as much as i would love to see michael jordan play again, “his airness” is not the jordan i’m talking about. i’m talking about tanasha and pierre’s super cute son. he, and his adventurous parents, got lost with us in the rain forests of oahu to take some unique family portraits.
tanasha and kim’s friendship goes back. how far back? way back. they both toiled for years under icky fluorescent lighting and stale air, on a cube farm. strapped to a phone for 8 plus hours a day, they often daydreamed of a time when they would walk through bamboo forests and lush jungles, free from angry callers and “the man.” amazazazingly, that very day dream became reality. the first time i ever heard about tanasha was when kim came home one day with her “i’m serious” face on, looked me dead in the eyes and said, “i’m working with america’s next top model.” this was the first of many things kim would relay to me about tanasha. above all, kim was super impressed with how tanasha “owned” her height. kim said, “she’s the only tall girl i’ve ever known that wears heels regularly and never slouches.” she rocks every last one of her 76 inches and we love her for it, as does pierre.
speaking of pierre, he’s not too hard on the ojos either. america’s next top model most definitely found her man-twin. hey, i am more than confident in my manliness and when i say that i can appreciate a good lookin dude when i see one, i’m not lying. pierre is the man kim wants her man to smell like. morris chestnut got nothin on my man pierre. just sayin.
getting back to the journey at hand. kimmi really missed tanasha and couldn’t wait to see her again, so we were super stoked when tanasha contacted us and asked us to take photos of her beautiful family in hawaii. the heat, humidity, mud, bugs, wild boars, slippery slopes, and waterfalls we all braved to get these shots was nothing, because we felt like we were there with family.
huge props go out to tanasha for exploring way beyond her comfort zone. she is the bravest princess we know. pierre and jordan also get big ups for leading the charge with me into the great unknown. that army training came in pretty handy.
we felt extremely lucky and humbled at the same time to be in such an amazing location. i hope you enjoy the beauty of this place as much as we did.
with parents like his, jordan pretty much has to be the cutest kid on the planet. he’s also super smart. even at his young age, jordan taught me something this day…
i am way less interesting than a piece of bamboo.
every time we looked at this series while editing we smiled. these shots just make us happy (and possibly a little teary eyed). we love couples in love!
get out of the kitchen!
don’t anybody say anything to tanasha, but did you see that foot long centipede eating the slug and the huge cane spider that was as big as my hand (that hopped out of my bag the next day)?
i don’t know what she would have done if she saw those, but things may have gotten dicey.
it’s a battle of the bugs! who will win? only you can decide. vote now!
during our session, rain spotted one of those cane spiders crawling up our friends leg. they all lost their mind and ran, top speed, outta there like they were trying to catch up to the ice cream man.
i may be a grody boy, but i can’t end this post with 2 big scary bugs. so, here’s a grand closing shot of tanasha, pierre, jordan, and probably like a bazillion big scary bugs (hidden in there somewhere). aren’t i just the worst?
thank you tanasha, pierre, and jordan for having us out to do these shots for you. we really enjoyed our time with you and wish we could have seen you again before we left. sad face. kimmi said she already misses you tanasha. we love you guys! come see us in san diego soon, or we’ll just have to come back to hawaii. don’t think we won’t do it. i have hawaiian airlines on speed dial.
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