I was in Fiji to photograph a wedding at the Outrigger on the Lagoon Fiji Resort, but on top of taking tourist happy-snaps, I like to organise a photoshoot of some sort.

This portrait session with with Malia & Stu, who are local Fijian wedding photographers … no pressure right!

Stu & Malia, the husband & wife team behind Lia & Stu Destination Photographers servicing the Fiji Islands.

Malia has Hawaiian heritage and Stuart is American. They met in Hawaii and now live and work in beautiful Fiji sharing their two passions, photography and surfing. Make sure you check out their amazing underwater photography session as they take the day-after wedding and Trash The Dress shoots to new depths.

We had a beautiful afternoon of sunshine for the couple’s portrait session near Nadi, Fiji where they live. I got a little lost on the way so was running late and managed to get myself pulled over by the local Fijian police for apparently doing an illegal u-turn. Thankfully the kind officer let me off with a warning. Shortly after, Malia & Stu rocked up behind me in one of those very cool black taxi’s you see all over Fiji – sweet! We went a short way up the road, then drove off the side of the road, down the embankment, across the train track and into someone’s farm, and that was our location for our session. Malia & Stu are dog and animal people, and in my books that means they are people with a good soul.   I was suppose to meet the rest of their animal family and include them in our shoot, but me getting lost meant I was way off track to get to their house – buggar!

It was nice to just get out in unfamiliar surroundings, pull out the camera and work with what I had. It turned out to be one of my favourite couple’s sessions ever, even though it lasted only about 30 minutes. But in that short amount of time we pulled out some awesome photos and doesn’t Malia just have a smile that would light up any room.

Here are some images from their session.  I warn you, these two are cute!

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