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By Joanna Tano
Maui Wedding Photographer, Olowalu Plantation House

Maui Wedding Photographer, Olowalu Plantation House

This lovely couple’s dream came true for their destination wedding at Olowalu Plantation House on Maui.

Prior to the wedding, Joceyln shared their story about how they became a couple: “We met during our last year of undergraduate study at the University of Calgary, through a mutual friend. Soon after our relationship started, Anthony was accepted into Optometry School at the University of Waterloo. After four long years of phone/skype conversations and short trips to see each other, we couldn’t be happier to finally be enjoying our lives together in Calgary!”

She also shared with me their engagement story: “We decided to head up to Emerald Lake to spend the night. The drive up was windy and snowy and I began to worry our short trip would be ruined. After checking into Emerald Lake Lodge, we decided to hike around the lake despite the wet snowy weather. We opted not to rent snowshoes for the hike, thinking the trail was not going to be that bad (We were very wrong!!) The snow was very deep and we were in constant fear of our feet going through the snow. After 4 hours of hiking, the weather had cleared up and we finally made it around the lake alive!! We had dinner at the lodge restaurant and went back to our room tired from our hike. When I came out from a shower, Anthony had started a nice fire in the fireplace and had secretly hidden the ring box on the bed for me to find. He expected me to find the box but I wasn’t expecting a proposal, so I wasn’t looking for anything out of the ordinary. I didn’t even notice that he was nervously watching me, but then he got down on one knee and asked me to marry him. I immediately started crying and threw my arms around him and of course I said Yes!”

Their wedding day turned out beautifully with the soft color palette of pastels – baby pink, soft peach, blush, and pale mint. As always, Dellables did a phenomenal job on the floral design!

We really lucked out with one of the most beautiful sunsets I have ever witnessed. Before the sun set, the sky and ocean shimmered soft pink and blue pastel tones which perfectly complimented the look of their wedding day! As the sun began to set, and afterward, the sky lit up into a vibrant magenta followed by deepening blue twilight tones. The colors took my breath away.  The mixture of this couple’s love and affection for each other and the outstanding beauty of the day made for truely captivating images; I was quite inspired!  Thank you, Joceyln and Anthony, for having me as your wedding photographer! Thank you, Ajja DeShayne, for second shooting.

Venue: Olowalu Planation House
Officant: Pia Aluli
Coordinator: Tina Digman from Food for the Soul
Caterer: Food for the Soul
Florist: Dellables
Hair and Makeup: Trisha Joseph

 

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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.

Kukahiko Estate Wedding, Maui

Kukahiko Estate Wedding, Maui

Lisa and David’s wedding was truly one of a kind! It was very intimate with just the bride, groom and each of their young children. The blending of these two families was a distinct pleasure to witness and to capture in photographs.  The ceremony was as much about the children as it was about the couple, which is what I especially loved.  In a moving variation of the traditional ceremony, the couple gave each child a lei and made vows to them about how they will listen to them, give them love and attention, and to be there for them. The ceremony was very touching and exceptionally sweet.

Lisa was a gorgeous bride, and it was exceptionally lovely to see the girls with her while she was getting ready before the ceremony. Entranced by her appearance, they wanted to know all about her dress, hair and makeup — the whole scene was quite adorable!   Her happiness and beauty showed in her radiant bridal glow.

The couple had a quick first look before the ceremony and the expressions on their faces said it all: they were completely smitten with one another!

With a gorgeous golden light, the lovely greenery and trees at Kukahiko Estate, and an amazing sunset, the combination created a terrific backdrop. The elements allowed me to capture a variety of wedding portraits, both traditional and candid, that reflect both the beauty of the surroundings and the couples tremendous affection for one another and for their children. The day was really special with its focus on the whole family. 

After the ceremony, the family went on to have a special dinner at Duo in the Four Seasons, Wailea.

Thank you, Lisa and David, for having me photograph your very special day at Kukahiko Estate! Thank you, Shayla Tiare Photography for assisting!

Wedding Planner: Makena Weddings
Venue: Kukahiko Estate
Reception Dinner: Duo, Four Seasons Maui
Officiant: Reverend Alapaki
Music: Charles Nahale
Florist: Kihei Wailea Florist

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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.

Kapalua Wedding at Merriman’s

Kapalua Wedding at Merriman’s

Erin and Kiley tied the knot at Merriman’s located in Kapalua, Maui. Erin and the girls readied themselves for the wedding at The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua, which is where we began the photos. Erin was a glowing bride and so much fun to work with and photograph. I loved the look of her lovely, short wedding dress with the blue underlay which she ordered from Anthropology bridal. And her Toms light blue wedges were adorable as well.

Kiley and the couple’s son, along with the groomsmen, were having fun at Merriman’s Kapalua restaurant before the wedding ceremony began.  The group was small and intimate, consisting of the bride and groom’s family and close friends, which allowed the couple to spend quality time with their guests at their reception under their spacious private tent at Merriman’s restaurant. From their tent, They all had a stunning view of the sunset and of the Hawaiian night sky.

The ceremony, included some Hawaiian touches. The groom wore a traditional maile lei, while the bride wore a white orchid lei around her neck and a classic tuberose head lei.

A short time after the ceremony, there were passing showers, which is considered a blessing at a wedding in Hawaii. The bride and groom didn’t worry once about the weather and simply enjoyed every second of their day. The rain quickly subsided, so we ended up with a gorgeous sunset with dramatic cloud formations, tinged with orange, above the vibrant blue water,  creating an amazing backdrop for some gorgeous wedding portraits. Merriman’s is one of my favorite wedding venues on the West Side of Maui because of the beautiful backdrops of the rock formations within Kapalua Bay, and panoramic views of the ocean and other Hawaiian islands in the distance.

I really loved capturing the sweetness between the bride and groom and their adorable and happy son.  Another serendipitous moment, caught on camera, came when the two flower girls threw their heads back to catch some raindrops in their mouths.

Erin and Kiley, thank you for having me there to capture your special day — it was an honor! I am so happy for your family! Wishing you all the best.

Coordination: Aloha Maui Weddings
Video: Wandgu Hovey
Flowers: Maui Floral Elegance
Venue: Merriman’s, Kapalua
Pre-ceremony photos: The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua

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Kapalua Wedding at Merriman’s Maui

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 Family Photos, Poolenalena Beach

Maui Family Photos, Poolenalena Beach

Maui Family Photos

This lovely family was visiting Maui from Arizona and contacted me to be their Family Photographer for some fun Maui family portraits. We decided on a morning beach session at Poolenalena Beach in Wailea. I love to photograph children in the mornings because they are energetic and excited for the day. Another plus to morning sessions at the beach is the color of the sky and ocean. The blues really pop and allow you to have gorgeous and vibrant colored backdrops. This family was so sweet and their love for each other really shows in the photographs. One thing I always strive to do during all of my portrait sessions is to make my clients feel comfortable and at ease so that they can enjoy the day and have natural smiles during the session and the photos will reflect the fun they are having with each other. I think this session is a great example of my family photography and of how natural a photo session can be. It is important to have fun and enjoy the day which will shine through in the photos.  I also love to incorporate both candid moments and some traditional posed shots at each session. I love it when families decide to let their children play in the water and in the sand at some point during the photo session (towards the end is usually best). Children playing and being comfortable in their element make for beautiful moments captured in photographs that you will cherish for a lifetime. Many of my clients love these photojournalistic moments that I capture and these are usually some of their favorite photos from the day. I hope you enjoy a few of my favorite photos from this sweet Maui family photography session below.  Feel free to contact me to book your family session. I look forward to capturing some sweet Maui family photos for you!

 

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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.

White Orchid Beach House Wedding, Maui Wedding Photographer

White Orchid Beach House Wedding, Maui Wedding Photographer

Matthew and Ashley held their lovely destination wedding at White Orchid Beach House in Makena, Maui. They turned to Coordinator Patty Flax of White Orchid Wedding who did a lovely job orchestrating the event as you can see in the details below. Thank you to the lovely couple for having me as your Maui Wedding Photographer! Thank you Kim Aihara for second shooting.

Wedding Vendors:
Coordinator: White Orchid Wedding
Venue: White Orchid Beach House
Flowers: Teresa Sena
Entertainment: Alika Nako’oka 
Bar: Maui Bars Are Us
Officiant: Reverend Alapaki
Video: Hi Focused
Hair and Makeup: Marci Guendel
Caterer: Three’s Bar and Grill

 

 

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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.

Joanna Tano Merrimans Kapalua Wedding

Joanna Tano Merrimans Kapalua Wedding

Get ready to view some seriously beautiful wedding inspiration on this blog post of Minette & Peter’s lovely Maui wedding at Merriman’s, Kapalua. I am so excited to finally share it as I was waiting for it to be featured on a couple of wedding blogs first. Thank you Minette and Peter for having us there to photograph your beautiful wedding day! Enjoy the photos.

Maui Wedding Planner: Maui’s Angels Weddings
Maui Wedding Photographer: Joanna Tano Photography
Venue: Merriman’s Kapalua Grassy Overlook + Cabana
Arch, Bouquets & Table Floral Design: Bella Bloom Maui
Chandelier Floral Design: Sunya’s Flowers
Place Settings (Gold Rim Collection): SET Maui
Standing and Hanging Chandeliers: Signature Event Rentals
Lounge Furniture: PIR Maui + The Collection Maui
Ceremony Chairs + Specialty Linen: Hawaiian Style Event Rentals
Videography: Sunlit Films
Cake: Cake Fanatics Maui
Hair & Makeup: Maui Makeup Artistry
Wedding Gown: Lazaro Bridal
Officiant: Rev. Keli’i Brown
Violin + Cello Duo: Don Lax and Michelle Ancheta

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Joanna Tano Merrimans Maui Wedding Photography

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 Wedding Photographer, Wailea Wedding

Maui Wedding Photographer, Wailea Wedding

Laura and Luke’s wedding was a beautiful event. They were surrounded by close friends and family for their wedding ceremony and reception.  Congratulations to the lovely couple! Thanks for having me as your Maui Wedding photographer on  your very special day!

 

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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 Engagement Session

Wailea Maui Engagement Session

Cheryl and Tom’s engagement session was picture perfect! I loved how their colors blended so well with the soft palette of the ocean and sky that evening. These two were just so cute, it was such a pleasure to capture these moments for them! Cheryl and Tom, congratulations on your engagement, I’m sure your wedding day will be absolutely amazing. Thank you for having me capture these sweet moments on Maui for you.

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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 Gorgeous Four Seasons Lana’i  Wedding

A Gorgeous Four Seasons Lana’i Wedding

I have a special place in my heart for the island of Lana’i and when Julie and Mike contacted me to photograph their wedding at Koele Lodge, I was thrilled! Guests traveled from both Australia and the Mainland to celebrate with the lovely couple. Their wedding day was filled with many special moments.  Here are some of my favorite images from the day. Congratulations Julie and Mike! Thank you so much for having us there to capture your special wedding day!

Lana’i  Wedding Venue: Four Seasons Lana’i Koele Lodge
Flowers: Anny Heid

Romance at the Koele Lodge

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Gorgeous Gannon’s Wailea Maui Wedding

Gorgeous Gannon’s Wailea Maui Wedding

Lisa and Brent’s wedding was an absolute pleasure to capture. These two were so sweet together! I loved their beautiful details and the feel of the entire day. Lisa grew up on Maui and now lives on the Mainland.  She naturally wanted a Maui wedding and it was perfect. Their friends and family celebrated with them and everyone had such a wonderful time.  Congrats to beautiful newlyweds.

 

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