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Oahu

"The Gathering Place"

Oahu is the most densely populated island in Hawaii and thus it's also known as the gathering place. With Waikiki on the south shore and the nearby Kakaako and China Town, you might forget that you're in Hawaii at all! Shops, bars, restaurants and hidden foodie gems ("hole in the walls") that are ahhhmazing. I spent the majority of my 20's living on Oahu as a college student and so this island holds a special place in my heart. It's also the island that I have chosen to reside in and base all my professional activities out of. The thing about Oahu that not many people realize is that you can truly get the best of both worlds. There is the hustle and bustle of downtown but also just under an hour away from the city, you'll find yourself in what you'd expect from Hawaii. World renowned beaches, local food fare and restaurants, and local artisan shops. (Always shop local while in Hawaii).

 

Fun Facts About Oahu

- Official island color is yellow

- island flower is the Ilima

- It is the most populated island with roughly 75% of the states population residing here

- Iolani Palace is the only Royal Palace in the United States

- Waikiki was originally a swamp!

 

Take a look at these location ideas as you are planning your Oahu 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 and will always be up for an adventure.

Locations

About | Botanical Garden, Cacti and Floral

Pros | Beautiful soft light, unique, parking available, perfect color for portraits

Cons | A $20 county fee is needed and 3 weeks notice.

 

View Photos of Koko Head Garden

About | A large white sand beach

Pros | blue water, white sand, mountains

Cons | popular with beachgoers

Best time of day| an hour before sunset or sunrise

 

View Photos of Waimanalo

About | A beach location on the North shore

Pros | White sand, coconut trees, sunset views, secluded

Cons | unsecured street parking

Best time of day | 1 hour before sunset

 

View Photos of "coconut paradise"

NuuanuCentral

About | Forest location in Central Oahu

Pros | Lush, close to Waikiki

Cons | Bring mosquito spray

Best time of day| a couple hours before sunset

 

Featured Sessions at Nuuanu

A&T - Engagement

Kahana BayNorth Shore

About | A beach location on the North shore

Pros | Amazing mountain views and ocean

Best time of day| Sunrise or 2 hours before sunset

 

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oahu-portraitWaialaeSouth Side

About | A beach location near town

Pros | Cute coconut trees, views of mountains

Cons | Setting sun will not be in photos since its east facing.

Best time of day| Sunrise or sunset

 

View Photos of Waialae

About |Beach on the North Shore near Haleiwa

Pros | direct sunset views, mountains, sand, rocks

Cons | No bathrooms, strong waves, popular

Best time of day| 1 hour before sunset

 

View Photos of Papailoa

 

Stables BeachNorth Shore

About |Beach on the North Shore near Turtle Bay

Pros | direct sunset views, mountains, sand, rocks

Cons | No bathrooms, strong waves

Best time of day| 1 hour before sunset

 

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Foster GardensDowntown

About |A botanical garden with a greenhouse in town

Pros | A GREENHOUSE, large garden with plenty of photo worthy nooks and crannies.

Fee | $20

Best time of day| 3pm

 

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Private wedding & Portrait venues

About | Plantation style home, backyard

Pros | cozy, cute house to get ready in, lush

Cons | small, no real sunset views

* Only available for weddings

 

Featured Weddings:

A&T

About | A private ranch (Jurassic Park)

Pros | Famous, panoramic mountains, views of ocean in the distance, private

Cons | Must be working with a coordinator to book, no restrooms.

* Only available for Weddings, Elopements or "The Everything" portrait package with an additional fee of $200 for portrait sessions

 

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About | Waikiki Hotel

Pros | In town, hotel amenities, ballroom, outside ceremony

Cons | No photography is allowed on Waikiki beach.

* Only available for weddings

 

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About | Centrally located venue

Pros | Lush, mountain views, jungle access, course amenities, full service

Cons | No sunset views

* Only available for weddings

 

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Dillingham RanchNorth Shore

About | Plantation Style Cottages

Pros | Lush, mountain views, rooms for prep, kitchen, reception area

Cons | No sunset ocean views

* Only available for Weddings, Elopements or "The Everything" portrait package.

 

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About | Downtown urban venue with outside patio

Pros | MODERN, urban, convenient, unique

Cons | Parking is limited

* Only available for weddings

 

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About |Private Venue for Weddings + Portraits

Pros | Beachfront, mountain views, privacy.

Best time of day| 1 hour before sunset

* Only available for Weddings, Elopements or "The Everything" portrait package.

 

View Photos of Hawaii Polo Field

 

Male'ana GardenEast Side

About |Private Garden in Kailua

Pros | Colorful, private, intimate.

Best time of day| 1 hour before sunset

* Only available for Weddings, Elopements or "The Everything" portrait package.

 

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About |Private Valley Overlook

Pros | Private, intimate, sunset facing, multiple backgrounds

* Only available for Weddings, Elopements or "The Everything" portrait package.

 

View Photos of Hawaii Vista Weddings

 

About |Private Venue for Weddings + Portraits

Pros | Beachfront, mountain views, privacy.

Best time of day| 1 hour before sunset

* Only available for Weddings, Elopements or "The Everything" portrait package.

 

View Photos of Hawaii Polo Field

 

About |Private Venue for Weddings + Portraits

Pros | Overlooks Kaneohe Bay, Lush Gardens

* Only available for Weddings, Elopements or "The Everything" portrait package.

 

View Photos of Puakahi Estate

 

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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.