"The Garden Isle"

Kaua'i also called "The Garden Isle" is the island I was born and raised on! With this in mind, I do know the island very very well. I may be biased but I do think it is the most beautiful place not only in Hawaii but in the world. It's called The Garden Isle because of how lush it is. Unlike the other islands, you don't have to drive to "find" where the trees and vines and rainforest's everywhere. You'll see it when you first land and everywhere you go is lush. It's one of the less developed islands in terms of conveniences and infrastructure and for this reason, many locations on island require some effort to arrive at. Regardless of how we get there, every location is gorgeous and will satisfy your need for that quintessential Hawaiian feel. There are some locations that I refuse to photograph at, like the taro fields of Hanalei & Wailua Falls because, as a Kauai native, I know the rules and respect the sacredness of certain areas. Some areas hold an immense level of reverence for all people born and raised on Kauai and should be respected by all who visit and work on Kauai. These places are more than a photo backdrop. BUT the following locations listed below are totally cool to shoot at and are some of my all time favorites!


Fun Facts about Kaua'i

- The official island color is purple

- King Kamehameha did not conquer the island

- Kauai is the oldest of all the major islands

- Mount Waialeale is the wettest spot on rains every day


Take a look at these location ideas as you are planning your Maui wedding, engagement, couples, maternity or family photo session. And remember, if you have a location not listed hear, please tell me. I am all ears!


About | A popular surf beach with cliffs

Pros | Its gorgeous, cliffs, beach and lava rocks.

Cons | Super popular with beachgoers and surfers

Best time of day| Sunset


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kapaa maternity sessionCoconut CoastEast Side

About | In Kapaa, small cozy beach with shallow areas

Pros | Shallow waters great for standing in, SUNRISE views.

Cons | Only good during sunrise. Sunset is too busy with fishermen.

Best time of day| Sunrise Only


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Ashleen - Maternity

About | Beach in Hanalei

Pros | Great sunset views, sandy beach.

Cons | Popular with tourists staying at nearby hotels

Best time of day| Sunset


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About | An east side sandy beach with rocks

Pros | white sand, lava rocks and parking

Cons | not west facing so you won't get direct sunset

Best time of day| Sunrise or sunset


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kauai-wedding-photographyGillins BeachSouth Side

About | relatively secluded beach in Poipu

Pros | white sand, reef and trees

Cons | A bumpy ride on a rock road to arrive at

Best time of day| Sunset


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About | A south shore beach

Pros | white sand, lava rocks and ocean

Cons | none

Best time of day| Sunset


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Princeville RanchNorth Shore

About | North Shore Ranch on a bluff

Pros | Sweeping views of the hills and mountains


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Plantation GardensSouth Side

About | A garden setting steps away from the beach

Pros | Unique, access to gardens, close to beach


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wedding-photogrpahy-kauaiAnaina HouNorth Shore

About | Mountain views with a large guest count capacity

Pros | Mountain views and west facing (sun will set behind the trees)


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Hawaii wedding photographer serving Kauai, Oahu, Maui, Lanai, Molokai & The Big Island. Specializing in Destination Weddings, Intimate Elopements, Engagements, Maternity and Branding Photography.