Choose a Wedding Photographer for Your Hawaii Wedding

By Karen Rose

It’s easy to understand why Hawaiʻi is one of the most popular wedding destinations in the world. Its beautiful sunsets and white sandy beaches create the perfect backdrop for saying “I do,” and finding the perfect photographer to capture these special moments will create visual memories for years and decades to come.

Hawaiʻi is a photographer’s dream, and a good photographer will work with you to ensure your wedding day photographs meet all expectations and capture the beauty and uniqueness of your special day. Wedding photographs will be cherished for generations, so choosing the right photographer is an important factor in making sure things go smoothly and seamlessly. Browse our list of top-rated wedding photographers by island – Oahu, Maui, Kauai and Hawaii Island and use the tips below to help you find a photographer that is right for you.

Know What You Want and Communicate Your Expectations

Like all art, the beauty of photography is subjective so it’s important to communicate your expectations with your photographer. Let him or her know what kind of look and feel you want your photos to portray. These magical moments should reflect the emotion of the day so you can enjoy a lifetime of memories with your loved one.


Looking through a photographer’s images will give you a great idea of how they capture the emotional feeling of the day and what kind of details they focus on. It’s important to see through the eye of the photographer and determine how they anticipate special moments. Pay attention to such details as how comfortable and natural the couple appears to be and how authentic the emotions come across in the photos. If the photos make you smile and illicit positive emotions, it’s a sign of a good photographer.


While it’s important to find a professional photographer that meets your budgetary requirements, remember cheap rates do not always mean you’re getting a good deal. There are no do-overs when it comes to wedding photos, so don’t be lured by discounted prices. If the photographer is inexperienced, you could end up with a product less than satisfactory. Usually you get what you pay for when it comes to photography. Experience and talent are a requirement for capturing beautiful images and high-quality photographers generally come with a higher price point. Photos are the one thing that will be left when the ceremony is over, therefore investing in high quality photography should be at the top of every couple’s list.


Photo: Lauren Dixon.

Last, but not least, find a photographer you like. They will literally be following you around all day like the paparazzi (remember, you’re a star for the day). The more comfortable you are with your photographer, the better the photos will be. A photographer who is positive, adaptable and easy-going will make your wedding day more pleasant and your photos more natural and beautiful. With the right photographer, your wedding album will live happily ever after…just like the happy couple.

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