FAQ - Engagement Sessions

Please see below for more information and our rates.  If you would like to check on our availability or book us for a session, feel free to contact us!




What are your engagement sessions like?

We will work with you during the session on getting traditionally posed and/or candid-type portraits that highlight the joy and love in your relationship.  If this is your first professional photoshoot together, don't worry!  We provide all posing instruction and direction during the shoot.  After the session is done, we select the best of the photos taken and post-process each of them.

Click here to see our engagement session portfolio.


What are your rates? What is included?

Engagement Sessions

Starting at $600
What's Included
  • Session typically takes about one hour
  • Approximately 30-40+ edited high-resolution photos
    because of this style of photoshoot, we cannot guarantee a specific number of photos
  • Includes print release
  • Image file delivery via private/shareable online gallery (accessible via an app on mobile device or through web browser)
Things to Consider
  • Travel fees apply for sessions taking place outside of Hilo, HI
  • Rates include Hawaii State GE Tax
  • Cash discounts available
  • Processing time takes approximately 1-2 months (maybe longer during peak seasons)
  • Please contact us for more information or to book a session



What's the best time of day to take our photos?

The time of day is very important when taking photos outdoors.  The closer it is to noon, the position of the sun becomes more overhead which is typically not flattering for portrait photography (and it can get hot!).  Because of this we typically recommend not doing photoshoots between 10am-3pm.


Do you offer discounts?

If you are one of our past clients or were referred by one of our past clients please let us know.  Kamaaina and cash discounts available.

Unfortunately we do not offer discounts by request.  However, we may be able to provide you with a customized session that will work within your budget.  We do nothing less than pour our whole hearts into what we do and feel that our prices are fair for the work we offer our clients.  There is a tremendous amount of time spent not only behind our cameras shooting, but also prepping, planning, post-processing, editing, and crafting our portraits.


How do we book your services?

Please send us an email via our contact us page detailing what you are looking and when so we can provide you with more information and check our availability.  Please let us know which side of the island you will be on as travel fees apply.


Can we have prints made?

Yes.  We release reproduction rights to all photos delivered to our clients so they may have prints made wherever they choose.  We also offer reasonably priced prints through a professional developing lab that can be ordered directly from your private online gallery by request.


What kind of equipment do you use?

We shoot with Nikon D750 and D600 cameras, along with a variety of high quality wide angle, fixed prime, and telephoto lenses.  We also shoot with an array of light modifiers and speed flashes that allow for us to shoot adequately and artistically in even the most challenging of lighting situations.


Can you photoshop me to look skinnier and younger?

As much as we all wish to be skinnier and younger, we do not "photoshop" or alter photos to affect what was physically present at the time the photo was taken.  Altering what was physically captured in a photo can be a very complicated and time consuming process that in our opinion can actually devalue a photo because it is no longer genuine.  Small marks and blemishes may be considered for editing if it can be reasonably done.


How long does it take to get our finished photos? Why does it take this long?

Photos from an engagement session are typically delivered within 1-2 months.  Processing time may also be longer during peak seasons.  We invest a large amount of time post-processing, editing, and crafting your portraits.  This is the main reason why we do not take on a large amount of work during the year.  We know that each and every photo we take is a once in a lifetime moment to be cherished forever, so we will never compromise quality for the sake of rushing a final product to our clients.


Do you do other events or types of work?

We do all sorts of other work besides weddings and portraits, and regularly do.  Being wedding photographers, we are versed in taking photos and applying our style to almost anything you can think of.  Whether you need commercial work done, need photos for marketing or press, real estate, or even photos of your car, we can offer our services to you.  Please contact us to inquire.


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