I met Roxanne Tiffin almost three years ago, when I was first getting involved with Slow Food Maui. She owns a business called Kula Fields, where she and her husband deliver local farm fresh produce directly to homes on Maui and Oahu. We were already her clients by then, but then she eventually became my client as well. I redid her website in WordPress, helped her craft a social media strategy and trained her in all the necessary tools. In the intervening years, we’ve become close friends and shared many laughs, and a few tears along the way. She’s one of the most beautiful people I know, inside and out.
We took some time out earlier this week and actually went out to lunch, which is something we rarely do together. We went to one of her favorite places, Bev Gannon’s Haliʻimaile General Store, and ordered mojitos to go with our meal. Feeling relaxed and buzzed, we made a spur-of-the-moment decision to do some portraits at another of her favorite places, the Kula Botanical Garden, just for the hell of it.
Given how camera shy Roxanne can be, I was surprised she would agree to such a thing so eagerly, but this is what ensued. It was a completely unplanned and carefree photo shoot. I’ve found that they can be the best kind.
I’ve been known to forget this cardinal rule from time to time, but I’m glad I didn’t this day: a photographer always has a camera in the car. You just never know what you might miss if you leave it at home.