Family and the military. They hold a common bond, a pride and a loyalty.

 

Growing up in the military brings you closer together as a family. It isn’t easy saying goodbye to your dad for months at a time. It isn’t easy picking up every few years and moving to a new place. It isn’t easy saying goodbye to friends and always being the new kid. It isn’t easy. 

 

But as the saying goes, nothing worth having comes easy. Through all the deployments and moving, family is right there next to you. Stronger relationships are built because you don’t have a choice but to go through it together. And there is nothing, nothing, better than have best friends you get to call family.

 

What an honor to photograph this gorgeous family! Thank you for your service, your commitment, and your sacrifice.

 

Guam family session by destination photographer, Paige Overturf

Guam family session by destination photographer, Paige Overturf
Guam family session by destination photographer, Paige Overturf

Guam family session by destination photographer, Paige Overturf

Guam family session by destination photographer, Paige Overturf

Guam family session by destination photographer, Paige Overturf

Guam family session by destination photographer, Paige Overturf
Guam family session by destination photographer, Paige Overturf
Guam family session by destination photographer, Paige Overturf
Guam family session by destination photographer, Paige Overturf
Guam family session by destination photographer, Paige Overturf
Guam family session by destination photographer, Paige Overturf

Guam family session by destination photographer, Paige Overturf
Guam family session by destination photographer, Paige Overturf

Guam family session by destination photographer, Paige Overturf
Guam family session by destination photographer, Paige Overturf
Guam family session by destination photographer, Paige Overturf
Guam family session by destination photographer, Paige Overturf
Guam family session by destination photographer, Paige Overturf

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The smell of saltwater danced through the air and the sun toasted us from above. After loading everything onto the boat we departed from Merizo Pier on the southern tip of Guam. The boat picked up speed, sending the girls long hair blowing in every direction.

 

A mini “off-island” adventure on Cocos Island was about to be had!

 

I love that the Wilson family opted for a lifestyle session! “This is what we do here,” Mindy said, “You captured everything I love about our time and our children as we live on Guam.”

Lifestyle session at Cocos Island on the island of Guam by destination photographer, Paige Overturf
Lifestyle session at Cocos Island on the island of Guam by destination photographer, Paige Overturf

Lifestyle session at Cocos Island on the island of Guam by destination photographer, Paige Overturf
Lifestyle session at Cocos Island on the island of Guam by destination photographer, Paige Overturf
Lifestyle session at Cocos Island on the island of Guam by destination photographer, Paige Overturf

Lifestyle session at Cocos Island on the island of Guam by destination photographer, Paige Overturf

Lifestyle session at Cocos Island on the island of Guam by destination photographer, Paige Overturf
Lifestyle session at Cocos Island on the island of Guam by destination photographer, Paige Overturf

Lifestyle session at Cocos Island on the island of Guam by destination photographer, Paige Overturf
Lifestyle session at Cocos Island on the island of Guam by destination photographer, Paige Overturf

Lifestyle session at Cocos Island on the island of Guam by destination photographer, Paige Overturf
Lifestyle session at Cocos Island on the island of Guam by destination photographer, Paige Overturf

Lifestyle session at Cocos Island on the island of Guam by destination photographer, Paige Overturf

Lifestyle session at Cocos Island on the island of Guam by destination photographer, Paige Overturf

Lifestyle session at Cocos Island on the island of Guam by destination photographer, Paige Overturf
Lifestyle session at Cocos Island on the island of Guam by destination photographer, Paige Overturf

Lifestyle session at Cocos Island on the island of Guam by destination photographer, Paige Overturf
Lifestyle session at Cocos Island on the island of Guam by destination photographer, Paige Overturf
Lifestyle session at Cocos Island on the island of Guam by destination photographer, Paige Overturf
Lifestyle session at Cocos Island on the island of Guam by destination photographer, Paige Overturf
Lifestyle session at Cocos Island on the island of Guam by destination photographer, Paige Overturf
Lifestyle session at Cocos Island on the island of Guam by destination photographer, Paige Overturf

Lifestyle session at Cocos Island on the island of Guam by destination photographer, Paige Overturf

Lifestyle session at Cocos Island on the island of Guam by destination photographer, Paige Overturf
Lifestyle session at Cocos Island on the island of Guam by destination photographer, Paige Overturf
Lifestyle session at Cocos Island on the island of Guam by destination photographer, Paige Overturf
Lifestyle session at Cocos Island on the island of Guam by destination photographer, Paige Overturf
Lifestyle session at Cocos Island on the island of Guam by destination photographer, Paige Overturf
Lifestyle session at Cocos Island on the island of Guam by destination photographer, Paige Overturf

Lifestyle session at Cocos Island on the island of Guam by destination photographer, Paige Overturf
Lifestyle session at Cocos Island on the island of Guam by destination photographer, Paige Overturf
Lifestyle session at Cocos Island on the island of Guam by destination photographer, Paige Overturf
Lifestyle session at Cocos Island on the island of Guam by destination photographer, Paige Overturf
Lifestyle session at Cocos Island on the island of Guam by destination photographer, Paige Overturf
Lifestyle session at Cocos Island on the island of Guam by destination photographer, Paige Overturf
Lifestyle session at Cocos Island on the island of Guam by destination photographer, Paige Overturf

Lifestyle session at Cocos Island on the island of Guam by destination photographer, Paige Overturf

Lifestyle session at Cocos Island on the island of Guam by destination photographer, Paige Overturf
Lifestyle session at Cocos Island on the island of Guam by destination photographer, Paige Overturf
Lifestyle session at Cocos Island on the island of Guam by destination photographer, Paige Overturf
Lifestyle session at Cocos Island on the island of Guam by destination photographer, Paige Overturf
Lifestyle session at Cocos Island on the island of Guam by destination photographer, Paige Overturf
Lifestyle session at Cocos Island on the island of Guam by destination photographer, Paige Overturf
Lifestyle session at Cocos Island on the island of Guam by destination photographer, Paige Overturf
Lifestyle session at Cocos Island on the island of Guam by destination photographer, Paige Overturf
Lifestyle session at Cocos Island on the island of Guam by destination photographer, Paige Overturf
Lifestyle session at Cocos Island on the island of Guam by destination photographer, Paige Overturf
Lifestyle session at Cocos Island on the island of Guam by destination photographer, Paige Overturf
Lifestyle session at Cocos Island on the island of Guam by destination photographer, Paige Overturf
Lifestyle session at Cocos Island on the island of Guam by destination photographer, Paige Overturf
Lifestyle session at Cocos Island on the island of Guam by destination photographer, Paige Overturf
Lifestyle session at Cocos Island on the island of Guam by destination photographer, Paige Overturf
Lifestyle session at Cocos Island on the island of Guam by destination photographer, Paige Overturf
Lifestyle session at Cocos Island on the island of Guam by destination photographer, Paige Overturf
Lifestyle session at Cocos Island on the island of Guam by destination photographer, Paige Overturf

Lifestyle session at Cocos Island on the island of Guam by destination photographer, Paige Overturf
Lifestyle session at Cocos Island on the island of Guam by destination photographer, Paige Overturf
Lifestyle session at Cocos Island on the island of Guam by destination photographer, Paige Overturf

Lifestyle session at Cocos Island on the island of Guam by destination photographer, Paige Overturf
Lifestyle session at Cocos Island on the island of Guam by destination photographer, Paige Overturf
Lifestyle session at Cocos Island on the island of Guam by destination photographer, Paige Overturf
Lifestyle session at Cocos Island on the island of Guam by destination photographer, Paige Overturf

Lifestyle session at Cocos Island on the island of Guam by destination photographer, Paige Overturf
Lifestyle session at Cocos Island on the island of Guam by destination photographer, Paige Overturf
Lifestyle session at Cocos Island on the island of Guam by destination photographer, Paige Overturf

 

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*knock! knock!* It was faint, definitely the knock of a small hand, unsure if I was awake or not. A little head full of curly locks could be seen through the slightly open door. “Good morning, Auntie Paige!”
 
Do you remember the beach babes wearing striped bikini’s in Hawaii a year ago? Those girls welcomed “Auntie Paige” to Hawaii last fall with colorful signs and big hugs. Their family was an incredible blessing to me, opening their home with warm hospitality while I was in Hawaii.
 
Every morning I was greeted with a cheery good morning. On the nights I was home in time, we laid on the bedroom floor as their mom read a goodnight book.

Even thought I’ve only known the Beissel family for a year, I feel like a proud auntie watching them during hula lessons, hearing how well they did at school, and braiding the girl’s thick hair. 

 
Thank you, Steffanie, not only for being an amazing hostess while I was in Hawaii, but also for including me as part of your family.  
 
Mahalo!
 
 

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They walked into the coffee shop hand in hand, laughing together. “That’s got to be them,” I thought, thinking about the couple my sister had told me about. “You have to meet them, Paige,” she said, “they are so cute!”

 

That was over four years ago. Carina has been a huge inspiration and encouragement to me over the years. She has challenged me to pursue my dreams and yet keep God first. She has shared her knowledge in marketing with me. And she has been the model of what I hope to be someday: a confident woman, a loving wife, and a patient mother.

 

It’s been fun to watch their little family bloom, from their very first session >> There love story started in second grade << to now, almost ready to welcome their baby boy.

 

Brandon and Carina, thank you for being an example of what love really is. Can’t wait to meet this lil guy so very soon!

 

Guam family session by destination wedding photographer, Paige Overturf

Guam family session by destination wedding photographer, Paige Overturf

Guam family session by destination wedding photographer, Paige Overturf

Guam family session by destination wedding photographer, Paige Overturf

Guam family session by destination wedding photographer, Paige Overturf

Guam family session by destination wedding photographer, Paige Overturf

Guam family session by destination wedding photographer, Paige Overturf

Guam family session by destination wedding photographer, Paige Overturf

Guam family session by destination wedding photographer, Paige Overturf

Guam family session by destination wedding photographer, Paige Overturf

Guam family session by destination wedding photographer, Paige Overturf

Guam family session by destination wedding photographer, Paige Overturf

Guam family session by destination wedding photographer, Paige Overturf

Guam family session by destination wedding photographer, Paige Overturf

Guam family session by destination wedding photographer, Paige Overturf

Guam family session by destination wedding photographer, Paige Overturf
Guam family session by destination wedding photographer, Paige Overturf
Guam family session by destination wedding photographer, Paige Overturf

Guam family session by destination wedding photographer, Paige Overturf

Guam family session by destination wedding photographer, Paige Overturf

Guam family session by destination wedding photographer, Paige Overturf
Guam family session by destination wedding photographer, Paige Overturf
Guam family session by destination wedding photographer, Paige Overturf
Guam family session by destination wedding photographer, Paige Overturf

Guam family session by destination wedding photographer, Paige Overturf

Guam family session by destination wedding photographer, Paige Overturf

 

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The last few years have been an incredible journey.

 

Along the way I’ve met some of the most awesome families. Words can’t express what a privilege it is to photograph these families every year and watch the kiddos grow into their own personalities. It’s like being an aunt to hundreds of nieces and nephews.

 

The Knight’s were one of my first clients when I started this photography adventure on Guam. As Navy life has it, they moved a few years later to Coronado island – another one of this world’s most gorgeous destinations. Stoked to not only be able to call my clients friends, but feel as if we’re one big family.

 

Next time I see the Knight family they’ll have moved once again, this time we’ll be saying Aloha!

 

Coronado Island family session by destination photographer, Paige Overturf

Coronado Island family session by destination photographer, Paige Overturf

Coronado Island family session by destination photographer, Paige Overturf

Coronado Island family session by destination photographer, Paige Overturf

Coronado Island family session by destination photographer, Paige Overturf

Coronado Island family session by destination photographer, Paige Overturf

Coronado Island family session by destination photographer, Paige Overturf

Coronado Island family session by destination photographer, Paige Overturf

Coronado Island family session by destination photographer, Paige Overturf

Coronado Island family session by destination photographer, Paige Overturf

Coronado Island family session by destination photographer, Paige Overturf

Coronado Island family session by destination photographer, Paige Overturf

Coronado Island family session by destination photographer, Paige Overturf

Coronado Island family session by destination photographer, Paige Overturf
Coronado Island family session by destination photographer, Paige Overturf
Coronado Island family session by destination photographer, Paige Overturf
Coronado Island family session by destination photographer, Paige Overturf
Coronado Island family session by destination photographer, Paige Overturf

Coronado Island family session by destination photographer, Paige Overturf

Coronado Island family session by destination photographer, Paige Overturf

Coronado Island family session by destination photographer, Paige Overturf
Coronado Island family session by destination photographer, Paige Overturf

Coronado Island family session by destination photographer, Paige Overturf
Coronado Island family session by destination photographer, Paige Overturf
Coronado Island family session by destination photographer, Paige Overturf
Coronado Island family session by destination photographer, Paige Overturf
Coronado Island family session by destination photographer, Paige Overturf
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