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December 24, 2019

DANG was 2019 a year!! I started the year off with my annual winter adventure trip and I hit the ground running when I got back home to Hawaii. I flew to all of the major Hawaiian islands almost every single month for weddings, elopements and portrait sessions, and to the mainland for weddings, portraits and personal adventures. It seems like 2019 was over in the blink of an eye! Luckily I documented quiiiite a bit of personal and work adventures over on my Instagram. So today I bring you my 2019 year in review via my fav (and your fav) photos from my Instagram feed.

JANUARY 24 – SANTA FE, NEW MEXICO
I love to trade my surfboard in for my snowboard! This year I spend a week in Santa Fe where I had one of the best weeks of my snow lovin’ life!

https://www.instagram.com/p/BtBRzNlBIpz/?utm_source=ig_web_copy_linkhttp://

FEBRUARY 6 – LA JOLLA, CALIFORNIA
Do I travel for portraits? Heck yes I do! I flew to San Diego and Tiffany and Henal flew in from San Francisco for a beautiful sunrise engagement session in La Jolla. I will be photographing their wedding in 2020! See more.

https://www.instagram.com/p/BtjTWmlhHXW/?utm_source=ig_web_copy_linkhttp://

FEBRUARY 8 – HALEIWA, HAWAII
I was back in Hawaii,  but feeling awfully nostalgic about my travels. I wish there were like…   100 Chelseas to be in all places at once!

https://www.instagram.com/p/BtohG_0BohY/?utm_source=ig_web_copy_link

FEBRUARY 27 – MOKULEIA, HAWAII
This was one of my favorite engagement sessions of the year – literally people texted me that had never met this couple and said it made them so happy. One of my friends, who again has never met this couple, said it even brought her to tears because it was so full of joy. Is it weird that I want people to cry out of happiness with my photos? Caaauuuse I do! See more.

https://www.instagram.com/p/BuZXoftBwMY/?utm_source=ig_web_copy_link

APRIL 22 – PORTLAND, OREGON
Remember when I said I went to Oregon for a wedding? Their first look was inside of a greenhouse and OMG was it what my plant lovin’ dreams are made of! See more.

https://www.instagram.com/p/BwkYpz6BZEP/?utm_source=ig_web_copy_link

MAY 3 – WAIMEA CANYON
Dream location – CHECK! This Kauai elopement at the “Grand Canyon of the Pacific” was nothing short of Epic! See more.

https://www.instagram.com/p/BxAtpdgBA-G/?utm_source=ig_web_copy_link

June 24 – THE. VIDEO.
I wanted to share more behind the scenes of what it is like to join me on a hike for an adventure session or adventure elopement. This video alone had me doing this hikes every other day in September. No freakin’ joke. No complaints when this is your office!

https://www.instagram.com/p/BzGmmDvg8oz/?utm_source=ig_web_copy_link

JULY 18 – HONOLULU, HAWAII
My adventure sessions reallllyyy took off this year, and I am forever grateful!! This was one of my fave simple and minimalistic adventure shots from this year. Love this view!

https://www.instagram.com/p/B0EWhgmA5nB/?utm_source=ig_web_copy_link

JULY 26 – GREEN SAND BEACH, BIG ISLAND
Most of my island travels are for work, but this year I went to the Big Island for an epic weekend adventure. This is from my all time favorite beach in the world. It’s an adventure to get to, and it just doesn’t seem like it’s Earth when you are there. Of course I had to flex with the Jeep!

https://www.instagram.com/p/B0ZCEmZgcCT/?utm_source=ig_web_copy_link

AUGUST 9 – WAIMEA VALLEY, OAHU
The veil photo and blog that sent all my brides to the bridal store to get a veil for their own wedding!

https://www.instagram.com/p/B08_CujgYms/?utm_source=ig_web_copy_link

AUGUST 22 – HAWAII POLO FIELD
Brides and horses, enough said!! See more of the Hawaii Polo Field wedding inspo on the blog!

https://www.instagram.com/p/B1ecRmnAksK/?utm_source=ig_web_copy_link

SEPTEMBER 23 – ESTES PARK, COLORADO
Hawaii was SO SO SO hot this summer. I was literally melting so I booked it to Colorado for a few days to cool off. Was it that dire of a situation? Not really, I just love Colorado so much.

https://www.instagram.com/p/B2xnyrNAsNq/?utm_source=ig_web_copy_link

MORE COLORADO BECAUSE,  COLORADO.

https://www.instagram.com/p/B248EnLAY4y/?utm_source=ig_web_copy_link

OCTOBER 15 – PAPA KONA EVENTS, KONA HAWAII
Rachel and Peter had an EPIC sunset during the wedding, and this was one of my favorite photos of the day because it’s so true to them. Love them, love it, love Kona!

https://www.instagram.com/p/B3pfXY1gIHE/?utm_source=ig_web_copy_link

OCTOBER 25 – MOLOKAI
The drone makes its debut appearance, showing me doing what I do when I’m not working. Get ready for more!

https://www.instagram.com/p/B4DPuhoAFOU/?utm_source=ig_web_copy_link

NOVEMBER 25 – NORTH SHORE, OAHU
Another engagement sesh stunner. We got so lucky with this rainbow! See more.

https://www.instagram.com/p/B5Tk9ylj7YA/?utm_source=ig_web_copy_link

DECEMBER 9 – BIG SUR, CALIFORNIA
My bestie, Courtney, and I met up in Cali to adventure around Big Sur on her way to Hawaii. It was what my NorCal dreams were made of. I can not wait to go back!

https://www.instagram.com/p/B528pTWDLwb/?utm_source=ig_web_copy_link

DECEMBER 19 – MAUI TROPICAL PLANTATION, MAUI
The announcement of this lovely new site design that you are currently scrolling through right now! Thank you to all my clients who left me so many amazing reviews describing how my work made them feel. That was the inspiration for the colors and joy that you see here.

https://www.instagram.com/p/B6OVmVbj2jj/?utm_source=ig_web_copy_link

DECEMBER 21 – KAPAA, HAWAII
My last Insta post of the year, because your girl is going to spend time with the fam! Happy new year, everyone!!!

https://www.instagram.com/p/B6VqTpIjYUu/?utm_source=ig_web_copy_link

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