Personal – Family Vacation

A few weeks ago, my family and I travelled to Oahu, Hawaii and stayed near Waikiki Beach.  It was our first time in Hawaii, and it certainly won’t be our last.  Hawaii offers many different things to do, from visiting the Dole plantations, where I found out pineapples grow in the ground, not on trees (who knew!), to amazing wildlife, and of course incredible surf and stretches of beaches.  We went swimming with the wild Hawaiian Spinner Dolphins and Green Sea turtles near a gorgeous reef.  I would highly encourage everyone to visit these endangered animals in their natural environment, as nothing beats swimming feet away from a wild dolphin in my eyes.  We used Wild Side Specialty Tours because of their commitment to ecotourism, and would recommend them to anyone looking for a truly unforgettable experience.

My oldest son got to experience surfing for the first time, and to our surprise, he was a natural!  He enjoyed it so much, he went back for more the next day, and even scoped out surf boards for sale – though I am not sure how much surfing he will find in Calgary!

Of course, I couldn’t wait to do a beach session with my family, and here are a few of my favourite shots from the session.  Stay tuned – in a few weeks I will be showcasing an awesome product I will be offering my clients using one of these shots….any ideas which one(s) I will be using?



Surf, sand, wild animals…it was a perfect vacation and just what we needed after a long Calgary winter!



  • Anna Kapala

    Hi Jen! We love the blog. Your pictures are amazing!!!

  • Joan

    Wonderful picture, excellent site. I will check in again to see what new and interesting things you will have to share with us as you continue to explore/share your great photography. Joan

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