With the natural beauty of the Hawaiian islands providing the scenic backdrop, Bridal Dream Hawaii fills in the rest of the details on couples' big days. The wedding specialists offer packaged and à la carte services such as officiants, photographers, flowers, and transportation for beach weddings, as well as more deluxe add-ons including hotel stays and musicians. Wedding coordinator Robert Hamilton is on hand to field questions and inspire ideas by suggesting scenic stretches of sand for the ceremony or tasty tide pools for the cocktail hour.
Expressions Portrait Design’s portfolio captures families, graduates, babies, and even pets. More than 100 backgrounds unfurl on set, letting subjects surround their poses with almost any mood or theme. After the flash has gone off and the “freeze time” switch has been flipped again, color effects and image editing add more options for customization. All photo packages include standard prints, but custom framing, greeting cards, and canvas images also are available to surround portraits with gallery-caliber fanciness.
At Hawaii School of Photography, a symphony of clicking shutters and flashing lights fills the various classrooms during digital, traditional, and professional photography classes. As a school devoted to commercial photography, the company offers classes on DSLR basics, how to create lighting, and how to advance a career as a professional photographer. Courses are held in the studio or on-location, and the website also offers online course and free lessons. The school and studio is helmed by award-winning professional photographer and lighting expert Dr. Stephen Dantzig, whose work has appeared on 22 regional and national magazine covers and who's published many books and articles on the art of lighting.
Laura Monahan comes from an artistic family, and spent her youth practicing sculpture, oil painting, pottery, and what turned out to be her ultimate passion: photography. Her ability to preserve candid moments has left an indelible impression—she has a published portfolio on three continents and product lines appearing at national retailers such as Hallmark and JCPenney. Laura’s photo shoots always take place outdoors, capturing newborns, older kids, families, and makeshift popsicle-stick families in soft, natural lighting and poses that never appear unnatural. Her settings span the country from San Diego’s foamy beaches to Denver’s red-rock sunsets and into the Midwest’s autumn leaves.
For more than 10 years, PopUpPics has captured party guests at their wackiest with portable photo booths. Their team of trained photo booth attendants handles every phase of the rental process, from setting up and outfitting subjects with props to passing out prints and carting away the booth when the party is over. Rental packages also include a USB drive packed with the evening's photos and a Facebook event gallery, which saves hosts the trouble of recreating the night via construction paper, Elmer's glue, and macaroni.
Susan Page Modeling trains aspiring actors and models, so it's no wonder that its photographers know how to snap artistic photos. Whether clients seek portraits of their babies, kids, or high-school seniors, the staff produces images with flair. Staying true to the business's original focus, they also take photos for fashion portfolios and offer styling beforehand.