first dance at hyatt maui for wedding

From these workshops, Guys, I’m stirring the pot. I’m changing the way I format my Maui wedding photography prices and packages.

And I know it’s controversial that I don’t have completely ala-carte pricing that goes by the hour.

If you want a wedding day that allows for real moments to happen in a non-rushed fashion, you MUST have at least an 8 hour package to cover all the bases.

Hiring a photographer by the hour based on what you think you’ll need from your wedding coverage is a big oopsie.

I’m going to tell you right now why that’s a MISTAKE.

1. Timeline

Often times I’ll be contracted to be at a wedding for less than the standard 8 hour day. So maybe from 3 PM until 7 PM. During that time, the bride and groom want me to document the following events:

  1. Getting Ready
  2. First Look
  3. Ceremony
  4. Family Formals
  5. Cocktail Hour
  6. Sunset Photos
  7. First Dance
  8. Cake Cutting
  9. Speeches
  10. Dancing!

Here’s the thing: I can’t document everything in just four hours. I’m going to be running around like a chicken with my head cut off. There should be a buffer in the timeline between all events in case we run over – but trying to jam-pack all of these things into half-day coverage just isn’t going to happen. And it’s going to be stressful – for both you and me.

Literally the worst conversation I have to have with the couple at the end of a wedding day where we had timeline issues:

“Hey – so our time together is over, but you haven’t had your first dance yet. Do you want me to stay for an extra hour? My rate is $900/hour.”

I loathe that conversation. The last thing you should be thinking about on your wedding day is whether or not I’m going to be around for everything.

It’s terrible for me and it’s terrible for you. Choosing to have 8 hours of coverage ensures that I’m going to be there from the beginning until the end.

Now does that mean that I don’t do 4 hours? No – I do four hours, but just limit it to 25 guests. TBH though, I only book 1-2 of those a year as most of my couples want me there all day!

bride getting ready

first dance at hyatt maui for wedding

2. Storytelling

This boils down to time as well. I need time to curate and tell your story.

Think of it this way: if you want fast food, go to a McDonald’s. Do you expect the quality to knock your socks off? No. Because it’s fast food. You know some teenagers just slapped it together from behind the counter. Are you going to savor it once it hits your palate? Probably not. You likely went through the drive-through because you’re starving and it’s quick food.

But if you want an amazing Italian dinner – you pick the nicest place in town, make reservations, place your order, and you wait. And guess what – that meal that comes out is amazing and surpasses expectations, right? You really take the time to enjoy the food because you know it’s a quality meal.

Photography is similar. If we are rushing through these big parts of your day, we don’t have time to create magic together – or to capture the little moments between the big moments. Or heck – to even be in the moment.

Beautiful things take time, trust, and talent. A full day of 8 hours of coverage gives me space and time to tell your story without missing any details.

bridesmaid wiping tears

mother and son wiping tears


3. Artistry

I love learning about my craft and making it better and better. I’ve attended some incredible workshops and from those workshops, I’ve learned that creativity takes time.

All artists will tell you those beautiful things are created with time, talent, and risk-taking. If I can’t try new things and take risks, the chances of us together creating beautiful pieces of art are diminished.

It is important to me that every wedding is captured differently. I don’t want your story to look like the wedding I shot last week. It’s going to be different because you’re different.

Your love story deserves to be told in its own unique way.

With time constraints my coverage of your day becomes more assembly line and less about your day. Believe me, no one wants that.

bride and groom backlit with sunset

 sunset wedding portraits at Kukahiko estate

Four Maui Wedding Photography Prices to fit your day

I want to tell the full story from beginning to end.

I want to be there for you getting ready with your bridesmaids, the little moments with your dad, the shots with the groomsmen, the epic dance party. To document your day flawlessly, I need time.

For the rest of your life you will relive your wedding day through these images.

You can read more about what comes with my Maui wedding photography prices HERE

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  1. I just got engaged to my best friend. The date is 10-10-2020 are you available I would love to have you take my photos

    1. Hi Kim! I’d love to be considered as your wedding photographer! I won’t be in Michigan during that time though – you coming to Maui?!

      1. Aloha Kim,
        My fiancee and I are getting married on March 15th, 2020 at the beautiful King Kamahameha Golf Club. Are you available? We are interested in the Classic Wedding Collection. Our ceremony starts at 5PM and our reception is from 5:30pm-9pm.

  2. Hey Angela,
    We’re planning a wedding in April 2020 in Maui at the Hyatt. I am curious about your half and full day rates as well as availability. I am a photographer myself (mostly landscape) and really like your style and artistry. Let me know thanks!

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