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

Maui Photographer Wailea

Day after wedding images

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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“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 — http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WgoaMDfhxOw 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?