A Newsworthy Maternity Session for Tannya Joaquin & family {East Oahu maternity}

When Hawaii News Now’s Sunrise anchor Tannya Joaquin contacted me to photograph her maternity session, I jumped at the chance. And when she asked if I’d like to appear on Sunrise along with the resulting images, I was thrilled!

My first thought was wondering how we’d top the photos from her first maternity session, her pregnancy with son Kai (now nearly 3). That session, even three years later, is one of my absolute favorites.

That session included these waterfall pregnancy portraits in Hawaii Kai.
Tannya Joaquin waterfall pregnancy portraits

We also went to a secluded beach for more outdoor maternity images.
Tannya Joaquin Hawaii beach pregnancy photo

After talking with Tannya, I learned that her daughter’s nursery would have a cherry blossom theme, and she hoped to incorporate pink flowers into the session. While summer isn’t cherry blossom season, it is when the shower trees are in full, beautiful bloom. I scoured the island for the perfect shower tree, and found it in Kapiolani Park.

From there, I styled the session to include a classic white four poster bed with a coordinating pink and blue vintage style quilt, and worked with Picket Fence Florist in Kailua to design a custom flower crown and bouquet in a simple vintage style.
Hawaii news anchor maternity portraits

Son Kai was a perfect little model, and cooperated very well for a sweet family portrait and a few of him with his mama.
Hawaii family photographer on location

I love the soft, romantic intimacy of these portraits, capturing those special quiet moments of joy.
Romantic maternity portraits in Hawaii

You can view my interview with Tannya after the session here on the Hawaii News Now web site. I’m excited to offer session styling to all my clients, not just for maternity but for baby and family sessions as well.

Mahalo to Tannya and family for trusting me when I said, “I know! Let’s drag a bed out in a field under a shower tree! It will be awesome!”. I can’t wait to meet your new baby girl.

Welcome to Simply Baby

Simply Baby Photography specializes in custom newborn, baby, and maternity portraiture in our Kailua studio. With a lifestyle approach designed to capture natural expressions in a comfortable, casual environment, we highlight the love you have for your baby. During your session, we will create beautiful portraits to hang in your home, albums to enjoy for generations, and birth announcements and cards to share with friends and family around the globe. 

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