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.

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.


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.


T is radiant and has such a perfect baby belly!


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.


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.

There are a few especially wonderful things about photographing older newborns- one being their chub. Those gorgeous full rounded cheeks are perfectly kissable.

Growing quickly, but still small enough to fit on the doll bed!


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


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!

Just Peachy – Kailua Newborn Portraits

Meet Lia, six days old and perfect in every way.

The simple cream, peach and pink tones go beautifully and show off that she is her mother’s first baby girl- with three older brothers. Don’t let these sweet sleepy portraits fool you- I can already tell she has the spunk and voice to fit right into her busy, loving, chaotic household.

I loved how she would rest one finger on her cheek as she slept- isn’t that adorable?

All those bitty details- lips, ten tiny toes, fingers so small you’re afraid to trim their nails.

Since she was born at Castle Hospital, I was able to meet her the evening after she was born and get a quick cuddle. While her session a few days later wasn’t the quickest, it meant more snuggles and rocking so I can’t complain at all. Sessions always go at baby’s pace and comfort level, with plenty of feedings, swaddling and love.

I can’t wait to see her again in a few months for her next Grow! baby plan session.

February 21, 2014 - 7:42 pm

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February 26, 2014 - 7:08 am

Jennifer Wilcox - I LOVE all of these!

February 26, 2014 - 12:22 pm

Huong Forrest - What a chunk! I love these portraits. Just beautiful!

February 27, 2014 - 5:22 am

Melissa Berg - So pretty! Love all the wrapping! Nicely done!

February 27, 2014 - 9:29 am

Jessica - What a little sweetie! Beautiful session, Lisa.

February 28, 2014 - 6:30 pm

Meghan Rickard - I love her little chub newborn cheeks! Adore that last wrapped shot of her!

March 1, 2014 - 11:40 pm

Eden - Love the color tones you used! She’s beautiful!