kechia, Marc and Mason at The Kahala Hotel & Resort on the south shore of Oahu. It was their first time to Hawaii in nearly a decade and they were on Island to celebrate a friends wedding as well their son Mason's first birthday. 

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A lot of family photographers love shooting first birthdays. We do, too! They are a time when the child begins to really emerge as their own individual They are expressive, curious and, well, occasionally cranky... but, Mason was only full of joy and laughter. Not surprisingly, they were looking for a Hawaii photographer to capture it all.

We were lucky because it was a perfect afternoon for a family beach shoot. It was a little bit cloudy mixed with a little bit of sunshine -an hour or so before sundown. This makes for the most beautiful golden diffused light that is both flattering and easy on the eyes. All the colors become more saturated and pop and you end up with that vibrant Hawaii feel that everyone wants to go home with.

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The warm light mixed with the warmth from this beautiful loving family made the recipe for a perfect shoot. 

-written by Julia (Pacific Dream Photography at The Kahala Hotel & Resort)