Teen Portrait Headshots | Eli Wickstrom

A little while ago, my Mother-in-law and her youngest son Eli came into town from the Austin, Texas area. Eli has decided to try his hand at modeling and acting. His brothers used to be models when they lived in New York after they had graduated high school. So it runs in the family. And with such amazing hair and beautiful features, there's no denying this kid can go far.

So I agreed to take a few headshots and modeling sessions with him at our local park (Sepulveda Basin Wildlife Preserve). And I wanted to share some of the results with you below.

Maui Trip | Babies and Beaches

Maui is a mixture of amazing beaches, tropical waterfalls, and strange desert climates. My husband's sister, Brie, lives in Lahaina with her family: Casey, Georgia, and baby Isaac. We decided to take a vacation to visit them and see Hawaii for the first time. It was magnificent. The water is so blue. The weather is so inviting. And the family time was fun too! I snapped some photos of family, which I'll share below but I cannot stress enough how much we needed this break from the mainland to relax and catch up. Life can get hectic, and it is so important to take some well deserved time for yourself and your family.

The Maui ocean views are the best. This one captured a rain storm coming through.

The Maui ocean views are the best. This one captured a rain storm coming through.

Say hello to baby Isaac. He is the cutest blue-eyed nephew under age 1! He loves to touch feet and play with his sister.

Say hello to baby Isaac. He is the cutest blue-eyed nephew under age 1! He loves to touch feet and play with his sister.

Meet Georgia: a feisty young one who loves the ocean! She's already jumping into the ocean and riding the waves! 

Meet Georgia: a feisty young one who loves the ocean! She's already jumping into the ocean and riding the waves! 

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My brother and sister: Casey and Brie. These two have an amazing relationship that proves to us all that real love exists. These two souls were made for each other. They met in high school and were married in Hawaii with a small collection of family to see them unite. They truly are the #relationshipgoals to work toward.

My brother and sister: Casey and Brie. These two have an amazing relationship that proves to us all that real love exists. These two souls were made for each other. They met in high school and were married in Hawaii with a small collection of family to see them unite. They truly are the #relationshipgoals to work toward.

We did so many amazing things in Maui. We snorkeled, hiked, climbed, paddled and made waves! My husband golfed; I went to the spa. We saw a bajillion weddings that took place on the beaches every day. Every one was relaxed and time seemed to stand still.

The Road to Hana had some amazing waterfalls and jungle-like foliage. It felt like a whole different world from the other side of the island.

The Road to Hana had some amazing waterfalls and jungle-like foliage. It felt like a whole different world from the other side of the island.

The Red Sand Beach in Hana isn't so much sand as it is little rocks with a reddish tint. Definitely a climb to get here too, scrambling over rocks and hiking around sharp cliffs. I actually bruised my hands from a short fall I took climbing around the rocks.

The Red Sand Beach in Hana isn't so much sand as it is little rocks with a reddish tint. Definitely a climb to get here too, scrambling over rocks and hiking around sharp cliffs. I actually bruised my hands from a short fall I took climbing around the rocks.

Tranquil pools left us in a zen like state.

Tranquil pools left us in a zen like state.

Maui certainly captured our hearts and I have no doubt that we will be visiting again. It's hard to resist smiling faces, the beach, and the surf. I hope I can return to photograph a wedding here, I can imagine so many beautiful ideas and places to have a union. 

On the desert side of the island. Brown grasses and beautiful vistas. Good by Maui! See you again soon!

On the desert side of the island. Brown grasses and beautiful vistas. Good by Maui! See you again soon!