Photography & Words: Ashley Vaughn from The White Rabbit Studios
Everyone should experience Kauai. While I’m sure every island of Hawaii is stunning, Kauai is absolutely magical!
We woke up every morning with the sun rise and started the day breathing the fresh air in our ‘Thai Garden House’. There were fruit trees surrounding us and an organic garden right outside our doorway. We found Anthony & Hami’s place on Airbnb. The pictures and descriptions don’t do the property or hosts justice. Not only did they ensure our stay was comfortable, but they invited us to a potluck at their place (complete with a ukulele and guitar player and hula dancing)! Another huge bonus, we were only a ten minute walk from one of the most gorgeous beaches I’ve ever seen – Moloaa Bay!
We spent time exploring beach towns, hiking in jungles, canoeing a river (which turned into a crazy survival “adventure” – story for another day y’all), swimming in waterfall pools, snorkeling with fish (and eels – eep!), feeding chickens (and cats – they are EVERYWHERE! Yay!), sightseeing canyons, traversing coastlines, eating delicious meals and exotic fruits, and soaking in every single inch of scenery!
I brought along an entire backpack of film (35 and 120mm) and a few of my favorite travel cameras. Thank goodness they still make waterproof disposable cameras (they came in handy during our snorkeling and river days). It was wonderful to re-live every moment when my film scans were sent to me!
Camera | Fuji GA 645 & Olympus XA2
Lab | Richard Photo Lab
Film Stock | Kodak Portra 400
My name is Ashley Vaughn and I am a film photographer from North Alabama. Inspired by light and love, I live to capture moments of pure bliss and excited emotions. I enjoy the process of shooting with film and the artistic creativity the emulsions posses.
Influenced by the vision of Wonderland that the beloved Alice introduced my brain at a young age, I’ve been in a constant state of self-fulfilled imagination. The camera allows me to share my own vision with the world, and it’s an honor when one wants me to illustrate their story. My father instilled the knowledge of using a film camera and told me the very simple instructions to “shoot what you love”. It’s become my photography mantra and a way to connect with the world and people around me.
My husband and I also own a record store (we love everything analog and vintage) and we are restoring a 100+ year old house: complete with heart of pine floors, soaring ceilings, huge windows, a claw foot bathtub, a lush veggie garden, and four spoiled cats. I love capturing the big adventures we have together as well as the everyday blinks. I’m incredibly grateful for the opportunities to nurture my creativity!