If you're here, you're probably planning the AMAZING Hawaii destination wedding of your dreams! My name is Janelle, and I've been photographing weddings and lifestyle portraits for couples for over 10 years! (Wow, has it really been that long?!)
Throughout my career as a Hawaii wedding photographer, I've had the opportunity to experience and work with many of the best wedding venues these Islands have to offer. With this knowledge I've acquired, I've decided to take the time to offer you some free resources— regardless of whether you've chosen me to be your wedding photographer or not. This guide is my gift to YOU while you're in the process of planning your destination wedding or photo session.
I'd like to note that while these suggestions are a list of some of my favorite destinations, they 100% reflect my personal taste (which is obviously subjective). Its also not all-encompassing, since I had to narrow it down to just 12! Every image you see in the grid below will direct you to a page I've written for that particular wedding location. I don't want to overwhelm you, so definitely let me know if you have any questions about any of these destination wedding locations!
Actually, feel free to contact me if you have questions about a destination anywhere!
No matter where we have to travel (which, I love to do BTW), I want to be your wedding photographer.
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A: As a film shooter, My goal is to create and give you photos that are classic, timeless, and true-to-life. I minimally edit your images to match as close to how it was on your day. This includes film emulation for the digital photos, along with overall color correction of your photographs so that they look natural, your skin tones look great, and the colors “sing”. To get nerdy for a minute, I use a mix of Fuji Film and Kodak, depending on your wedding day colors, location, etc.. My edits are fresh, bright, and natural.
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A: This is your day to shine and I am here to document it all as-it-happens. During family formal portraits, I always provide some direction with posing so that you can get stunning shots you and your family (hey grandma, I'm lookin' at you) will love. But most of all, I like it if you can forget I am there at all when we're actually taking our photos of just you two together– because after all, I want you to savor every moment, it goes by so quickly!
A: I began photographing weddings in 2008 as an assistant and second shooter to my 8th grade photography teacher. I know thats *so* early to start, but I was immediately hooked. Originally it was just a fun way to spend the weekend and express my art, but once I started shooting medium format film and taking my own weddings in 2012, it grew to something much bigger. I wanted to share love, make a difference in the world, and show people their own magic. I'm so excited to be your wedding photographer.
A: In all honesty, it will undoubtably be one of the best tangible things you walk away with from your wedding day. There is something special about printing your photographs— having something physical to hold truly brings your photos to life and we find that images on a screen don’t really compare. We think everyone's best day deserves to live beyond the hard drive! Printing your photos will always be the MOST enduring way to cherish your connection, history, and surround yourself with what and who matters most in your home together.
A: This is my most asked question! Personally, I say no— unless you have more than 200 guests AND you want specific focus on them, or you want two different angles of the exact same moment, or (and this is super important) if you have a really large wedding venue that is difficult to get around quickly. Otherwise, I have personally photographed a TON of weddings completely solo (sometimes recently with the help of my assistant) and every single couple I have worked with has been 100% happy.
That being said, I can totally hire a second photographer for your wedding if you really want one.
“We LOVED working with Janelle for our wedding photography. While creative and artistic (we took a few in the church graveyard!), the shots are not too trendy and will stand the test of time. She was very attentive to our desires and planning, and even helped us out with our flowers. We will cherish her work for years to come and would gladly hire her again. We feel as though she really captured the mood of our wedding and the nature of our relationship. It was a wonderful experience!”
- Haley & Bryce
"Thank you Janelle! Our photos from you are sooo beautiful. You were also very patient during our large group of family photos! I can’t wait to have you take my maternity photos and family portraits in the future. You are simply the BEST!"
- Olivia & Jamiel
"Without a doubt, the best photography team Atlanta has to offer! Janelle and Jordan are so kind, creative, professional, and have an amazing attention to detail. They were a breeze to work with and they really went the extra mile for us. They were always available for a quick call and really understood our vision, which is so important for any special event. Highly recommend!"
- Amanda & Jay
"I've never felt comfortable in front of the camera before. Actually, until I met Janelle I never dreamed that I would be comfortable enough to do an empowerment session, or (two years later) my fiancé and I’s incredible destination engagement session in Spain! She is so easy to work with. I feel so comfortable in my own skin... Now looking back on our photos, I'm exhilarated every time. I can't believe thats us! Thank you, Janelle!"
- Jordan & Alfonso
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