Photography FAQ's


What are Hi-Res JPEG photo files?

These are the photos you'll get. They are high resolution JPEG files produced after our custom processing of the each individual RAW photo file. These JPEG files will allow you to make your own high-quality photo prints from the smallest size and up 40x60 and larger possible.

How many photos do we get?

You get the number of Hi-Res JPEG photo files included with your package. Our $285 Hala package includes (3). You add more photos on your contract or after the ceremony. Our best price will be for a pre-order.

We only get 3 photos?

Geez, it's a $285 package! What do you expect?

Our $285 package allows every one of our clients the opportunity to get the highest quality services and photography. We don't send the "cheap" guy to practice on your small wedding. And because of that, if you like our photos, you gotta "compensate" at least as much as others charge. Check out websites and if you can find the same reliable high quality at a better price, go for it. We're pretty confident you won't. We have really good prices!

How many photos do you shoot?

We shoot more than enough to give a good variety and selection of images to choose from and up to 100+ photos use for viewing on your WebPhotoGallery for selection of your Hi-Res JPEG's included in your package. If you add extended photo sessions, we usually shoot more.

Do we select our own photos?

Yes. We create a "WebPhotoGallery" website for viewing and selecting photos within 3 to 7 days after the ceremony. You can also use the link to share your ceremony with your family and friends, and will be available for (30) days. After this time, it can be remade and re-posted for an additional fee.

How do we get our photos?

After you've emailed us your selections, we'll upload your photos to our file transfer service. Your photos will be available for download for (30) days. After this time, it can be resent for an additional fee.

Note: If you've purchased (ALL) the photos, we'll send you your Final Service Invoice after which, you'll be sent the download link.

Can we get our photos on a DVD disk?

Yes but, it's really unnecessary. We send our photo (and video) files electronically over the Internet to clients all over the world without a problem. With that said, if you struggle with computers, have a weak internet service, or have problems with our download, you may need to order a disk.

Are prints included?

No, it's unnecessary when you can make your own in any amount and size. Why limit you to print sizes, charge you postage, have you pay more when you can make your own prints. If you are buying prints in your package, you are paying too much and there's a "catch".

Can we purchase more photos after the ceremony?

Yes. We will have all of your photos stored for a limited time after the event.

Can we go to more photo locations?

Yes. If you want scene variety, we have our "Photo Tour" going to Makapuu Pt. Lookout. It's easy to get to and the timing for it allows your ceremony to be at any one of our other locations.

FYI: Doing more than Makapuu is costly and there's only so many poses you can do with a couple and then it just gets repetitive. If there were a better, safer, easier to get to location, believe us, we'd use it and charge you for it! :)

Can we get different style photos than what's shown?

No. What you see is what we do.

Note: Many websites show you photos that are "lucky" and/or rarely repeatable with "normal" couples. And most don't show you all the photos of a ceremony, portrait, and scenic coverage like we do. Why? Usually, they are sub-par. We show what we do for every wedding.

Can our family and guests take photos and video?

We allow guests photos and video during the ceremony, only under the direction of the minister and photographer. But, if they become a problem moving around, getting too close, too close to our photographer, or affecting with the performance of our services, we'll require them to stop.

We don't allow photography after the ceremony when directed work is being performed. That includes the license signing, portrait sessions, and extra events you order.

Most people are respectful of the photographer (the person you're paying) to make their photos so, we rarely have a problem.

Can we requests shots not included in our coverage?

Sure. If it's more than one simple shot, the photographer will usually agree. If not, and extra time is available, you'll be asked if you want to add an extra photo session. The cost will be collected with your Final Service Invoice.

Can the photographer shoot photos other that what you normally do and shoot something else in it's place?

No, sorry, Our photographers are required to shoot the shots we specify to fulfill the requirements of our package and your contract.

Can we shoot photos or have the ceremony on a spot other than where the photographer or minister directs?

Maybe and maybe not. The ultimate decision is left with our vendors . We do not do use what we consider unsafe or possibly problematic areas. If our vendors do agree, you are agreeing to accept all liability for any outcome. For example, if you want to stand on a bolder jetty and our vendors agree, and the rings fall in-between the cracks and are lost, that's on you, not us.

What about Copyright?

When you receive your photo files, we'll include a PDF of a copyright release form which allows you to use your photos for making prints and sharing your photos for personal use.

How do you work?

We work smartly, efficiently, and quickly making our sessions fun and enjoyable. We kind of do it like a fashion photo shoot if you've ever seen one on TV.

Our photographers sequence their shots in a logical progression which enabling us to create a greater variety of shots and more photos quickly and in a lesser amount of time than others.

Doing it this way not only saves time, it'll also save you unnecessary extra expense for other vendors waiting for the photographer LOL.

A normal package photo coverage is about 15--20 minutes and this is more than enough time to produce our 80-100+ photos for selection.

here's only so much you can do with a couple standing here, looking there, doing this, doing that, LOL etc. before it gets boring and a waste of your time and money. Don't fall for the "hour of photography" gimmick.

How do you photograph?

All of our beach locations are out in the open, there's bright sun, and there's wind but, you'll notice that our photos look great and are very consistent from shot to shot, wedding to wedding, and location to location.

We accomplish this by shooting in a style and lighting technique that allows us to create our "look" quickly and consistently at all beach locations, times, and conditions.

We're not going into much detail except to say that, look at our photos and if they look good, then good.

Finally, unlike most all other websites we shoot RAW files and then expertly process each photo file individually. This adds a significant amount of time to the job (extra 1-2 hrs.) but, we have no interest in giving our clients marginal or crappy photos, even if they're paying far less than then the quality would dictate.

FYI: If you don't agree with our interpretation of the RAW files, you can always purchase the RAW files, process them yourself (with appropriate software) and create your own interpretation. Read more here.

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

Yes. We shoot RAW photo files and process each individual photo to our interpretation of the optimum color balance, contrast, and exposure. We try to remove small distractions, helicopters, planes, birds, and people in the background (if we can), where if it's reasonable.

No. We do not get rid of wrinkles, messy hair, blinks, swap heads, remove bandages and tatoos, make people thinner, or remove large distractions or people from the backgrounds. Look at our prices, you're not paying for the photography service.

Note: None of those photos on our website have been fixed other than using our normal RAW processing. Additionally, we always try to get people and backgrounds as "right" as possible before we start so, any fixing which we may do and you may do will be as easy as possible.

What is a "Certified "Photographer?

Many websites like to use the term "certified" or "licensed" for their photographers, so much that, it's now meaningless. Simply, it's just a word they use to embellish their services. Whatever.

A "certified" designation is actually a trademark of the Professional Photographers of America and it's use is prohibited except, on the internet, who cares LOL. Read more here.

Note: Our top photographer is a "real" CPP having been awarded that designation a long time ago.

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

Just look at photos. Not the "lucky" ones they highlight with the beautiful couples running down the beach or flashing a look but, the "real" ones.

Look at photos series from as many weddings as possible. Are the horizons straight? Do people look genuinely happy because, the photographer made that LOL? 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.

How can we tell if what we see 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!

Read more about photography here.

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