Classical and a mix of fun is my style. Kauai has several awesome photographers. Few edit as I do. Balancing exposure, color, straighten horizons, cropping, etc is something all pros do but then I proceed with creative portraiture techniques that can include body toning, sky-toning, beautification, removing nearly all beachgoers and clutter that otherwise can make photos look like snapshots rather than portraits. I'm not an add a filter and done photographer. It's not unusual for me to spend 20 minutes editing a single photograph.
For me, there isn't a bad time. Mornings are cooler, nice and comfortable. Sunsets with a colorful sky are amazing.
An umbrella is a great looking prop in a photo shoot so having one with you is an awesome idea. Rain is commonplace here in Kauai. But it's not common to have persistent rain. Five minute showers are typical. We get used to them, and gray skies tend to be moody and dramatic. But if it's pouring all day long we'll see if we can reschedule your session.
My favorite photo locations are all along our north shore, Kilauea to Ke'e. But I do shoot all over our island.
The time it takes to edit a group photo of eight or ten or fifteen people versus two or four takes much longer. Eyes closed, distracted, blowing a fly out of face, multiplied by as many faces in the shot. It only takes one fly to turn an average 6-8-min photo edit into a 20 minute or even longer edit. With big groups I also need to take way more photos during the session because I might need to take the open eyes in one photo and superimpose them over the overall best photo of this particular setup, where her eyes are closed, and I might also need to replace the gaunt expression on Grandpa with a fun expression and make it look as if the photograph was taken that way. So yes, extended family fees are higher.
Not realistic for me. You might not want/need but a few photos but when I turn up for a photo session, I test for lighting, I check angles, etc, and I always take far more shots that what I’ll be delivering to my client because the perfect shot doesn’t always happen when its needed.
From under $500 - $5900 (that’s a big spread but I do all sorts of shoots). Email / text for comprehensive fee / options menu firstname.lastname@example.org
To hold the date you pay an up front deposit $150. Your balance payment is due on or before the shoot day. It’s very important to make your balance payment timely to ensure a speedy turnaround, typically 2-5 days to get your edited photos/ video.
You'll be able to download the full resolution digital images from a gallery that I will have made for you. To download I will send you an email invitation, so it's very important once you book to give me your email address and your mobile phone number for the photo shoot rendezvous.
Fast. Typically 2 to 5 days for 1-2 hour sessions, 1-2 weeks for multiple hour events.
I'm sorry no for a couple of reasons. First, I do not show clients unedited photos, and thus for me to supply proofs would require editing all the photos which can easily amass to hundreds of photos. Also, the back and forth would make the speedy turnaround I'm known for impossible. Thank you for your understanding.
Even if you know how to work with Raw files, my photography has two parts to the artistic process: shooting, then editing. My images are complete once they've been edited by me. While it's possible for a good artist to finish another good artist's painting, it's not a feel good thing for the original artist. So I do not part with RAW images. I thank you for your understanding.
Surprise proposals? Absolutely. You and I speak or text beforehand and arrange exactly where you'll pop the question so that I can step out of the shadows and take the perfect photos.
I'm flexible on swapping dates, times, when I can. I’ve also cut back deposits for hold-the-date to $150 or 15% on bookings over $1000. If I get a cancellation due to unable to attend and I am able to rebook that time, I’m happy to refund the deposit.
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