• Hawaii family and wedding photographer, Keao's Photography, is based out of Oahu and provides beautiful professional photography for couples and families. We photograph weddings and families all over Oahu, including but not limited to Honolulu, Waikiki, Ko Olina, and the North Shore. Our services include Hawaii wedding photography, destination weddings photography, vow renewal photography, family photography, and wedding officiating. Please nquire about availability for the other Hawaiian islands.0

Sign up at http://www.keaosphotographyblog.com/workshops/ Occasionally, I take a little break from photographing families and weddings and I spend some time helping others get behind their camera.  Participants who have taken my Intro to dSLR and Photography workshops in the past have ranged from those who have never taken a photography course in their lives to photographers who were starting up their own photo businesses.  No matter what level they’re at, I love seeing them walk out the door with a better understanding of what their camera can do and the improvement in their photos can be seen immediately. So, I’m holding one last workshop for the year.

Topics covered include but are not limited to:

-Composition tips to enhance photos
-How a camera works
-How to clean and care for your camera
-Controlling focus
-Exposure Compensation
-The Exposure Triangle (ISO, aperture, shutter)
-Controlling exposure in all modes (including manual)

And since I think everything is more fun with a friend, you save on registration when you sign up a friend too.  Special prices on registration until Friday!

And because photos speak louder than words, here are some photos from past attendees taken during our workshop active practices.


Photo Credit: Jessica Callan



Photo Credit: Jessica Callan

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Photo Credit: Kardyn Flores

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Credit: Joy Pishcura

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Photo Credit: Joe Flores


Photo Credit: Gina Karas

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Steph stepped out of their car in this beautiful, flowing blue dress that reminded me of the shades of the  ocean on a clear, sunny day.   The third sentence in her very first email to me had been  I always wanted to have photos on the beach and have the pretty blue ocean in the background.”   She had really hoped for wedding photos on the beach with the beautiful blue ocean, but hadn’t been able to make that happen.  She was so excited about taking family photos with her husband, Danny, and their 2 year-old son but it was even more special because she was pregnant.  This was a precious opportunity to capture moments with her son before his sibling came into the world.  

I remember those years before our youngest daughter was born.  It was just two years ago, but already feels like a lifetime has flown by.     Our house is whole lot louder and chaos rules on a daily basis, but it’s this incredible whirlwind of joy and laughter.  I can’t remember what it was like before there were two little princesses teaming up to wallpaper our house with a gazillion stickers.    Even now as I sit here typing, I am looking down at my office desk tagged with little Angry Bird stickers.  Remind me to hide the stickers better.

We chose Makapuu as their photo session location.  The water has every shade of blue from deep, rich blues to pale blue-greens.  And I love the vivid green of the napauka plants and the jet black rocks that line the shore.  They also wanted to avoid crowds so Joy and I went early and staked out the only empty spot on the entire east coast of Oahu.  We were high five-ing and dancing silly happy jigs in glee. Steph is absolutely beautiful and sweet as can be.  Her little prince, M, took a little time to warm up to the idea of this beach themed photo shoot.  But working with children is my favorite part of the job and I have an ace up my sleeve.  I took Steph and Danny for some couple photos on the rocks while Aunty Joy entertained M right next to us.  She was showing him how to throw pebbles into the tide pools and when we scooped him up for some family photos, he was ear-to-ear smiles.  Aunty Joy might have done too good a job, he was quite upset when photos were over and it was time to leave.

I loved how the photos turned out but what I really loved was how happy Steph and Danny were.  My heart melted when I found this sweet review on my Facebook Business page.

“I seriously cannot stop looking at the photos that Keao took of me and my family! They are so beautiful! Keao is so awesome and so is her assistant, Joy! I admit I was a little stressed since my little man didn’t seem interested in taking any photos, but Keao really captured such great shots of him! My wish for this shoot was to have photos of my family with the beautiful blue ocean…lucky we live Hawaii! Thank you, Keao, for making my wish come true and for capturing images that me and my family will cherish forever! We are very grateful! We look forward to having more photoshoots in the future!”Honolulu maternity photography at MakapuuMakapuu maternity sessionOahu beach maternity photosHonolulu maternity photos at Makapuu beachhawaii maternity photographer at makapuu beachblack and white maternity photo on the beachproud parents at an Oahu maternity photo sessionsweet couple embrace pregnancy photofamily photo on the shores at Makapuuwave spluttering behind a family photo at makapuu beachfamily maternity photograph on oahufamily beach landscape photo Pacific OceanPlanning a wedding or dream vacation and looking for a Hawaii photographer? Contact me for more information on how to book your own family photo session.  Keao is a Honolulu  photographer on the island of Oahu and available for family and wedding photography on all islands.

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  • Steph :) - September 13, 2014 - 4:24 pm

    I love this write-up, Keao!! It is so beautiful and really sweet! I really love the beautiful images that you captured of me and my family. They are wonderful keepsakes that I will cherish forever! Thank you and Joy for making it so much fun and making me feel special too! Much aloha!

Keri emailed me at the start of summer.  They were planning a trip to Hawaii as a family to celebrate her husband’s 40th anniversary.  It had been over TEN YEARS(!!!) since they had a family portrait together and with their 13 year old twin sons shooting up like weeds, they didn’t want to wait any longer.  They were staying at the luxurious Ko Olina Mariott Beach Club in West Oahu, just 30 minutes away from the heart of Honolulu.  The Beach Club especially caters to families with lagoons perfect for swimming or just basking in the golden sun and you’re just a few steps away from the exploring the Disney Aulani hotel.  When I’m working with families or couple to plan the location, I always ask if they have access to a car because I usually like to get them out of the city and show them the hidden treasures on Oahu.  But when I find out they’re staying at the Mariott or Aulani, I say “perfect, stay right there…I’m coming to you!”

Despite the early hour, everyone was in such a great mood.  They were such a sweet family and I loved getting to know them.  The boys might have seemed a little sleepy at first but woke up quickly as they saw the gorgeous lagoon that was our location.   We climbed on some rocks, dipped our toes in the ocean, and by the end, they were wrestling with dad in the sand.  I love to mix posed and candid shots in photos, I always plan for some free time because that’s when you really see what personalities makes up a family.  And I’m a ninja with my camera, I don’t want to miss any action.  So, dad can have those photos that one day he can point to and say “remember when you teamed up on me but I still won.”  


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Planning a dream vacation and looking for a Honolulu family photographer? Contact me for more information on how to book your own family photo session.  Keao is a Honolulu family photographer available on the islands of Oahu and the Big Island.  She loves books, chewy chocolate chip cookies, and telling your family’s story with stunning photos.   If you would like to schedule a family photo shoot or book one of her amazing wedding packages, fill out the contact form found above in the menu.  Mahalo!

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Senior photos are one of the high school passages in our culture.  Heck, I still remember the day I took mine.  They had set up backdrops and lights in a room at school and you were assigned a date and time to show up.  I brought my girlfriends and two (exactly two) of my best shirts.  Typical senior photos used to involve sitting behind a table or desk so a whole outfit was not needed!  My family was back home on the Big Island so instead, I brought my friends from my dorm.  They lightened the mood and I really thought their presence was going to be to my advantage.   But imagine my surprise when I received my photos a few months later and found that in each and every photo, I had a section of my bangs sticking straight up.  Wish my friends had thought to point that out sometime during my photo shoot!  They’re awesome friends, so I couldn’t be too mad.

Times have changed and Oahu seniors are ditching the gray backdrops and hot lights for gorgeous scenery and golden sunlight.  Senior photos are now a fast-growing market as high school seniors jump on the chance to celebrate in style with photos that display their personality.  

When Caitlin first contacted me, she said she wanted to be able to give truly special senior photos to her teachers, friends, and family members to thank them for all the supoprt they had given her through her years of schooling.  She’s impressively accomplished, a former basketball player, cross-country runner, and scheduling time for a session was tricky since she was practicing nightly for  her school’s performance of Xanadu.   Busy girl! 

Caitlin isn’t typically a beach person (hey, I’m not the only one on this island!!) but she still wanted to include some beach photos to take a piece of Hawaii with her to college.  We started off at beautiful Makapu`u, one of my favorite places.  The ocean is so deep and blue and the black lava rocks create a dramatic background.    And because a beast of rainstorm had just whipped through right before we arrived, it was beautifully empty and all ours!  Then we finished off our fun shoot with a field beautifully colored with golds, greens, and reds.  Perfection in one afternoon!

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Just to be sure that we didn’t have another “fly-away bangs” incident, I made sure to bring my assistant, Joy, along and put her on hair-watching duty.  We don’t take chances!!  It turned out to be a photo session party as Caitlin’s family also asked to tag along.  Her mom, dad, and younger sister joined us.  I was slightly worried that her family might get bored waiting patiently behind the scenes.  Boy, was I wrong.  I turned to check on them and cracked up when I saw them having their own little photo sessions.  They loved the locations so much that they whipped out their cell phones and took turns taking photos of each other.  Soon, everyone was laughing and I grabbed a quick shot of Caitlin with her sister, Maile.

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 Now is the perfect time to book your own photos!  Keao is a Honolulu family photographer located on Oahu and available for all neighbor islands.   If you would like to schedule a portrait photo shoot or book one of her amazing wedding packages, fill out the contact form found above in the menu.  Mahalo!

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Over the busy holiday season, Sherrie hit a road block while trying to put together a family photo card…she realized that she didn’t have a lot of great photos with everyone in the family together.  She and her tall, handsome hubby, Mike, are both from Hawaii and met in college on the west coast.  They married and became parents to a gorgeous little girl while both of them attended medical school and went on to start their residencies.   Now, their tight-knit family is split across the Pacific Ocean as Sherrie carves out a place for their family home in the islands until Mike finishes his residency and can join them.  Family time is always important but now it’s even more precious.

We chose Foster Botanical Garden in downtown Honolulu for their family photos.  It’s paradise and a little oasis tucked away in the midst of the busy city life.  Meandering paths and towering trees delight the hearts of any child…and this child-like adult right here.  We explored, we twirled, we leap-frogged, and took a few lovely photos along the way.  Ashlyn with her silky straight hair and wide-eyed “ohs” at every sight and sound caught my heart, and I know she’ll capture yours.

Sherrie and Mike really wanted to include their parents as well to remember how much their families have supported them.  Sherrie’s mom stayed with Mike and Sherrie in Oregon for 3 years to help care for Ashlyn while they were going through the grueling schedule of residency.  Now that they’ve moved back to the islands, Ashlyn has all her doting grandparents on hand and this little girl is so loved!

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On your dream Oahu vacation or are you fortunate to call Hawaii your home?  Now is the perfect time to book family photos here in island paradise.  Keao is a Honolulu family photographer available on the islands of Oahu and the Big Island.  She loves books, chewy chocolate chip cookies, and telling an unforgettable story with just a stunning photos.  She would absolutely love to tell your story next.   If you would like to schedule a family photo shoot or book one of her amazing wedding packages, fill out the contact form found above in the menu.  Mahalo!

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