Tis the season for adventure.... seriously I have SO many adventure sessions this summer and I am loving it! ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ I'm not going to lie, when I decided to add adventure sessions to my collections, I was scared. It is challenging as a photographer and asking my clients to stand on the edge of a cliff while it's windy requires a lot of trust between myself and my clients. I've been adventuring around Hawaii most of my life, and have lived here on Oahu for 4ish years. I know the terrain on the hikes I do, I know when it's safe and when it's not, I know how to prepare my clients for their specific location and I know how to make a good judgement call. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ And if things don't go according to plan, I know the perfect back up locations. We were unable to shoot at our original location for this particular session, so I deferred to my favorite backup spot. Katie and Derek trusted my vision, and the results were stunning! You can see them for yourself over on my blog!
Mandatory sunflower frolicking photo. Thanks to the Instagram bf @efrain_jr347 for this gem and @acrookedlife for the hand me down sunglasses that I’ll never let go of!!!
When Suzanna met Kyle, she was living in LA and he was living in Canada. They made the long distance work in the best way imaginable, by meeting up with each other in different cities in around the world! Their love of travel made the relationship possible so it was only natural to celebrate with their friends and family with a destination wedding in Hawaii! ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Find out how they met and see my favs from the day over on my blog! ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Vendors: Venue and Coordination: @loulupalm Hair & MakeUp: @revealhairandmakeup Florals: @loveletterweddingsfloral DJ: @akahiproductions Catering: @islandfusioncatering808 Video: @mattkuji
Some rare relationship advice for you guys today that has nothing to do with the photo. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ If you are dragging someone along in a relationship because they are unsure about you, drag their ass to the door. Help them pack their bags. To the left, to the left 😂Open up the door for them. BYE. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ But seriously. The moment you think, I deserve better than this KNOW THAT YOU DO. And own it. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ There's some kind of weird culture where it's not cool to be in a relationship. I think it's dope to be in one, and it's literally my life's work to document how awesome being in a relationship is. It's amazing to be 100% committed to someone, making them your priority. If someone isn't treating you like you are their priority, I promise you someone else will. And they will be STOKED to do it! ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ So.... TO THE LEFT TO THE LEFT. I don't know who needed to hear that today, but if that's you - know that you deserve better! And if this is something that really resonated with you but you don't want to comment about it for privacy, DM me. I got you.
@laflorevents is one of the creative minds behind my styled shoots, and I get to work with her at a lot of weddings! She's one of my recommended vendors, and I work with her for my all inclusive elopement collections. To say I love her and her work is an understatement! ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Today on the blog I'm featuring her as part of my vendor spotlight series, showcasing Hawaii's best wedding vendors! I love helping couples navigate the challenges that come with planning a destination wedding, and this is one more way I can do that! Head to my blog at chelseastratso.com/blog, or find your way there through the link in my bio! ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ --- The awesome vendors for this boho inspired shoot: Florals and coordination @laflorevents Hair and makeup @styled_by_rocco Dress @masakoformals
The smile before the storm 😂 ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ If you have 4-wheel drive you can easily go down to Waipio Valley. We had 4-wheel drive... but I insisted driving was “cheating” and we had to hike it. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Regret ensued at the never ending incline. Just drive it, folks.
Mandy and Josh wanted to wait until the ceremony for their first kiss, so their entire first look was kissless and LET ME TELL YA we could all feel the tension 🔥🔥😂 ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Wedding Day Vendors: Venue: @waimeavalleyoahu Coordinator: @tropicalmoonevents Hair&Makeup: @jessicastylehair Flowers: @Hawaiianfloral Entertainment: @akahiproductions Rentals: @island_paradise_party_rentals Specialty Rentals: @alohaartisans Cake: @carolinescustomcreations Catering: @kenuikitchen Video: @hothawaiianweddingstv Transport: @amthawaii
Fun fact: Up until yesterday I was terrified of water slides.