Maui Wedding Beach Permits can be easily obtained from Karl Bradford Photography

Beach permits are required on Maui beaches, even if it just the two of you being married. Do not attempt to do this on your own – It will cost you a great deal of time and money. It is best

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and much more affordable to find a wedding professional that is already registered with the County of Maui and can obtain this permit for you. Karl Bradford Photography provides the required Maui beach permit, free of charge, when they are contracted to do your beach wedding photography, on Maui. In addition to the beach permit – be sure to hire a photographer and or videographer that has their own Annual Permit. Every wedding vendor is required to have an Annual Permit that can be presented to the DLNR, when providing services on the beach. It is a shame to have to leave the beach, risk a fine, and ruin your day all because you do not have the correct permits. Count on professionals to help you and your day will go smoothly and without any issues. Please contact with any questions that you may have. You may also call him @ 808.446.2877 or 310.850.5272 for California Brides and Wedding planners.  Below is a list of the beaches that require beach permits

Charley Young (County) Beach Park*
D.T. Flemming (County) Beach Park*
Hana (County) Beach Park*
Hanakaoo (County) Beach Park*
Honokowai (County) Beach Park*
Honolua Bay (State)
Hookipa (County) Beach Park*
Kalama (County) Beach Park*
Kalepolepo (County) Beach Park*
Kamaole I, II, & III (County) Beach Parks*
Kanaha (County) Beach Park (AKA Lower Spreklesville Beach)*
Kaumahina State Wayside
Kepaniwai (County) Beach Park*
Kihei (County) Beach Reserve*
Launiupoko (County) Wayside Park
Lower Spreklesville Beach (AKA Kanaha) (County) Park*
Maalaea (County) Beach Park*
Maalaea Mud Flats
Mai Poina Oe Iau (County) Beach Park*
Napili Bay

Oneloa (AKA Makena State Park and Beach) (except weekends and holidays) (NOTE: This location is separate from Oneloa Bay in Kapalua.)
Pepeiaolepo Beach (AKA Poolenalena Beach Park) (County)*
Pohaku (County) Beach Park*
Polo Beach
Poolenalena (County) Beach Park (AKA Pepeiaolepo Beach)*
Puaa Kaa State Wayside
Ukumehame / Papalaua (County) Wayside Park*
(Beaches along) Waiehu Beach Road
Waiehu I & II (County) Beach Park*
Waihee (County) Beach Park*
Wahikuli (County) Beach Park*
Waianapanapa State Park
Wailea Beaches
Wailua Valley State Wayside Lookout

NOTE: Hookipa (County) Beach Park and Kanaha (County) Beach Park are heavily used for water sporting events. Please ensure that you check the scheduled usage of these parks with the Maui County Parks office (tel. 808-270-7389) prior to scheduling a shoot at these parks. Also, please obtain all necessary Maui County Parks permits to use these locations.

*Also requires County permit or approval from owner(s); state jurisdiction up to high-water mark/vegetation line.

Details make the Four Seasons Maui Wedding

A Four Seasons Resort Maui Wedding can be anything that you want it to be. It is one of the few venues that offers a covered are for your reception that is still outside – This allows you to enjoy the cool breezes while also being a bit protected if the summer shower quickly passes over. I have included some nice detail images of a recent wedding that had lots of details.


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How to find a Hawaii based wedding photographer that is right for you.

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The internet has moved the wedding industry into a new and exciting place. It now allows you to have more choices than you really need – how do you decide?

The best way to begin is to find a strong local photographer that lives very close to your wedding venue. In Maui, for instance, there are three main areas South Side — Kihei/Makena/Wailea, West Side — Kapalua, and Up-Country – Kula/Makawao. North shore is also here but we will leave that for surfing.  This helps in a few ways – most of all per-wedding meetings and the easy availability for the photographer to provided you additional time at no additional expense.

The search engines provided “Top Listing” photographers based on their ability to advertise, bloggers, an obtain statistic benefiting client reviews. If you find a photographer that is all over the web……..they must be great, right?.  Great for your needs? or great for advertisers and Google? Be very careful as the “new hip – social media ” Photographers are not always your best choice. They can talk about it and show you a few great images, but what does the whole package look like – Ask to see a complete wedding shoot – all six hundred + images. You will quickly see if you like the variety, color, and context of the wedding photography.

If you are planning a destination wedding to Maui be sure to contact at least five photographers on your own. Really look at the different types of images that they are able to give you – don’t be fooled by “this is my style of photography” – Do you like blown-out over exposed images? are you having a wedding in Hawaii for the sunset and blue ocean colors? A professional can provided you with exactly the type of photography that is “your style” and blends with the style that your and your family bring to the celebration. Spend some time thinking about the images that you want – Don’t leave it up to the wedding photographer — you will be sadly disappointed.

One other issue that you may not always be aware of – do not assume that just because you are contracting with a “Company Name” photographer – that that is the photographer that you will have at your wedding. Always meet your photographer – even if by Skype, Face time, or other computer  based visual program.

I also suggest that you plan on two different types of photography sessions – Wedding Celebration and a Personal Day …….on the beach, in the bamboo forest, in the lava fields, etc. with just the two of you. Get some beautiful images that you can cherish that are not just of the wedding. Spend some time alone enjoying the beginning of the rest of your life together.

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Capturing the moment at a Maui Estate Wedding

Family Beach PhotographyMaui Wedding Photography can offer beautiful Maui Beach moments that will create everlasting memories. On the day of the wedding, be mindful that there are many different moments that should be captured, and when you add the beautiful Maui sunsets, the opportunities explode. Here is an example of what can be captured all with-in an hours by just being aware of the special moments and ever-changing lighting.

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Advice from a Bride after the wedding

I really love hearing advice from the Brides after the planning of their weddings. Here is a bit of advice that I really like from Beth Newman.

Before my wedding last year, people kept telling me that your wedding goes by in a flash and it is hard to remember everything. The advice I was repeatedly given was that I HAD to live in the moment to help make sure it didn’t pass too fast and so I would remember as much as possible. Well, I did live in the moment. I stopped myself numerous times to soak in what was around me. But guess what? It still passed in a flash, and I still remember less of it then weddings I attended as a guest. So, my advice? Stop trying to figure it all out. Accept that it will pass quickly and that parts of it will be difficult to remember in detail because of how intensely surreal and beautifully emotional it is. Do what feels right from this very moment until the day you walk down the aisle. Stop following advice and just follow yourself. Some functional advice? Wear comfortable shoes and make ABSOLUTE SURE that someone there knows how to hook up your bustle. It is not an easy task, so make sure your seamstress has shown someone how to do it, step by step.

Great Advice!  I want to add the it is important to “Get Educated” find your options and find out what you like and don’t really care for. As in a past post – Make choices on a good, better, and best scale. Make sure the things that you really will cherish are the best you can buy. Another important aspect — take time to really celebrate your grandparents or and old members of the family. It doesn’t matter how, but have a special dance, a special cake, or a special meaningful toast highlighting what they have meant to you.  This is wonderful for beautiful memories and makes for great images too! The best weddings always make everyone feel like it is there day too.


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Does it really have to be this hard?

Does it really have to be this hard?

This blog post is thanks to a FaceBook post from Tori Rogers,, a wedding planner that is all over social media and fun to follow. Tori writes,  “Time and Time Again I have advised photographers to take flash player off of their websites, but they still have it. So, here is a comment I received from a bride yesterday. I am sure others have felt the same way. “So I looked at lots of photographers last night as best as possible, unfortunately most use flash player so I could only see so much.”

This is the a growing problem with the use of iPads and iPhones! “Flash” is a program that Apple / MAC users are not able to view well, or at all.  Why do photographers use flash and not just place all their work on the web for everyone to see – what’s the big deal?  The big deal is theft, loss of business, and copyright protection. How does a professional photographer protect their work from being stolen and represented by other photographers as their work? This really does happen – sometimes it’s even funny.

I was at a wedding show a few years ago and the ballroom was filled with vendors of all types. My son was with me and becoming very board, so I asked him to go around to all the photographers and videographers and see what sales material he could find.  After about 20 minutes he came running back and said – “you have to see this, I think they are using a photograph of yours and showing a video that I helped you with!”  Sure enough, I laughed when I saw the sales booth. It was an out of town company trying to promote themselves by using my work and I am sure the work of a few others. In short, I resolved the issue, but the point is this happens all the time.

In these days of “Fauxtographers” anyone can claim what they want. The problem comes in showing examples of quality and appealing work. The Best Hawaii Wedding Photographers have years of experience working with the specialized lighting and weather conditions. And, the work that they show is colorful, clean and crisp.  Unfortunately, just the kind of images the Fauxtographers want to show as their own work.

When searching for a wedding photographer – look three dimensionally!  1. Would you like to see them at to your wedding – could you be friends with them?  2. Are they a professional with years of work to show? 3. What do you like about their work? 4. What are your going to be holding in your hands – the day after the wedding, and at what cost? 5. Do they need to be Social Media Savvy – do you want blasts of your wedding while it is happening?

If you haven’t noticed, looking at their work is only a small portion of what you are really looking for.  Expecting to find a Professional Photographer, in a few minutes, on the web may not be the best plan of attack. Also, be aware of the “everything is beautiful portfolio” If they are capturing 200 to 300 images a hour, not everything is going to be beautiful. Ask to see whole entire weddings – 90% of photographers place your images on-line after the wedding – I do it with-in 24 hours so you can everything. If you want to see example of what I am taking about look here I protect my work by password protecting it. Anyone looking to see a lot of work, can, with just a password.

If you are working with a good wedding planner, they will help you with a good fit, and searching the web is a good idea – just do expect quick solutions. Happy planning and I hope you find the perfect match!


“No such thing, really, as professional photographers”

“There is no such thing, really, as a professional photographer,” said Marissa Mayer of Yahoo!. How does such a ridiculous statement come from the CEO of Yahoo, which owns Flickr?

The worst part is that she said it as matter of fact — is where you can see and hear it for yourself.

I ask — Is there any such thing, really, as a truly appreciated professional photographer? It is obvious that a pro’s work will greatly stand out from the rest, but in these days does the 18 to 30 something client really care? Life is moving at lighting speed for the newer generations – importance of quality is slipping away just as fast.

This generation is much different than past. Technology Creators, Camera Manufactures, and Social Media Outlets [as with Marissa Mayer] are working against the professionals in a way that has never been seen before. I do suggest that the 18-30 really care more about instant gratification than a better Job, a wife or husband, or a nice house as Photographer Jerry Peavy has suggested. All those things are temporary anyway [this is my perspective].  “Use it an throw it away” is the way society, pop-culture or the young look at everything. In all fairness to them – that is the only way to survive in a world that constantly bombards them with information that is screaming for attention. Perspective, Context, and Light are aspects that are not thought about more than the next youtube, fb, or pintrest posting.

The client that does appreciate a professional, is a professional. They can look at you and in two seconds determine that you are a professional at your craft. It is how you are presented by yourself and others. The Client greatly values what you do and expects you to deliver an outstanding product, without question. Typically, in business situations, there is little to no time [or outward appreciation] given, to you, as the level of effort [from the President, VP or CEO] is only measured by the capital it will produce. But, If you were capturing this same CEO in their home with his wife and children or at the their daughters wedding – You would be appreciated and cherished.  As Photographer Bruce Lucier said “I am not surprised about the CEO of Yahoo making this comment”. She does this as the 18-30’s use her product exponentially more than Professional Photographers. Ms. Mayer is attempting to build her market share while stepping all over a profession that she feels is no long valid – to her bottom line.

I am very fortunate to work in the Hawaiian Islands where there are many opportunities for Photographers to do great work and push the profession to new and exciting levels. What I find is the appreciation for the professional photographer is declining every year. That is the case because the level of professionalism is declining and becoming acceptable by the hard working, over stimulated young clients. Do they really take the time to look at a broad range of work and decide what they want, or do they accept the hottest social media link that google says they should like.

Then there is the economy — and the “P” is for professional theory. “P” for those who do not know, is the setting on a camera that signifies program mode. I refer it to the “I think I know what I am doing mode”. So the economy is failing, and an easy way to make a few dollars is to buy a professional camera and take pictures of weddings. Because you can now look like a professional and actually see what the image looks like on the back of the camera – anyone can be a professional! So the CEO of Yahoo is confirming to the masses of unprofessionals. Ask a Bride, after her wedding, how she likes her photographes? Do they bring perspective and context into play. Is lighting used to capture the emotion and the depth of the moment? Or, is the beautiful background blown out to the point of no return? I cropped the images below to make this point — The non-professional will capture the first image and describe it, in the social media world, as an angel-like wedding on the beach. The second image will stand on its own.

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More on this subject in future posts – KB

Just a quick update for a real life example  — This image just won a very popular wedding magazine’s best image, Love in Bloom?


Planning a wedding on Polo Beach Maui

As a photographer I try to capture everything about the wedding that I can. Yesterday, I found that I was not able to capture one large aspect of the wedding – the planning!  Ernie is a husband that has been married for many years and wanted to surprise his bride with a renewal ceremony. They were traveling to Maui for a simple vacation at the Fairmont Kea Lani, in Wailea/Makena Maui. As most of you may or may not know – Planning a ceremony with the Groom tends to be much more difficult than working with only the Bride to be. Ernie is a construction manager by trade and wanted to make sure everything was just perfect. Construction Managers have to over plan everything and have a great attention to detail so that the project goes as planned. Well, wedding renewals are not construction projects, but Ernie was going to make this renewal wedding project a masterpiece. I have to say that it was perfect. Tammy was absolutely taken when she realized what he had done. Tears filled her eyes and all she could do is hold her husband and tell him how much she was in love.

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As I captured Tammy’s face I also realized how all of Ernie’s planning had “in an instant” come together and he was looking in to her eyes to see how she was feeling. An image can not capture all the hard work an effort that Ernie put into this one moment. Luanna from the www.Maui helped Ernie with the Beach permits and flower circle and Polly from the Kea Lani provided the extra touches and the lei’s. Video Artistry captured the Rev. Laki  Kaahumanu at his best while blowing the couch shell and singing favorite hawaiian songs at their renewal wedding. What I loved was when Reverend Laki asked the couple to have a wedding dance just as a perfect rainbow came out of the light rain – as he played their song on the Ukulele.

If you are planning a wedding on Maui and don’t know where to start – I would be happy to help you and make sure that everything goes just the way you want. And, I want to figure out a way to capture the planning in pictures! If you would like to see more – visit

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