Desert Day with the Kalamas

As a typical beach shooter, its nice to change up the scenery every once and a while, so when Sarah invited me to spend a day with her and her family in Palm Springs, I couldn't say no. Known as @hapaholiday on Instagram, Sarah and Kahana visit blog about family friendly vacation spots.

Originally from 29 Palms, Sarah showed us some of her favorite spots in Palm Desert. We started at King's Highway for breakfast, The Living Desert Zoo, and ended with a pool day at the Ace Hotel and Swim Club. Even on the mainland, the aloha is real. I had a blast with them from crazy wedding stories to their adorable little ones' expressions. 

Check out some of my favorites from this shoot below: 

Hey I heard you were a WILD ONE


Miss Katie-cakes… what a little personality she’s got on her. I absolutely loved all the faces she made during her “Wild One” shoot. Mama bear, Deanna, did an amazing job stying this shoot. It never ceases to amaze me just how much love gets put into these first year shoots. 

I was talking to a colleague of mine today—a photographer based in London. Being an Anthropology major and a native of California, we were discussing our differences in content, our favorite things to shoot, etc. I told her my favorite shoots are maternity and infants. She told me her client pool simply doesn’t place the same importance on styled maternity or infant shoots like we do here. Of course, the cultures between California and London are vastly different. But I just thought, when our loved ones pass on, all we have are their things and photos. And what a gift it is, to look back at this elaborate shoot mom or dad set up for me when I was one. So is it excessive? I would say no. You only get one first year. Why not style it out to the fullest? Am I right?

Check out some of my favorites from this shoot below: