Cadence Clare Feeley ~ Photographer ~ Maui, Hawaii

1. What inspires, moves or drives you?
I am drawn to music and art that makes me feel. Expression is the gift that allows me to remain balanced in a chaotic world where I empathetically pick up on so much. When I’m nourished from moving through emotions through art, I can better serve the community and show up in ways that contribute to a better earth! Caring for the planet and continually evolving drives me each and every day.

2. What are a few of your favourite things?
My rescue pup Zoey. She was left in a box with the rest of the litter on the island of Moloka’i, and the UPS driver picked them up and got the pups on a boat to Hawaii Animal Rescue Foundation on Maui! She’s been my companion and fave alien being for 8 years now. If I have music, coffee, and Zoey — life is complete.

3. What does an ideal world look like to you?
A world where everyone is nourished with healthy food, clean water, shelter and basic human rights. A world without discrimination of gender, sexuality, disability, age, religion, ethnicity, socioeconomic status, criminal record, and more. A thriving and balanced ecosystem where humans are in unison with all the other creatures and the ‘āina (land).

4. What is your “offering”, creative or otherwise?
I’m a full-time photographer based on Maui, and travel worldwide documenting love. After I began photographing for homeless shelters, children’s homes, and restoration community projects, I was inspired to go back to school to complete my social work degree. I’m currently attending UH Mānoa, studying social justice, ‘ōlelo Hawai’i (Hawaiian language), and social work with a focus on family and children. When I’m not photographing or taking classes, I’m doing work within the community or dancing it up at festivals or local events.

5. How can we find your work or follow along with your journey
http://cadenciaphotography.com // maternity and family photography
http://cadenciaweddings.com // couples and elopement photography
http://instagram.com/cadencia // is sprinkled with all the photography and art, including dance videos – my fave thing to do in the world!

6. What are your favourite quotes or words to live by?
“Kahuna Nui Hale Kealohalani Makua”
Love all you see, including yourself.

“It is no measure of health to be well adjusted to a profoundly sick society.”
- J. Krishnamurti

7. Who are your heros/heroines and how have they impacted your life?
It’s alarming that I couldn’t think of anyone in particular – I mostly forged my own path growing up. However, I’m inspired by strangers, friends and community members daily. I am inspired by acts of love and service that ripple out and serve as daily inspiration to be a wholesome, loving human!

8. How will you leave your mark on the world, both in terms of community and the environment?
I'm committed to living with an open-heart, laughing (more like cackling) heaps, being a good friend, lover, community member and human. I would like to inspire others to give a shit, get out into the community and follow your passion, question the models that society has pressured us into, and dream big! Ways that I contribute to making the planet more sustainable include buying thrifted clothes or from local artists (shoutout Gazzy!), saying no to plastic, wearing reef-safe sunscreen, eating a plant-based diet, being alcohol-free, cultivating compassion, learning to garden, and riding out the highs and lows of existence.

9. What advice would the present you share with the past you?
Oh my! So much. But is that not the beauty of life? Our younger self going through the ebbs and flows, the mystery of it all. It truly is an endless journey to the heart. I would say, “Don’t be so hard on yourself for the mistakes you’ve made.” Ultimately, they’ve brought me to this present moment.

10. What challenges have you overcome and how?
In my darkest days of depression, I felt hopeless and tired of being in a tiny lake of my own tears and hopelessness. I judged the amount of time it was taking myself to heal from a break up, from trauma, from family dynamics. I watched life go by all around me and felt impatient with my growth, but I felt perpetually stuck. In hindsight, I needed this time in the dark and sift through the many layers that were unraveling. And damn, it took a few years! Today, I feel better equipped to move through the challenges that present themselves after cultivating the awareness and tools from this stage of my life. Going to therapy (even though I was resistant), reading books on abandonment and healing, quitting alcohol, going back to school, dancing and volunteering all helped lift me into a new space of the heart. For anyone that is feeling down, I FEEL YOU. Take your time. There are infinite opportunities to heal when you befriend the dark and make peace with the feelings that come with it. There is a hidden box of gifts and growth in this place that will present themselves when you surrender. YOU GOT THIS FAM, we're all doing the best we can to find our joy and peace in this wild world. Sending all my aloha and love to you! xo