I have worked along side Rachel for years and have also witnessed the last couple of difficult ones with her battle with cancer. It is always a shock when someone you know receives this news and it definitely brings things into perspective. She told me how much her community surrounded her with love & support and she was happy to tell me that she has been cancer free for over a year now. When I saw her back to work, I got a vision of her as a beautiful warrior, done with battle, and showing me what actual surrender is like. The fight is only half of the battle, the other is surrendering part of one’s self to truly gain victory. When she accepted my offer to participate in Maui Goddess Project, I was thrilled. As I tuned into where the photos needed to happen, I received yet another vision of her in a sacred, healing heiau here on island. This heiau is a place that is specifically for healing and rejuvenation. I honored what I saw and took her there. We had such an unforgettable experience together as the heiau was peaceful, warm and filled with blessings. She charged up her crystals, laid on the land and received an unexpected prayer and mini healing session from a woman who showed up while we were there. We were both moved to tears and left that sacred place knowing we were supposed to be there at that exact time, in that exact place. I then took her to a beautiful stream where she showed me the warrior inside and cleansed herself, a sword and swam with the beautiful dragonflies that showed up. I could not believe all of the magic that surrounded us that day. It was beyond anything that I could have planned or expected. When I asked Rachel how she felt now at this point in her life, she expressed that she felt lighter, more grateful and happy for the opportunity to continue on her journey. Thank you Rachel for our beautiful day together and being the wonderful soul that you are.
I honor the Goddess in You ~ Rachel
Much Aloha to You,
It was so special to get a day with my dear friend Rachel who was visiting us from Oakland, California. She is an amazing photographer as well and she was more than willing to support the Maui Goddess Project by being my goddess for the day. I wanted to take her somewhere off the beaten path so I made a connection or two and we found ourselves at the Queen’s Pools. The water was rushing a bit as we skirted along the side of what used to be a more gently flowing stream. The energy was strong but the pools and waterfalls were definitely fit for a Queen. Rachel glowed in the jungle light and her adventurous spirit was a perfect fit for the trek we did together. We are blessed to have her in our lives and her radiance shined through the photos that day.
I honor the Goddess in You Rachel….
Much Love ~ Desiree
As I edit all of the amazing Maui Goddess Project sessions, I usually have a small audience of one very loyal fan…my five year old daughter, Isis Rose. She loves hearing about where I go and who I photograph. She loves looking at all the photos and watches as I blog. She has been asking me to give her a photo session in Iao Valley inspired by Yako’s Goddess Session. She then talked to her closest friend and they both approached on Easter Sunday at a party we attended. I told them I would and sure enough it all came to fruition. I picked them all up from school the other afternoon and the girls immediately asked for their Goddess Session together. We brainstormed on what they wanted to honor in each other and on the earth. They decided on looking at all the flowers on own property, picking a few and leaving them for the fairies in our Fairy Forest. It was one of my favorite sessions yet as they led me through our three acres and were so authentic with each other and with me. I am so honored to show the magic they created with very little help from me other than clicking my camera.
I honor the Goddesses in You ~ Isis Rose & Lucia