Oahu Hawaii Portraits

Family Portraits,  High School Senior Portraits, Honeymoon Portraits, Anniversary Portraits on the beautiful island of Oahu

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Oahu Portrait Planning Tips

1. What time of day is better? Sunset or Morning?

They are both great, it really depends on the look you want for your pictures. The mornings give a brighter more tropical look, they also tend to be less windy. The sunset session offers a more orange/warm light and the opportunity to have a Maui sunset in the background. We recommend mornings for families with small children. Kids are usually more focused in the morning and have more energy. It can be tough for kids to play in the sun all day, then stay focused for up to an hour and a half when they are hungry for dinner!

2. What is the best location for our Oahu Portraits?

There are many great locations on Oahu! To start, take a look at our

  we have our most favorite spots for portrait photography listed there. You can also see tons of real portrait sessions at these locations on the blog here:

We can also meet you at your hotel, condo or vacation rental house (some hotels do not allow outside photographers, so check with us first). TIP: West Maui locations are near the resort area of Kaanapali. State laws dictate that we may not shoot on Kaanapali Beach, that is why it is not listed. South Maui is near the resort area of Wailea. We generally prefer South Maui as the beaches are larger and tend to be less crowded, but the West Maui beaches are just as scenic! 


3. What do we wear!? 

First and foremost, wear something you feel good in! The better you feel the better your portraits will be! Second, matching aloha prints or totally matching in general is not advised, it looks dated and takes away from the individuality of each group member. Our goal is to bring out your individual personality as well as the feel for the family as a whole. It is tough to do that when everyone is wearing the same thing! Try to coordinate rather than match. Our favorite colors on the beach are blues, pinks and greens. Try a neutral base like khaki pants for the guys then throw in splashes of color with tops, dresses or jewelry on the ladies. Take a look at the blog for tips from our past clients.

We have a really helpful blog post about this, check it out by clicking here: 

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What do we wear!? 

General Tips: 
Wear something comfortable that you can move in and if you are planning on being on the beach, something you don't mind getting a little ocean water and sand on! Avoid loud patterns and prints or large logos, these sometimes look strange in pictures (especially stripes) and logos will make your pictures look dated quicker as brands and trends change quickly. You can also see our pin boards with lots of examples!

4. Who will be taking our photos?

We assign a photographer to you based on availability. If you have a preference for a specific Maui photographer on our team we are happy to assign them if they are available. If they are not, we will notify you and you can decide if you want another team member.

5.How many pictures do you take during our Maui Photography Session?

There is no limit to the number of pictures we take during your photo session, this usually ends up being about 100-200 pictures per hour. The amount of pictures you will get in your final collection will depend on your package selection. 

6.How do we pay for our photography session?

We require a $50 deposit to reserve your date and the balance of your session less the $50 deposit will be due on location the day of the session, we accept credit cards and cash (exact change).  You can also pay for your portrait session in advance if you wish and financing is available through Paypal Credit.

7.How soon can we expect to see our pictures?!

A sneak peek on our blog with around 20 photos will be ready in about a week. Your full collection will be ready to view 3-4 weeks after your session. Turnaround time may be longer in peak times.

8. How do we get our High Resolution image files?

Once your photos have been edited, we upload them to a private proofing website that you can share with friends and family. You can download a zip file of ALL of your photos directly from that proofing website! No waiting for snail mail from Hawaii!  In addition to the digital download, we also offer a keepsake USB drive for $175 that is made of wood and custom printed with a photo from your portrait and presented in a wooden keepsake box with a photo on the top.  

9. What happens if it rains!?

Luckily this does not happen very often in the locations we usually work in. The first option would be to re-locate your shoot to an area of the island that is not raining. If your session gets rained out, we can try to re-schedule at no additional charge, if your session can not be re-scheduled your booking deposit will be refunded.

10. Do you provide any props for us?

Our beach portrait packages are designed to capture the natural interaction between you and your loved ones, a snapshot of your time together, so we don't bring props unless asked. However we almost always have a few beach toys for kids who need a little help staying in one place or warming up. If you have a prop request, please let us know and if we have it, we are happy to bring it. For those looking for a very styled shoot, we offer our Magic of Childhood Portraits where we help you develop a theme and coordinate any props or floral you may want for your shoot.

Oahu Portrait Photography

Oahu is such a special Island! The natural beauty is breathtaking and the vibrant city adds an energy that is alive! 

If you are visiting Oahu, capturing your time with your loved ones there with a professional portrait session will be the best souvenir you could purchase!

We offer Oahu Honeymoon Portraits, Family Reunion Portraits, Oahu Senior Portraits, Maternity Portraits, Oahu Family Portraits, Anniversary Portraits and more! Basically any time you get loved ones together is the perfect time to capture your connections and love for each other with the breathtaking backdrops of Oahu Hawaii.

We hope to get the chance to meet you and share our love for this special place!

Family Portraits, Couples Portraits, Senior Portraits, Childrens Portraits in Oahu Hawaii.

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