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?
We definitely recommend planning your session for the FIRST few days of your vacation, for the following reasons:
Get your photos done before you get sunburned by the strong Hawaii sun!
If you choose to do an in-person design consultation to customize your photos and wall-art, we will need time to prepare your images for your viewing.
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:
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!
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 also a great option if you are coming from Asia and morning time is very early for you.
Spring Break Specials Valid March 15-30
Session fee includes 45 minute session with your photographer & a gallery of 60-80 proofs to select from, and a complimentary in-studio design session to select prints
15 Digital Images | 350 USD (Morning only)
30 Digital Images | 500 USD (Morning or Sunset)
Your final digital images are professionally edited and delivered as high-resolution JPG images with a print release
TIPS AND TRICKS
TIPS FOR YOUR SESSION
• 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!
WHAT TO WEAR
VARYING SHADES OF THE SAME COLOR
CORAL, TURQUOISE, & PASTELS
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.
LEAVE THE LOGOS AT HOME
hair and 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 limited at this time. You can contact them at: 808-679-3200. 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:
Haku leis are a special type of Hawaiian floral crown, made from specialty flowers by local flower artists. Prices may vary by type of haku, supply, and demand, but the cost is typically $75, plus a $25 delivery fee. Here are two floral artists who currently deliver to the Four Seasons Oahu:
We cannot order your Hakus for you, but if you are unable to get ahold of them directly, we are happy to assist you in connecting with them!