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    Hi! This is the photography and lifestyle blog of Sheena Bean of Photography In the Light. I am a lifestyle photographer based in Kauai, Hawaii. I moved here with my family in January of 2015. My husband is the youth pastor at Lihue Missionary Church and we are raising three little world changers, Noakea, Banyan, and Avenlea Wren. This is His story, our story, and little snippets of life on a 562 square mile rock in the middle of the Pacific.

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Eastern North Carolina Photographer – Families – The Thorp’s

Sometimes, being a photographer in North Carolina, and specifically in the small town in which we live, can be uninspiring location-wise.  I’m probably going to get flamed for saying that, but after living in Hawaii, there are times I bemoan the fact that I don’t have lush mountains or turquoise waters to shoot around.  However, there are these little pocket locations that make my heart soar.  Oftentimes, they are tucked away in some otherwise unassuming location and it’s often my clients that hint me on to them.  This gorgeous spot on the river is the in back of a neighborhood by the water and then evening sun coming through the trees is simply etherial.

I did this family session for my sweet friend, Jen and her duo of Calebs…..hubby, “Big Caleb,” and son, “Little Caleb.”  This is the 4th session I have been able to do with this gorgeous little group, and it’s my favorite so far.  The first time I met the Thorps, little Caleb was just 5 months old and he stole my heart with his blonde curls and big blue eyes.  He has grown into a busy and mischievous little 2 year old who is so fun to hang out with.  When Jen told me the location I wanted to shoot, it was like an “ah-ha” moment.  I had been back there a handful of times, but had never considered shooting there.  It’s definitely going to be used again, though.  The light was just ridiculously perfect.  I could shoot there every day and twice on Sunday’s and not grow tired of it.

The blue truck you will see in some of the shots is my husbands second baby, Ole’ Bessy.  She’s a ’65 Ford and he is generous enough to drive it to locations for me and wrangle the Tres Frijoles while I shoot.  Jen was so creative and had some fantastic ideas for her session, so it made my job really easy.  I say it all the time, but I really do have the best clients.  They are always so inspired and crafty and come up with these amazingly fun ideas for unique and memorable sessions; being a photographer is so much fun when you get clients like that.  

August 12, 2013 - 1:32 am

DAWN GRUENNERT - Sheena, you really do a wonderful job! And my girls just love you!!!!

August 12, 2013 - 1:53 am

Shannon - I LOVE this session. Its beautiful!

August 12, 2013 - 1:55 am

Denise Lane - Love these pics! I love the blue and yellow color theme they chose. Very cute!

August 12, 2013 - 1:59 am

Alyson Moody - CUTE IDEAS!! I am loving that location!! ;)

August 12, 2013 - 2:40 am

Christina Pellerin - What beautiful pictures!! Wonderful ideas and awesome job!!! :-)

August 12, 2013 - 3:53 am

Sara Clark - These are so beautiful! They capture little Caleb’s sweetness so perfectly:)

The Bean Family Chronicles – Favorable Winds and Stifling Humidity (or, sailing in the south)

At one time in our lives, every second of free time was spent surfing.  This was before kids, before houses, before pets and school and work, ect., ect.  Times have changed, but it’s still important for us to keep our kids (and ourselves, for that matter) connected with the water.  While the ocean isn’t really that far from us (only about an hour), more often or not, we find ourselves taking advantage of our proximity to the river instead of making the haul to the beach.  A couple years ago, Austin and his dad found this great sailboat for a super good deal, and they made an arrangement together to buy it (his dad) and maintain it (us).  It has been a great treat to us and a way to bless others to be able to use the boat and spend time on the water.

All that to say that, today, we went sailing.  Being on a 28 foot boat with 3 kids is both joyous and tumultuous at once.  Noakea is great onboard.  He is helpful, interested, and overall a good first mate.  Avenlea, too, is pretty chill underway, for the most part.  She fusses here and there, but she is pretty genial as long as she has somewhere to crawl and stuff to get into.  Banyan, though… well, our 2 year old has a way of making a sailing voyage of any length feel like a Pacific crossing.  He complains.  A lot.  He’s hot.  He’s hungry.  He’s tired.  He wants mommy.  He wants daddy.  He wants to swim.  He doesn’t want to swim.  And on, and on, and on.  I tell myself that one day we will look back and be glad that we went through the hassle of taking young kids on board.  That day is not here yet.  But, we do it.

All these pictures came off my iphone, so don’t critique them too hard.  I’m too scared to bring my DSLR on the water, because i’m a clutz and it wouldn’t be cheap to replace….

Post-swim naked time.  It felt so wrong to let him swim in that cast, even though I know it’s waterproof.  95 degree heat, however, left us no other option but to jump in!

“I have to pee!” – Banyan

My brave son (total sarcasm there) clung to daddy for fear of getting bitten by crabs.  That live at the bottom of the river.  10 feet below him.  Sigh.

Little Mamma <3  This rascally thing slept for about 40 minutes of the voyage.  She spent the other 2 hours getting into everything she could get her hands on.

The sailing portion of our morning was cut a bit short when the captain ran over a crab pot and got the buoy hung up on the rudder.  Good thing Mr. Bean is a champion breath holder and untangler.

Watching Daddy work, pre-swim.  

Is it still a selfie if she’s in the picture too?

The boat is named “Dad’s Dream.”  Do they look like dreamers?

Looking introspective as he sits in time out…..

August 10, 2013 - 8:02 pm

Kristy Hall - I love all these pics… I’m nowhere near as good as you but LOVE taking pics of my kids too. Maybe all of our kids will one day appreciate all these memories we are capturing:)

August 10, 2013 - 8:06 pm

Ally - You and your little lady….so cute!

August 10, 2013 - 8:07 pm

Nikki Umphlett - Ha ha. Great pictures! I ventured to a waterpark for two days just me friend and 4 of our kids. I too have a complainer. I have one who believes he is invincible. I have one who “didn’t do I.” Lastly, I have one that is now too cool to have fun. :) I too am hoping I’m making lifelong memories. Family time definitely isn’t a piece of cake but worth it!

August 10, 2013 - 8:12 pm

Annette - I wanna sail on that boat some day!! :)

August 10, 2013 - 8:38 pm

Sarah - I love seeing your pics of you all out on your boat! One day, I hope to have a sailboat of our own(=

August 10, 2013 - 8:57 pm

Denise Lane - So cute!!! These pictures makes it look like the day was absolutely peaceful and perfect (if I didn’t read ahead of time). Though later on you can tell Banyan, as your are looking at the pics, what really was going on! ;) even with all the craziness, you’re making great memories. :)

August 10, 2013 - 9:04 pm

Sarah Sandusky - So stinkin hot, did you manage to find a breeze for the sail? I personally like some cell phone shots shown in there, it captures a different vibe

August 10, 2013 - 10:00 pm

Jennifer Storie - You make it look so easy!

August 11, 2013 - 12:40 am

Nicole - Love that last one of Noa!! So handsome – he looks so much older all of a sudden. And I’m actually glad to hear you say that about Banyan because Jake is the same way anytime we’re outside. “I’m hot, I’m thirsty, I don’t want to walk, blah, blah, blah…” It makes me feel better that it’s not just him!

August 11, 2013 - 1:08 am

Melissa Mitchell - So jealous of that boat and that your iPhone pics look that great! Your babies are adorable and you appear to be super mom through the eyes of the internet :) I enjoy keeping up with your beautiful family!

Eastern North Carolina Photographer – Weddings – Vogt/Seinar

By and large, I am a portrait photographer.  This means that I mainly do family and child photography.  Weddings, while something I really enjoy doing, are more time consuming than a portrait session and I don’t have all the equipment I should have to shoot weddings on a regular basis.  That said, sometimes I get an opportunity to shoot a wedding, and I try to work it into my schedule as best as I can.  The hardest thing about shooting weddings, at least in this season of life, is that it’s usually an all-day affair, and it’s hard to leave a nursing baby that long.  I am hoping to get some more weddings under my belt (in my lens???) in the next year so I can expand that side of the business a bit more.  I have shot a good number of weddings, though, and I am excited to show you this one.

So, Chelsea and her family go to our church.  I remember the first time I saw Chelsea.  She was home from college visiting her family and I was totally taken by this gorgeous girl with the amazing features.  I wanted to photograph her from the first time we met, but it never worked out.  When she emailed me about shooting her wedding, it was one of those ones that I didn’t have to deliberate at all.  I knew I could make it work out.

The day of their ceremony was a sweltering hot summer afternoon and I was 7 months pregnant, so, easy it was not, but the day was delightful in every other way.  Both Chelsea and John have sweet easy going personalities, which, as a photographer, makes shooting a wedding 700,000 times easier.  The ceremony was heart felt and sacred and the reception was a throw down party for everyone involved.  The couple said their vows in a beautiful wooded lot next door to the bride’s uncle’s house and the reception followed in her uncle’s perfectly landscaped backyard.  Everything from the music to the food to the dancing was wonderful and I think every guest commented on how obviously in love the couple seemed to be.  

August 9, 2013 - 4:41 pm

Andrea Powell - Your work is amazing! It helps that the couple are both radiating with happiness and love i’m sure, but I think you did a great job in capturing their “Big Day”!! As well as all your other work–so good!!

August 9, 2013 - 5:51 pm

sheenamariebean - Thank you, Andrea!

August 9, 2013 - 11:50 pm

Anna Williamson - Sheena , theses pictures are absolutly breathtaking , you really captured the joy of their most precious day !!!

August 10, 2013 - 2:13 am

Moriah - Gorgeous Photos!

August 10, 2013 - 7:16 pm

sheenamariebean - thank you, Anna! the beautiful couple and location made my job super easy.

August 10, 2013 - 7:16 pm

sheenamariebean - Thanks, girlie!

Eastern North Carolina Photographer- Maternity – Kim Wilson

In the instagram world, today is “Throwback Thursday,” so in that vein, I present this session to you.  You guys, this one is old.  Like, way old.  Like, this chick is on her 4th kid now and the one who was in her belly in this shot is 5.  But, hey, I lived in Hawaii and a lot of my favorite sessions are from that time in my life.  Photography was still new to me, I was surrounded by scenery so beautiful it could have been fake, and I had one kid i.e. lots of free time (not that I knew it then).  So, when my tall, blonde, gorgeous friend found out she was pregnant with her first little one, I begged her (not really) to let me take pictures of her on the beach once she was in her 3rd trimester.  This was the second ever maternity session i’d ever shot; I cringe now, but I shot this whole session on auto.

The beach where we did this session is this little secluded spot in an area called Ko Olina, on the west side of the island.  For some reason, a lot of people who are transplanted to Oahu are a bit hesitant to visit the west side.  It does have a reputation, and admittedly, Ko Olina is about as gentrified as it gets, but we found the west side of the island to have some of our favorite beaches around.

We shot this session right before sunset, and Kim was a natural in front of the camera.  The silhouetted shots of her are my all time #1 favorite maternity pictures i’ve ever taken, and they are probably in the top 5 favorites of any session ever.  Since this session, Kim has moved to Colorado, increased her kid quiver by almost 3 more, and has become this amazing creative Godly mamma who inspires me with her commitment to God, her family, and her friends.  I love this girl like a sister and I so excited to show you guys this session.  

August 8, 2013 - 3:06 pm

steph sawyer - So gorgeous! LOVE momma pics!!

August 8, 2013 - 3:07 pm

casey overton - beautiful pics :)

August 8, 2013 - 6:35 pm

sheenamariebean - thanks!

August 8, 2013 - 6:35 pm

sheenamariebean - thanks!

August 8, 2013 - 8:26 pm

Kerry Royse - Sheena your pictures are just beautiful!

August 9, 2013 - 12:05 am

Denise Lane - Shot on Auto or not, they’re absolutely beautiful!!!

August 9, 2013 - 1:35 pm

sheenamariebean - Thanks, Kerry! Ill have to put some of yours up here sometime soon.

August 9, 2013 - 1:35 pm

sheenamariebean - Aww, thanks Denise. Ignorance was bliss back then, and I had no idea that shooting on Auto was a bad thing.

Eastern North Carolina Photographer – Children – Meghann Anne

I am so excited to show you guys this session.  It’s another old one (like 3 years old!), but it is on my top 10 favorite list for a few reasons.  Firstly, it’s my sister.  I come from a big huge family of 8 children, but this is my baby sister, so she holds a special place in my heart.  Meghann is now 14 and starting high school, but she was just a little tweeny thing when we did this session.  It was a cool windy evening and the old house we shot at couldn’t have fit the session any better.  Meghann is super photogenic and the only one of us kids who scored those blue eyes.  To say I enjoy shooting her would be a gross understatement.  She’s definitely a favorite subject.

I love when I get an opportunity to shoot a session that is “outside the box” like this one.  Smiling toddlers are pretty awesome, but a moody etherial field makes for a happy photog.  Often clients will come to me with an idea of vision they have for their session and it’s always a joy to help them actualize their dreams and to make a really special memory.  I have done sessions with all kinds of random props and at obscure locales.  This one was void in the prop department, but a site like this one is a prop, in and of itself.  I have used this spot a handful of times for family sessions, maternity, and even to shoot a band, but this day just felt like it was exactly what the house was built for (yes, mom, i ended that sentence with a preposition).  

August 7, 2013 - 7:28 pm

Denise Lane - I love how you can take the simplest of surroundings and make the shot look absolutely beautiful!!!! Meghann looked like a natural. ;)

August 8, 2013 - 12:17 am

sheenamariebean - Thank you! She is so easy to photograph. I need to get a session with your fam sometime soon!

August 8, 2013 - 4:29 am

Katelin - Beautiful pictures. Her eyes look very wise! You truly know how to capture the light, Sheena. Just gorgeous!

August 8, 2013 - 1:58 pm

sheenamariebean - Thank you, Katelin! What sweet compliment. Capturing the light is what it’s all about and I really try to keep it in the forefront of my mind the whole time I’m shooting. I’m glad it shows!

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