When it comes to stunning scenery, Hawaii wins our hearts for its lush landscapes and tropical vibe. It’s the ideal destination for those who need portraiture done because the area’s natural surroundings are inimitable and absolutely breathtaking. That said, when it comes to shutterbugs, these Honolulu family photographers have won our hearts for their enviable ability to bring out the beauty in not only their clients but this beloved series of islands as well.
1. Jamie-Lee Tang of JTangProductions
Serving all of Oahu with her free-spirited style, Jamie-Lee Tang is a multi-talented artist — making films, as well as being a hair and makeup artist! Her family portraits are relaxed, with the kind of laid-back, casual style the islands are famous for. In addition, her background as a stylist ensures you’ll look stunning. Creating artwork from memorable moments is Jamie’s way, so let her make art from your life!
We’ve featured Fernanda Kenfield before as one of our favorite portrait artists and wedding photographers — her work is just too stunning. She is a portrait artist, a fashion photographer, and a photojournalist all in one, producing stylish, authentic photos. Her portfolio celebrates people in all of their beauty, in every stage of life, particularly women in the maternity phase — her portraits of expectant mothers are like the famed painting “Birth of Venus” in photographic form. If you want creative, timeless, yet Insta-ready photos, Fernanda is the shutterbug for you.
Creating family portraits with a style that leans toward fine art, Natalie Tocco stuns us with her creative eye and technical know-how. Her whimsical portraits encapsulate the spirit of island life — relaxed, fun — and paying homage to the gorgeous sunlight in equal measure. She is the kind of Honolulu family photographer who will be with you for every step of your family’s journey — from birth, to birthdays, to celebrating your family just because.
Kim Ebert is the kind of thoughtful family photographer who deftly shows off the world-famous Hawaiian landscapes in her photography. Using the stunning sunsets and reflections of the beach, her portfolio embodies what it means to live a life of Aloha — with a heavy dose of fun and sun. Her work is always natural, never over-processed, so the focus stays on her subjects — your lovely family!
Daphne Hargrove is a long-established Honolulu family photographer — she also branches out into maternity and newborn photography, among other portrait specialties. She lends a refreshing perspective to traditional family portraits — yes, everyone is smiling and having fun, but in a completely natural way. When you want to work with an experienced portrait artist with a creative bent, collaborate with Daphne!
6. Melissa and Crysta of Nest Family Photography
Melissa and Crysta are incredibly skilled at freezing precious moments in time, effortlessly creating sweet portraits of families in all stages of life — from the glowing maternity stage, to new sweetness of newborns, and beyond. Their newborn styling is sweet and rustic — heavy on textures and charming accessories. If you are looking for real portraits of your family, this ultra-talented duo is for you.
7. Heather of Little Bird Photography & Films
Heather does more than simply take photos, she creates little adventures for your family and then photographs the journey — the result is a playful and organic portfolio, full of smiles and unforgettable moments. Whether you live on the island or are visiting, Heather of Little Bird Photography will help you create lasting memories, as well as document your family’s beautiful life as it unfolds.
Vanessa Kelso’s work is a blend of casual lifestyle shots, with a little sweet polish on ordinary moments. Her detail-oriented photos incorporate sandy little toes, the texture of a blanket spread on the beach, how the sunlight hits strands of hair just so. A consummate storyteller, she’s the photographer to work with if you appreciate a mix of casual glamour and free spirit, if your family is playful, or if you just want gorgeously real photos.
Rachael Hammer creates the kind of family portrait everyone loves — relaxed, playful, and perfectly lit. It’s a well-loved combo for a simple reason — it is precious and timeless. Her maternity portraits are an absolute celebration of motherhood, transition, and the goddess within every woman. So if you are just starting your mothering story, or if you’re in the middle of it, let Rachel tell your tale with her documentary style, and you will have lifelong mementos.
Sharing her time between San Francisco and Oahu (two states get her talent, lucky them!), Marissa is a family photographer with a lifestyle twist — capturing genuine emotions and moments. Her work is non-traditional, focusing on candid shots, so you can remember more of what makes your life so precious. Her crisp and bright editing is perfect for photographing mothers and their children — it gives skin a perfect glow without being overdone. In short, her style is organic and beautiful — and we love it!
If you’re vacationing in Hawaii, we recommend giving Yelena Antal’s work a peek — her themed photoshoots could be just the island souvenir you need! Working in the abundant, natural sunlight adds an element of the Aloha state, as well as enhances those carefree vacation vibes. Bright and colorful portraits dominate her work, so if you have a pineapple shirt with you, bring it along! Producing awe-inspiring images that are tropical and timeless, Yelena could be the Honolulu family photographer of your dreams.