Hiking in Hawaii is always an adventure, but this engagement session in Oahu was unlike any I have ever done.
We planned to meet up at sunrise and hike in together to avoid any other people, but of course we woke up and it was pouring rain. So we got to the trailhead and sat in our cars until it wasn't so bad anymore. Typically for an engagement session, if everyone is willing to get a bit muddy and wet, we just go for it. But Hawaii.... oh Hawaii... if it's raining that means it's really muddy, slippery, and potentially pretty dangerous, and I'd rather not take that risk here.
The rain let up and we bush wacked our way into the mountains, hanging onto trees and roots to keep from sliding back to the parking lot and we got to the spot where we were going to take photos and I completely froze. It was on this massive cliff overlooking the eastern part of the island and it was breathtakingly beautiful and equally breathtakingly scary. I'm pretty afraid of heights so I knew this wasn't going to be easy, but I thought to myself - we came all the way out here, let's just take a few at least and maybe find some other non-life-threatening-spot to take photos. And as soon as we started shooting - the sun started to peak out over the mountains and it was just SO BEAUTIFUL I couldn't put my camera down. Of course Lacie and Jordan are Hawaii locals so they were basically born to hike barefoot in the jungle on the side of a cliff, so we just kept going!
We couldn't move around much, but it didn't even matter in the end. I was able to capture who they are together and how beautiful Lacie is and the location's limit's pushed my creativity and a shoot in a typical, easy place wouldn't have been the same.
I know I've said this so many times, but only because it's true - I LOVE capturing the place just as much as the couple. To have a very typical Hawaii hiking experience for their engagement session and to have the location determine was our shoot was going to be like and how Lacie + Jordan could interact with each other made it that much more unique. I see these two sides in every photo - how amazing this little cliffside was and how sweet Lacie and Jordan are together. I'm so grateful for this experience and for these guys who were so willing to get muddy hiking up to this spot.