Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Maui Weddings



Somebody in your wedding entourage is probably a photo enthusiast. They have a nice digital camera and spend a lot of time shooting at family reunions and Fourth of July picnics. Their images are very nice and they love to share them. We all love having them around and seeing the images afterwards. When you invite them to your Maui wedding, they get very excited to have the opportunity to record your day in mega-pixels and follow the professional photographer you've hired. The only problem with this, from the professional's point of view, is that when somebody is standing over their shoulder with a camera, especially someone the family knows well, the person you've hired to take professional portraits will have a bunch of shots with half the people looking at him and the other half looking at your photo enthusiast. Instead of telling your friend not to take pictures, have them take shots of the other guests who are not being photographed. They can capture an entirely different perspective of the day without causing your photographer to miss the shots you've paid him good money to capture.

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Maui Weddings



We always get asked about the right time of day to do a Maui wedding ceremony. Many of our clients want to do a luau as a reception, which usually start about an hour before sunset, pushing the wedding to the middle of the afternoon. While a luau seems like the Hawaiian way to end your wedding day, the timing makes photography  very difficult and limits your photographers ability to capture those portraits at the golden hour. We usually recommend that couples save the luau for the day before or after and schedule their Maui wedding for about an hour and a half before sunset. This gives us time to spend about 45 minutes exclusively with the couple to get those romantic, golden images and dramatic sunset backgrounds. We also remind them that even in January, temperatures on the beach at 3 in the afternoon can reach 85 degrees, making even an informal affair rather warm. As sunset approaches, the temperature cools, the gentle trades pick up and the colors get truly spectacular.