There are a lot of photographers in Hawaii to chose from giving brides and grooms a lot of great choices for their destination wedding. So how do you chose. I tell my perspective clients that it is important to have a photographer that you feel comfortable with and whose work really speaks to you. I believe more important than pricing (I am not the cheapest or the most expensive in Kona) is whether the images that you see on the photographer’s web site really make you smile. Pick a photographer whose style you relate too.
And when looking at a photographer’s work ask yourself if his or her work is consistent across multiple weddings. Sometimes I am asked to lean more towards a photojournalistic style or more traditional style, but by in large the look of my weddings are very similar, and that comes from a lot of years of developing my style and being able to execute that in a variety of circumstances. (Having shot weddings in Hawaii for over 15 years we believe that we have something really special to offer our clients.)
I also recommend having a conversation with your potential wedding photographer and if possible a face to face meeting really is best. You will probably spend a lot of time with your photographer on your wedding day and how you click together is important. I always love hearing from my clients what a joy it was spending time together, and that the photo time was really fun. Laid back with a lot of passion for what I do is something that I hope every client sees from me. Great photos are of course the final product, but I believe how you get those images makes a big difference as well.
Making sure your photographer has back up equipment, has or doesn’t have an assistant, what type of gear (pro or not), how many weddings they have shot, are all good questions to be asking as well.