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Robert + Stephanie: Taking The Leap Of Faith

This couple provided me with a session idea that was like no other. Although I had photographed jumps into the Pacific before, none had the symbolism and energy like this one.

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Robert & Stephanie are set to be wed in 2018. They moved to Oahu due to military orders and wanted to do something out of the ordinary and “off the wall”, one might say, for their “Save The Dates”. Thus, a “Leap of Faith” session was born.

 

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To pull off this amazing shoot idea as best as I could, I suggested that we enjoy two of Oahu’s most notorious cliff jumping spots in Hawaii Kai. Hawaii Kai has some of the most relaxed sunset locations and also the best Pacific cliffs at Sunset.  We chose to snap some images free of the abundance of people at Spitting Caves of Portlock. That location also provided some foliage, coverage from the afternoon sun and areas to walk without fear of hitting slick rock. Then, we drove over to China Walls to enjoy the jump. Each were only moments from one another and had a similar stunning view.

 

 

Embarking on their new adventure hand-in-hand, Robert & Stephanie leaped in-sync toes first into the Pacific with nothing but pure faith.

Best wishes to you both as you continue creating your Lifesong together. Mahalo for the opportunity to be your #Storyteller.

John Max: A Year Of Memories

When I started Lifesong, my hope was to not only witness milestones, but capture them. I didn’t know how this would feel until the Bulow’s entered my life. It all started with a maternity session on South Shore.

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Then, since John Max’s birth, I was asked to be there for each milestone.

At six months, we spent some time at Hickam Beach, for a very nice sunset. He was able to sit with a little assistance but was happiest in mommy and daddy’s arms. His smile light up the evening sky.

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At nine months we took John Max to the Ford Island fields, where he adventured on his hands and knees. He stood briefly to show off his handsome eyes to the camera. The day was hot but he was a trooper!

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Then, for his twelve month session, we let him roam free amongst the coffee trees on North Shore. Even though he was up before the dawn, his signature smile was in full effect. His fast feet and expressions made for a wonderful early-morning session!

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After being there for all these milestones, I am sad to now be saying “Aloha” to this family. The support they showed my small business and the love in which they spoke about my art will never be forgotten. Mahalo Bulow’s. Best wishes and A Hui Hou!

Behind the scenes at the Hussey’s….

Have you ever referenced the fantastic view a “fly on the wall” has? I know I have! I often wonder how things look if I just take a moment to step back and think about nothing but what you are seeing. Sometimes we don’t have the time to do this and that is where I so greatly appreciate it when someone makes it possible for me to ponder the situation later!

I am always thrilled when someone else surprises me by snapping some images while I work. After the session, when I get to step back and ponder it, the fact that someone was excited enough to want to share an image of the session brings a smile to my face. The captured workspace also shows me what I could have done differently in my set up. These are two things which make each session extremely valuable; appreciation of photography from someone other than me and the experience I gain.

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A big shout out to Chloe for asking me to be a part of something so special. Eloise is so precious, I hope there are many more behind the scenes chances with this family!

Chels

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One Week and Counting!

Aloha!

I have thrown myself into many adventures throughout my life but never before have I seen such an exponentially growing appreciation for my decision to act. Over the past few weeks I have heard only the kindest of words and received an amazing outpouring of support from people all over, some who know me and some whom I have never met. This type of reaction to my business not only builds my self-esteem, but makes me incredibly grateful to have found such amazing clients and friends to start this venture along side.

I have officially been in business for one week and I am excited to be filling my calendar with the Lifesong of many. It looks like through the end of the year, I will be capturing children’s lives which are just beginning and in their infancy all the way through senior’s who are thrilled to be taking the next step to adulthood. Later this month I have the privilege to honor our military families and be present for a special military homecoming. I will also be capturing the Island “Aloha” for a few families who are arriving on island or leaving island. Finally, no year is complete without couple’s portrait sessions and an up-and-coming, business product shoot. From Michigan to Hawaii my lenses will get quite a workout and I could not be happier.

A special thank you to my good friends who have trusted me to snap images of their newborn and their families. To my mentors, I wouldn’t have had the self-confidence that I did. To my new clients for reaching out to me and props to Pro Camera Hawaii, who has helped my startup on island be so easy and comfortable.

I look forward to making many memories with this new business and capturing YOUR Lifesong as we take this journey together.

Mahalo.

Chelsea Petroelje

Contact me today at chelsea@lifesongdesigns.com to grab one of the last few slots available for the year!

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Thank you to Jenna Leigh Photography for hosting an event where I was able to snap this stunning sunset image.