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The 9 Best Engagement Photographers in Honolulu

Many people dream of getting married or engaged while being surrounded by the beautiful scenery of Hawaii. If you are one of the lucky ones who call this place home — or you’re visiting and want your adventure documented — choose one of the following Honolulu engagement photographers to be with you at every turn. Most also photograph elopements and weddings, so whatever you are looking for, they’ve got your back from the initial proposal to the big day.

1. Chelsea Stratso

Chelsea is passionate about documenting your island love story, able to make you feel relaxed while she does it. According to Chelsea herself, “I love to make people so comfortable that they rid themselves of that ‘I’m too awkward for photos’ feeling, because that’s where the fun begins!” We imagine it’s her laid-back style that gets her all of those great intimate shots of couples madly in love! Also, if you’re itching to go on an adventure, she knows of many jaw-droppingly pretty spots around Oahu, perfect for documenting a lighthearted frolic in the sand while making memories. 

2. Leslie Carbajal Photography

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😍 I know I always say this .. but it’s because I mean it. You guys always come through with some kind words 😭. Whether they’re in my inbox or the comments section you make your girl like a million bucks. . . ✨Juggling being a mom, wife, friend, daughter, business owner, trying to keep the house clean, having a social life, remembering to eat, and drinking water 😂… is hard. Whenever I’m with family/friends I really try to unplug from social media. But let me tell it’s hard .. especially when your business runs on the internet. Emails, text, comments, Instagram DMs, etc. I’ve found myself saying “give me a second I’m just answering a client”. I don’t know how to “turn it off”. Honestly, as a business owner I don’t even know if we truly have “off hours”. Probably only when we’re sleeping 🤣🤷🏻‍♀️. . . 🤭 I didn’t intend to rant HA… but when you’re so passionate about your work it’s a constant job. It’s really gratifying having people trust me to capture their moments. Seeing the end result really makes me giddy. . . 🎨Last night I had my first session of 2020… and man did they blow it out the water. I felt my creativeness just bursting out my heart. Especially during the motherhood portion of it. I seriously enjoy what I do. I get to create ART.. ART for a living!! Thank you to those who believe in what I do. . . 💫 Now I ask you .. are you passionate about something in your life? Do you have an outlet that makes your heart burst? I really hope you do, because the feeling is magical. . . #oahuphotographer #hawaiiphotographer #honoluluphotographer #kauaiphotographer #mauiphotographer #oahuengagementphotographer #mauiengagementphotographer #kauaiengagementphotographer #waikikiengamentphotographer #honoluluengagementphotographer #oahucouplesphotographer #hawaiicouplesphotographer #mauicouplesphotographer #kauaicouplesphotographer #waikikicouplesphotographer #honolulucouplephotographer

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Honest, raw, and authentic storyteller Leslie is not only a talented Honolulu engagement photographer, but she’s also an accomplished family photographer. All of her work has the same rugged realism and intimacy — fostering an immediate connection with the subject. Since she is based on the island of Oahu, her portfolio is full of bright and bold colors — no one can deny the vibrance and romanticism of the sunsets and sea on this special island! Fortunately, Leslie captures this beauty with ease.

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3. Taimane Kini Photography

If you desire simply elegant photos of you and your love frolicking in the waves, enjoying romantic sunsets, and exploring all the wonders the island has to offer — all with a creative twist— Taimane is your gal! She also produces gorgeous night portraits in the city for those who prefer their photos have a cool, urban feel. Her rich editing enhances the vibrant colors that surround you on the island. According to Tamaine, “I want the *real* you. Let’s capture your laughs, tears and all of those raw emotions in between. I’m all for those who aren’t afraid to get down and dirty and those who care more about candids rather than posed. If this sounds like you, then I’m here for ya!”

4. Sarah Jual Photo

Born and raised on the island of Oahu, Sarah embodies the island spirit — carefree and friendly. Playful and genuine, she is an excellent choice for a Honolulu engagement photographer, as she boasts a joyful approach to her work and life. If you are having a destination wedding or elopement, Sarah is the shutterbug of your dreams because she knows how important photographs are.

In her words, “Creating photos and capturing moments means I keep memories alive… I document my own life so I can look back at important moments forever. I document weddings so you can do the same.” Everyone wants to keep their most treasured memories alive, so let Sarah help you do it with style! 

5. Monica Deer Photography

Driven by her desire to capture her subjects enjoying the richness and experiences of life, Monica says, “I’m a photographer for the adventurous, madly in love lovers that want an experience rather than a posed photo shoot. You are not a mannequin, but a human being with quirks, emotions, and movement… and I want to capture that.” She deftly photographs couples all over the island of Oahu, so if you want to go adventuring, she’s down! Her style is warm, emotive, and free-spirited. Monica’s style is sure to captivate you and your soon-to-be spouse.

6. Hannah of Golden Age Photography

Hannah strives to capture your love story in its authentic wholeness — all the better if that story takes you out on an adventure! Born and raised in Hawaii, she has cultivated a passion for the outdoors and is more than happy to suggest epic locations if you’re in need of one! She’s an ideal Honolulu engagement photographer for her skillful use of golden light, as well as the thoughtful way she frames her portraits, and the genuine approach she takes to sharing the story of her couples. 

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7. Tara of Sky and Reef Photography

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Tara is a masterful photographer — after her mentorship with notable artists in Los Angeles, she has fostered advanced knowledge of light and how to use flash for interesting and fun effects — a skill not all photographers possess. She comes from a dance background, so she knows how to guide you into poses that don’t look posed at all. In fact, she says herself, “You will learn tricks to look leaner and longer and develop confidence to look your best on your wedding day even during those candid moments.” Plus, her drone photography is beyond cool — it’s a unique twist on an engagement shoot from a higher perspective.

8. Johanna Dye Photography

Johanna is a brilliantly intuitive photographer for her romantic, almost vintage style. She specializes in photographing elopements, and what could be more romantic than running away to an island with the love of your life? Her work combines the timeless nature of love with the warmth of the Hawaiian sun, and the result is simply magical — full of freedom and life, with a healthy dose of creativity throughout. 

9. Sheyanne Lyn Photography

Prizing human connection is partly what makes Sheyanne an outstanding photographer. Couples need someone that understands who they are in order to translate that into pictures, and Sheyanne takes the time to get to know you so she can best showcase the highlights of your love. Her photos are real and touching — brimming with tenderness and play, changing from couple to couple and moment to moment.

She says it best in her own words, “My motto is let’s make something real. in order for you to trust me, you gotta know me. Well, this is me. I am passionate, in love with my life, and creative.” If that motto resonates with you like it does with us, get in touch with Sheyanne.

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