FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS FOR A HAWAII ELOPEMENT PHOTOGRAPHER
Q0. What Is An Adventure Elopement?
Elopements have changed significantly in recent years. They are not the cheesy thing from the 80’s where two people run away to be married by Elvis (though I’m not knocking that if it’s what you’re into). Now, elopements are about scaling back from the chaos of the traditional wedding, stopping the performance, and making the day about what matters: you two and your vow to one another. They can take place anywhere! They are intimate, adventurous, and so much fun. The term adventure elopement just means that the two of you are going on an adventure together to begin your married life!
Q1. What Is It Like Working With You?
I prefer shoots that start with coffee, or if you prefer, a drink! When we work together, I want you to have fun! That is one of my goals for our session. I also want to come away with images that will showcase your love just as it is, unique to you. I do very little conventional posing, I find it creates stiff and forced moments that are manufactured by me. I would rather allow your connection to shine through by giving you prompts that will foster real laughter, movement, and may result in some funny stories. We’ll likely do a lot of walking, some running, maybe a little hiking. I’ll guide you through the shoot and will be there to capture everything, including the in-between moments that often result in the strongest images. Before our session and during, I’ll ask you to tell me some stories and to answer questions about your partner. I just ask that you give thoughtful and honest responses and let the rest unfold naturally!
Q2. Do You Travel?
Oh heck yeah, I travel. There is nothing better than stepping out in a new land and exploring. I am always up for an adventure, especially a destination wedding or elopement. No matter the distance, if you want me there, I will be there – so don’t shy away from contacting me just because of location.
Q3. Tell Me A Little About How You Edit.
I edit each image that is provided in your gallery by hand. Some images will be in color, others in black and white. I have a distinct style of photography, but I want the uniqueness of each event to shine through. Given that, I edit for the event in a way that best suits the lighting, environment, couple, and details of the day.
As a side note, I do not Photoshop people into something they are not. I will remove any distracting elements from photos as necessary and can fix inconsistencies that might detract from the image, but that’s as far as it goes. I want you to look like you because you are beautiful.
Q4. We're In! What's The Next Step?
The next step is just to reach out via my contact form or e-mail me and let me know! From there, we’ll set up a time to chat and the rest of the process is easily completed online where you’ll be able to view a proposal, sign the contract, and make a payment easily.
Q5. Do You Have A Type?
I would say so. While I am available to anyone, that does not necessarily mean that I am the best fit for everyone. Sessions are a two way street. My style of photography requires something of the couples I work with to achieve the look you see in my portfolio: the ability to be candid, open, and emotional. I prefer to work with those who will let their guard down and be open with their partner around me. People who are down for some fun and laughter! If this sounds like you, where have you been all my work life?! Let’s get together and create some magic!
Q6. Do You Photograph Families?
I do! I just ask that you be more interested in capturing this part of your family’s story, the chaos + mess of it all, rather than perfectly posed traditional family photos. For examples, check my family page here!
Q7. What Gear Do You Use?
I use a several camera bodies. My preference is a Sony A7 RIV + A7 RIII and I also use the Canon 5D Mark IV and III on occasion. My cameras of choice are always secured with a dual harness so that I don’t miss moments switching between lenses. And I do have quite a collection of those, but my favorite lenses are the Sony Zeiss 35mm and the Canon TS-E 45mm. For receptions, I keep an on camera flash or video light at the ready.
Q8. Will We Get All Of The Images?
I don’t provide RAW files, but I do give download and printing rights to all of the edited images provided in your gallery. That means you are free to download all of the images and print them as you like. I do recommend printing through your gallery as the quality is better than what you might get elsewhere. For fine art prints, please let me know and I can help you with these as well!
Q9. What Do You Charge?
Wedding collections start at $3,500. Elopements begin at $1,500. Sessions at $750. For a full pricing guide, reach out!
It’s important to remember that photography is more than just showing up on the day of your shoot or wedding. This work consists of considerable planning, scouting locations, traveling to and from the locations, potentially staying overnight nearby, covering the event as desired, and then narrowing a few hundred or thousand images down to only the best. Afterward, each image is edited by hand and either delivered via USB or hosted in an online gallery for one year. It’s more than just being there with a camera, so I appreciate your trust in valuing my services.
Q10. What If We Are Awkward In Front Of The Camera?
Then you’re like about 90% of the people I work with and you’re just like me. And don’t even worry, we will have so much fun during our time together that you may not even notice the camera. That’s part of my job, to help you feel comfortable and find a way to capture your love just as it is.
Q11. What Is An Intimate Wedding?
An intimate wedding refers to a wedding with fewer than 30 guests. I typically take more of these weddings per year than I do traditional, larger weddings which I limit to 2-3 per year.