Read more about photography here.
How many photo do you shoot?
For a normal ceremony coverage, we shoot more than enough to give a good variety and selection of images to choose from. Usually, up to 80-100+ photos for selection and more depending upon the specifics of your event.
How many photos do we get?
Each package specifies the number of Hi-Res JPEG photo files included with your package. You can get more photos after the event by simply upgrading to one of our larger packages.
What are Hi-Res JPEG photo files?
These are high resolution JPEG files produced after our custom processing of the RAW files (see about RAW below) which will allow you to make your own photo prints sizes up 40x60 and larger possible, in any amount and at any time.
Do we select our own photos?
Yes. We'll create a "WebPhotoGallery" website for viewing and selecting photos within 3 to 7 days. You can use the link to also share with your family and friends. This will be available for (30) days.
How do we get our photos?
After you've emailed us your selections, we'll upload your photos to our file transfer service. Follow the directions and your photos will be available for download by you or anyone else you share the link with. The download link will be active for (30) days.
Can we get our photos on a DVD disk?
FYI: You really don't need a disk. We've sent our files to clients all over the world. With that said, if you struggle with computers, have a weak internet service, or have and problems, you may have to order a disk. The disk and postage is an additional cost.
Are photo prints included?
FYI: Pay for cheap photo prints, mailing, and postage when you can electronically download photo files and make your own prints?
Can we go to more locations?
Yes. See our "Photo Tour" option.
Can we get different style photos than what's on the website?
No. What you see is what we do.
Can our family and guests take photos and video?
We allow photos and video, under our direction during the ceremony as long as, it does not interfere with the performance of our services. If so, we'll ask them to step back or stop.
We do not allow video or photography by others during any of our directed work and during our portrait sessions.
If we don't want so many photos of one thing, can we ask the photographer to shoot something else?
No. Our photographers are contracted to do a specific job and we actually require them to produce the package required coverage. For example, if you don't want many photos of the you (the couple), just tell the photographer and he won't shoot it but, that does not mean that he will do family group shots in it's place. You'll still need to get an extended session.
What about Copyright?
When you receive your photo files, we'll also 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.
FYI: There'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" reliably in all outdoor conditions.
To get the same "look" wedding after wedding, we use powerful on-camera, direct and in-direct, electronic flash. This creates the consistency you see in our photos and give you confidence that what we show you is what you'll get.
By using flash, we can do jobs at all times of the day and at all beach locations. It allows us to show the beautiful backgrounds with vibrant colors versus washed out sky and ocean if only using natural light. It fills-in harsh facial shadows and pockets under the eyes and instead creates a sparkle in the eyes. It makes for clean colors of skin, flowers, clothes, and scenery. It just does so many good things that there's almost no time we'd use natural light.
FYI: We do not use specialty lighting tools like soft-boxes, umbrellas, etc. simply because, they don't work at most beach locations. Nor do we pay or you pay for photo assistants to attend those devices.
Finally, and this is probably the most important difference between what we do and most all tourist wedding websites and what most all photographers nowadays do is that we shoot RAW files.
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 and no depending upon what you mean by those terms.
- "Yes" because, while it would be really fast and cheaper for us to do, we don't give "dummy" JPEG files coming straight out of the camera. We shoot RAW photo files (see link above) and process each individual photo for our interpretation of the optimum color balance, contrast, and exposure. Kind of like taking a mobile phone photo and using an app to "fix" it.
- "No" because, we do not use Photoshop or other photo editing apps to get rid of wrinkles, blowing hair, blinks, swap heads, remove bandages and tatoos, make people thinner, remove distractions or people from the backgrounds, etc.. Why? Simply because, at our prices, you're not paying for that, not at our prices. What you're paying for is what we show on our website. None of those photos have been "fixed".
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.
"I never look good in photos."
We get this frequently. No worries, you'll look good, it's Hawaii, it's your wedding, and we're going to shoot your wedding just the way we always do and we have never had a client that didn't "look good".
How can we tell what's good photography and what isn't?
Look at "real" wedding photos. 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 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".