Aloha Family Portraits in Kona
The Stanfields were visiting Kona from Albuquerque, New Mexico. The Stanfield clan included mom Christina, dad Sam, twins Evan & Conner, and Alec the youngest. We met at Old Kona Airport Beach Park in Kailua Kona. I knew the instant I met them they would be a fun family to photograph. The boys insisted on helping me with my gear throughout the photoshoot.
We began the session at the sandy beach in front of Pavillion #1 with some family groupings and individual shots. We found a sandy pathway just in from the beach that offered some greenery to frame the shot. With plenty of time to spare before the sunset, we worked our way to a rocky stretch of beach with large lava rock formation in the background. Christina found a heart-shaped white coral rock which inspired me for our ALOHA shot. Together we gathered small coral rocks to spell ALOHA which contrasted nicely against the dark lava rocks. Christina found the perfect spot inside the aloha to place her heart coral rock. The day started out cloudy and mostly overcast which is good for photos, but not necessary for sunset. Just as we finished putting the coral in place, the sun peeked just in time to give us the epic Kona sunset shot. I asked the clan if it would be ok if I kept them a little longer past sunset to create long exposure effect with the water. They gladly agreed. It took a few tries to get the exposure and lighting just right.
At the end of the shoot, Christina invited me to join them for dinner in town. I recommended Island Lava Java on Alii Drive. It’s one of my favorite places dine, unwind and enjoy the view. I’m so grateful for the opportunity to photograph and get to know this beautiful, funny, and wonderful family. I’m hoping someday to visit the Stanfields in Albuquerque.