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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!


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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Maui Wedding Styles


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Four Seasons at the Sugarman Estate Makena

FSMaui-8268 FSMaui-8193The Sugarman Estate Makena is also known as Honua Kai Lani – This beautiful property provides breathtaking views and privacy when required. I have included a few images of a recent wedding that was planned by the Four Seasons Resort Maui for one of those private clients that had a spectacular sunset wedding and cocktail reception. They continued to the Resort Hotel for an evening that I will not soon forget. If you are looking for that special wedding and have an eye for detail –be sure to call Denise Black at the wedding department of the Four Seasons Resort Maui, You will be very glad that you did!

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Sugarman Estate   I met Elizabeth and Jack while they were on Maui planning there 2014 Maui Beach Front Wedding.  They looked at many of the popular wedding sites, Sugarman Estate, Olowalu Plantation House, and a very private and intimate Makena Beach Estate. I could tell that they loved the ocean and asked if they had every had any engagement photographes done? Elizabeth said that there was no time with all their busy planning but she would love some beautiful photographes done. I told them if they could give me an hour, I would do my best to give them something that that would love. I picked them up at the Wailea Beach Marriott Resort & Spa and in 10 minutes we were on the beach having a great time. You can see more at:  or

If you are ever in Maui scouting for that perfect place — I would love to share my secret places for that perfect shot!  Mahalo for you Aloha.

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