1. Lighting - Sunrise & Sunset
Here at Pacific Dream Photography our team of photographers know light! After all photography can be described as "The Art of Capturing Light." This is why we offer sunrise and sunset sessions in order to get the best possible light for your Experience Session. Both times are what we call "Golden Hour," when the light is soft, the colors are warm, and the sun is still peeking right near the horizon. This gives a much more flattering appearance as opposed to when the sun is higher in the sky creating harsh shadows beneath a subjects eyes, nose, chin, and so on. Rest assured that our team understands how to capture you and your loved ones in the best possible light! For more information on lighting, check out our blog that focuses on just that.
2. Tell You Photographer Your Preferences
Do you prefer close ups? Full length shots? Natural light or vibrant skies? Our photographers will always capture a variety of shots including different styles of photography such as classic portraiture, artistic, fine art, and candid photographs. With different backdrops on the resort property and surrounding beach you can rest assure that you will have a great variety to choose from. If you know you prefer beach shots let you photographer know! Speaking openly with your photographer will help them highlight your individual beauty and personality in a way that you will absolutely love and help you feel confidant and comfortable as you are the star of the show!
3. Tropical Weather
From a photography standpoint it's often a good idea to head to the beach when others avoid it due to inclement weather. Maui weather patterns change dramatically depending on where you are on the island due to a large number of microclimates and the weather can easily change within minutes in the same area. Often the dramatic clouds will make for some of the most spectacular skies during sunset, with the sun lighting the sky on fire to get rich colors or deep pink and purple clouds. Alternatively think of clouds like a large soft box over our light source; the soft light is very flattering and gives a dream-like feel to your photos. Stick to your scheduled session time as many guest are very pleasantly surprised with the results on a day they thought the weather was not "ideal."
4. Props & Wardrobe
Need wardrobe ideas for your shoot? Check out this link to our What to Wear Guide. The most important thing is to feel comfortable which will allow for more natural photos. Most resorts have mens and women's leis available in the lobby. Grab a couple before you shoot for the perfect Hawaiian accessory.
5. Relax and have Fun!
This is probably the most important thing to remember and it will always show in your final images.
Written by Sarah S. (Pacific Dream Photography at the Andaz Maui at Wailea)