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words and threads


I have always enjoyed working with businesses to help them illustrate advertising ideas, but when I was approached to do some portraits of the enterprising Maiko for her business, I was thrilled to be a part of her next big thing. Maiko has been on the Big Island for the past decade as owner of Ginger and Koi Boutique in Kailua-Kona. She recently moved to San Diego to split her time between the mainland and the islands and has started a wonderful new venture for all of us: Sutra Lifestyles. It’s an online lifestyle magazine with tons of inspiration in art and photography, active lifestyles, beauty, entertainment and more. She is working with some very talented artists who supply her shop with unique clothing and jewelry. Be sure to check it out.

We had a fantastic session together in Del Mar. It was a gorgeous warm day in the middle of winter. We explored and played in a beautifully diverse environment along the San Diego County coast and I loved working with all the wardrobe changes! It was fun for me to capture Maiko’s energy and bring out the best in her. Read her honest and down-to-earth perspective on our session together here!

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    April 4, 2012

    You’ve outdone yourself once again. These are all so beautiful and serene. Love the color in the one where she’s reading the book. Read her blog too. I think most people feel the same as her about getting their photos taken, including me. It never feels like a perfect time does it?

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    April 18, 2012

    Never feels like the perfect time… so felt so nice to just release that! Thank you Kristianne, you are truly amazing! xo