Alison & Andrew Engagement – Big Island Wedding Photographer

Alison & Andrew Engagement – Big Island Wedding Photographer

This engagement on the Big Island was absolutely beautiful!  It definitely helps when my couples have gorgeous outfits picked out, and Alison brought a fantastic selection of dresses.  I love florals and colors in outfits, as well as longer dresses that flow well on beach locations.  I headed over to the Big Island for the day and met with these two at Waialea Beach, which has amazing trees, rocks and beach for our location.  Check out the highlights from their session below!

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Rae Marshall is a Big Island Wedding Photographer also specializing in elopements, engagements, family, maternity, senior portraits, lifestyle and more.  She is based on Oahu and travels to the surrounding islands.

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Honolulu Engagement Photographer – Joehannah & Tyler

Love Family – Honolulu Family Photographer at Kualoa Regional Park

Honolulu Family Photographer – The Love Family

WARNING: the photos you are about to see contain an extreme amount of cuteness!

Photographing another professional photographer pretty much always produces amazing results, and today’s blogged session is one of my absolute favorites I’ve done on Oahu!  Rebecca got in touch with me to meet her sweet family and I was absolutely jumping up in down as they took out this rainbow dress for their daughter Willow, and when they took out a ukulele and I rolled around crying.  Not really but I should have.

Rebecca & Jonathan are wedding photographers on Nantucket, which is a small island near Massachusetts.  They are amazing at what they do and I would hire them based on their sweet and caring personalities alone!  They were island hopping and got to see multiple islands before ending up on Oahu for their photos!  I LOVED the outfits that Rebecca had for everyone to wear, don’t be afraid to add color!  Check out these highlights here:

 

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The Johnson Family in North Shore

Oahu Family Photographer at Kaena Point – Johnsons

Jenna & Krista – Oahu Portrait Photographer

Jenna & Krista – Oahu Portrait Photographer

I moved to Hawaii the beginning of June, and it was my first time so far away from home.  The plane ride back to the South is pretty exhausting with an 8 hour flight to a big airport hub and then another flight back home, with a hefty price tag.  We decided to make the trip this year while we were both able to and see my family in Huntsville.

Many people already know this but I’m the oldest of 4 girls in my family!  My sister Marissa is now a nurse in Nashville, so we spent Christmas Eve there with her before she had to work on Christmas Day with all the sweet babies who needed her.

My other 2 sisters and I had some free time for an afternoon the last day I was there, and I decided to do what I do best, a photoshoot.   Jenna & Krista have grown up with my photoshoots over the years and they have been models for some of my favorite works as I learned and grew as an artist.  Now they are both in college and we are all living in different places.  It was such a nice time to throw it back to when we used to run around behind our house just seeing what we could come up with.  They are two amazing women who are so impressive in their own ways, and I always want to remind them how beautiful they are.

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Rae Marshall is an Oahu Portrait Photographer also specializing in senior portraits, headshots, lifestyle, weddings, elopements, couples, families and more and is available for travel to the other islands.  She will be back in the South August 30th-2nd and September 21st-24th for a few appointments.

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Alisha  & Ashley Portraits in Waikiki

The Royal Hawaiian Photography – Alisha & Ashley in Waikiki

Oahu Couples Photographer at Bellows Beach – Mark & Mayra

Oahu Couples Photographer at Bellows Beach – Mark & Mayra

Mark & Mayra have been married for a few years but told me they were getting their first professional photos together in Hawaii!  I was so excited to get some great images for the two of them while they were visiting from California.  Mark is in the military so they got married when they could and are now finally celebrating some vacation time together in Hawaii with photo proof!  They are clearly wonderful together and I had a great time with their session.  It was my last session of the year before heading back to the mainland for my own holiday break with family and friends.  Oahu couples photographer

I loved Mayra’s blue ombre dress especially and thought it photographed beautifully on her!  We got some gorgeous light coming through the trees at Bellows Beach, which is always a treat on the east side of the island at sunset.  Please enjoy the highlights below!

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Kauai Marriott Resort Photography – Tricia & Aaron Honeymoon

Four Seasons Oahu Wedding & Lanikuhonua Cultural Institute Wedding

Four Seasons Oahu Wedding & Lanikuhonua Cultural Institute Wedding

There is no wrong way to get married in Hawaii, and resort weddings can be some of my absolute favorites!  The Four Seasons Oahu is an absolutely stunning place to have your wedding day, from the getting ready, to the formal portraits and ceremony to multiple reception options!  I photographed this wedding with Chelsea Abril, an awesome photographer!  Jane & Jon were such a stunning couple and their first look was one of my favorite parts of the day.  I was with the guys today for getting ready and they were such a fun group.  Jon was GQ worthy in his suit and tie!  We headed down to meet with the girls for their first look on the greenery behind the resort. Four Seasons Oahu Wedding

The ceremony spot is perfect if you want a place where the oceans of Hawaii are in the background, and these two said I do!  Finally we headed right next door to the Lanikuhonou Cultural Institute venue for an amazing reception with gorgeous tropical details.  The sunset on this side of the island is often breath taking and we definitely had one this evening!  Check out the highlights from their day below:

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Rae Marshall is a Hawaii Wedding Photographer also specializing in elopements, couples, family, maternity, lifestyle, fashion and more.  She is based on Oahu and travels to the surrounding islands.

 

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Jieanin & Pho Wedding in Maui!

Maui Hyatt Regency Wedding – Jieanin & Pho

Amanda & Tyler – Honolulu Engagement Photographer

Amanda & Tyler – Honolulu Engagement Photographer

I got to meet up with these two when they came out to be a part of an upcoming project and take some sweet photos of the two of them!   They’ve been married for a few years now, and believe it or not Amanda is actually pregnant!  She’s still in the earlier stages and we were going for an engagement style look for the project.  Congratulations to these two and thanks again for coming out!  You can see the highlight images below:

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Rae Marshall is a Honolulu Engagement Photographer who is based on the Hawaii island of Oahu. She specializes in weddings, elopements, engagements, family, senior portraits, fashion and more and travels to the surrounding islands.

Kailani & Eric – Haleiwa Engagement Photographer

Kailani & Eric – Haleiwa Engagement Photographer

I got to meet Kailani & Eric when they came out to be a part of an upcoming project and take some sweet photos of the two of them!   They’ve been married many years, which are some of the best couples to take photos of.  They know each other backward and forward and I love capturing the love that they continue to have for each other.  The waves in Haleiwa were pretty insane on this day, and have been throughout the “winter” season we have in Hawaii.

Thanks to these two for coming out, here are some of the images below:

 

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Rae Marshall is a Haleiwa Engagement Photographer who is based on the Hawaii island of Oahu. She specializes in weddings, elopements, engagements, family, senior portraits, fashion and more and travels to the surrounding islands.

Oahu Bridal Photographer – Haleiwa with Rebecca & Landon

Oahu Bridal Photographer – Haleiwa with Rebecca & Landon

Rebecca & Landon aren’t actually getting married today, or even engaged, but they sure do like each other.  They were helping me out for an upcoming project and they would be doing cute things even when I was turning my back getting something from my camera bag.  Rebecca looked stunning in this mermaid style bridal gown and the beach waves in Haleiwa were absolutely incredible today.  Thanks to these two for coming out, here are some of the images below:

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Lets TRY: Photoshoot with No Plan – Oahu Model Photographer

Oahu Model Photographer – Unplanned Set in Kailua

Hey guys, I’m excited to share today’s images on the blog from something I really like to do with model test shoots.  I’ve been a photographer for 12 years now, and it can sometimes get to be so structured, especially when working with clients.  I need to make sure I deliver the images they are looking for, which I love, but sometimes I like to treat photography more like an art form and play around a little more.

The “direction”

I met with Cloe in the Kailua area and gave her a vague idea of style I was going for for  her to bring a few outfits.  I wanted something a little more “street style”, and vintage.  I also threw a few shirts in my car about 5 minutes beforehand just in case, but ended up really liking what she brought along.

The meeting location

We met at a coffee shop and I’m sure she thought I was crazy, because I just had us start wandering around looking for cool spots or interesting light.  I’m an experienced wedding photographer, and I often don’t show up to locations or venues until the day of and need to create something quickly and effectively.  This session was like a little challenge to me to continue with that skill.

Things I’m looking for in a location:
  • flattering light
  • depth of field, or photographing in front or behind something to make the image more 3 dimensional
  • something interesting

 

Here is what we ended up finding in our hour walking around, I quite enjoyed this and would love to do it again soon!

 

 

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Rae Marshall is an Oahu model photographer also specializing in weddings, elopements, headshots, senior portraits, couples, family, fashion and more and travels to the surrounding islands.

 

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Gina with Perfection International – Hawaii Wedding Planner Spotlight!

Perfection, an International Event Company with Gina Ho

Hawaii Wedding Planner Spotlight!

I’m so excited to share my first post of 2018 today with you to feature an absolutely fantastic vendor in Hawaii!  Do you know what makes my job as a wedding photographer easier?  An AMAZING planner, and boy did I luck out when I worked with Gina at Perfection for the first time.

I met Gina for a wedding day I was a part of at Kualoa Ranch this past year, where she was the planner for one of my wedding couples.  I’ve been a wedding photographer for many years so I’ve seen my share of vendors, and Gina completely blew me away with her incredible management skills, expertise and her sweet personality.  I’m serious when I say she went above and beyond. She helped our destination couple feel comfortable when they hadn’t seen the venue until a few days before their wedding day, walked them through the rehearsal every step, even gave them tips on how to get great photographs to help me out.  The amount of work she does behind the scenes is even greater and she is the perfect fit for couples who want to make sure they are in good hands.

I was cheering so hard with everything she said and did!  I would stand on top of the Ko’olau mountain tops and yell for everyone to hire Gina for their Hawaii wedding day.

Perfection International Oahu

 

An Interview with Gina

How did you first get into wedding planning? 

“I had a background in corporate event planning when I started working for another company as their Sales & Marketing Director. Due to the company restructuring their personnel I had to take over a few weddings half way through the planning process. Of course there was some hesitancy on the couple’s (more specifically the brides) side but once I could reassure them that I would do absolutely everything to ensure there day was special they trusted me. I absolutely loved the relationships built with these couples and saw how much more rewarding weddings could be! I am still friends with all of my first couples until this day which is a special bond you don’t always get in the corporate world. It doesn’t help that I am also a hopeless romantic!”

What makes your company or approach unique? 

“I think one of the things that makes us quite unique is the attention to logistics. With a corporate background I understand how important flow and timing can be. I ensure that all set-up and design ideas work with the time frame we have with each venue. It is very important to have a well balanced event that focuses on the couple’s “must have” list while also ensuring that all other components of the event work well with each other. I love creating an overall experience that is unique to each couple.”

What is your favorite part of working on a wedding day? 

“My favorite part is seeing everything come together and watching the couple’s reaction. It never gets old seeing a bride break into happy tears when everything she dreamed of and relied on us to execute comes to fruition. My second favorite part is definitely the father/daughter dance. There are almost always tears!”

What’s one tip you have for couples planning their big day? 

“Enjoy the process! While this is one of the most important days of your life it is the process that really shows how the two of you will problem solve and compromise to get to the end result you both want. If you are not able to accomplish everything you need/want alone create a budget for a professional to help you. The dollar amount you invest in a planner will be more than worth it in saving you time, getting you exactly what you want, and avoiding potential disagreements.”

Perfection, An International Event Company:  http://www.perfectioninternational.com/

 

We met up at “The Wedding Linen Company” for some photos of Gina in her element, she is made to help you create your wedding day dreams down to the each plate and linen!

 

Rae Marshall is a Hawaii Wedding Photographer based on Oahu and specializes in weddings, engagements, elopements, family, senior portraits, lifestyle, fashion and more and is available for travel to the surrounding islands.

 

The wedding Gina & I worked on at Paliku Gardens:

Paliku Gardens Wedding at Kualoa Ranch – Gisela and Chris

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