Its been said that there is no place like Hawaii. And I couldn't agree more. Just take one look at that beach. I mean, pinch me, do I REALLY live here?
Meet the babes (a few of them anyway) of the Hawaii Military Spouse Photographer's group.
Group Photo Credit: Kat Parker Photography
Not only are we "lucky we live Hawaii" but we are so blessed to be surrounded by so many amazing friends. Being so far away from my own family, my friends here have become "my family" and those friendships are so precious to me.
Connecting with other military families is also dear to my heart since the hubs is a Navy veteran, and I have been down the same road they are going down....deployments, frequent moves, being far away from family, etc.
So not only does this group of women "get" each other and the military life, they are also all amazingly talented photographers from all walks of life and they specialize in all genres of photography.
l've heard many people on the mainland and abroad express that they are shocked at what a close-knit group of photographer friends I have, all so willing to share their knowledge and help one another grow. Typically business owners in the same industry see their fellow peers as competition. Typically they would never share their coveted "trade secrets" or give advice.
Oh but on the contrary, these ladies are so giving of their time and talent, and I am so lucky to call them all friends. We do fun monthly photography challenges, we have regular coffee meet-ups, we plan stylized shootouts, we have annual retreats and just plain old have a great time together. And the best part is they keep me around even after I transitioned my business from solely photography to photography/films.
We rented a private beach for an afternoon potluck get-together. A great time for the kids to run and play and for our husbands to finally meet one another and put a face the name of the women we all talk to 24/7.
We were too busy having fun and chatting that I didn't snap many pictures, but I did catch my cuties in action.