Maui Gender Reveal // Iao Valley State Park

I didn’t used to photograph a lot of maternity sessions, mainly because of all the cheesy photos I’ve seen on the internet (you know what I’m talking about!!). I would typically photograph only friends who were pregnant. However, after moving to Hawaii I’ve had SO many requests for couples coming on vacation for their baby-moon! I knew I had to find a way to photograph this beautiful season of life in my own style. When I think of pregnancy photos, I think of nostalgia, peace, and lots of love and anticipation. Hawaii is the most beautiful place to capture exactly that. 

When Lindsay asked me not only do photograph her maternity photos but ALSO their gender reveal, I was ecstatic! It was such an honor to stand on the beach with them, open the envelope, and secretly hand them the correct color smoke bomb to light. Me! This random girl they basically just met who is posing them and getting all up in their face with my camera! 

We started off at Paia Fish Market for some food. If you go to Maui, please go there and eat anything with fish in it. You won’t be disappointed! Our first stop for photos was Iao Valley State Park. There aren’t a ton of hiking trails but it is breathtaking just driving in. We made do with the stairs and paths given to us. Every corner of Hawaii is stunning so it’s easy!

Next stop was a beach on the north side for the gender reveal! Earlier in the day, I happened to stumble upon this beach after driving down random roads. In Hawaii I basically look on Google Maps sometimes and am like “there has to be a beach there.” It couldn’t have been more perfect! Nobody around, perfect for sunset. That’s my kind of place! 

It was such a sweet day of celebration and so excited for the arrival of their baby boy!