"Stories have to be told or they die, and when they die, we can't remember who we are or why we're here.” 
Sue Monk Kidd

Stories that matter

Women tell me so often they want to book a session but….. “I’m not confident enough” “I need to lose 10 pounds first” Can we have some real talk? I get it. In fact when I saw this self portrait of me I almost didn’t keep it because of my mid section squish. BUT here […]

YOU are a beautiful creation


10 years?!?! It has been 10 years since I formally founded Hawa Images and Hawa LLC and I am reflecting a lot these days. I took the shakiest steps towards starting my business journey. A camera in one hand and a baby on my hip chasing two littles with no real clue what it meant […]

Why Photography? A messy founders story.


Take me back to the Bahamas for early morning session on the beach. Hayley and Chris are recently engaged and it was a blast celebrating their love and photograph them our last morning on a recent trip to the Bahamas. Congrats and blessings Hayley & Chris!

Hayley + Chris Beach Session


Christie and Alex invited me to photograph them again as they look to grow their family. Clients that invite me into their homes and more importantly their lives and share their hearts is a gift and I am so hopeful for everything God has in store for this amazing family.

Christie & Alex


Mary & Mitch were married just over two years ago in a small ceremony and they invited me back to photograph their reception celebration this past weekend. They both looked absolutely fabulous (hello gold sparkles – I see you Mary!). Their friends and family came out to celebrate their marriage for their reception at the […]

Celebrating Mary + Mitch


Amy and Ryan had a intimate wedding ceremony in Chicago and it was a joy to be invited to help photograph their day- even on a snowy day that finally gave us a peek of sunshine- welcome to March in Chicago! It was just them and their officiant for their wedding at a quaint venue […]

Amy + Ryan’s intimate wedding, Chicago


Kristen & Paul had an intimate wedding ceremony at her mother’s home with just a small group of family and friends present to celebrate their union. It was a special celebration of their relationship and family and it was an absolute honor to photograph their day. I am so glad I convinced them to rust […]

Kristen + Paul


Leah & Tyler said “I do” and more importantly “I will” surrounded by family and friends at a beautiful venue in Hastings, Minnesota and they invited me to help photograph their love story and their day. Leah’s family has been through so much hardship in the last few years and seeing them celebrate this beautiful […]

Leah + Tyler’s Wedding Day

love stories

My beautiful sister’s family is expecting baby girl #2 soon and I was able to photograph their family in this exciting time before Aliza’s little sister arrives in their hometown of Virginia, Beach. Before their beautiful daughter Aliza was born we did a maternity session at the beach and now 3 years later they are […]

waiting on little sister