Kauai: Photo Diary

      Travel photos! Oh-so many of them!

      Here are some more images from our two weeks of beach, sunshine and sand. We hope these photos warm you up a bit, on this chilly evening (at least here in SF!).

Ariel read a book that was narrated by a dog. Ya, it was a total beach book. © Bowerbird Photography 2012; Travel Photography Kauai, Hawaii.

Ariel read a book that was narrated by a dog. Ya, it was a total beach book. © Bowerbird Photography 2012; Travel Photography Kauai, Hawaii.

Sam "reading" Sun Magazine. © Bowerbird Photography 2012; Travel Photography Kauai, Hawaii.

Sam "reading" Sun Magazine. © Bowerbird Photography 2012; Travel Photography Kauai, Hawaii.

Gecko! © Bowerbird Photography 2012; Travel Photography Kauai, Hawaii.

Gecko! © Bowerbird Photography 2012; Travel Photography Kauai, Hawaii.

Too cute! © Bowerbird Photography 2012; Travel Photography Kauai, Hawaii.

Too cute! © Bowerbird Photography 2012; Travel Photography Kauai, Hawaii.

Reading on the beach. © Bowerbird Photography 2012; Travel Photography Kauai, Hawaii.

Reading on the beach. © Bowerbird Photography 2012; Travel Photography Kauai, Hawaii.

Our shade friends. © Bowerbird Photography 2012; Travel Photography Kauai, Hawaii.

Our shade friends. © Bowerbird Photography 2012; Travel Photography Kauai, Hawaii.

Chillin'. © Bowerbird Photography 2012; Travel Photography Kauai, Hawaii.

Chillin'. © Bowerbird Photography 2012; Travel Photography Kauai, Hawaii.

Sun lover. © Bowerbird Photography 2012; Travel Photography Kauai, Hawaii.
Sun lover. © Bowerbird Photography 2012; Travel Photography Kauai, Hawaii.
Spouting horn at sunset. © Bowerbird Photography 2012; Travel Photography Kauai, Hawaii.

Spouting horn at sunset. © Bowerbird Photography 2012; Travel Photography Kauai, Hawaii.

The North Shore and Hanalei Bay. © Bowerbird Photography 2012; Travel Photography Kauai, Hawaii.

The North Shore and Hanalei Bay. © Bowerbird Photography 2012; Travel Photography Kauai, Hawaii.

Kiddos jumping off the Hanalei Bay Pier. © Bowerbird Photography 2012; Travel Photography Kauai, Hawaii.

Kiddos jumping off the Hanalei Bay Pier. © Bowerbird Photography 2012; Travel Photography Kauai, Hawaii.

On the Hanalei Bay Pier. © Bowerbird Photography 2012; Travel Photography Kauai, Hawaii.

On the Hanalei Bay Pier. © Bowerbird Photography 2012; Travel Photography Kauai, Hawaii.

North Shore. © Bowerbird Photography 2012; Travel Photography Kauai, Hawaii.
North Shore. © Bowerbird Photography 2012; Travel Photography Kauai, Hawaii.
Monk seal sighting! © Bowerbird Photography 2012; Travel Photography Kauai, Hawaii.

Monk seal sighting! © Bowerbird Photography 2012; Travel Photography Kauai, Hawaii.

Secret beach along the south shore. © Bowerbird Photography 2012; Travel Photography Kauai, Hawaii.
Secret beach along the south shore. © Bowerbird Photography 2012; Travel Photography Kauai, Hawaii.
Surf dream. © Bowerbird Photography 2012; Travel Photography Kauai, Hawaii.

Surf dream. © Bowerbird Photography 2012; Travel Photography Kauai, Hawaii.

Sunset at the water. © Bowerbird Photography 2012; Travel Photography Kauai, Hawaii.

Sunset at the water. © Bowerbird Photography 2012; Travel Photography Kauai, Hawaii.

At Salt Pond Beach. © Bowerbird Photography 2012; Travel Photography Kauai, Hawaii.

At Salt Pond Beach. © Bowerbird Photography 2012; Travel Photography Kauai, Hawaii.

Turtle spotting at Poipu Beach. © Bowerbird Photography 2012; Travel Photography Kauai, Hawaii.

Turtle spotting at Poipu Beach. © Bowerbird Photography 2012; Travel Photography Kauai, Hawaii.

Photo by Snorkel Mom.

Photo by Snorkel Mom.

Sunset at Poipu Beach. © Bowerbird Photography 2012; Travel Photography Kauai, Hawaii.

Sunset at Poipu Beach. © Bowerbird Photography 2012; Travel Photography Kauai, Hawaii.

Mr. Olympics! © Bowerbird Photography 2012; Travel Photography Kauai, Hawaii.

Mr. Olympics! © Bowerbird Photography 2012; Travel Photography Kauai, Hawaii.

Aloha Hawaii. © Bowerbird Photography 2012; Travel Photography Kauai, Hawaii.

Aloha Hawaii. © Bowerbird Photography 2012; Travel Photography Kauai, Hawaii.

Wimea Canyon. © Bowerbird Photography 2012; Travel Photography Kauai, Hawaii.

Wimea Canyon. © Bowerbird Photography 2012; Travel Photography Kauai, Hawaii.

Hiking from the canyon to the Napali Coast. © Bowerbird Photography 2012; Travel Photography Kauai, Hawaii.
Hiking from the canyon to the Napali Coast. © Bowerbird Photography 2012; Travel Photography Kauai, Hawaii.
Big sun hat. © Bowerbird Photography 2012; Travel Photography Kauai, Hawaii.

Big sun hat. © Bowerbird Photography 2012; Travel Photography Kauai, Hawaii.

Ferns along the trail. © Bowerbird Photography 2012; Travel Photography Kauai, Hawaii.
Ferns along the trail. © Bowerbird Photography 2012; Travel Photography Kauai, Hawaii.
The Napali Coast. © Bowerbird Photography 2012; Travel Photography Kauai, Hawaii.

The Napali Coast. © Bowerbird Photography 2012; Travel Photography Kauai, Hawaii.

Pretty. © Bowerbird Photography 2012; Travel Photography Kauai, Hawaii.

Pretty. © Bowerbird Photography 2012; Travel Photography Kauai, Hawaii.

xoxo,

Ariel + Sam

Confessions of a Fruit Bat

       Fruit bats. It's the name my dad gave to my mom and me, when I was a kid. He would go grocery shopping, buying several pounds of fruit, and within two days... it was gone. Did he eat any of it? No. The fruit bats did.

       Now that Sam + I are married, it's a similar situation. The day after we go to the farmers' market and buy five pounds worth of persimmons and pears, he'll ask, "What happened to all the fruit?" Does he even have to ask? The fruit bat ate them.

       Sam knew early in our relationship that I had a fruit addiction. Having dated for only a few weeks, we went on what we call our first "love voyage," a long weekend up to the San Juan Islands. He picked me up in a red Ford Explorer to start our journey North, and when I opened the car door, there was a whole crate of satsumas waiting on my seat. I knew I had found a keeper.

       So it was only fitting that when we visited Hawaii a few weeks ago, I went crazy wild for all the tropical fruits. We got fresh fruit at the markets, from people's "fruit stands" in their front yards, and also picked a wide variety of wonderful wild guavas along various hiking trails across the island.

       Since the only way I know how to keep fruit around is to preserve them in pictures, I thought you could enjoy them with us in our photographic tribute to the edible delights of Kauai. 

Fresh sunrise papaya. © Bowerbird Photography 2012; Travel Photography Kauai, Hawaii.

Fresh sunrise papaya. © Bowerbird Photography 2012; Travel Photography Kauai, Hawaii.

Wild guavas. © Bowerbird Photography 2012; Travel Photography Kauai, Hawaii.

Wild guavas. © Bowerbird Photography 2012; Travel Photography Kauai, Hawaii.

Farmers' market haul! © Bowerbird Photography 2012; Travel Photography Kauai, Hawaii.

Farmers' market haul! © Bowerbird Photography 2012; Travel Photography Kauai, Hawaii.

Longan fruit aka "dragon's eye" translated from Mandarin. © Bowerbird Photography 2012; Travel Photography Kauai, Hawaii.

Longan fruit aka "dragon's eye" translated from Mandarin. © Bowerbird Photography 2012; Travel Photography Kauai, Hawaii.

       Hover over each image in the slideshow to read the caption :)

xoxo,

Ariel (+ Sam)

San Francisco Family Photography Session: Holiday Photos at the Beach

        In high school, Giuliana would always bring the best lunch. Her mom, Diane, stuffed her lunch satchel with fresh baked goods, like homemade Italian biscotti and cookies topped with M&M's. Giuliana, being the generous and sweet person that she is, would always share these tasty treats with me and our high school posse. Eventually her mom found out that someone was helping her eat her lunch and started packing double or triple helpings of desserts -- helping to feed the hungry masses (including her now-husband, then high-school sweetheart, Rick).

       That sharing and caring instinct runs through all of Giuliana's family. They are some of the most generous and loving people you'll ever meet. As an example, Giuliana's grandparents grew and nurtured countless orchids at their home, and their flowers decorated our wedding.  Diane supplemented the bounty with baskets of blossoms from her yard too. You couldn't buy fresher and better tended flowers. This family added so much color and beauty to our wedding, and we remain forever grateful to them.

       You can imagine how wonderful it must be to be part of this family, and especially how delicious their Thanksgiving spread must have been. Just before dessert was served, Gina's boyfriend, Michael, with the importance of family and love on his mind, asked for everyone's attention, and then surprised the table by asking for Gina's hand in marriage!  What a gift for this tight-knit family to be able to witness their engagement, and celebrate it over dessert too! Talk about great timing. We had already planned to take family photos, but now there was even more to celebrate with a ring on Gina's finger. We are so happy for Gina + Michael! Congratulations!

       We hope you enjoy this sneak peek from our family photo session, including a few photos from our pop engagement session of the beautiful couple.

The Grands. © Bowerbird Photography 2012; Family Photography at Ocean Beach, San Francisco.

The Grands. © Bowerbird Photography 2012; Family Photography at Ocean Beach, San Francisco.

All together now! © Bowerbird Photography 2012; Family Photography at Ocean Beach, San Francisco.
All together now! © Bowerbird Photography 2012; Family Photography at Ocean Beach, San Francisco.
Boys being boys! © Bowerbird Photography 2012; Family Photography at Ocean Beach, San Francisco.

Boys being boys! © Bowerbird Photography 2012; Family Photography at Ocean Beach, San Francisco.

Beautiful mama Diane and Giuliana. © Bowerbird Photography 2012; Family Photography at Ocean Beach, San Francisco.

Beautiful mama Diane and Giuliana. © Bowerbird Photography 2012; Family Photography at Ocean Beach, San Francisco.

Gina -- you are stunning! © Bowerbird Photography 2012; Family Photography at Ocean Beach, San Francisco.

Gina -- you are stunning! © Bowerbird Photography 2012; Family Photography at Ocean Beach, San Francisco.

A kiss in the grass. © Bowerbird Photography 2012; Family Photography at Ocean Beach, San Francisco.

A kiss in the grass. © Bowerbird Photography 2012; Family Photography at Ocean Beach, San Francisco.

Still so in love. © Bowerbird Photography 2012; Family Photography at Ocean Beach, San Francisco.
Still so in love. © Bowerbird Photography 2012; Family Photography at Ocean Beach, San Francisco.
High school sweethearts. The real deal! © Bowerbird Photography 2012; Family Photography at Ocean Beach, San Francisco.
High school sweethearts. The real deal! © Bowerbird Photography 2012; Family Photography at Ocean Beach, San Francisco.
The grands, looking sharp. © Bowerbird Photography 2012; Family Photography at Ocean Beach, San Francisco.

The grands, looking sharp. © Bowerbird Photography 2012; Family Photography at Ocean Beach, San Francisco.

Loving hands. © Bowerbird Photography 2012; Family Photography at Ocean Beach, San Francisco.

Loving hands. © Bowerbird Photography 2012; Family Photography at Ocean Beach, San Francisco.

And a new ring on Gina's hand! © Bowerbird Photography 2012; Family Photography at Ocean Beach, San Francisco.

And a new ring on Gina's hand! © Bowerbird Photography 2012; Family Photography at Ocean Beach, San Francisco.

Pure romance. © Bowerbird Photography 2012; Family Photography at Ocean Beach, San Francisco.

Pure romance. © Bowerbird Photography 2012; Family Photography at Ocean Beach, San Francisco.

       There's so much to be thankful for, and we are pleased to be able to share these images of a family that has so many reasons to celebrate and are so happy to spend time together.

xoxo,

Ariel (and Sam)