Love Letters at Palauea Beach

Wishing you an early Happy Valentine’s Day!

As much as Cody and I love photography, we have both realized that we don’t get in front of the camera often enough. Sure, one of us will stand in the photo as we capture that gorgeous waterfall, and every once in a while we’ll ask a stranger to take our photo near some famous lookout, but our last official photo shoot was during our wedding almost four years ago. FOUR.YEARS! Needless to say, we were in dire need for some updated family photos.

While watching the sunset on Ke’e Beach in Kauai last summer, I had the magnificent (and completely original) 😉 idea to get our family photos taken in Hawaii. We love the beach and you all know by now that Hawaii is our favorite place on Earth, so it was a no-brainer to have our photos taken on the beach at sunset at some point in the near future. And luckily for us, our Maui Christmas trip was on the horizon.

I knew that I wanted a dreamy, soft, romantic session–I was envisioning sunflares, beautiful lighting, hopefully a killer sunset, and an awesome location. So, last summer I began a quest to find a talented photographer in Maui, and that’s when I found Mariah Milan Photography. This woman has killer photography skills y’all, and best of all, her photography style was exactly what I was looking for. And when I read that our session deposit would be donated to a local non-profit of our choice, I knew that we had found the right person. This woman truly embodies the Aloha Spirit.

When we met up with Mariah she was so sweet and friendly. She made us feel completely at ease and most importantly she made us LAUGH. I think it goes without saying, but Mariah knocked this one out of the park–or should I say, beach.

Mariah Milan Photography

Mariah Milan Photography

Mariah Milan Photography

Mariah Milan Photography

All photos taken by Mariah Milan. Heading to Maui? Book your session NOW!


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  1. February 13, 2015 / 12:08 AM

    Both the location and photographs are awesome…

    • February 13, 2015 / 9:49 AM

      Thank you, Santosh!

  2. February 13, 2015 / 9:32 AM

    BEAUTIFUL! What a special way to capture your time in Maui.

    • February 13, 2015 / 9:51 AM

      Hey Leigh,
      Thank you! It is fun to look back at all of the photos because you can see that we were just having a lot of fun. Hopefully one day we can do it again!
      Have a great weekend.

  3. February 13, 2015 / 10:35 AM

    Oh my gosh they are gorgeous!!!!!!! Great photos! And LOVE your dress!!! Is it bad that I want to do this with my husband and we’ve only been married 1.5 years?! Hahaha. I love photoshoots! 🙂

    • February 13, 2015 / 5:35 PM

      Hi Shauna,
      Thank you! I always worry about what to wear, but when I found the dress back in the fall I knew it would be perfect. I like getting our photos done too, I’ve just been a major procrastinator 😉 I’m happy to have some new photos to hang in my home.
      Have a great weekend!

  4. February 13, 2015 / 3:15 PM

    Apt photos for the Valentines day! You both look stunning and awesome photography too! Love the backgrounds of such a beautiful place too!

    • February 13, 2015 / 5:32 PM

      Aloha Monsoon Breeze.
      Thank you so much. Our photographer did an excellent job. 🙂 Palauea beach is one of my new favorite beaches! Have a great day!

  5. February 14, 2015 / 1:29 AM

    What a great idea! The photos are stunning 🙂

    • February 15, 2015 / 12:24 PM

      Thanks, friend!! 🙂 I owe it all to the photographer, she’s incredible.

  6. February 14, 2015 / 9:55 PM

    Aloha Krystle,
    Happy Valentine’s Day! That was a great idea and your pictures are adorable.
    A Hui Hou,

    • February 15, 2015 / 12:23 PM

      Aloha Wayne! Happy Valentine’s Day to you as well! Thank you very much. 🙂 We are headed to Kauai for a few days next January, we reserved the condo this last week. Already counting down the days…
      A Hui Hou!

  7. February 17, 2015 / 3:13 PM

    How did I not know that you have a killer blog?!?!? — loved meeting you guys and laughing with you all – what a perfect evening!

    • February 17, 2015 / 8:35 PM

      Hi Mariah!
      Thanks for stopping by my blog. 🙂 What an honor. It was indeed a perfect evening, and Cody and I couldn’t be happier with our photos. Thanks again, it was so great to meet you. Hope we can meet up again in the near future. 🙂

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