As a photographer, I am blessed to be able to catch a glimpse into the love and life of a couple or family. I am always seeking that raw and unadulterated love that is shared between couples on a daily basis, and Sai and Alana was one of the most tangibly visible examples of that.
Fate brought Sai and Alana together about 5 years ago, when both were young and working at Aloha Salads. They immediately felt an intense connection and have been inseparable since. Years later, their romance has only grown in intensity, evidenced by tender moments, and stolen glances that made me consider giving them a moment alone.
The location of the shoot, a ridge hike and beach park in Hawaii Kai, recreated their first date together. While the ridge hike had a breathtaking 360 of Hawaii’s mountains, ocean, and sunset, its main attraction was sentimental. We finished up with an amazing sunset at their favorite beach park where they often go to spend time together. Couldn’t be happier for this couple.
Brynne and Jons destination wedding at a Private Estate on the East side of Oahu could best be summed up as fresh, playful, and romantic! It was a beautiful sunny Hawaiian day for this locally styled wedding. The venue was filled with simple, elegant tropical flora which tied in neatly with the lush greenery that the estate offered. All of this, with the Ko’olau mountains in the distance, made an altogether epic yet intimate affair.
This adorable young couple were college sweethearts in Oklahoma , and many of their friends and family were visiting the islands from my home state! Being from Texas, I knew these guys would know how to have a good time. Between mustache disguises, a few awkward family photos (an inside joke), and no one holding back on the dancefloor, this party turned into a downright Texas hootenany.
Congrats to this lovely couple, who are hopefully currently relaxing on the beach and sipping fancy drinks. :)
Catering – Kenekes Catering
Cake – A Cake Life
Florist – Bill and Heidi Wise
I haven’t had many opportunities to shoot weddings in Kailua and Kaneohe, Hawaii. I felt so privileged to be a part of Kristen and Ryan’s wedding, and to be able to capture the majestic beauty of Kaneohe Bay and Hawaii’s famous and tragically beautiful Ko’olau mountains. Kristen and Ryan’s wedding took place at a beautiful Catholic church, Saint John Vianney Parish in the heart of Kailua, and their reception at the YWCA Kokokahi on Kaneohe Bay. The surroundings were incredible. Even though the east side of Hawaii quickly looses its sunlight in the early evening, somehow the warm sunlight was able to trickle through the Ko’olau Mountains and illuminate the passion and joy that this amazing couple has for each other. Their joy, happiness and quiet gentleness to each other was so easily captured in camera.
Venue: Saint John Vianney Parish
Venue: YWCA Kokokahi
Videographer: Manoa Productions
DJ : Zachary Ching (Brother of the Bride)
Catering : Gourmet Events Hawaii
Hair and Make Up : Mia Moriguchi
Flowers : Creative Concepts
Chloe and Scotty are one of my favorite couples who also call Hawaii home. Since both were from the West Coast they decided to celebrate their love at Cathedral Park in Portland Oregon. After having a horizontal rain downpour for the entire week leading up to the wedding, no one was anticipating the sun to come out for a rare, beautiful, and warm Portland Wedding Day.
Both Chloe and Scotty are such warm and giving people, and their friends and family are no different. Everyone came together to make this a unique and extraordinary celebration. The day began at the very unique Kennedy School Hotel, which had such a magical charm to it. Chloe’s bridesmaids were buzzing around, doing each others hair and makeup, and providing the bride with plenty of coffee, donuts, and champagne.
Then the beautiful wedding couple was blessed in what was one of the most beautiful October days that Portland has to offer. Their ceremony in Cathedral Park was both majestic and intimate. Surrounded by many friends and family bringing their two worlds together even more. They continued the celebration at the Alberta Street Pub which Chloe’s friend from childhood Jango owns. It was a true Portland celebration, with lots of delicious beer, mustaches, and friends. I always am so thankful to be a Wedding Photographer who can travel, my time in Portland was one of the most easy going and fun Weddings to date!
Wedding Venue: Cathedral Park
Reception Venue: Alberta Street Pub
Florist: Lisa Krauter-Smith
Surrounded by their closest friends and family, Maile & John hosted a local kine wedding at the Hale Koa Hotel in Waikiki, Oahu. The day was stunning and the light breeze echoed off the Hawaii Coast. Their wedding was a blend of families, cultures, and memories, resulting in a morning of complete perfection.
Maile & John, it was such an honor to document your first day of Marriage, and I look forward to what the future has in store for you and your family!
Wedding Coordinator – Shayna Sirling of Bodas Hawaii
Flowers – Wendy of Spinning Web
Cake – Cori of Cori’s Cake Dreams
Photo Booth – Jasmin of Shoots Unlimited
Lion Dance - Ernie of Lung Kung Physical Culture Club
Hale Koa Hotel/Catering – Michele Akiona
Hair & Makeup – Rayme or Makeup by Rayme
Videography – Jeff of Rokoko Cinema
Personal Trainer and Yoga instructor Marc and Sara Zimmerman certainly made my job easy during their sun-soaked Hawaiian wedding yesterday. It doesn’t get better than photographing a beautiful couple at a beautiful location on their wedding day. They celebrated with family and friends on Sunset Beach on North Shore with some ukulele, hula, and even a little karaoke.
To all you brides out there, I dont know how you do it. Planning a wedding has been one of the most stressful years of my life! As a creative person, who is constantly involved with and surrounded by weddings, you would think that this whole wedding business would be a piece of cake! Not in my case, but thanks to my friends and family it was one of the most beautiful events of my entire life, and as I mentioned, I have attended quite a few.
Jason and I are settling into married life quite well, and are so happy that we got to have some great times with all the friends and family that made it out to Hawaii. For those of you planning a wedding in Oahu, I highly recommend having your wedding at Kualoa Ranch. It is away from all the hubbub of Waikiki, which is what we wanted. For those of you unfamiliar with Kualoa Ranch, it is the location where several movies and tv shows are shot. Jurrasic Park and LOST are just a couple to mention. It has breathtaking mountains and is super green and lush. We got married on the Secret Island which is only accessible by boat, and then we got our own private beach to give our vows. The price for the venues is one of the least expensive, and they allow for outside catering, and are great staff. Check them out at www.kualoa.com.
I used Bob Brown Hawaii Photographer for my photos. I had worked for him on Big Island for a while, and he is an amazing photographer. Him and his wife Naomi are so dear to Jason and I, and we love every picture we got from him. You can view Bobs Oahu work at HawaiiPhotographer.com as well as his Big Island work here!
So there is a new kind of lighting soon to be released called the gunlight. Specificially the Lowel GL-1 Power LED. Its a constant, dimmable, focusable light source with no wires attached. It almost looks like a giant flashlight! Apparently it is a very powerful solution to the downsides of lighting equipment. No more umbrellas, flutes, metering, and test shooting for light placement, just easy point and shoot. No more toting around bulky lighting equipment, just grab and go.
If you go to their website at http://thegunlight.com/welcome you can check out samples of photographers work using the gunlight. I have to say, I am definitely intrigued. The gunlight comes out late summer, but you can pre-order now. Still so many unknowns though. Do you absolutely need an assistant to hold the light source, and what is the pricing? I am going to keep my eyes peeled for reviews on it once released because I didn’t feel that the website was a wealth of knowledge. Go check it out for yourself!
Being a Photographer in Hawaii, you inevitably end up shooting a lot of small weddings. My very first wedding I photographed was probably my very favorite. Even though it was a small intimate ceremony , Erik and Jelina were the most in love couple that I have ever photographed. They just beamed at each other with love from the moment I met them, and frankly, couldn’t keep their hands off each other. Being from Seattle, there keen fashion sense, and quirky personalities really showed through. I had an absolute blast shooting them, and even though I feel like my technique has improved since then, I still get the most compliments on their wedding.
What couple wouldnt want their love to translate to camera so well!?! I have a few helpful hints for those Brides to be on how to get those cute lovey pictures you want so bad for your wedding day.
Numero uno: Meet your photographer beforehand. This may be tricky if you are having a destination wedding, however, it is important. You want to be sure that as well as loving their photography, that this is a person that you get along with, someone who keeps you at ease. Also, meeting them before hand gives a sense of knowing the person, that way you don’t get all stiff and awkward when some stranger is pointing a camera at you. For those of you who do not get a chance to meet this person face to face, be sure you get plenty of phone time with them. Although a wedding coordinator will probably do this anyway, be sure you discuss whats important to you for that day as far as pictures, and give them a sense of who you are and what you want.
Numero dos: Keep to a schedule. There is a schedule for a reason. So often brides are late, or ceremonies run long, or it just wasnt timed right, and you lose some of the most beautiful shots of your special day. Sunset shots! This is such a beautiful time of day to shoot, if you are having a wedding in Hawaii, you should make these pics a priority. It really sets your wedding apart as a destination, and Hawaii, or most islands are known for their unique and beautiful sunsets, dont miss it!
Numero tres: HAVE FUN! Your Wedding is a one time deal, enjoy it! Dont worry if the photographer is getting your bad side, or if you are bloated from too much filet mignon, photoshop can help later with any sort of personal insecurities you may have. What photoshop can’t do is create lasting memories of you having a great time at your wedding. So be goofy, be spontaneous, and show off your love to the world, and your photographer will handle the rest!
Using the sunlight the hour after the sun rises and the hour before the sun sets provides some of the most beautiful natural light photography that you can get. Because the sun is lower, sunlight travels through more layers of the atmosphere. The sunlight is more indirect and diffused by the time it hits your subject. Using the golden hour as lighting really brings some intense color to my images without me having to overdo it with the saturation. This creates some really beautiful warm hues. Patricia Gonzales proved to be the perfect model for this particular portrait photography session. Getting this yummy light isn’t easy though, we (me and my assistant) had to wake up at 5:00 to prepare and get to our location. Just as the sun was rose over Hualalai we began shooting. Because the sun was directly behind me, we were able to capture some really gorgeous blue sky as well.