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"Nobody makes photos like us. Why? The camera doesn't take the photos, the photographer does, and we do it the way we show it."





How long does it take and how much do you shoot?

We shoot more than enough to give a good selection of images to choose from of your ceremony and portraits. In the 30 minutes of scheduled time, we shoot up to 100 photos and most times we'll shoot more.

FYI: For a any beach ceremony and portraits, you don't need 1 hour for photos, even if you add extra sessions. From photographers who have done years of huge local weddings, that's ridiculous, a waste of time, and only adds extra expense for other services. Simply, there's only so much you can shoot with a couple before it becomes redundant and boring.




How many photos do we get?

The number of Hi-Res JPEG photo files listed in your package.



What are Hi-Res JPEG photo files?

These are high resolution JPEG files produced from your "edited" RAW files which allow you to make your own photo prints sizes up 40x60 and larger possible, and to use for other purposes, in any amount and at any time.



Do we select our own photos?

Yes.

FYI: Some websites pick the photos for you.



Are photo prints included?

No.

FYI: It's just stupid to pay for prints included in a package and then have to pay mailing and postage, when you can electronically download photo files. The 10 photo prints that some websites include cost about $3 (less if using a desktop printer).



How do we view and select our photo files?

We'll upload a "WebPhotoGallery" for viewing and selecting photos for 30 days. Contractually we say we'll upload within 3 to 7 days but, it's usually within a day or two if not a weekend. This is for viewing only and you can share the link with your family and friends as well.



How do we get our photos?

We'll upload your photo selections to our file transfer service called "We Transfer".

The download link will be active for (30) days. We can re-post for another 30 days for an extra charge.

We have sent files to clients all over the world without a problem. This saves you on postage and mail delivery time. Read more.



Can we get our photos on a DVD disk?

Yes but, the disk and postage is an additional cost.

FYI: Our download process is a standard procedure but, if you struggle with computers or have problems, you may have to order a disk.



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: T
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" 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 about RAW here.



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

Yes and no depending upon what you mean by those terms.

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Yes" because, we don't give camera processed "dummy" JPEG files coming straight out of the camera just like your point-and-shoot camera or mobile phone. We instead capture RAW photo files and then process each photo for our interpretation of the optimum color balance, contrast, and exposure exactly what you see on our website.

- "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, you're not paying that. Not at our prices i.e. you're paying a photographer, $2000 to $5000+.

FYI: Do you know that when we process a RAW file for the optimum "look" that it's done in 1/10th increments? Not 1/2 or whole amounts or globally. That's pretty precise!


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.



Can we go to more locations?

We have a Photo Tour for that purpose. We do not suggest going to more than one extra location but, up to you. If you want another location, you can ask.



"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".



Can we get different style photos than what's on the website?

No. What you see is what we do.

FYI: Unlike many websites who post only they're best photos, we show what we do and what you'll get.



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.



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!

Read more about photography here.

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