Mauna Kea Beach Sunset Family Photography Session, Kohala Coast, Big Island Hawaii

A few years into running a photography business on the Big Island and I’ve begun to notice that everything happens in seasons. No, not weather-related seasons (we don’t have anything like that, silly!). I mean there is a true rhythm and flow to specific times of the year.

For example: this beach is an extremely popular choice in the winter and summer months. I have no idea what but come July, and I am here at least 3/5 nights of the week! Isn’t that strange? There are other beaches that are suddenly popular with clients in other months too. Some day I’m going to figure out why that is, but for now I’m just enjoying documenting and observing the tendencies of my clients and seeing what each season will bring this business.

Speaking of seasons – somehow, I’ve survived another July. July is to a photographer in Hawaii what April is to an accountant. If you see a photographer here in July, just hug them or bring them coffee or win or do all three! Because we are barely surviving! This past July I made a difficult but necessary business decision to not work on weekends. It felt (and still feels) insane as a small business owner to ever turn away opportunities for income. But the truth is, last July I had a serious burnout episode. I was creatively, physically and mentally DONE. We’re not talking a bit exhausted and maybe in need of an extra cup of coffee. We’re talking, crying on the floor of the bathroom, can’t move or speak or do anything because I have hit a low, low point of tired.

So this past July I said no to weekend shoots in an effort to save my sanity, spend quality time with my husband, and give my brain and body a chance to rest and refuel for a busy week. It has been the BEST decision I’ve ever made. And I honestly feel like I’m even in a position to make that kind of choice. A few years back, the idea of saying no to any business would have been insane.

By the way, this is something I’m toying with for our next business season – November through January. So if you’ve been toying with the idea of booking a Hawaii photo session during those months, I strongly recommend you reach out sooner rather than later! I’ve already got bookings through March of 2020 and I don’t want you to miss your spot!!


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Are you planning a family vacation to the Big Island of Hawaii? Let me capture your family visit to Hawaii with a stunning sunrise or sunset photo session on one of the beautiful beaches in on the island. I’d love to capture memories you’ll cherish forever!


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