Hawaii Engagement: Scott & Shilpi
Scott and Shilpi were so great to work with! With both as third year medical students from Texas, I can only imagine the break this trip must have provided!
We decided to head up to the Kaniakapupu ("the singing of the land shells") Ruins to get some intimate shots of them there...Nothing like finding the beauty of Hawai'i hidden in our islands history.
Kaniakapupu is now the dilapidated summer home of King Kamehameha III (Kauikeauoli) and Queen Kalama Hakaleleponi Kapakuhaili. It served as the summer retreat for the King and Queen, where he would think with those who surrounded him, away from the pressures of foreigners at the time. This location is considered to be sacred, and also plays an important role in history - as do all the history of the islands do. Over the times I was able to visit and shoot here, I am humbled and reminded that the locations provided here are more than just photographic opportunities, but they're a piece of history that has been left behind but should never be forgotten(Be sure to understand the history of where you will shoot prior to heading there...it might bring a deeper meaning or perspective to your inspiration).
Thats one thing I see here when I spend time with a soon-to-be-wed couple...that its more than capturing moments, but witnessing a piece of history that may only be a moment in time, but should never be forgotten.
By the time we reached the Makapu'u Lookout, I continued to work with a sense of joy and humility knowing that these images will be a collection remembered forever...and I hope that in the future, it'll be part of the story that they will one day tell their grandchildren...as I do remember in my experience to be one of my favorite stories my grandma always told... <3
Here's to the lovers, the future Mr. and Mrs, and to the memories they have yet to be made,