Hawaii Newborn and Baby Portraiture by Simply Baby { Kailua & Honolulu, HI } bio picture
  • Love is the purest form of art.

    As the mother of three (that's me to the left, with my youngest), I know all too well how fleeting baby's first year is. Your love grows along with your baby, but memories fade with passing days. What do you most want to remember about those first moments? The tiny toes, downy soft cheeks and dream smiles? The way he grasps your finger tighter than you'd imagine possible, or how she fits so perfectly cuddled into the curve of your shoulder?

    Newborn portraits are truly a once in a lifetime opportunity. And as your baby grows, there are other milestones you'll want to record- gummy grins, sitting proudly, standing tall and of course baby's very first birthday.

    Simply Baby Photography was born out of my love for my children, and my desire to capture the pure beauty of babyhood along with the special bonds of family. I would be honored to share your family's story through my art.

Faces of 2013

2013 was an incredible year filled with beautiful little faces both familiar and brand new. The year started off with the excitement of the studio grand opening party in February and wrapped up by reconnecting with families I’ve had the pleasure of knowing for years.

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To celebrate all the new little ones born in 2013, I’ve created the slideshow below.

I’m looking forward to what 2014 has to offer, including meeting new additions to some of my favorite families. Stay tuned for some exciting announcements in the next few days!

Up in the clouds- Honolulu newborn portraits

Not one but BOTH of this handsome little man’s parents are pilots- how awesome is that? Of course his nursery is a plane theme so we absolutely HAD to get a portrait of him with the vintage style plane. We did have to work for it a bit but once he settled he did great.

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Look at those gorgeous eyes! A heartbreaker in the making for sure. With that head full of hair and those sweet cheeks, he’s one of the handsomest babies I’ve had the pleasure of meeting.

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Parent portraits are often among my favorites from newborn sessions and this one was no exception. You can just feel the love between parents and baby.

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We planned to do beach portraits, and it took nearly two weeks before the weather cooperated! It’s been a wet year so far, which makes outdoor sessions challenging. Conditions have to be just right to take babies out for a short time, and they’re kept warm and safe from the sun. The wait was worth it- he did wonderfully and the weather was incredibly beautiful!

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And here it is in print. This is the Butterfly Kisses collection sans the 16×20 canvas, which takes a little longer to deliver. Everything came out absolutely perfect!

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March 12, 2014 - 9:15 am

mary - simply breathtaking images!

March 12, 2014 - 5:24 pm

Laura - wow – those are so gorgeous! LOVE the beach ones! the colors are amazing. beautiful work!

March 13, 2014 - 4:56 am

Jennifer Wilcox - LOVE all those beautiful products! The prints will look so lovely on the walls.

March 13, 2014 - 5:28 am

Melissa DeVoe - These are gorgeous photos! Love that one with the airplane!

March 13, 2014 - 11:02 am

BobbiJO - beautiful, i would love images of my baby on the beach! Love your packaging too!

March 13, 2014 - 11:03 am

Angela - These are stunning!!!!!! great work

March 13, 2014 - 7:22 pm

Analiese - Beautiful!

March 14, 2014 - 6:33 am

Heather - That beach image is just stunning!

March 15, 2014 - 12:07 pm

Crystal - W. O. W. Amazing images, seriously the colors are fabulous.

March 15, 2014 - 2:47 pm

Andrea Jene - He is gorgeous, you did a beautiful job!

March 23, 2014 - 4:39 pm

Hana - Just discovered your work and became a huge fan! Your images are Stunning!

Oahu Destination Maternity Session – Hawaii Babymoon

I met the Thomas family thanks to my friend Tina of Tina Mahina Photography. They have mutual friends who recommended her for their session, but her specialty is destination weddings and honeymoons. She told me they were expecting and asked if I was interested in photographing their babymoon- of course! We met on the beach on Valentine’s Day, when almost the entire island was very gray and very damp. Amazingly, we didn’t get rained on once and the soft light was beautiful.

The rich colors of T’s dress brightened the day and worked very well with the tropical location.

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This wide stretch of white sandy beach is often  deserted or nearly so, so it is an ideal location for intimate portraits. There are a few different looks which I love- the endless beach, the rock formations, and a wooded glade with a pond. I love how the second image has such a mermaid feel.

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T is radiant and has such a perfect baby belly!

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The joy and love between T and C and their baby shone- their little one will definitely be cherished. A babymoon is a wonderful time to celebrate new life, and create new memories while enjoying peaceful moments together before the sleepless nights begin.

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T and C, it was wonderful meeting you, and I’m so glad you enjoyed our session! I wish your family all the best, and I can’t wait to see a photo of baby once s/he arrives.

March 7, 2014 - 7:57 am

Eden - Gorgeous couple in paradise! Beautiful!

March 8, 2014 - 2:18 pm

Jennifer Wilcox - Beautiful couple, gorgeous location, perfect portraits!

From tiny beginnings – Kailua preemie portraits

Almost every newborn photographer will tell you that newborns are easiest and best to photograph around 5-12 days old. Some will even refuse to take babies older than 12 days, though most will make an exception for preemies. While I agree that the 5-12 day window is generally the best time to get a wide variety of sleeping poses, I’ve had success photographing full term babies up to 5 weeks old and preemies/micropreemies up to 12-15 weeks (generally within a month of their original due dates).

My firstborn was a preemie, also born two months early, and I understand the stress and worry that families of preemies face in those first days. Portraits are often the last thing on your mind as you’re camped out in the NICU.

Miss E was nearly 3.5 months old at the time of her session, or just over a month old adjusted. And she was an absolute dream and a joy to meet and photograph. Her parents adore her and I’m pretty sure she already has her daddy wrapped around her tiny finger.

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There are a few especially wonderful things about photographing older newborns- one being their chub. Those gorgeous full rounded cheeks are perfectly kissable.
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Growing quickly, but still small enough to fit on the doll bed!

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The eye contact and smiles of older newborns are amazing too. I loved all her expressions.

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E, I hope you grow strong and keep your fighting spirit. You are brave and beautiful, and never forget it.

March 4, 2014 - 9:52 am

Huong Forrest - What a doll! I love the portraits and she’s such a smiley baby!

March 4, 2014 - 1:32 pm

Eden - Love her smiles!

March 4, 2014 - 6:09 pm

Jennifer Wilcox - So much personality in a bitty baby! Love the one with the floral halo!

March 5, 2014 - 6:19 am

Heather Lickliter Larkin - What a cute girl!

March 6, 2014 - 10:49 am

Jessica - Aww! Such a cutie! Great images as always.

March 12, 2014 - 4:01 am

Melissa Layton - So precious. She is adorable and you captured her beautifully!