So many visitors come to Kauai for a very special occasion: engagement, wedding, anniversary, maternity, milestone birthday, family reunion, or last hurrah before the teenage/young adult children start busy lives of their own. Others are simply celebrating the “trip of a lifetime.” Kauai’s scenic backdrop makes for some beautiful portraits. But, a selfie can only goes so far. Why not hire a Kauai photographer instead? I happen to know of four you might want to consider.
Of course there are many Kauai photographers of which to choose. I decided to feature these three because I have seen their photographs on social media and from what each of them say it seems like their personalities would lend itself to a fun, relaxing photo session. They all seem passionate, confident and willing to work with their clients to create beautiful portraits and, in one case, videos. All three will go just about anywhere on the island to find the perfect location (and weather) for your photo shoot. So, may I introduce……
I asked Sandy to send me some information about why she loves being a Kauai photographer. Reading her own words and seeing some of the stunning photographs she chose to share (including the photo at the top of this blog) speaks volumes.
“Welcome to Sandy Swift Photography!! I accidentally found myself living in paradise and now have seriously the BEST job in the world!! I specialize in Kaua’i, Hawai’i wedding, couples, maternity, adventure and family photography offering vibrant, epic, fun and intimate portrait sessions all over this amazing island. From a simple beach session to an all day adventure capturing truly epic portraits in some of Kauai’s most stunning scenes, it’s the perfect way to ensure you go home with the ultimate souvenir of your time in paradise and create heirlooms to last a lifetime!”
“I work tirelessly to make you feel confident, comfortable and beautiful during your session and want you to have fun too 🙂 You and your future generations to come will be able to look back on this moment in your story through the timeless portraits we will create – a stunning collection of epic, sweeping scenics to close up and intimate moments.”
“I’ll help you choose the perfect location to match your vision of paradise whether that’s by the sea or on a cliff, beside a waterfall or in a garden, in the mountains or over the canyon, in a helicopter or submerged in the ocean, there’s almost nowhere I won’t shoot.”
“I’ll reassure you when you see a weather report that scares you with threats of rain. I warn you when the location you inquire about has debris on the beach or way too many crowds. I suggest a better location when you request sunset at a spot that does not get good sunset light. I”ll get your man to laugh and forget that he was not stoked to have pictures taken. I’ll make ridiculous noises and jokes for your kids sake.
It’s about you and your beautiful story and I love getting to capture it. I’ve got your back.”
I have known Bonita for quite a few years through our mutual love of partner dancing. Several years ago she decided to pursue her passion for photography as a career. I am constantly amazed at the photos she captures around the island.
“I am a traveler and always had a Canon in my hand. Documenting and sharing what I saw has always been a passion of mine.
Massage therapy was my job since 1990 and I had a shoulder injury that had me thinking that I lost my career. In thinking of a new career I wanted to do something I love and I love photography, people and nature. So here I am on the most perfect island to enjoy, document your special time and share the beauty.”
“Fun is tops on my list! I want everyone to have fun and have images that bring you back to this special place every-time you look at them.
Come have fun with me!!”
I ran across Randy on the Facebook page, Kauai Life. When posting his photos he seemed so enthusiastic about his work with visitors that I thought I would give him a call. I found out he recently moved to Kauai to pursue his love of photography. Since then he has been super busy offering photography and video opportunities for visitors and locals alike.
“Aloha, and welcome to Randy Sage Photography. I moved to the island Kauai with the sole purpose of creating amazing images of families on vacation in paradise. I also provide photography and video services for weddings, engagements, maternity, children, infants, senior portraits, pet photography, and social media content for small businesses residing in the most beautiful landscape on earth, Kauai!!”
“I have a passion for creating a unique look in all my images. I have worked for years to master the camera, its settings, and using the shutter to grab the available light and capture the best composition in every image. I back it up with an editing technique that brings out all the natural elements of the scene without saturation of any kind.”
“I do NOT charge by time and my sessions are never rushed. (1 to 2 hours is common, but if it takes 3, so be it)
I care about each image as it was my own. If I promise 50 photos and come across 80 to 100 that I think are great, I will edit at no charge. (this is typical)
You will also receive 100+ raw images that I didn’t choose.
All image files are provided to you on a flash drive and are ready NEXT DAY!!
I also pride myself on being the most affordable photographer on the island as vacations can be expensive. This is my way of spreading aloha to you and your family”
“I invite you to look at my work and look forward to working with you!”
I also saw some of Lisa’s beautifully creative photographs on the Facebook page, Kauai Life. She clearly has an artistic vision for capturing the moment and playing with the whimsical. From what she has to say, it seems like time spent with Lisa would be quite the adventure. And, the end result may be a piece of artwork for you to display in your home.
“Aloha and welcome to a tropical island dream world where everything is possible. Kauai is one of the most beautiful destinations on earth and i am so grateful to be able to call this island home. Photography is my passion and capturing the love shared among people looks so beautiful in my camera. I specialize in creativity and uniqueness with my images and during the photo sessions.”
“We play together to capture the images you dream of for your special occasion or family portrait, anniversary or engagement, senior portrait, maternity, newborn, child portraiture, wedding, or fine art nude, etc…..the sky is NOT the limit, rip a hole in it and shoot outside the box. Welcome to paradise and let’s get creative with your photo session!”
“I have been fortunate to have many of my images published in a handful of publications as well as my work hung in an art gallery but my passion is in seeing a happy client with a huge piece of wall art in their home from a portrait session we did. I am a flexible artist and work with my clients to create whatever it is you’re looking for, and if you don’t have ideas don’t worry, i have a bazilliion. We might have to stop mid session so i can dangle you from a rainbow or blow a kiss to a turtle baby, many unexpected beautiful island oportunities may get in on our photo session….so come with me on a fun adventure and let’s capture the love.”
Phone: (530) 301-5723
So, to capture your Kauai memories, think about hiring one of these Kauai photographers for your next trip to the Garden Island. I can’t imagine a better Christmas card photo. Your friends and family will be so jealous!
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