Family photoshoots usually intimidate me beyond belief, mostly because of the much larger amount of variables. When I'm working with just one or two people, I can move rapidly from location to location, shot to shot, pretty seamlessly without having to worry too much about the subjects keeping up. I like to maximize the amount and variety of images for my clients so that I can ensure they get what they are looking for. With larger families, it takes a lot more effort and clear/concise communication to make sure that everyone is on the same page and knows exactly what to do and when to do it.
Needless to say, this was not the case with the Stewards. Even when Lauren contacted me a few weeks out, communication was fluid and we were able to work together to create a perfect photography experience. There were difficulties that we had to work around, but we were lucky in that they were staying a few hundred feet from a world class beach that made for an excellent photoshoot location.
Ko'olina is located on the west side of Oahu and is most famous for its man-made coves along the coast. The water in the Ko'olina coves is calm because it is barricaded from the ocean with walls of rock. Since it is westward facing, it also receives great views of the sunset. It is a perfect spot for kids and other weak swimmers, or just beach-goers that don't want to be burdened by adventure seekers. It's also tucked away in a sea of hotels, so it remains relatively underpopulated.