About Our Photography
We have some of the best, if not the best, photography available available for Hawaii beach weddings and at the best prices. You simply won't find better prices for the quality we provide and what we offer.
You might have noticed that our photos looks different from all other websites you've looked at. You may not know exactly why, but you do notice the difference.
Why are our photos unlike what you commonly see on tourist wedding website?
Notice that our image quality is consistent from shot to shot and wedding to wedding. We don't just get a "lucky" shot every now and then to post on our website, we do it all the time, and for every wedding.
Our camera lighting creates sparkling eyes and radiant skin for all skin tones, dark or light. No more "dead eyes", black shadow eye pockets, lifeless chalky skin, or unflattering facial shadows!
Look at the colors, the skin tones of our clients. They look real, they look alive, and they look good. It's a particularly high skill to be able to balance skin tones and the color correctly, especially for very light skin and even more so, for skin of color. We are especially proud of this!
Look at our scenery and the colors of the ocean, greenery, and mountains. It's natural, it's vibrant, it's colorful, sunsets are vibrant, and when it's cloudy it's a nice subtle pastel look that's also perfect for B&W conversion.
And you'll notice that our couples and their families actually look happy and like they're having fun! That doesn't just happen, we make that happen!
Have you seen those websites where the minister is standing right in the middle of the B&G in every single photo like in most all other websites? Yikes, only photos of the officiates face and your in profile! Our ceremony set-up is natural and relaxed, and shows "you" from the best views and angles, not the minister's face straight on in every shot! LOL.
Our packages include Hi-Res full size JPEG files that allow for all print sizes from 4x6 to 8x10 and all the way up to 40x60 inches or larger.
The photos you get are what's listed in your package. If you want more photos than your package provides for, we give you that option before and after the wedding.
We photograph in the same style as what you see on our website, that's what you'll get for given location and weather condition.
We usually shoot up to 60-100 photos for a standard event and more if you have extras like cake service, toast, extended portrait sessions, limo coverage, etc..
You'll see the same high quality and consistency in hundreds of our photos for hundreds of clients on our website that you'll get for your wedding or vow renewal. What you see is what you'll get!
While we like to think ours is "the best", we know it's subjective and a matter of taste but, we can say our results are clearly visible and we can guaranty that what you see is what you'll get!
Compare our photos with other websites. See not only the natural Hawaii scenery at it's best, the comfortable set-ups and candid posing, the vibrant colors, the superb technical quality, the composition and framing, the special lighting, but also that special sparkle in the eyes of our clients, the joy, and the happy expressions our photographer elicits and you decide for yourself.
The best compliment we receive is when other professional photographers and image knowledgable professionals choose us to do their wedding in Hawaii.
Finally, anything you read on a website is all "talk, hype, and advertising" unless, it's backed up by the actual work, like the photos. If you like what you see on our website, want what you see, and good photos are a must for you, than we're the one's for you.
TIP: If you like our photos, book us! Nobody can do photos like us. Why? Simply, they're not us LOL!.
IMPORTANT: If you expect photos that look other than what we show on our website or like a photo you saw somewhere else... please don't! 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!
What We Do
If you want a slow moving, peaceful, boring session that requires your guests to stand around and wait for an hour or more or one that requires hundreds of photos just to get a few good ones, you should go some where else :)
Our style is more like a fashion photo shoot adapted to weddings. We pose you quickly and naturally so you look your absolute best and allowing you to be beautifully "candid".
We continually move from situation to situation, pose to pose, always giving you verbal instruction so you look your best in body and expression. It's what a professional photographer does.
We shoot our shots in a specific sequence (you may have noticed that looking at our samples) creating a storytelling progression of images of the event. This not only allows us to shoot a lot of photos in less time, creating a comfortable and enjoyable pace for clients but, also makes for a logical visual presentation for our WebPhotoGallery and easy assemblage for your own use.
We know exactly what to shoot and how to shoot it, efficiently, comfortably, and quickly, but without ever rushing. We take pride in the fact that, we accomplish what others take forever to do and everyone is happy.
Don't think that you need an hour or more for photos or that you're getting a better deal at another website because they give more time. Extra time does not mean better photography!
What Happens on Wedding Day
The photo coverage starts at the ceremony site at the start of the ceremony though sometimes we may do your portrait session beforehand if you're early.
We like to set you up standing in place for the ceremony in a comfortable position which allows for the most flattering angles and in relation to the background scenery and lighting conditions.
We have a certain way we like to set you up so we actually see "your" faces versus having you stand facing each other with the officiate in the middle like what everyone else does. Do you really want to be in profile for the whole ceremony with the officiate in the middle? All you see his/her face (hope they look good because that's who you'll be looking at in all your photos LOL)!
We continue through the entire ceremony catching everything that happens i.e. vows, exchange of rings, lei presentation, the 1st kiss, any other added ceremony elements, and the signing of the marriage certificate.
After the ceremony, we'll perform your wedding portrait photography session as provided for in your selected package coverage. If we are providing a cake cutting and toast from us, we'll get shots of that as well.
What Happens After The Wedding
We take what we shot and manually "process" each individual RAW image file for the best quality color balance, tone, contrast, exposure, and make corrections and add special enhancements where appropriate.
Each wedding takes about 1-3 hours to process the images and have them upload to your personal WebPhotoGallery for viewing and selection. FYI: Why do you think other Hawaii wedding websites can offer those cheap packages with limousine, free cake and toast, etc. for just $525? They don't do what we do to make sure you receive the best images!
Why do we do that extra work versus doing it the easy way by just giving you JPEG's automatically processed straight out of the camera as does most other websites? Simply because our photography is important to us and we want it to be the best it can be.
Once we finish processing, we'll make a personal WebPhotoGallery website of all your photo image files so you can see them all and email you the link and including detailed instructions and how to make your selections (if required for your package).
We process images as soon as we can and sometimes you can see and share your photos on your personal WebPhotoGallery within several days but, this dependant upon how busy we are that week. Our normal stated time is anywhere between 3-10 days. If you absolutely need your photos fast, order our RUSH service.
Use your WebPhotoGallery to make your photo selections and also to share your photos with your family and friends at home. The WebPhotoGallery will be available for viewing for 30 days, so you'll have plenty of time to see and share them.
Make your selections as provided for in your package and email them to us. Note: If you choose an option which provides for all the photos, you do not need to make any selections.
Upon our receiving your selections, we'll email you a Mailing Invoice for your credit card transaction fees and any other products and upgrades you may have ordered.
Upon receipt of payment, we'll email you a link to allow you to download your photos directly from our website transfer service to your computer. Files will be available for download for 14 days.
If you have chosen to receive your photo and/or video files on a DVD disk, we'll mail your product to the address on your contract as per our mailing schedule and at the soonest opportunity which is usually within 10 days.
Simple and easy!
Here's what some of our clients have said.
The photos are beautiful! Charlie the photographer was terrific and he did a great job making everyone comfortable. Your service, website, patience and help was greatly appreciated. We will definitely recommend you. Thank you. Rika.
Jay and I will be sending you a more detailed hand-written thank you note, but we wanted to send you a quick email thanking you and you staff for the beautiful photos and video! We are SO SO PLEASED. Mahalo!!! Tracy
My wife did all the planning so I asked about the photos. She said we booked you because anyone can take photos in perfect sunny conditions (not really... not like ours :) but, look at the photos they have, it's cloudy and you can't even tell and they still look great and better than all the other Hawaii wedding websites. Now I know what she was talking about. Great job! - John.
The morning of the wedding saw my wife and daughter fretting over the dress and the hair appointment to ensure they had "beach do's" ready to handle the occasional sea breezes. Meanwhile, the Groom and I hiked Diamond Head crater and spent some great bonding time together. When we returned, the ladies were still getting their hair done so we gentlemen hit the pool for awhile.
A couple hours before limo time, we enjoyed taking a few family pictures together around our hotel. Right at 3:00 P.M. the limo arrived and we were off on a short ride to Makapu'u' beach where the setting was extraordinary. My friends and coworkers cannot believe the photos you shot are real. "These have to be Photoshop-ed, it is so beautiful!" one said. After a short but very sentimental and memorable ceremony, we were off to another beach for sunset shots which turned out awesome. Then it was back to the hotel for the big dinner. All told, we were gone for maybe two and a half hours but what memories we now have. Grandpa, the former Navy photographer, would approve of your photo work if he was here to see it. It was spectacular and the digital nature of the prints afforded so much more flexibility for sharing this occasion with others.
Weddings are really about memories. And, thanks to your incomparable photography, we have lasting memories we will cherish forever. The one thing I don't have is memories of stress or the inevitable hassles associated with the usual wedding problems. The whole event went like clockwork and the smile on the face of the bride shows. That alone was worth the price of admission. And to think we actually thought about having this wedding at home.
With only one child we hoped our first wedding would go well. We could not have dreamed that it would have gone as well as it did. Thank you, thank you and thank you again. Aloha, Ray Stark.
I want to express Alice's and my appreciation for the outstanding photographs you produced for our September 14th wedding on Waialae Beach plus the additional scenic photos at Makapuu Point Lookout. We valued your very professional, friendly, and personable manner from the start of our first email to the receipt of the DVD sent by Priority Mail.
Our relatives and friends have responded with wowing exclamation points after viewing the photos on the website and seeing the finished prints made from the DVD. I am so glad we requested the "guaranteed best photographer" on the Order Form. The variety of quality images from wide angle to special close-ups taken and produced in sequence, depicted a wonderful "flow" of the ceremony highlights.
We also recognized the skillful "team" handling our ceremony events through the fine coordination between you and Rev. Mike and Pete, the chauffeur. Your wonderful ability to work together helped make our wedding day the cherished and memorable event we had always hoped it would be.
I've enclosed an envelope for you to deliver to Rev. Mike at your earliest opportunity. It contains our special appreciation for his part in our ceremony. His selection of words, neat appearance and attire all added beautifully to our special day. Additionally, his tips for obtaining our certified marriage certificate helped us obtain copies very quickly.
We will certainly recommend your services to others who may be considering a wedding in Hawaii. Thank you again for your exceptionally fine service.
Philip D. Anderson
NOTE: A frequent and deceptive practice on the Internet is finding other wedding companies who have stolen our images and used them as their own promoting their website and photographers. Websites who have used in the past or are using our photos as their own:
Hawaiian Style Weddings.
Smiles and Miles Travel.