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Not every photographer is lucky enough to call Hawaii his or her studio. The Islands provide some of the most dramatic and beautiful backdrops for a wedding, family portrait, or event. From lush tropical rainforests, to expansive sunsets, being a Hawaii photographer on the island of Oahu is certainly living Aloha (the breath of life).

I met Michelle and Neil at the Honolulu Bridal Expo not too long ago and instantly clicked with this couple. They are fun, young, self proclaimed “townies” and wanted to have their engagement photos taken in their local stomping grounds. We began the photo shoot at the Hilton Hawaiian Village lagoon and trekked all the way to Fort DeRussy park for some sunset shots. I normally don’t shoot in Waikiki for engagements, as most couples require a fair amount of seclusion in order to feel comfortable opening up, but these guys were just as natural and affectionate as if there hadn’t been hundreds of people on the beach! In fact, I don’t think they even noticed when a horde of other photographers gathered around to use them as their subject matter too!

Michelle has a job in the Wedding industry, so maybe that’s how she was able to so appropriately plan their outfits for the shoot. How perfect the blues and pinks of the Hawaii ocean and sunset matched their outfits! I am convinced she has control of the weather because it couldn’t have been a more beautiful day. I am so excited for this couple and their upcoming wedding early next year! I can already tell its going to be magical.

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Engagement Session in Hawaii Kai Oahu

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.

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