Ashley + Billy – Engagement Kaena Point Oahu

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Ashley + Billy – Engagement Kaena Point Oahu 9/10/2014

Kaena Point is on the far west side of Oahu, at the end of the road.  It is a breathtaking location and definitely suitable for proposing marriage.

When Billy called me and told me his plan to propose to Ashley at Kaena Point, I got really excited and nervous.  I mean, how was he going to explain me being there to Ashley?  What if the weather didn’t cooperate?  Will everything go as planned?  Turns out I didn’t need to worry about a thing and he did it his way with the plan of making for a picnic and couple’s photo session.

That was great. I flew over from Kauai earlier that day and scouted a couple of locations. We confirmed this spot when they were on their way up H1 from Honolulu.  Just as they arrived it started to rain. A blessing!  But there was no waiting, we went for it.  A warm tropical rain on the beach just feels great.  It passed in a few minutes for Billy to set up the the blanket and speakers to play Ashley a song he recorded for her.  That was the first surprise.  Then they got up and walked a few feet away and he got down on one knee and proposed.  Ashley was surprised and caught up  in the moment with Billy.  Their beautiful moment followed by a beautiful sunset.

The things we do because we love another person make life worth living.

 

More of the photos are online in this gallery.

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Paul Myers is an award winning documentary wedding and portrait photographer in Kauai, Hawaii. With over 15 years of experience, he combines his experience as a photojournalist to capture life moments as they happen and his a sense of wonder to create compelling portraits. If you would like to book a photographer, info@paulmyerspictures.comand I will get back to you. Join me on instagram, Google+, Yelp, Facebook.

McCollum Family Portraits- Poipu, Kauai

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McCollum Family Portraits – Poipu, Kauai

Hanging out with the McCollums for Family Portraits in Poipu, Kauai.

And with their 6-week-old baby it was a unique time and experience.  I loved watching their 3-year-old son learn about having a brand new baby brother.  Learning comes at life’s pace.

We started at Kukui’ula and went down to the small boat harbor for an incredible sunset.

Thanks for the great moments together!

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Paul Myers is an award winning documentary wedding and portrait photographer in Kauai, Hawaii. With over 15 years of experience, he combines his experience as a photojournalist to capture life moments as they happen and his a sense of wonder to create compelling portraits. If you would like to book a photographer, info@paulmyerspictures.comand I will get back to you. Join me on instagram, Google+, Yelp, Facebook.

Anne + Read – Oahu Wedding Photography

Oahu Wedding Photography

Anne + Read – Oahu Wedding Photography

I had the honor and thrill of photographing Anne and Read’s Oahu Wedding.

One part Hawaii Destination Wedding, one part Pool Dance Party. Anne and Read’s Honolulu wedding made for an exciting time.  With a first look for photos at the Kahala Resort, just down the road from the wedding venue at Read’s family home, the joy kept building as the party kept going.

This casual and stunning wedding location set the scene for a unique and laid back event.

There was a lovely wind.  A hurricane was supposed to hit the island but instead changed course once it made land on the Big Island.  Wind makes everything fantastic. Inanimate objects dance into life, all the hard work we put into perfection is undone in a matter of seconds. Then we are bare with our emotion and free to be fully present.  The love and adoration for this couple from their friends and family was brilliant.  Making a great party for our friends and family is so often the best gift for everyone.   What a way to wait for a hurricane that missed the party.  Instead the full moon came up behind the clouds and added its distinct aura.   Thanks for the memories, Anne and Read!

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Paul Myers is an award winning documentary wedding and portrait photographer in Kauai, Hawaii. With over 15 years of experience, he combines his experience as a photojournalist to capture life moments as they happen and his a sense of wonder to create compelling portraits. If you would like to book a photographer, info@paulmyerspictures.comand I will get back to you. Join me on instagram, Google+, Yelp, Facebook.

Kauai Family Photogaphy Anini Beach

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Kauai Family Photography – Anini Beach

The conversations with the Langstons made this a memorable session for me. It felt comfortable, it felt like family. They were happy to be here, excited about Kauai and that made a comfortable atmosphere for the Kauai Family Portrait Session. It is always a little awkward with families as we get to know each other in a matter of minutes. But this was smooth, easy.

Sometimes a big sunset calls for a big light. No doubt about it. There was something about this evening in particular that screamed BIG LIGHT to me. So I obliged. There are so many flash at sunset photos on the beach by Hawaii portrait photographers that I feel if I am going to take that approach for a session, I need to make it count. Once a direction is decided, I go with it. Hang out and trust it for a while to see where it takes me. I love the creative possibilities within a single set up.

And it paid off with lasting memories of the session, both the photographs and our conversations. It is always a treat to hear a family having a great time during their stay. Especially when they want to know more about Kauai, about what it is like to live here. There are so many layers to the beauty on Kauai that go beyond a sunset. But the sunset is one of the best ways to shock your system with a good dose of gorgeous Kauai.

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Paul Myers is an award winning documentary wedding and portrait photographer in Kauai, Hawaii. With over 15 years of experience, he combines his experience as a photojournalist to capture life moments as they happen and his a sense of wonder to create compelling portraits. If you would like to book a photographer, info@paulmyerspictures.comand I will get back to you. Join me on instagram, Google+, Yelp, Facebook.

Poipu Kauai Wedding – Peg + Paul

Poipu Beach Wedding Kauai – Peg + Paul

Peg and Paul’s Hawaii destination wedding brought their children and families together to share in celebrating the joy of their relationship at Poipu Beach, Kauai. Poipu Beach is alive with sunbathers, surfers, explorers.  It is alive with the surf, the wind and the sun.  It is alive with the lasting memories of the couples married on its sands.

My task is to show in photographs just how these elements and families intersect on Peg and Paul’s wedding day.  The pictures will stir memories and remind us all of the hopes we embody in our wedding vows and exchange of rings.

Remembering where we come from makes the transitions of our lives that much more important today.  The actions we take for our happiness invites our families and friends to go back to the roots of their love.

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Kauai Wedding Vendors

The ceremony held at Shipwreck’s Beach in Poipu, Kauai was officiated by Julia Wirtz. Her ceremonies embody the sacred of the wedding ceremony in her words and the symbolic actions including Lei Ceremonies and Sand Ceremonies that she includes in her service.

The delighful music during and after the ceremony was played on a ukulele by Kenny Ray Rapozo.

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Paul Myers is an award winning documentary wedding and portrait photographer in Kauai, Hawaii. With over 15 years of experience, he has worked as a photojournalist for newspapers and magazines and taught visual journalism at Brooks Institute of Photography. If you have a comment or suggestion, or would like to book a photographer, send me an email at paulxmyers@gmail.com and I will get back to you. Join me on Google+, Yelp and Facebook.

Family Portraits Kauai HI – The Sommer Family

Family Portraits Kauai HI – The Sommer Family at Anini Beach.

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Paul Myers is an award winning documentary wedding and portrait photographer in Kauai, Hawaii. With over 15 years of experience, he combines his experience as a photojournalist to capture life moments as they happen and his a sense of wonder to create compelling portraits. If you would like to book a photographer, info@paulmyerspictures.comand I will get back to you. Join me on instagram, Google+, Yelp, Facebook.

Poipu Wedding Photography – Michelle + Chantal

 Poipu Wedding Photography – Michelle + Chantal 7/25/2014

Michelle and Chantal laugh a lot. This is contagious, you know.  A great way of celebrating lifelong bonds.

The wedding party laughed together, the waitresses at the venue laughed together, we all had a blast as the wedding couple did what wedding couples do, together.  As a Hawaii Wedding Photographer, seeing families look one another in the eye and say through their actions, you are now my family, is an incredible testimony to the power of love.  One family from Boston, the other from Australia, they met in the middle, here on Kauai, to celebrate the people they love.  Our walls melt in the face of love.

The ceremony was gorgeous, filled with meaningful gestures and with time for the emotional weight and profound meaning of the event to settle deep within everyone attending.  I was touched by the Lei Ceremony they held, as they offered flower leis to everyone in attendance, it reminded me that the simple gestures are the love we share.

I had met Chantal and Michelle days earlier for their pre-wedding portrait session.   This was a time for us to get to know one another and allowed me insight into their amazing friends and family who attended the wedding.  Allowing oneself to be photographed is not always the first thing on our list, so making the effort to warm everyone up to the idea definitely brings out the best photos.  Everyone showed up for the occasion and created a great set of memories.

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Kauai Wedding Vendors

The ceremony was held at Shipwreck’s Beach in Poipu, Kauai.  As a Kauai Wedding Photographer, Shipwreck’s is a striking location with the waves, the bluff and the wind all swirling in the afternoon light.

The reception was held at Kauai wedding venue Beach House Restaurant in Poipu with a wonderful staff led by Nicole Freeland.  By wonderful, I mean they were delightful.  Epic location with an epic staff.

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Paul Myers is an award winning documentary wedding and portrait photographer in Kauai, Hawaii. With over 15 years of experience, he has worked as a photojournalist for newspapers and magazines and taught visual journalism at Brooks Institute of Photography. If you have a comment or suggestion, or would like to book a photographer, send me an email at paulxmyers@gmail.com and I will get back to you. Join me on Google+, Yelp and Facebook.

Pre-Wedding Portrait Session – Kauai

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Pre-Wedding Portrait Session – Kauai

Michelle and Chantal live on the other side of the country so we were not going to have the opportunity to meet prior to their arrival in Kauai except through phone and Skype conversations.  Though these are nice, they don’t compare to hanging out with each other for an hour or two.  The pre-wedding portrait session is a great way to get to know one another.

I offer a complimentary engagement session for couples who decide on my wedding packages.  These are the best way for us to get to know one another. If the pictures work out, great, but most important is the chance to get to know one another. To get through that awkwardness of meeting one another I ask questions about the couple to break the ice.  I am prying, I am getting too close with the camera.  This is my way of saying hello but also to see how we interact with the camera. Who is comfortable and who I need to spend more time with.

And so we met in Lihue, Kauai at their hotel and had some fun with the portraits and talked some about the hopes and excitement of their wedding.  A gallery of Chantal and Michelle’s kauai wedding pictures.

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Paul Myers is an award winning documentary wedding and portrait photographer in Kauai, Hawaii. With over 15 years of experience, he has worked as a photojournalist for newspapers and magazines and taught visual journalism at Brooks Institute of Photography. If you have a comment or suggestion, or would like to book a photographer, send me an email at paulxmyers@gmail.com and I will get back to you. Join me on Google+, Yelp and Facebook.

Portrait moments at Shipwrecks Beach Kauai

Portrait moments at Shipwrecks Beach Kauai.

There are so many moments that surround the family portrait groupings. This is where I find much inspiration and joy when photographing the families I meet on Kauai. Their interactions and natural gestures make for gorgeous photographs.

Here are a few moments of the Terry Family visiting from Arkansas for their matriarch’s 80th birthday.

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Paul Myers is an award winning documentary wedding and portrait photographer in Kauai, Hawaii. With over 15 years of experience, he has worked as a photojournalist for newspapers and magazines and taught visual journalism at Brooks Institute of Photography. If you have a comment or suggestion, or would like to book a photographer, send me an email at paulxmyers@gmail.com and I will get back to you. Join me on Google+, Yelp and Facebook.