OLA COLLECTIVE

PHOTOGRAPHY AT FOUR SEASONS RESORT OAHU AT KO OLINA

Capture your vacation memories with a professional photographer during a  45 to 60-minute portrait session around the resort property.

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WHAT IS OLA COLLECTIVE?

We are a collective of passionate photographers based on the island of Oahu. Ola is the Hawaiian word for life

It is here, in these everyday moments of living, that we draw our artistic inspiration. Our style combines portraits with creative candids to make your memories last forever. 

 

YOUR PERSONAL PLANNING GUIDE

Click on any of the guide options below to help you make the most out of your photography session. 

WhEN should we take photos?

WHAT ARE YOUR Packages & Pricing?

DO YOU HAVE ANY Tips & Tricks?

What should I wear?

Hair & Makeup

Haku Flower Crowns

 

WHEN SHOULD WE TAKE PHOTOS?

We definitely recommend planning your session for the FIRST few days of your vacation, for the following reasons:

  1. Get your photos done before you get sunburned by the strong Hawaii sun!
  2. You will need time to review your photos and select your favorites before you leave.
  3. We will have more time to reschedule if it is raining on the day of your session.

For photography sessions, we offer two different times of day:

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Capture bright blues

BEST BETWEEN 8-10am

If you have very young children under 5 and are coming from the continental US or Canada, this may be a better option for them as sunset is quite late at night with the time change, and you may find your little ones are quite cranky later in the evening!

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Enjoy soft golden light

starting 1 hr before sunset

This is our most popular option for soft light and is often accompanied by colorful sunsets. Time zone wise, this is a great option if you are coming from Asia and morning time is very early for you.

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Collections & Pricing

 After your session, we will curate a collection of your best images and you can review your photos in person or via your online gallery to curate a selection of your favorite images.

KEEPSAKE - USD 495

  • 20 High-resolution edited and color corrected images with print release delivered via digital download
  • Select your favorite images in-person or using your custom online gallery 
  • Optional print design consultation to create personalized wall art

MEMENTO - USD 350

  • 10 High-resolution edited and color corrected images with print release delivered via digital download
  • Select your favorite images in-person or using your custom online gallery 
  • Optional print design consultation to create personalized wall art
  • This package is available for morning sessions only

HEIRLOOM - USD 950

  • ALL high-resolution edited and color corrected images with print release on pink gold + crystal USB (min. 80 images)
  • Recommended for large groups
  • Full hourly rate required for special events & private dinners
  • Additional hours available at $500/hr

 

3. THE MEMORIES  |  DESIGN YOUR ART

After you've selected your favorite images, you can also add on fine art matted prints and hand crafted albums, printed same-day and delivered to your door in travel-friendly packaging. 

  • SAME-DAY FINE ART MATTED PRINTS STARTING AT USD 35

  • HANDCRAFTED PHOTO BOOKS STARTING AT USD 300

  • FOLIO BOX WITH TEN MATTED PRINTS  USD 350

 

BOOKING:

To book your session, contact us here, or stop by our photography services desk in the lobby next to concierge between the hours of 8am-5pm.

Please note that our hours may vary depending on the season and if we are currently on a photoshoot. If we are not at the desk, a concierge member will be more than happy to assist you with scheduling your appointment.

PAYMENT:

Payment is not required until you come and view your final images. We can add your photography fee to your room charges, or you can pay directly using credit card or cash. Please note that a $95 cancellation fee may apply for cancellations made less than 12 hours in advance. If we are rained out of a session, you will not be charged a cancellation fee.

 

TIPS FOR DURING YOUR SESSION

  • It's always a good idea to bring a small bag with anything you might need for a touchup, or a small toy for your toddlers, but please try to keep it to one bag for your entire group. Often our favorite photos are the ones captured between posed moments, so it's important your hands are free as much as possible for the duration of your shoot. Please leave big bags and unnecessary items in your room!
  • Build up to the session to children as it really is- a time for fun and togetherness. There’s no need for bribes when the event itself is the reward. Favorite toys, songs, snuggles, and tickling are perfect ways to capture authentic joy from little ones. 
  • We do recommend bringing a very small favorite toy for young children aged 3 and under. For young children, looking at a camera doesn’t make a lot of sense, but if you give us something we can hold over the lens that will capture their attention, it is often much easier to capture a few frames where everyone is looking at the camera.
  • We work quickly capturing natural images so photography doesn’t feel like a chore to even the most cynical toddler. It’s our pride to deliver a super, safe setting for families to have fun!
  • It’s always a good idea to bring a snack such as crackers to keep small kids happy. Please keep sugary treats a surprise for when the session is complete.

 

RAIN, RAIN, GO AWAY

Weather forecasts can be unpredictable during your trip to Hawaii. We always use this NOAA forecast for Kapolei. If it is looking particularly stormy, we will check in a day or two before your session, but in general a good rule of thumb we've found is that unless the chance of rain is over 50%, it is unlikely we will be rained out of our session at the Four Seasons Oahu at Ko Olina.

Outdoor shoots offer the best available light and beautiful Hawaii backdrops for your precious portraits. Often, a rainy forecast in Hawaii can mean nothing more than a few passing showers that last five minutes and leave stunning rainbows and colorful clouds in their wake. But if Mother Nature rains on our parade, don’t worry, there are always options:

  • Plan A: When it’s obvious the dire weather forecast is right, we’ll call and reschedule at no charge to you.
  • Plan B: If you don't have time to reschedule we have alternate indoor locations available throughout the beautiful Four Seasons Oahu
  • Plan C: Adventurous? Umbrellas and blankets always add a fun and unique component to photos!

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    What to Wear

    PRO TIP: Already here at the resort and need to go shopping for an outfit? Ask us to help you set up an appointment with one of the personal stylists who can walk you through selecting the perfect outfit at the in-house boutique stores.

    Decide before the shoot what look you're going for. Where in your home will your portraits be displayed? If in a more formal room, be sure everyone's clothing is coordinated to this look. If the room is less formal and more "family" keep this in mind as well.

    When coordinating colors for a family, we recommend starting with whoever has the hardest time finding the perfect outfit they love. Find something you love and feel great in, and then pull colors from that to put together a complimentary color scheme for the rest of your family.  We've included a few sample color schemes below, but ultimately, this shoot is about YOU and making you feel beautiful. Wear something you love and feel good in, and your confidence will shine through in your photos.

    You can also check out our Pinterest board for inspiration.

    SHOES

    If you are dressing up in heels for dinner after your shoot, but are hoping to go down to the beach we strongly recommend bringing a pair of flat shoes or flip flops so you can comfortably walk over the rocky path to the beach. 

    Long dresses

    Long, dramatic, flowy dresses are perfect for beach sessions. You're going to be moving, bending, and sitting in various positions during your shoot, and short dresses aren't the most flattering or ideal option for all that movement. Long, flowy, elegant dresses are a great way to add class to your beach photos, while still making sure you'll be comfortable and able to swoop down to hug your babies without worrying about your dress flying up.

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    AccessoriES 

    Adding accessories is an easy way to add a pop to your photos. While planning the base of your outfit around neutral tones of solid colors, adding accessories will take your outfit to the next level with a scarf, bowtie, bangles, or jewelry.

     
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    Patterns & Textures

    One of the easiest ways to add pop to your photos is to incorporate patterns and textures, like lace or ruffles. You can do this by dressing at least one of your family members in a pattern, and then pulling solid colors from that pattern for other family members. 

    Fun Colors

    Colors on the beach can be a great way to bring some beautiful pop to your photos. The only colors we advise you stay away from are neons, fluorescents, and really bright pinks & oranges. These colors often glow in pictures, and can cast color reflections on your skin. Nobody wants a neon orange chin!

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    Neutral Shades

    Flowy, floral patterns are the perfect item to build your color scheme from and are also comfortable enough to be playful in.

     

    Varying Shades of the Same Color

    An alternative to matching everybody is to choose different shades of the same color. Adding a pop of color through accessories also helps each individual stand out uniquely

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    CORAL, TURQUOISE, & PaStels

    Pastel colors are a timeless choice for your family wardrobe. The best way to add contrast to your photos is to choose a pattern for one family member and pull the colors from there to the remaining members. 

    Leave the Logos AT HOME

    Big logos across a t-shirt can be a major eyesore. Try to steer clear of sports, large words, or brand logos or sayings across the front of your shirt. This takes the attention away from everyone's smiling faces and draws the eye right to the t-shirt.

     

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    Hair & Makeup

    If you are interested in setting up a hair and makeup appointment with the spa at Four Seasons Oahu, we highly recommend making a reservation in advance, as availability is very limited at this time. You can contact them at: 808-679-3200. Update: As of July 22, 2018, Spa has availability for hair & makeup services on Fridays and Saturdays

     If the spa does not have availability for the date of your shoot, we are happy to help connect you with other resources available on the island. Here are a few hair & makeup vendors who may be available to come to your room:

    Creative Sol

    Delish Hair & Makeup

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    Haku Leis

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    Haku leis are a special type of Hawaiian floral crown. The Four Seasons Oahu offers make-your-own haku workshops with The Happy Haku every Wednesday starting at $75/ea. She also accepts custom orders for any other date, but delivery fees may apply. Find her at https://www.instagram.com/thehappyhaku/

     

    You can also request custom orders from: https://www.instagram.com/hauolishaku/