Photography FAQ's


Nobody can do photos like us. Why? They're not us!

If you like our photos, book us. If you expect photos that look other than what we show you, don't because you won't get it.

We focus upon showcasing our scenic Hawaii beaches, ocean, and sky, and getting as much natural color as possible from those backgrounds.

We shoot in a style and lighting technique that allows us to create a consistent look reliably in all outdoor conditions. We also sequence shots in a logical progression allowing us to create a greater variety and more photos in a lesser amount of time i.e. you get more, better, and you save you time and therefore, money. Whew that's good :)

We have thousands of examples of what we do at our beach locations and under a variety of conditions and that's what we do!

So, can we get different style photos than what you show?


How much time does it take?

We work smartly, efficiently, and quickly but, never rush. This makes our sessions more fun and enjoyable, saves you money, and frees you to do other things.

After the ceremony, which is about 8-10 minutes, it takes about 10-15 minutes to get everything we need unless, extended sessions are added.

In the time we provide for the ceremony and portraits, we can shoot any where from up to 60-80-100 photos. Most people will agree that it's more than enough. Look at our client's sample photos.

You want more? Order a extended portrait session. This adds only about 10 minutes to the coverage but, will give you a far greater variety of shots and poses.

You don't need an hour for photos! There's only so much you can shoot with a couple, standing here, looking there, doing this, doing that, etc. before it gets redundant, boring, and a waste of your time and money. Websites make a big deal about getting a "free" hour of photo time while charging more for their packages. Don't fall for this gimmick! Get what's needed, pay less.

How do you photograph?

All of our beach locations are out in the open and in either, harsh direct sunlight, under tree shade, or under overcast and cloudy conditions. And many times, to get the backgrounds we want, it's not the best natural light direction causing undesirable and unacceptable facial shadows.

To minimize those conditions and achieve our desired results with the same "look" wedding after wedding, we use powerful on-camera, direct and in-direct bounce, electronic flash. We rarely use natural light but, sometimes do at sunset.

This creates the consistency you see in all of our photos which in turn, creates confidence that what we show you is what you'll get! We do what we know works best and technically awesome photos.

FYI: We do not use specialty lighting tools like soft-boxes, umbrellas, etc. simply because, they don't work at most beach locations if only because of wind. Nor do we pay (and you pay) for photo assistants to attend those devices.

By using flash, we can do jobs at all times of the day and at all beach locations. It allows us to actually show the beautiful backgrounds versus completely white sky and ocean using natural light (except of course when the sky is already white or overcast). It fills-in harsh facial shadows and pockets under the eyes and avoids "dead eyes", instead creating a sparkle in the eyes. It makes for clean colors of skin, flowers, clothes, and scenery. It makes for great color contrast versus flat looking faces and backgrounds (that flat brown look). It just does so many good things that there's almost no time we'd use natural light.

Finally, for the the absolute best finished photos, we "capture" our photos in the "RAW" format and "process" each individual image for the best exposure, tone, color, saturation, and other parameters before converting to a JPEG file. We also go a step further by going through this process twice, just to make sure what we're seeing is what we want. This takes 1-3 hrs more hours of work. You don't get it any other way! Most all tourist wedding websites shoot directly in JPEG (just like your simple point and shoot camera or mobile phone). Read about RAW here.

How much do you shoot?

We don't function on amounts nor do we promise any amount, we just do a coverage until we're done. We'll just say, we shoot more than enough to cover your event and to satisfy your package requirements.

With that said, the actual number of shots depends upon your event but, we usually shoot 60-80-100+. If you're having any extra services like cake, toast, photo tour, or special ceremony events we obviously shoot more and as much 200+ depending upon the specifics of your package services and what happens that day.

But, we only want a couple of photos.

Yeah OK but, we do the coverage no matter. That's what we do. You're still going to pay the same amount for a package.

Why don't you shoot hundreds of shots?

Simply because, we don't shoot 20 shots of the exact same thing just so we can boast that we shoot 500 photos of your wedding! LOL.

Can we get more photo product than what we paid for?

Yes. Pre-order before or after the wedding.

What is a photo coverage?

Go here.

What is a Extended Photo Session?

Go here.

What about Copyright?

We include a Copyright release with our photo files which allows you to make prints for personal usage.

Can we select our own photos?

Yes, of course! It seems like a natural thing but, you'd be surprised how many websites select the photos for you!

How do we select our photo files?

We'll make a "WebPhotoGallery" website for you to view and select your photos. Usually within several days but, sometimes longer depending upon how busy we are that week. We'll email you a link and instructions. The WebPhotoGallery will be posted for 30 days.

FYI: This Galley is for viewing only and not for downloading of images.

How do we get our photo files?

Once you've made you selections, you're going to email us your selections. We'll send your Final Service Invoice. After receiving payment, we'll upload your photo files to our file transfer service "We Transfer" who will send you an email directly (be on the lookout for it).

The download links will allow you to download your photos files directly to your computer. Files will be posted for download for 14 days. If you don't download in 14 days, we can re-post it for an additional charge.

We have sent files to clients all over the world without a problem. This saves you on postage and mail delivery time. Read more.

Can we get our photos on a DVD disk?

Yes. The disk and postage is an additional cost.

What are Hi-Res JPEG photo files?

Hi-Res files are the highest resolution processed JPEG files our cameras produce and will allow for prints sizes up 40x60 and larger possible, as well as, providing the greatest utility and usage for your photo files by allowing cropping and other enhancements without significantly affecting print quality.

Can we make regular photos prints?

Yes, that's the whole idea! The JPEG files we include allow you to make your own prints in all the sizes you want.

Do we get prints?

No. None of our packages includes photo prints. It's ridiculous to pay for prints in a package when you can make them yourself. Some website give you $2.00 worth of computer printer prints or in a iPhoto book and make like it's a great deal. Better to own even a few JPEG photo files to make your own prints in any size. That's just our opinion

Can we or our guests take photos and video?

We allow photos and video, under our direction, by your family and guests during the ceremony and as long as it does not interfere with the performance of our services.

We do not allow any photography by others during any of our directed work before or after the ceremony and during our portrait sessions.

After we're done and leave the site, you can do what you want.

FYI: We do not allow non-AHW vendors "on-site" i.e. "no" you cannot bring your own photographer unless, we agree to it on your contract.

Can we go to more locations?

Yes. We have a Photo Tour of locations we use for that purpose. We do not suggest going to more than one extra location but, up to you. If you want another location, you can ask and we'll give you a price.

Do you "fix" and/or "edit" photos?

"Yes", simply because, we're not giving you the camera processed "dummy" JPEG's straight from the camera like most websites because, we shoot RAW

"No" we do not get rid of wrinkles, fix hair, fix blinks, swap heads, remove bandages and tatoos, make people thinner, remove big distractions or people from the background, etc..

Why? Simply because, you're not paying for that time or service in our packages and prices. It's time consuming and costly to "Photoshop" every image. You ever done it? You know what we mean!

FYI: Any website which tells you that they use "Photoshop/Lightroom" to "fix" or "edit" all your photos, you gotta ask. They may use these applications to process their photos like we do but, nobody has the time to "Photoshop" everything in every photo at beach wedding prices. It's just not done. Believe what you want.

FYI: If you expect to look any different than how you come to us... don't! If you come with poorly applied make-up, with a hair style that doesn't work in the wind, have wardrobe malfunctions, acne, have bandages on your arms, bruises, etc. (all asked or expected of us to "fix" at one time or another) we don't fix that. And if you're usually unhappy or insecure about your looks, sadly for sure, we're not going to make you happy.

What is a Certified Professional Photographer?

Many websites like to use the term "certified" or "licensed" for their photographers so much that, it's now meaningless. A photographer does not have to be certified nor do they have to be licensed. A CPP designation is conferred buy the Professional Photographers of America. Read more here.

How can we tell what's good photography and what isn't?

Look at "real" wedding photos, not just individual fixed-up shots for a websites ad pages. Look at photos series from as many weddings as possible. Look for straight horizons, "fixing" these takes time and many will not do that extra work. Look at the faces and the lighting. Do people have deep shadows in the eye sockets? Do their eyes look "dead" and dark or do they sparkle? Does the skin look alive and vibrant or is it dull grey? Are the colors of the photos clean, clear, natural and vibrant or do they look flat. Do people look genuinely happy? Do you like most all the photos and poses or just a few?

How can we tell if what we see on websites is what we'll get?

Avoid websites that leaving out the rest of the wedding coverage, those with just a few main page samples. On our website, you'll see lots of weddings, samples from entire weddings and not just great looking "lucky" shots.

We show you the progression of our sessions from shot to shot for pretty much the whole wedding. With us, you'll see that what we do is consistent with every wedding, and wedding after wedding. That's what you want... consistency!

"The bitterness of poor quality lingers long after the sweetness of low cost is forgotten".

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