Just a Little Hawaii Magic Happening Here
Bryan and Veronica tied the knot at a small cove situated behind the JW Marriott Hotel on the West Shore. The cove is free to use, and not property of the hotel or the resort. I do about 50% of my weddings here as the location is not too far away from Waikiki, and rather perfect for sunset photos. Since the opening of the Disney Aulani, this location has gotten a little more crowded, but is nothing like the crowded beaches of Waikiki. If you are looking for a beach that is very secluded, you should head to the North Shore.
The weather got a little cloudy during the end of the photo shoot, but I was still very much able to get great photos.
Clouds usually are great for fashion photos, as they represent conflict. In a wedding photo, utilizing clouds to your advantage can be tricky as you don’t want wedding photos to be at all negatively biased. So the solution is simple. Have the couple kiss, and it sends the message that “Love conquers all.”
Nothing but blue skies. This was shot on the opposite side of the cove where they got married. On one side of the cove, there was nothing but clouds, but on the other side, there was nothing but blue skies. I don’t usually shoot on this side of the cove as you can see hotels in the background. But you don’t really notice them in this shot.
Now we’re getting into sunset. Notice the clouds on the horizon. Yes, the sun is setting 30 minutes earlier than expected due to clouds on the horizon. This happens very often. Timing the sunset perfectly requires a photographer who understands not only the medium of photography, but one who also understands the weather.
Bryan and Veronica ordered a rather robust wedding photography package from me, opting for 1 1/2 hours of photography coverage, but going full digital instead of ordering a roll of film. The extended photography coverage allowed me to really take my time, and to get in a lot of different poses in. We literally shot from one side of the cove to the next, chasing blue skies when we could, and taking advantage of cloudy a skies when appropriate.
I wish these two my best!