Hey there, I'm Laura

Wife to Ray, mother to Eden, Elani and Isla, follower of Jesus.

I’m passionate about connection, joy and creativity. I have found all of these through photography, and I LOVE teaching these skills to others.

I never pictured myself becoming a photographer, I just wanted to take better photos of my kids! Ten years ago I enrolled in a photography workshop, and I have been on an incredible journey ever since, a journey that has awakened my creative side and brought me so much joy.

Through photography I have captured the joy of everyday family moments, traveled to beautiful places in the world, and connected with amazing people. My photos have been published online, on billboards, and in international publications from in-flight magazines to The Washington Post. All of this has happened while I've home-schooled my kids, helped with our non-profit, and just lived my life.

It's been a pretty cool journey. But my favorite thing about photography is the way it has helped me to connect with people and to see the light around me. Photography has BLESSED my life so much, and I am passionate about sharing this blessing with others . . . like you!

I wear a few different hats and I wouldn't have it any other way.

I sell a travel photography course, as well as a six-week online course for beginners, focusing on photography and looking for the light.  Click the image above to find out more about my courses.

My Fiji photography business is Island Encounters Photography.  Click above to view my portfolio or to book a photo session with me or my associate shooter Caleb in Fiji.

I'm based in Kona, Hawaii most of the year, and offer wedding, portrait and family photography here through my Hawaii business Laura Pittman Photography.

Interested in my online courses?

All About Laura

Originally a California girl, I met and married Ray right out of college, where I studied Biology. I love animals, the ocean, travel and adventure. I love photography, especially if there's a person in the photo.

Jesus is the best thing in my life by far. You can read more about our story (mainly Ray's but I'm in it too!) in his book, When the Sharks Come.

Ray and I moved to Fiji in 2001 and worked in community development and student programs over 23 years. We relocated to Kona, Hawaii in 2024, while still staying as active as we can with the Fiji non-profit we started & run.

I pop back and forth to Fiji for photography through my Fiji photography business, and I am also a Kona, Hawaii wedding and portrait photographer.

Our two grown daughters, Eden and Elani, are trying to figure out how to live in the USA after being born and raised in Fiji. Our youngest daughter Isla attends a small school at University of the Nations in Hawaii, where I teach and help to direct the high school.

Say hello below or at [email protected]