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By Joanna Tano
Hana Maui Family Photos

Hana Maui Family Photos

Malia has been a great friend of mine since HighSchool so it has been such an honor to photographer her family photos over the years! Her children are adorable and I couldn’t be happier for her! We love going out to Hana and visiting with them and we really enjoy the beauty, peacefulness and abundant nature that Hana has to offer. I hope to make it out there again soon.

 

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How to decide on your Hawaii Wedding Photographer

While there is no “best” wedding photographer in Hawaii, there is a best fit for you! In all honesty, there are many talented photographers here on the island, so here are some tips on choosing the right one for you.

Style. Style should be the first element you look at when considering a wedding photographer. There are many different styles: traditional, photo-journalistic, dark and moody, light and airy, and the list goes on. The wording description of the different styles is less important than looking through a photographer’s website and social media postings. Do you connect and resonate with the photos? Do they evoke a strong feeling? Can you picture yourself in the same type of composition  and lighting

I describe my style in the following way: use of natural light, romantic, storyteller, flattering, heartfelt. But I suggest you look through my photos for yourself and see how you connect with them.  I love to tell the story of the wedding day and capture emotions that people can then feel when they view the photos. Ideally I enjoy being there for the pre-wedding excitement all the way through the joyous dancing at the reception.

Reviews: Read through client reviews of photographers. It’s a good sign when other people had a great experience with a photographer -- but perhaps even more importantly, you can get to know specific details of how the photographer interacted with the couple and the guests, what type of photos they took, if they were professional throughout the booking process, etc.

Reputation within the wedding industry. This is a big one. It’s wonderful to read client reviews online, however something that is also important is how the photographer works alongside other vendors, especially wedding planners, hair and makeup artists, and videographers. Ask your planner or other vendors you contact if they’ve worked with the photographer you are interested in. What have their experiences been? Is the photographer professional? Are they friendly? Are they reliable? In general, are they in good standing with the majority of the wedding community on Maui? Everything goes more smoothly when the wedding vendors work well together and have a mutual respect for one another. 

Experience. Experience is an important consideration, especially on a tropical island where there are unique challenges such as strong backlight, windy days, hotel rooms with limited natural light, receptions with very dim light, etc. Ask the photographer how many years they have been photographing weddings. Experienced wedding photographers will be better prepared for unusual situations.

Hawaii-based.

I hear from wedding planners about photographers coming from all over the country to photographer weddings in HawaiiPerhaps they are a friend of the bride or groom, or maybe they just want to take a vacation to Maui, Kauai, Oahu or the Big Island and combine it with a wedding to pay for their trip. Some of these photographers might be great, but I’ve heard stories of some that cancelled, sometimes at the last minute – maybe their flights were delayed – but it left the wedding party to scramble to find another photographer. These photographers might not have the necessary insurance for your venue, or they might be inexperienced in the type of intense back-lighting that happens in the late afternoon when the sun is low in the sky. Please consider a photographer who resides on Maui, – we have so many talented and professional ones!

Overall, I would say, do your research, connect via social media, email, phone calls, trust your intuition and you will find the right fit! Photography is so important because it provides the reminder of this most special day.  Your treasured photos will show your family, and perhaps someday your children and grandchildren, the love, joy and special moments of your wedding day.

A Lovely Upcountry Maui Wedding

A Lovely Upcountry Maui Wedding

I absolutely loved photographing Thomas and Kandice’s wedding at her mother’s house in Upcountry Maui. It was pouring rain before the ceremony but everyone remained calm and it ended up clearing for the wedding and turning out to be the most beautiful afternoon. Kandice has been a great friend of mine since middle school so it was really special for me to capture her special day. I teared up a few times during the day as I could see how much love these two have for one another and for their daughter. Congratulations to this very lovely family! I am so happy for you and excited to see your future together.

Hair and Makeup: Maui Makeup Artistry
Flower Head Crown: Belle Bloom

 

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How to decide on your Hawaii Wedding Photographer

While there is no “best” wedding photographer in Hawaii, there is a best fit for you! In all honesty, there are many talented photographers here on the island, so here are some tips on choosing the right one for you.

Style. Style should be the first element you look at when considering a wedding photographer. There are many different styles: traditional, photo-journalistic, dark and moody, light and airy, and the list goes on. The wording description of the different styles is less important than looking through a photographer’s website and social media postings. Do you connect and resonate with the photos? Do they evoke a strong feeling? Can you picture yourself in the same type of composition  and lighting

I describe my style in the following way: use of natural light, romantic, storyteller, flattering, heartfelt. But I suggest you look through my photos for yourself and see how you connect with them.  I love to tell the story of the wedding day and capture emotions that people can then feel when they view the photos. Ideally I enjoy being there for the pre-wedding excitement all the way through the joyous dancing at the reception.

Reviews: Read through client reviews of photographers. It’s a good sign when other people had a great experience with a photographer -- but perhaps even more importantly, you can get to know specific details of how the photographer interacted with the couple and the guests, what type of photos they took, if they were professional throughout the booking process, etc.

Reputation within the wedding industry. This is a big one. It’s wonderful to read client reviews online, however something that is also important is how the photographer works alongside other vendors, especially wedding planners, hair and makeup artists, and videographers. Ask your planner or other vendors you contact if they’ve worked with the photographer you are interested in. What have their experiences been? Is the photographer professional? Are they friendly? Are they reliable? In general, are they in good standing with the majority of the wedding community on Maui? Everything goes more smoothly when the wedding vendors work well together and have a mutual respect for one another. 

Experience. Experience is an important consideration, especially on a tropical island where there are unique challenges such as strong backlight, windy days, hotel rooms with limited natural light, receptions with very dim light, etc. Ask the photographer how many years they have been photographing weddings. Experienced wedding photographers will be better prepared for unusual situations.

Hawaii-based.

I hear from wedding planners about photographers coming from all over the country to photographer weddings in HawaiiPerhaps they are a friend of the bride or groom, or maybe they just want to take a vacation to Maui, Kauai, Oahu or the Big Island and combine it with a wedding to pay for their trip. Some of these photographers might be great, but I’ve heard stories of some that cancelled, sometimes at the last minute – maybe their flights were delayed – but it left the wedding party to scramble to find another photographer. These photographers might not have the necessary insurance for your venue, or they might be inexperienced in the type of intense back-lighting that happens in the late afternoon when the sun is low in the sky. Please consider a photographer who resides on Maui, – we have so many talented and professional ones!

Overall, I would say, do your research, connect via social media, email, phone calls, trust your intuition and you will find the right fit! Photography is so important because it provides the reminder of this most special day.  Your treasured photos will show your family, and perhaps someday your children and grandchildren, the love, joy and special moments of your wedding day.

Vibrant Maui Morning Lifestyle Session

Vibrant Maui Morning Lifestyle Session

I had a great time photographing this lovely family during their vacation on Maui! Morning sessions can be great as they provide a variety of colors and lighting. I love the lighting mixture of backlight, shade, and direct sun to provide both soft and dramatic photos. The blues of the water and sky were gorgeous and the children loved running around on the beach. It’s wonderful when families have so much fun on their portrait sessions and I feel like their relaxed mood really shines through in the photos. Enjoy some of my favorites.

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How to decide on your Hawaii Wedding Photographer

While there is no “best” wedding photographer in Hawaii, there is a best fit for you! In all honesty, there are many talented photographers here on the island, so here are some tips on choosing the right one for you.

Style. Style should be the first element you look at when considering a wedding photographer. There are many different styles: traditional, photo-journalistic, dark and moody, light and airy, and the list goes on. The wording description of the different styles is less important than looking through a photographer’s website and social media postings. Do you connect and resonate with the photos? Do they evoke a strong feeling? Can you picture yourself in the same type of composition  and lighting

I describe my style in the following way: use of natural light, romantic, storyteller, flattering, heartfelt. But I suggest you look through my photos for yourself and see how you connect with them.  I love to tell the story of the wedding day and capture emotions that people can then feel when they view the photos. Ideally I enjoy being there for the pre-wedding excitement all the way through the joyous dancing at the reception.

Reviews: Read through client reviews of photographers. It’s a good sign when other people had a great experience with a photographer -- but perhaps even more importantly, you can get to know specific details of how the photographer interacted with the couple and the guests, what type of photos they took, if they were professional throughout the booking process, etc.

Reputation within the wedding industry. This is a big one. It’s wonderful to read client reviews online, however something that is also important is how the photographer works alongside other vendors, especially wedding planners, hair and makeup artists, and videographers. Ask your planner or other vendors you contact if they’ve worked with the photographer you are interested in. What have their experiences been? Is the photographer professional? Are they friendly? Are they reliable? In general, are they in good standing with the majority of the wedding community on Maui? Everything goes more smoothly when the wedding vendors work well together and have a mutual respect for one another. 

Experience. Experience is an important consideration, especially on a tropical island where there are unique challenges such as strong backlight, windy days, hotel rooms with limited natural light, receptions with very dim light, etc. Ask the photographer how many years they have been photographing weddings. Experienced wedding photographers will be better prepared for unusual situations.

Hawaii-based.

I hear from wedding planners about photographers coming from all over the country to photographer weddings in HawaiiPerhaps they are a friend of the bride or groom, or maybe they just want to take a vacation to Maui, Kauai, Oahu or the Big Island and combine it with a wedding to pay for their trip. Some of these photographers might be great, but I’ve heard stories of some that cancelled, sometimes at the last minute – maybe their flights were delayed – but it left the wedding party to scramble to find another photographer. These photographers might not have the necessary insurance for your venue, or they might be inexperienced in the type of intense back-lighting that happens in the late afternoon when the sun is low in the sky. Please consider a photographer who resides on Maui, – we have so many talented and professional ones!

Overall, I would say, do your research, connect via social media, email, phone calls, trust your intuition and you will find the right fit! Photography is so important because it provides the reminder of this most special day.  Your treasured photos will show your family, and perhaps someday your children and grandchildren, the love, joy and special moments of your wedding day.

Hawaii Wedding Photography, Olowalu Plantation House

Hawaii Wedding Photography, Olowalu Plantation House

This wedding was so unbelievably beautiful! I met Megan and Erik last year when I photographed their engagement session in Upcountry Maui. They were both so wonderful to work with and so appreciative and kind! Enjoy their story and photos below:

How the couple met “Erik and I met at Sutter, the large healthcare system we consult for in Sacramento. I was introduced to Erik on my first day of work and was immediately drawn to him. I wasn’t sure what it was that intrigued me but I wanted to find out. Whenever I saw him in the hallway, I got butterflies, which is pretty unusual for me. We worked a few weekend conversion events together and a wonderful friendship developed over the next several months. We looked forward to traveling to California to spend time together. Eventually, we confessed our feelings for one another and started dating soon after. I knew right away there was something very special about him and the connection we had. We took our first trip together to Hawaii and it’s also where I first thought “he could be the one.” Since then we’ve taken many more trips but there’s nothing like returning to Hawaii.”

The Proposal Story: “Erik and I discussed getting married so I knew he eventually wanted to propose but I thought it would be later this year. He always gave me a hard time about how he was planning an elaborate, public proposal on a stage of some sort (my nightmare)! So when he asked me to marry him along the Old Sacramento River Walk, where we had our first date, I could not have been more surprised or relieved. Afterward, we celebrated with a delicious 5 course dinner with wine pairings. It was a perfect evening.”

Approximately 90 guests traveled from the mainland to attend the couple’s special day!
The colors of the wedding were stunning shades of corals, pinks, oranges (grapefruit, peach). Bella bloom did their magic on the gorgeous centerpieces, wedding arch and bouquets.

The Dress! I loved it! Megan said “I’m wearing Devotion by Claire Pettibone:
http://www.clairepettibone.com/devotion Ivory floral embroidered mermaid silhouette with ivory linen and guipure vine straps.
It has a romantic, bohemian feel.”

How they envisioned their wedding: “I hope guests will describe it as relaxed, beautiful, stylish, fun, and delicious. As for the ceremony, we’re writing our own vows and are hoping to incorporate some traditional Hawaiian touches.”

What attracted them to my photography “Great reviews – people really enjoy working with Joanna and rave about their photos. I also loved what I saw in reviewing her blog and sites like “Style Me Pretty”.

You can also see this wedding featured on Grace Ormonde Here.

Megan and Erik, Thank you so much for having us there to capture your special day!

Thank you, Shayla Collins for second shooting!

Coordinator: Lena from Belle Destination Weddings & Events
Officiant: Pia Aluli
Florist: Bella Bloom
Hair Stylist: Ebony Prentice
Makeup Artist: Jessica Waite
Caterer: Maui Executive Catering
Venue: Olowalu Plantation House
Video: Hawaii Video Memories
Wedding gown: Claire Pettibone
Getting ready location: Hyatt Regency Kaanapali
Music: Sole Tegava
DJ: Del Sol

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How to decide on your Hawaii Wedding Photographer

While there is no “best” wedding photographer in Hawaii, there is a best fit for you! In all honesty, there are many talented photographers here on the island, so here are some tips on choosing the right one for you.

Style. Style should be the first element you look at when considering a wedding photographer. There are many different styles: traditional, photo-journalistic, dark and moody, light and airy, and the list goes on. The wording description of the different styles is less important than looking through a photographer’s website and social media postings. Do you connect and resonate with the photos? Do they evoke a strong feeling? Can you picture yourself in the same type of composition  and lighting

I describe my style in the following way: use of natural light, romantic, storyteller, flattering, heartfelt. But I suggest you look through my photos for yourself and see how you connect with them.  I love to tell the story of the wedding day and capture emotions that people can then feel when they view the photos. Ideally I enjoy being there for the pre-wedding excitement all the way through the joyous dancing at the reception.

Reviews: Read through client reviews of photographers. It’s a good sign when other people had a great experience with a photographer -- but perhaps even more importantly, you can get to know specific details of how the photographer interacted with the couple and the guests, what type of photos they took, if they were professional throughout the booking process, etc.

Reputation within the wedding industry. This is a big one. It’s wonderful to read client reviews online, however something that is also important is how the photographer works alongside other vendors, especially wedding planners, hair and makeup artists, and videographers. Ask your planner or other vendors you contact if they’ve worked with the photographer you are interested in. What have their experiences been? Is the photographer professional? Are they friendly? Are they reliable? In general, are they in good standing with the majority of the wedding community on Maui? Everything goes more smoothly when the wedding vendors work well together and have a mutual respect for one another. 

Experience. Experience is an important consideration, especially on a tropical island where there are unique challenges such as strong backlight, windy days, hotel rooms with limited natural light, receptions with very dim light, etc. Ask the photographer how many years they have been photographing weddings. Experienced wedding photographers will be better prepared for unusual situations.

Hawaii-based.

I hear from wedding planners about photographers coming from all over the country to photographer weddings in HawaiiPerhaps they are a friend of the bride or groom, or maybe they just want to take a vacation to Maui, Kauai, Oahu or the Big Island and combine it with a wedding to pay for their trip. Some of these photographers might be great, but I’ve heard stories of some that cancelled, sometimes at the last minute – maybe their flights were delayed – but it left the wedding party to scramble to find another photographer. These photographers might not have the necessary insurance for your venue, or they might be inexperienced in the type of intense back-lighting that happens in the late afternoon when the sun is low in the sky. Please consider a photographer who resides on Maui, – we have so many talented and professional ones!

Overall, I would say, do your research, connect via social media, email, phone calls, trust your intuition and you will find the right fit! Photography is so important because it provides the reminder of this most special day.  Your treasured photos will show your family, and perhaps someday your children and grandchildren, the love, joy and special moments of your wedding day.

Molokini Lookout Maui Wedding, Glenda & Smitcha

Molokini Lookout Maui Wedding, Glenda & Smitcha

Glenda and Smitcha’s Molokini Lookout Maui Wedding was stunning. The pair was such a joy to photograph! The couple was glowing the entire wedding day. They were elated to be spending the first day of the rest of their lives together and you can tell by their facial expressions in the images. They were joined by friends and family who helped celebrated in their festive Maui Wedding day.

The ceremony took place at Molokini Lookout in Wailea, Maui. There was a gorgeous variety of backdrops including the ocean, greenery and bouganvilla bushes which matched Glenda’s bridal bouquet beautifully. After the ceremony, we took a quick drive down to Poolenalena Beach for some portraits of the bride and groom. We lucked out with an extraordinary sunset which gave us a soft golden glow. The couple was glowing with happiness in the soft sunset light. Glenda was stunning in both her cathedral length veil and in her classy birdcage veil that she put on after the sunset.

Guests enjoyed a lovely dinner and wedding festivities at Gannon’s restaurant upper pond. We did some night-time portraits in the lobby and also documented their memorable moments of the evening such as their cake cutting and first dance. After the guests departed, the newly-wedded couple went on a private boat charter maui which was unbelievably romantic!

Thank you Glenda and Smitcha for having me as your Maui Wedding photographer! It was such a pleasure photographing both your Maui engagement session on Thompson Road and your wedding day in Wailea!

Maui Wedding Coordination: Aloha Maui Weddings
Maui Wedding Hair and Makeup: Maui Makeup Artistry
Reception Venue: Gannons

 

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How to decide on your Hawaii Wedding Photographer

While there is no “best” wedding photographer in Hawaii, there is a best fit for you! In all honesty, there are many talented photographers here on the island, so here are some tips on choosing the right one for you.

Style. Style should be the first element you look at when considering a wedding photographer. There are many different styles: traditional, photo-journalistic, dark and moody, light and airy, and the list goes on. The wording description of the different styles is less important than looking through a photographer’s website and social media postings. Do you connect and resonate with the photos? Do they evoke a strong feeling? Can you picture yourself in the same type of composition  and lighting

I describe my style in the following way: use of natural light, romantic, storyteller, flattering, heartfelt. But I suggest you look through my photos for yourself and see how you connect with them.  I love to tell the story of the wedding day and capture emotions that people can then feel when they view the photos. Ideally I enjoy being there for the pre-wedding excitement all the way through the joyous dancing at the reception.

Reviews: Read through client reviews of photographers. It’s a good sign when other people had a great experience with a photographer -- but perhaps even more importantly, you can get to know specific details of how the photographer interacted with the couple and the guests, what type of photos they took, if they were professional throughout the booking process, etc.

Reputation within the wedding industry. This is a big one. It’s wonderful to read client reviews online, however something that is also important is how the photographer works alongside other vendors, especially wedding planners, hair and makeup artists, and videographers. Ask your planner or other vendors you contact if they’ve worked with the photographer you are interested in. What have their experiences been? Is the photographer professional? Are they friendly? Are they reliable? In general, are they in good standing with the majority of the wedding community on Maui? Everything goes more smoothly when the wedding vendors work well together and have a mutual respect for one another. 

Experience. Experience is an important consideration, especially on a tropical island where there are unique challenges such as strong backlight, windy days, hotel rooms with limited natural light, receptions with very dim light, etc. Ask the photographer how many years they have been photographing weddings. Experienced wedding photographers will be better prepared for unusual situations.

Hawaii-based.

I hear from wedding planners about photographers coming from all over the country to photographer weddings in HawaiiPerhaps they are a friend of the bride or groom, or maybe they just want to take a vacation to Maui, Kauai, Oahu or the Big Island and combine it with a wedding to pay for their trip. Some of these photographers might be great, but I’ve heard stories of some that cancelled, sometimes at the last minute – maybe their flights were delayed – but it left the wedding party to scramble to find another photographer. These photographers might not have the necessary insurance for your venue, or they might be inexperienced in the type of intense back-lighting that happens in the late afternoon when the sun is low in the sky. Please consider a photographer who resides on Maui, – we have so many talented and professional ones!

Overall, I would say, do your research, connect via social media, email, phone calls, trust your intuition and you will find the right fit! Photography is so important because it provides the reminder of this most special day.  Your treasured photos will show your family, and perhaps someday your children and grandchildren, the love, joy and special moments of your wedding day.

Wailea Maui Anniversary Session

Wailea Maui Anniversary Session

Shirley had a beautiful vision that we made a reality of their 1st year anniversary shoot on a Maui beach. These two were such a sweet couple to work with. Their adventurous and fun personalities shined through in photos where they are splashing in the waves and having so much fun together! Happy Anniversary to this lovely couple! maui-anniversary-session-0001 maui-anniversary-session-0002 maui-anniversary-session-0003 maui-anniversary-session-0004 maui-anniversary-session-0005 maui-anniversary-session-0006 maui-anniversary-session-0007 maui-anniversary-session-0008 maui-anniversary-session-0009 maui-anniversary-session-0010 maui-anniversary-session-0011 maui-anniversary-session-0012 maui-anniversary-session-0013 maui-anniversary-session-0014 maui-anniversary-session-0015 maui-anniversary-session-0016 maui-anniversary-session-0017 maui-anniversary-session-0018 maui-anniversary-session-0019 maui-anniversary-session-0020 maui-anniversary-session-0021 maui-anniversary-session-0022 maui-anniversary-session-0023 maui-anniversary-session-0024 maui-anniversary-session-0025 maui-anniversary-session-0026 maui-anniversary-session-0027 maui-anniversary-session-0028

How to decide on your Hawaii Wedding Photographer

While there is no “best” wedding photographer in Hawaii, there is a best fit for you! In all honesty, there are many talented photographers here on the island, so here are some tips on choosing the right one for you.

Style. Style should be the first element you look at when considering a wedding photographer. There are many different styles: traditional, photo-journalistic, dark and moody, light and airy, and the list goes on. The wording description of the different styles is less important than looking through a photographer’s website and social media postings. Do you connect and resonate with the photos? Do they evoke a strong feeling? Can you picture yourself in the same type of composition  and lighting

I describe my style in the following way: use of natural light, romantic, storyteller, flattering, heartfelt. But I suggest you look through my photos for yourself and see how you connect with them.  I love to tell the story of the wedding day and capture emotions that people can then feel when they view the photos. Ideally I enjoy being there for the pre-wedding excitement all the way through the joyous dancing at the reception.

Reviews: Read through client reviews of photographers. It’s a good sign when other people had a great experience with a photographer -- but perhaps even more importantly, you can get to know specific details of how the photographer interacted with the couple and the guests, what type of photos they took, if they were professional throughout the booking process, etc.

Reputation within the wedding industry. This is a big one. It’s wonderful to read client reviews online, however something that is also important is how the photographer works alongside other vendors, especially wedding planners, hair and makeup artists, and videographers. Ask your planner or other vendors you contact if they’ve worked with the photographer you are interested in. What have their experiences been? Is the photographer professional? Are they friendly? Are they reliable? In general, are they in good standing with the majority of the wedding community on Maui? Everything goes more smoothly when the wedding vendors work well together and have a mutual respect for one another. 

Experience. Experience is an important consideration, especially on a tropical island where there are unique challenges such as strong backlight, windy days, hotel rooms with limited natural light, receptions with very dim light, etc. Ask the photographer how many years they have been photographing weddings. Experienced wedding photographers will be better prepared for unusual situations.

Hawaii-based.

I hear from wedding planners about photographers coming from all over the country to photographer weddings in HawaiiPerhaps they are a friend of the bride or groom, or maybe they just want to take a vacation to Maui, Kauai, Oahu or the Big Island and combine it with a wedding to pay for their trip. Some of these photographers might be great, but I’ve heard stories of some that cancelled, sometimes at the last minute – maybe their flights were delayed – but it left the wedding party to scramble to find another photographer. These photographers might not have the necessary insurance for your venue, or they might be inexperienced in the type of intense back-lighting that happens in the late afternoon when the sun is low in the sky. Please consider a photographer who resides on Maui, – we have so many talented and professional ones!

Overall, I would say, do your research, connect via social media, email, phone calls, trust your intuition and you will find the right fit! Photography is so important because it provides the reminder of this most special day.  Your treasured photos will show your family, and perhaps someday your children and grandchildren, the love, joy and special moments of your wedding day.

Upcountry Maui Engagement Session

Upcountry Maui Engagement Session

Smitcha and Glenda traveled to Maui for their destination wedding. A couple of days before the wedding, we met up for some engagement photos on Thomson Road located in Upcountry Maui. The rolling hills, greenery, sunset and the road itself provided such a beautiful setting for the photos. I had a great time capturing the love that these two share during their Maui engagement session and wedding. Congratulations to the lovely couple on your wedding! Their wedding was coordinated by Aloha Maui Weddings.

 

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How to decide on your Hawaii Wedding Photographer

While there is no “best” wedding photographer in Hawaii, there is a best fit for you! In all honesty, there are many talented photographers here on the island, so here are some tips on choosing the right one for you.

Style. Style should be the first element you look at when considering a wedding photographer. There are many different styles: traditional, photo-journalistic, dark and moody, light and airy, and the list goes on. The wording description of the different styles is less important than looking through a photographer’s website and social media postings. Do you connect and resonate with the photos? Do they evoke a strong feeling? Can you picture yourself in the same type of composition  and lighting

I describe my style in the following way: use of natural light, romantic, storyteller, flattering, heartfelt. But I suggest you look through my photos for yourself and see how you connect with them.  I love to tell the story of the wedding day and capture emotions that people can then feel when they view the photos. Ideally I enjoy being there for the pre-wedding excitement all the way through the joyous dancing at the reception.

Reviews: Read through client reviews of photographers. It’s a good sign when other people had a great experience with a photographer -- but perhaps even more importantly, you can get to know specific details of how the photographer interacted with the couple and the guests, what type of photos they took, if they were professional throughout the booking process, etc.

Reputation within the wedding industry. This is a big one. It’s wonderful to read client reviews online, however something that is also important is how the photographer works alongside other vendors, especially wedding planners, hair and makeup artists, and videographers. Ask your planner or other vendors you contact if they’ve worked with the photographer you are interested in. What have their experiences been? Is the photographer professional? Are they friendly? Are they reliable? In general, are they in good standing with the majority of the wedding community on Maui? Everything goes more smoothly when the wedding vendors work well together and have a mutual respect for one another. 

Experience. Experience is an important consideration, especially on a tropical island where there are unique challenges such as strong backlight, windy days, hotel rooms with limited natural light, receptions with very dim light, etc. Ask the photographer how many years they have been photographing weddings. Experienced wedding photographers will be better prepared for unusual situations.

Hawaii-based.

I hear from wedding planners about photographers coming from all over the country to photographer weddings in HawaiiPerhaps they are a friend of the bride or groom, or maybe they just want to take a vacation to Maui, Kauai, Oahu or the Big Island and combine it with a wedding to pay for their trip. Some of these photographers might be great, but I’ve heard stories of some that cancelled, sometimes at the last minute – maybe their flights were delayed – but it left the wedding party to scramble to find another photographer. These photographers might not have the necessary insurance for your venue, or they might be inexperienced in the type of intense back-lighting that happens in the late afternoon when the sun is low in the sky. Please consider a photographer who resides on Maui, – we have so many talented and professional ones!

Overall, I would say, do your research, connect via social media, email, phone calls, trust your intuition and you will find the right fit! Photography is so important because it provides the reminder of this most special day.  Your treasured photos will show your family, and perhaps someday your children and grandchildren, the love, joy and special moments of your wedding day.

Wailea Maui Wedding, Bre + Brad

Wailea Maui Wedding, Bre + Brad

Wailea Maui Wedding

It was such an honor to photograph Bre and Brad’s destination located at the elegant  Four Seasons Wailea, Maui. The bride and groom were joined by close friends and family. Their wedding day was magnificent! Congratulations Bre and Brad! Thank you for sharing your special day with us. Thank you, Kim Aihara for second shooting with me.

Venue: Four Seasons Maui
Flowers: Asa Flowers
Hair and Makeup: Salon 253

 

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How to decide on your Hawaii Wedding Photographer

While there is no “best” wedding photographer in Hawaii, there is a best fit for you! In all honesty, there are many talented photographers here on the island, so here are some tips on choosing the right one for you.

Style. Style should be the first element you look at when considering a wedding photographer. There are many different styles: traditional, photo-journalistic, dark and moody, light and airy, and the list goes on. The wording description of the different styles is less important than looking through a photographer’s website and social media postings. Do you connect and resonate with the photos? Do they evoke a strong feeling? Can you picture yourself in the same type of composition  and lighting

I describe my style in the following way: use of natural light, romantic, storyteller, flattering, heartfelt. But I suggest you look through my photos for yourself and see how you connect with them.  I love to tell the story of the wedding day and capture emotions that people can then feel when they view the photos. Ideally I enjoy being there for the pre-wedding excitement all the way through the joyous dancing at the reception.

Reviews: Read through client reviews of photographers. It’s a good sign when other people had a great experience with a photographer -- but perhaps even more importantly, you can get to know specific details of how the photographer interacted with the couple and the guests, what type of photos they took, if they were professional throughout the booking process, etc.

Reputation within the wedding industry. This is a big one. It’s wonderful to read client reviews online, however something that is also important is how the photographer works alongside other vendors, especially wedding planners, hair and makeup artists, and videographers. Ask your planner or other vendors you contact if they’ve worked with the photographer you are interested in. What have their experiences been? Is the photographer professional? Are they friendly? Are they reliable? In general, are they in good standing with the majority of the wedding community on Maui? Everything goes more smoothly when the wedding vendors work well together and have a mutual respect for one another. 

Experience. Experience is an important consideration, especially on a tropical island where there are unique challenges such as strong backlight, windy days, hotel rooms with limited natural light, receptions with very dim light, etc. Ask the photographer how many years they have been photographing weddings. Experienced wedding photographers will be better prepared for unusual situations.

Hawaii-based.

I hear from wedding planners about photographers coming from all over the country to photographer weddings in HawaiiPerhaps they are a friend of the bride or groom, or maybe they just want to take a vacation to Maui, Kauai, Oahu or the Big Island and combine it with a wedding to pay for their trip. Some of these photographers might be great, but I’ve heard stories of some that cancelled, sometimes at the last minute – maybe their flights were delayed – but it left the wedding party to scramble to find another photographer. These photographers might not have the necessary insurance for your venue, or they might be inexperienced in the type of intense back-lighting that happens in the late afternoon when the sun is low in the sky. Please consider a photographer who resides on Maui, – we have so many talented and professional ones!

Overall, I would say, do your research, connect via social media, email, phone calls, trust your intuition and you will find the right fit! Photography is so important because it provides the reminder of this most special day.  Your treasured photos will show your family, and perhaps someday your children and grandchildren, the love, joy and special moments of your wedding day.

A Romantic Evening Wedding at the Four Seasons Wailea

A Romantic Evening Wedding at the Four Seasons Wailea

Lucy and Jim enjoyed their fairy-tale Wailea wedding on Maui. They decided on an intimate evening ceremony which was lit by candles at the Four Seasons Maui. This was a unique idea and I loved it. Using natural light during the ceremony allowed me to portray the romantic mood and feeling of this dazzling evening. Below, you can see some of my favorite Maui wedding photos from their special day. Congratulations to the newleyweds! Thank you for having me as your Maui Wedding Photographer!

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How to decide on your Hawaii Wedding Photographer

While there is no “best” wedding photographer in Hawaii, there is a best fit for you! In all honesty, there are many talented photographers here on the island, so here are some tips on choosing the right one for you.

Style. Style should be the first element you look at when considering a wedding photographer. There are many different styles: traditional, photo-journalistic, dark and moody, light and airy, and the list goes on. The wording description of the different styles is less important than looking through a photographer’s website and social media postings. Do you connect and resonate with the photos? Do they evoke a strong feeling? Can you picture yourself in the same type of composition  and lighting

I describe my style in the following way: use of natural light, romantic, storyteller, flattering, heartfelt. But I suggest you look through my photos for yourself and see how you connect with them.  I love to tell the story of the wedding day and capture emotions that people can then feel when they view the photos. Ideally I enjoy being there for the pre-wedding excitement all the way through the joyous dancing at the reception.

Reviews: Read through client reviews of photographers. It’s a good sign when other people had a great experience with a photographer -- but perhaps even more importantly, you can get to know specific details of how the photographer interacted with the couple and the guests, what type of photos they took, if they were professional throughout the booking process, etc.

Reputation within the wedding industry. This is a big one. It’s wonderful to read client reviews online, however something that is also important is how the photographer works alongside other vendors, especially wedding planners, hair and makeup artists, and videographers. Ask your planner or other vendors you contact if they’ve worked with the photographer you are interested in. What have their experiences been? Is the photographer professional? Are they friendly? Are they reliable? In general, are they in good standing with the majority of the wedding community on Maui? Everything goes more smoothly when the wedding vendors work well together and have a mutual respect for one another. 

Experience. Experience is an important consideration, especially on a tropical island where there are unique challenges such as strong backlight, windy days, hotel rooms with limited natural light, receptions with very dim light, etc. Ask the photographer how many years they have been photographing weddings. Experienced wedding photographers will be better prepared for unusual situations.

Hawaii-based.

I hear from wedding planners about photographers coming from all over the country to photographer weddings in HawaiiPerhaps they are a friend of the bride or groom, or maybe they just want to take a vacation to Maui, Kauai, Oahu or the Big Island and combine it with a wedding to pay for their trip. Some of these photographers might be great, but I’ve heard stories of some that cancelled, sometimes at the last minute – maybe their flights were delayed – but it left the wedding party to scramble to find another photographer. These photographers might not have the necessary insurance for your venue, or they might be inexperienced in the type of intense back-lighting that happens in the late afternoon when the sun is low in the sky. Please consider a photographer who resides on Maui, – we have so many talented and professional ones!

Overall, I would say, do your research, connect via social media, email, phone calls, trust your intuition and you will find the right fit! Photography is so important because it provides the reminder of this most special day.  Your treasured photos will show your family, and perhaps someday your children and grandchildren, the love, joy and special moments of your wedding day.

Maui Maternity Lifestyle Session

Maui Maternity Lifestyle Session

Magic happens when you photograph a close long-time friend in one of the happiest moments of her life! Lauren and I go way back to grade school at Haleakala Waldorf in Kula, Maui. This woman is one of the strongest, kindest, most adventurous people that I know. She is absolutely beautiful inside and out, as well as a terrific athlete, water woman, and Olympian. She has been a huge inspiration to me because of her unfailing determination to reach her goals.

We decided to capture some lifestyle photos of Lauren and her family, right before the end of her pregnancy; a week later, her son Ku’ula was born. The location was none other than their beautiful home in Kula. With breathtaking views, flowers everywhere, a trampoline for Lauren’s daughter, and a peaceful rural landscape, we got a nice variety of photos.

When I photograph family sessions, I strive to capture the natural essence of the love and happiness between people, while incorporating their surroundings so as to give a sense of place. When you combine genuinely happy people with such a breathtaking setting as this one, it really creates magical imagery!  I loved the precious moments between Lauren and her daughter Lea, and also the beautiful bonding between Lauren and her partner Kapono.

I had the privilege of meeting Ku’ula a few weeks after he was born, and he is so sweet and adorable! I’m sure his life will be filled with so much love, fun, adventure and, I’m betting, lots of time on the ocean!

I am thrilled I had a chance to have captured these special moments for Lauren and her wonderful family! Have a look at some of my favorite images from our Upcountry Maui photo session. Isn’t Lauren absolutely glowing?!

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How to decide on your Hawaii Wedding Photographer

While there is no “best” wedding photographer in Hawaii, there is a best fit for you! In all honesty, there are many talented photographers here on the island, so here are some tips on choosing the right one for you.

Style. Style should be the first element you look at when considering a wedding photographer. There are many different styles: traditional, photo-journalistic, dark and moody, light and airy, and the list goes on. The wording description of the different styles is less important than looking through a photographer’s website and social media postings. Do you connect and resonate with the photos? Do they evoke a strong feeling? Can you picture yourself in the same type of composition  and lighting

I describe my style in the following way: use of natural light, romantic, storyteller, flattering, heartfelt. But I suggest you look through my photos for yourself and see how you connect with them.  I love to tell the story of the wedding day and capture emotions that people can then feel when they view the photos. Ideally I enjoy being there for the pre-wedding excitement all the way through the joyous dancing at the reception.

Reviews: Read through client reviews of photographers. It’s a good sign when other people had a great experience with a photographer -- but perhaps even more importantly, you can get to know specific details of how the photographer interacted with the couple and the guests, what type of photos they took, if they were professional throughout the booking process, etc.

Reputation within the wedding industry. This is a big one. It’s wonderful to read client reviews online, however something that is also important is how the photographer works alongside other vendors, especially wedding planners, hair and makeup artists, and videographers. Ask your planner or other vendors you contact if they’ve worked with the photographer you are interested in. What have their experiences been? Is the photographer professional? Are they friendly? Are they reliable? In general, are they in good standing with the majority of the wedding community on Maui? Everything goes more smoothly when the wedding vendors work well together and have a mutual respect for one another. 

Experience. Experience is an important consideration, especially on a tropical island where there are unique challenges such as strong backlight, windy days, hotel rooms with limited natural light, receptions with very dim light, etc. Ask the photographer how many years they have been photographing weddings. Experienced wedding photographers will be better prepared for unusual situations.

Hawaii-based.

I hear from wedding planners about photographers coming from all over the country to photographer weddings in HawaiiPerhaps they are a friend of the bride or groom, or maybe they just want to take a vacation to Maui, Kauai, Oahu or the Big Island and combine it with a wedding to pay for their trip. Some of these photographers might be great, but I’ve heard stories of some that cancelled, sometimes at the last minute – maybe their flights were delayed – but it left the wedding party to scramble to find another photographer. These photographers might not have the necessary insurance for your venue, or they might be inexperienced in the type of intense back-lighting that happens in the late afternoon when the sun is low in the sky. Please consider a photographer who resides on Maui, – we have so many talented and professional ones!

Overall, I would say, do your research, connect via social media, email, phone calls, trust your intuition and you will find the right fit! Photography is so important because it provides the reminder of this most special day.  Your treasured photos will show your family, and perhaps someday your children and grandchildren, the love, joy and special moments of your wedding day.

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