There is one thing that I strongly believe everyone must do on the must anticipated dream vacation. Family Pictures! Yes, I just heard your husband groan as you said those two words to him! Mama, when you spend months planning, have so much anticipatory anxiety, and spend all the money to make it a dream vacation for your family, the last thing you want to do is come home with blurry iPhone photos or to lug the DSLR around and hope one kind stranger knows how to use it to capture one good family photo. So once you've found that perfect hotel and made all your travel arrangements, take a few extra moments to research a professional photographer in the area.
Photo by Water Gypsies.
When I knew we were taking a much anticipated trip back to where we got married, Hawaii, with our son, I knew I wanted to capture these memories! I also knew, that being a blogger and photographer, I wanted to completely disconnect and did not want to carry my phone or camera around; as that often feels like "work". So once our arrangements were set, I began my search on Instagram to find a professional photographer. Yes, on Instagram, most photographers are on social media today featuring their work and will include hashtags on their images making it easy to search for local photographers (for example something like #Hawaiiphotographer). Next, I looked at the style of the photographers and had a certain vision in mind. I knew I wanted something more candid and to show off the true beauty of the island in a unique way. Enter the magnificent Tehani of Water Gypsies! I first fell in love with the organic moments she has a knack for capturing. Her photos emit emotion, which I think is a true gift. I saw she focused on weddings and couples, which I knew I wanted, as I was hoping to get some special photos of just my husband and I, and she certainly did just that! Here's a few extra tips when thinking about taking professional family photos:
We couldn't be more happy with these memories that were captured, we will forever be grateful for these beautiful photos that proudly hang in our home that will be cherished forever! All the heartfelt thanks to the amazing Tehani (and her hubby) of Water Gypsies for such an incredible experience to the Twin Waterfalls and for capturing some of our favorite moments of our trip! We cannot wait to do it again!
Check out some of our favorite moments captured by The Water Gypsies below.