Kristy Copperfield Photography » maui newborn, portrait and wedding photographer

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    newborn

    newborn  sessions take place within the first 2 weeks of birth to ensure a fresh, sleepy, curly babe. sessions takeView full post »

    1 year

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    child

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    family

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    high school senior

      sessions are a modern style of commemorating your senior year in a less traditional way. all sessions take placeView full post »

of course, it would take a squishy baby to bring me out of my blogging hiatus. here’s some news! i got an assistant!!! yay me! that means i keep up with editing to the point where there are some days that i have nothing to edit! NOTHING! welp, those are the days that i’ll blog. i suppose this is the perfect time to chat with those of you who haven’t had a newborn session yet. some questions i get are:

how do i know what date to choose if i’m not sure when baby will be here?

do i need to bring my own props?

if i want family photos too, do i book a newborn session or a family session?

are family photos extra?

do i choose my collection now or later?

what if baby doesn’t sleep?

here’s the lowdown. newborn sessions take place in my makawao studio within 2 weeks of birth. once you secure your due date with your deposit, i (well my assistant eva) will pencil your due date into my calendar. then you choose your collection AFTER you gallery is posted. because of the unpredictability of a birth, i only take a limited amount of newborns per month. my weekends book up months in advance, so i never photograph a newborn on a weekend. thats my family time yo! instead, newborn sessions take place monday-friday at 10am (unless i need to fit two newbies in on one day, which is rare).

once baby is born, you text me along with the rest of your family! here’s the important part. you need to let me know within 24 hours so that i can fit you in. as murphy’s law would have it, most of my babies are born in the same week. that means we play tetris with dates, trying to fit everyone in before baby is too old. sooooooo if you let me know when baby is 7 days old, chances are, i won’t be able to get you in before 14 days, and that’ll just make for a longer session. and nobody wants that! delagate, have someone in charge of contacting me, because lets be real, you’ll be doing baby things, so photos may not be your first priority.  following the prep guide to a t, will ensure a sleepy baby. that said, i have had a baby or 2 who haven’t slept, but i have tricks of the trade, so don’t worry, i always win.

i have a gazillion props, which means you don’t need to bring anything. BUT, if you have a special prop or two that you’d like to include, by all means bring it. i do not have any sports related props, so those are a good thing to bring, if you like sportsing.

then, i’ll send you a prep guide. very specific instructions to help make your session super successful. following the prep guide will get you a gallery like you see below (actually this is only half of mahana’s gallery.

finally, newborn sessions always always include family and sibling photos. a newborn session focuses on the newborn, so we’ll get a few variations of siblings, mom, dad, family photos, but most of the images will focus on baby.

thanks for stopping by!

meet mahana: 8 days fresh.

ke place monday-friday at 10am (unless i need to fit to guys in on one day, which is rare).

once baby is born, you text me along with the rest of your family! here’s the important part. you need to let me know within 24 hours so that i can fit you in. as murphy’s law would have it, most of my babies are born in the same week. that means we play tetris with dates, trying to fit everyone in before baby is too old. sooooooo if you let me know when baby is 7 days old, chances are, i won’t be able to get you in before 14 days, and that’ll just make for a longer session. and nobody wants that! following the prep guide to a t, will ensure a sleepy baby. that said, i have had a baby or 2 who haven’t slept, but i have tricks of the trade, so don’t worry, i always win.

then, i’ll send you a prep guide. very specific instructions to help make your session super successful. following the prep guide will get you a gallery like you see below (actually this is only half of mahana’s gallery.

finally, newborn sessions always always include family and sibling photos. a newborn session focuses on the newborn, so we’ll get a few variations of siblings, mom, dad, family photos, but most of the images will focus on baby.

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  • October 23, 2014 - 1:53 pm

    Shary - Love love loveReplyCancel

1 year ago, I received an inquiry regarding birth photography and thought there is no way I could ever get into that. I mean babies I LOVE, no, I’m obsessed with, but 6 days fresh and beyond is my time to meet them. Over time, I found myself making friends in the industry. Other newborn photographers, family photographers and a few birth photographers. The more their work popped up on my newsfeed, the more I was drawn to this style. Lifestyle. The RAW nature of unposed documentary photography. I was curious. I suddenly found myself surrounded by other creatives on Maui. Through photography I’ve met many, many amazing people. When you see someone through your lens you tend to create a bond with them.
I photographed Lux over a year ago and Wailani and I were fast friends. When she announced she was expecting once more, she was on my mind constantly (in a non-creepy way). I worked up the courage to finally ask her if she’d let me photograph her birth. You know, only one of THEE most intimate moments in her life, and not only do that, but then share the story with the world. Guess what? THEY said yes.

6 days ago on the 8th of August, 2013 a new passion was born….Along with a fresh baby boy named Nox. And I was there to document it. I was moved, I was filled with emotion and I was hooked. Instantly.

Wailani and Alaula, I am so humbled and forever grateful to you for allowing me to see your life through my eyes…and to explore a new artform. Words cannot explain the LOVE that I have for your family. Instead, it is my hope that this compilation of images express just that. xoxo ~Kristy

Meet the Artates Family: Party of 4

 

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  • December 27, 2013 - 1:11 am

    ginger - Bold and beautifulReplyCancel

  • June 4, 2014 - 6:15 pm

    Natasha Remos - 10 seconds in to the video I was already tearing up. What a beautiful job you did capturing the amazing moments of labor. You do such great work!ReplyCancel

hi internet. i’m back. i’m hoping to blog more often. many, many changes are happening here in studio and in life. in a couple months, i’ll be changing spaces and setting up permanent shop with an in-home studio. my feelings are mixed as i LOVE the space i’m currently in. i feel like its my getaway. a place for me to chill out, take in a view and relax before a session. but, change is good. and this change will be great. i know it.

enough about me. let’s talk about jade. where do i begin. jade and i met long before our official session. we met back before photography…before preschool teaching…even before adulthood. you see, jade’s momma is one of my sister’s besties. i watched mia age grow along with my sister and a group of idk 15 of them? these gals were incredibly close. i couldn’t relate since my bestie and i were the only 2 gals in our clan. i watched as everyone started their families and had their babies. i watched as mia enjoyed life and i yearned for her freedom (secretly of course). i watched as  she doned a santa costume for the “girls” xmas parties and boomed in on a quad shouting “hohoho”. as she stopped by mid-day to pick up a blow up pool and some extras for so and so’s playdate. mia was always the BEST aunty. she was there when several of the “girls” had their own babies and sat bedside for more than a couple births.

one day mia met clement. they fell in love and together they made a mini mia. her name is jade…but she’s just as feisty as the mia i know and love. so, you see, jade is just a smaller version of the mia i know. and i should know, we’ve spent many hours bonding.:-)

meet jade: 9 days fresh (except in the first image, she’s 22 days fresh.)

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to be with someone long enough that you share childhood memories with them. that’s something to celebrate…by saying forever.

cherry and aaron met when they were young enough to still “play” outdoors. before college kept her indoors with her books,and work kept him in uniform. the day they met was a day of introductions, tummy butterflies, and bicycle mishaps. over a decade later, they decided to say their vows at their church in front of all of their closest friends and family members. it was a beautifully warm day and we captured the details with and ease that match that of both the bride and groom.

here are a few of my favorites from the day.

rather than a first look, they opted for a first encounter right in the lobby of the hotel. it was such a sweet moment as aaron stood waiting for his bride to touch his hand…an unspoken, unseen gesture…”i love you, and i’ll see you down the isle.” then she said, “don’t cry!” which clearly did not happen.;-)

prompted by the whole bike incident, cherry and aaron rented bikes for their esession. it was styled by cherry complete with little signs and flowers. and oh so romantic.

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a few months back, angelina of aloha portraits contacted me to work with her. generally photographers will work together to second shoot weddings or events, but in this case, she asked me to photograph her brand new baby girl. and i couldn’t have been more honored to do so. we chatted (virtually) for several weeks before we met. we finally decided to book a full session and a mini so that we could capture indoor AND outdoor images…and what we captured were images that made my heart sing with joy!

in studio, we partnered with melissa at opihi love boutique rentals and event design. that amazing seafoam vintage box and sea shell both came from her amazing studio!

we chatted easily about the birth and how alani came out with her hands beside her face as though she were sleeping. i couldn’t resist putting her right back in that position! ang explained her name and how alani rose was named after her great grandmother…and once i put her in the basket and surrounded her with roses, the cutest smiles formed on her little face. oh, did i mention that angelina photographed me photographing alani? i’ll save those for another post!

finally, we met up the next day for a quick mini outdoor session and this little glowing family was surrounded by the most amazing light! if you know me and light, you know that i was just dying with excitement!

angelina and vetea, thank you so much for having me capture this beautiful time for your growing family. i love, love seeing how in love you both are–with each other and with alani rose.

meet alani rose: 6 days fresh

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  • October 25, 2012 - 10:15 am

    Lisa Eve - These photos are amazing! You really captured Alani’s essence! You are very talented Kristy! I’m keeping you in mind for future needs! :) Mahalo!ReplyCancel

  • January 4, 2013 - 8:46 am

    Malia Akinaka - Hey Kristy, I had to stop by your blog for a good dose of eye candy this morning. Just stunning. All of them. Loving your collection of vintage props you have got going on! That is quite an accomplishment to collect those types of items. Especially living on Maui. Lovely vision. Beautiful photos. The way you capture such emotion and tender moments really tells a story. Mahalo for sharing. Aloha, MaliaReplyCancel