If you seek a wedding captured on soft sand with pristine ocean views or family photos with dramatic sunsets then look no further than the artists at Pacific Dream Photography. Rated one of Maui’s top resorts, the Andaz Maui at Wailea Resort provides our photographers with lush grounds, unique architecture, and stunning Hawaiian views perfect for capturing all your wedding and vacation memories.
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At the Andaz at Wailea if there is one thing we know it's how to capture beautiful photos of couples.
Here are a few tips we recommend when thinking about posed, candid, playful, intimate, and romantic shots.
- Variety - Interacting Versus Posing:
Your photographer will take a variety of shots and will guide you on how to pose and what to do in front of the camera. Sometimes we get stuck in thinking that we must look directly at the camera and smile. To capture a wide variety of poses your photographer will give you suggestions on how to interact with each other, you can try to whisper something funny in your partners ear, walk along the beach looking out to the water, a kiss on the forehead or cheek (don't forget to close your eyes!), or a playful spin, all add natural moments and memories to your shoot. Try as many of these as you'd like and don't be afraid to make suggestions that will bring out the unique qualities of your special bond.
- Candid Shots - Forget the Camera:
Some of our favorite shots of couples happen when they forget the camera and simply laughing with each other in between shots. Candid shots are more natural and tend to have a look and feel that is uniquely you. Feel free to let your photographer know if you prefer candids. we can always stand a few feet away while you take the lead and snap away to get the perfect shot.
- Find some Inspiration - Mood Boards:
Prior to your shoot have a look at Pinterest where there is a plenty of images to inspire. Try searching boards that relate to couple photo sessions / portraits / photo shoots / photography / etc and feel free to pin your favorite shots to your own mood board that you can show your photographer on your smartphone the day of your shoot. This will help your photographer understand your personal taste and the style of photos you love.
- As Always Relax and Have Fun! :
Enjoying your Experience Session in the beautiful island paradise of Maui is the most important part. We love making your trip and occasion even more special with the memories we capture.
Written by Sarah S. (Pacific Dream Photography at the Andaz at Wailea)
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)