the yi family | kailua beach + marsh | oahu lifestyle

Virginia first reached out to me through Instagram in April to capture some photos of her family while here on vacation. I was initially so surprised to hear from her that they’d be staying in Kailua since it’s not a very popular place for visitors to stay but is such a beautiful area. Then she made it known to me that she and her family come to O’ahu at least once a year and just wanted this trip to be a more relaxing one. Talk about an expert trip planner. Honestly, Kailua is such a great place to get a taste of Hawai’i away from the Waikiki crowds and to experience a little more of the local life.

They were only in Hawai’i a week but made the time for me to shoot with them one evening and I think that it’s SO important to take the time to do that. Especially when your kids are growing so quickly. I’m not a mother yet but I feel like moms become the default family photographer and will hardly get photos of themselves. Get in front of the camera, moms! We first met at Kawainui Marsh and I’m so happy that her three adorable daughters enjoyed themselves there. Her oldest, Kaelyn, was mostly excited when she saw the sign that mentioned the endangered birds in the marsh. She pointed out the birds (mostly ducks… not endangered birds) and would say they were endangered and asked me to take photos of them.

I asked the girls what kind of music they liked and they unanimously agreed that the LEGO Movie 2 soundtrack should be played, so of course, I did it. They knew most of the words and I was so in shock hearing these songs. Needless to say, I was intrigued enough to watch both the first and second movie. I haven’t done so yet but it’s on my summer to-do list. Once we finished up picking flowers and capturing some photos in front of the mountains, we headed over to Kailua Beach to finish up the shoot.