Photography FAQ's


Nobody can do photos like us. Why? They're not us LOL! If you like our photos, book us.

Can we get different style photos than what you show?

No. What you see is what we do.

How long does it take?

We work smartly, efficiently, and quickly making our sessions fun and enjoyable. This also saves you money.

After the ceremony, which is about 8-12 minutes, it takes about 10-15 minutes for the photo session. In that time, we can and usually shoot up to 80-150 photos depending upon the specifics of your wedding and photo sessions.

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

How much do you shoot?

We shoot more than enough to cover a event and to satisfy your package requirements.

Our photographers sequence their shots in a logical progression which enabling us to create a greater variety and more photos in a lesser amount of time than others and it may save you money with other services (like limo time).

Our packages list 80-100+ shots for selection but, many times we shoot far more. Especially, if you're have extra services like extended photo sessions, cake, toast, Photo Tour, or special ceremony events.

We only want a couple of photos.

OK but, we do the coverage no matter what. That's what we do.

Some websites shoot hundreds of shots?

Right. We simply don't shoot 20 shots of the exact same thing just so we can boast that we shoot 500 photos. LOL.

Can we get more photos than what we paid for?

Yes, you will be given the option to purchase more. We give a discount if you pre-order on your contract.

What is a photo coverage?

Go here.

What is a Extended Photo Session?

Go here.

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.

Can we select our own photos?

Yes, of course! It seems like a natural thing but, you'd be surprised how many websites select the photos for you!

How do we select our photo files?

We'll make a "WebPhotoGallery" website for you to view and select your photos. Usually within several days but, sometimes longer depending upon how busy we are that week. We'll email you a link and instructions. The WebPhotoGallery will be posted for 30 days. You can share the link with your family and friends.

FYI: This Galley is for viewing only and not for downloading of images.

How do we get our photos?

Email us your selections. We'll send your Final Service Invoice. After receiving payment, we'll upload your photo files to our file transfer service "We Transfer". You'll get a email directly from "WeTransfer" with a download link. Files will be posted for download for (14) days. We can re-post it for an additional 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. The disk and postage is an additional cost.

What are Hi-Res JPEG photo files?

Hi-Res files are the highest resolution processed JPEG files produced from the RAW files generated by our cameras and will allow for prints sizes up 40x60 and larger possible, as well as, providing the greatest utility and usage for your photo files by allowing cropping and other enhancements without significantly affecting print quality.

Can we make photos prints?

Yes, that's the whole idea! The JPEG files we include allow you to make your own prints in all the sizes you want.

Do you give us prints?

No. None of our packages includes photo prints.

It's ridiculous to pay for prints in a package, they're so cheap nowadays and you can make them yourselves.

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.

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".

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" because, we don't give camera processed "dummy" JPEG files straight from the camera. We start with RAW files.

"No", we do not "fix" photos with 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 the cost for that service at our photography costs. FYI: If you're paying a photographer, $2000 to $5000+, you would expect it, we would.

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.

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

Look at "real" wedding photos, not just individual fixed-up shots for a websites ad pages. 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 on websites 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".