There is a little hidden corner of Paradise in… well, Paradise: aka Hawai’i, specifically the island of O’ahu. It is called Luakaha, and it is set within a private property in Nu’uanu Valley. Passionate local hikers know how to reach it from the back trails, otherwise it remains off the beaten track, especially for tourists.
I was lucky enough to get the opportunity to do a photo shoot at this beautiful location, with full permission from the property owners, and accessing the site from the official entrance – which is through the property’s gardens. As we headed towards the waterfall, we were sidetracked by the beauty of the flowers and foliage by the creek, which is where I shot these jungle-like images.
The beautiful faerie of the jungle is Hawaiian actress and model Jackie Seeley. You may have seen her in one of the early scenes of the movie Princess Kaiulani, in which she played the young mother of the little Princess.
The advantage of working with a professional model is that you hardly have to say anything: she/he knows what to do. Without hesitation, Jackie waded into the creek and started interacting with the beautiful flowers.
It was not long after this day that Jackie became pregnant. She now has a little girl that is as beautiful as the mother. Here you can see some of Jackie’s maternity images.
One guess what we did when we were done with the shoot? Of course, we dove into the pond and let the waterfall cleanse us. It may have been a hot Hawai’i day in May, but the water was still crisp and refreshing.
I am currently working behind the scenes to make art prints available for sale, so some of these luscious faerie of the jungle images will be available for purchase. I will of course be announcing this as soon as I am ready, but if you should be interested and would like to be notified via e-mail, do let me know.
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