Thinking about taking some bridal party shots before your ceremony? Or should you wait till after the ceremony for the majority of your wedding portraits. Consider that your hair and makeup will look ultra-fresh if you take photos right away, rather than getting windblown or droopy from the heat. A non-traditional first look before your ceremony can give you some extra time to have your wedding portraits taken.
It’s that time of the year again, when Christmas trees start popping before you ever started thinking about your Thanksgiving Dinner meal plans. I love this time of the year, especially as the weather here in Hawaiʻi starts to shift from hot and humid to cool and breezy. But it is also the time for Fall Mini Portrait Sessions. Whether it’s for updating your annual family photos or for sending out your Christmas cards it’s that time to start thinking about family photo sessions.
I’m am continuing to take a limited number of full Family Portrait Sessions, but I have set aside a few days for mini-sessions at a few of my most popular locations. These sessions usually book out quickly, so I recommend scheduling your family session so that we can have your Christmas cards ready in time to get them out after Thanksgiving.
Session dates are listed below. Click on the link for more information on sessions, available times, and details on how to book your session.
The iconic Rainbow Tower at the Hilton Hawaiian Village was the perfect place to have their wedding vows and a great way to celebrate their love for each other.Read More
Your wedding photos deserve the more than ending up on a flash drive. Framed prints are a great way to display your photos for many years to come. Ensure that your framed wedding photos stand the test of time by using archival quality, acid-free frames and mats. They will keep your pictures from aging and yellowing. For this reason we have spent a long time searching for the very best printing processes and highest quality framing materials.
The groom’s hands will be photographed and filmed in HD, so we encourage you to get a manicure, moisturize each night for a few weeks prior to the wedding, and yes, maybe even get that knuckle hair waxed. Don't worry, no one will judge you at the mani-pedi spa.
Design or purchase a keepsake box to store all of your engagement, bridal shower and wedding cards. That way, you can reread all of the heartfelt messages on future wedding anniversaries! Consider designing it with your wedding album keepsake box so that they match, for a timeless look.
Hire an expert calligrapher to give your print items — invitations, place cards, table numbers, menu cards, and signs at your site — some extra flair. They will add a significant impact to your wedding reception. Believe us when we say, your guests will notice!
Add a wow factor to your welcome table/entryway by placing a candy dish by your guest book! Offer unique treats like candied ginger, or go with traditional candied almonds for a sweet surprise at sign-in. And if you are having a cocktail hour, consider having your bar staff hand out glasses of champagne to each guest as they arrive.
It was such a special day because it was not only a beautiful wedding day for a great friend, but for one of our very own cinematographers, Bobby Ewing. He planned to tie the knot with his stunning bride at the Palikū Gardens at Kualoa Valley Ranch - one of our favorite locations to shoot.Read More
Are they absolutely necessary? What if we don't have time to schedule an engagement photo session?
These are all great questions that come up during most of my wedding consultations. The short answer is it's a great opportunity to work with your wedding photographer before your big day.Read More
Ala Moana Beach Park, Honolulu
Summer is just about finished with most students back in school, and with that high school seniors are on the lookout to get their senior portraits taken. I remember when I took my senior portraits with one of my photography idols, Jon Mozo. They were a lot of fun and a great way to highlight a start to a new chapter in my life. Fast forward to today, I strive to keep that same level of professionalism while maintaining a fun and energetic atmosphere.
When Alyssa came to visit Hawaiʻi on vacation with her family, it was the perfect opportunity to capture those epic senior portraits. What teenage girl from Ohio wouldn't want an iconic sunset beach photo in Hawaiʻi? We planned to have her portraits taken at Ala Moana Beach Park because it offered a great variety of location for photos. Just see for yourself. This was a lot of fun and another great senior portrait moment for the books.
At first they were a bit worried about the prospect of having family photos taken, mainly due to the challenges they have faced in the past with their autistic son. All she asked was for "one good family picture".Read More
Family vacations are moments we always remember. Especially when multiple families come together from across the country to spend time in paradise.Read More
True love is such a beautiful thing to photograph. I find that portrait sessions like these are a breeze because I am merely capturing the couple as they enjoy spending time with each other.Read More
Waimānalo Beach, Waimānalo
Chris lived in Hawaiʻi many years ago, and as he returned with his family for their summer vacation it was only fitting for him to renew their wedding vows at a place he once called home. The beach along Waimānalo Bay always was a special place, especially when the sun rises and illuminates the mountains from Makapuʻu to Kailua. Everything about this beach is beautiful and served for the perfect location for their romantic wedding vow renewals.
All of our couples are unique and their wedding plans are all very different. In order to create personalized photography and cinema for your wedding day, we want to get to know you better. To help us get to know you, we ask that you create a moodboard.
What is a Moodboard?
A moodboard is simply an idea or inspiration board where you can display your favorite images. Everything added to a moodboard communicates aspects of your style and creative preferences.
For example, you might love the angle or composition, a specific pose, the type lighting, the editing style of a photograph or video. Your board allows us to get to know you better and clearly understand what you love.
What is a Shot List?
A shot list is a detailed list of must-have shots for a photographer to follow and check off throughout the wedding day. As there may be some areas of your wedding where you have to have a photograph taken, shot lists are typically discouraged, as time is spent focusing on recreating specific images rather than capturing the moments as they happen. If there are need-to-have shots on your wedding day, please let us know so that we can ensure to capture it, but help us create a better experience by putting together a moodboard.
How to Create a Moodboard
- Create a Pinterest account (or sign into your existing account)
- Create a Board called “Wedding Moodboard” (Be sure to leave it as public)
- Visit the The Loving Eyes Pinterest, and The Loving Eyes Blog and “Pin” images that you like, making sure you add a detailed description of why you like the image. The majority of your images should come from our work, but we are open to work from other photographers.
- Add in a few more images that you like from around the web (along with descriptive captions).
- Once complete, send the moodboard URL to us. You can add it in to your Wedding Photography Prep Questionnaire.
- After reviewing the moodboard, we will set up a time to review the moodboard together and to review the details of the event.
Characteristics of an Ideal Moodboard
Here are a few characteristics of an ideal moodboard:
- It does not have too many images (20-30 is just fine)
- It is NOT a shot List
- It has detailed descriptions
- It includes shots from your wedding venue or similar wedding venues
In the end, our goal is to create a truly unique experience for all of our couples and hope that this process will make that easier.
The Dorman boys were just that. Fun, full of energy, and would rather have spent their morning swimming in the ocean and digging in the sand. So guess where we took our photos. Smack dab in the middle of the tide pool!Read More
Kailua Beach, Kailua
Neyva came to visit her fiance while he was stationed in Honolulu and thought it would be a perfect opportunity to have their engagement photos taken. She fell in love with Kailua Beach and really wanted to have her photos taken at that location - which posed a slight problem. Kailua Beach is very popular and half-naked sunbathers don't make the most attractive background objects. In the end, we were able to find some great spots for their romantic beach photos and we were all thrilled with the way that their photos turned out.
As a photographer, I have had the opportunity to experience many firsts. An Annaprasana Ceremony is definitely one of those experiences that I probably would not have had been invited to if I weren't a photographer.Read More
Baby Jason was born June 8, 2018 and welcomed home by a loving family. Big sister, Gracelynn and big brother, Daniel were ready and waiting to smother their new baby brother with hugs and kisses. There is so much love in this family that it is obvious to see in every photo. Moments like these are so special and I am so blessed to be able to capture these newborn moments forever.Read More