We did a little island hopping over the 4th of July holiday for an extra special Destination Family portrait session. It was a trip that had already been in the works for the entire family. But they came without one important member. Darlene passed away last December after a short battle with cancer. The family vacation suddenly became a special time for the family to gather in a beautiful location and celebrate her life.
I was able to photograph the family at their private rental home in Koloa on the evening of the littlest member’s second birthday. It was so fun to get a glimpse into their lives together. We set up shop in the backyard and families mingled in and out before gathering together for a big family portrait. The next morning, we gathered together on the lanai to view the photographs. It was such an honor to be able to photograph such a sweet time, and to watch them see themselves through my lens. Through birthdays and loss and celebration of lives. This family sticks together. Always. I asked the family to send along a photo of Darlene, which has been included at the end of this post.