Aina Lana Ranch | Portrait Session [Stephanie + Shasta]

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There is a unique bond that develops when you choose to one your home and heart to another. The furry beings we call pets become more than a piece of chattel, they become our family. Pet people will go to great lengths and endure many hardships to give their pets comfort and love. During my time in Hawaii last year, I was delighted to capture the bond between Stephanie and Shasta, a young clydesdale, during this Hawaii portrait session at Aina Lana Ranch.

Shasta and her half brother Jax were born in Oregon and adopted by Stephanie. After enduring a two week voyage via ship, the Shasta and Jax reside in the lush landscape of Aina Lana Ranch. With numerous and prolonged visits to the mainland, and high shipping and vet expenses times two, Stephanie’s bond with her Clydes is obvious and unmistakeable to a fellow pet enthusiast. Being alone, in an unkempt wild space for the first time during this shoot was the ultimate test of trust between both Stephanie and Shasta. Stephanie shines in this session with the familiar glow of true love, may it come in any form.

Truly wild, we were eaten alive by mosquitoes during the shoot in a nature preserve behind the ranch. Though the bites left us itching for days beyond, the photos from this portrait session have me lusting for island life and all the rich vegetation that come with it!

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