• Hawaii family and wedding photographer, Keao's Photography, is based out of Oahu and provides beautiful professional photography for couples and families just here for a visit or those fortunate to call these islands home. 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.0

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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It’s throwback Thursday (I keep seeing this trend everywhere) so I think it’s it’s time I take you back to my first family photo session of 2014.  And when I say “first,” I’m not exaggerating.   We had a New Year’s Day Photo shoot.   I’m a busy girl, I don’t take holidays!  Holidays happen to be the busiest time for Hawaii photographers, and I loved starting off 2014 spending an afternoon getting to know Mitesh and Falguni.  They were vacationing in Waikiki with their beautiful daughter, Aashi, and wanted to update their family photos while enjoying our beautiful beaches.

It was a holiday so the beaches were more busy than I’m typically used to but it just made it more fun.  It seemed like the whole island had a blast celebrating New Year’s Eve and were thoroughly enjoying a gorgeous, sunshiny day at the beach.   For all the photo shoots I have at the beach, I don’t have much time to actually go on my own so I enjoyed the moment to take in the golden sunlight and the sound of the crashing waves.  I even volunteered to be a spectator for this epic sand war that was happening.  I don’t know who won but I get the sense they carried some of that sand home with them.

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Then I turned my camera on to this sweet family from California and the laughs didn’t stop. I took Mitesh and Falguni aside for some couples photos and every time I would step back to get my shot, Mitesh would lean over and whisper  and Falguni would burst out in giggles.  She was laughing so hard, she couldn’t tell me what it was that was so funny but with laugh-induced tears in her eyes, she pointed at Mitesh.   I couldn’t hear what he was whispering in her ear but from the mischievous twinkle in his eyes, he was enjoying every moment of it.  I have the feeling that joy and laughter is a never-ending constant in their lives.

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Thank you for starting my 2014 right!  Come back and visit soon!

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 Hawaii 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 single photo.  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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Sarah didn’t know that she had just met her future husband the first time she met Felix.  He was a new to her church and she showed him the same warm welcome and kindness that she showers everyone she encounters.  They were friends for a while before Felix realized that he wanted to be more than just friends.  Sarah, on the other hand, was a few steps behind and it took two more years before she finally gave in to what she had known for a while, this was the one.

Felix patiently waited for the perfect time to propose.  He actually had the engagement ring for 7 months before he finally proposed!!!  He waited until they took their first trip to the US together and he was able to finally meet her parents.  He reserved a private tour of the Biltmore Estate in North Carolina and proposed on top of the building.  All that time he had spent patiently waiting for this wonderful woman of God was met with a resounding YES!”  They returned to Australia and began planning their destination wedding here on our beautiful island.  Planning a wedding from thousands of miles away is no easy feat.   Imagine choosing locations and vendors without being able to visit or meet-in person!  I’m constantly blown away and honored when couples place their trust in me and ask me to be their photographer.   And I devote myself to each family shoot and wedding to surpass their hopes and expectations.

They chose the Paradise Cove Crystal Chapel nestled right next to Paradise Cove in Ko Olina.  The Crystal Chapel boasts a gorgeous view of the lush shoreline and crystal clear ocean and its beautiful floor-to-ceiling glass windows highlight the chapel’s gorgeous surroundings.  My team and I arrived early to photograph the venue before the ceremony and I heard the impressed “ah”s of the guests as they arrived.   For this wedding, I had the pleasure of working with second shooter, Lysandra (of Lysandra Cook Photography), and assistant, Joy (who also captured some amazing photos).  The wedding was running a little late (tip for newly engaged couples: this happens a lot) so we were able to use our time photographing friends and family, and the man-of-the-hour, Felix, who just couldn’t stop smiling.  When the limo pulled up, everyone hurried inside and I stationed myself right outside the limo so I wouldn’t miss a moment of the beautiful bride’s entrance.  Sarah and I had been exchanging emails for months but had yet to meet-in-person.  The coordinator had signaled that they weren’t quite ready for the bride but then the limo door flung open and Sarah popped out.  She waved excitedly “Hi Keao!  I just have to give you a hug first.”  And with that, I instantly saw why Felix fell in love.  She beamed with joy as she almost skipped in glee down the aisle, the only smile that was bigger than hers belonged to the groom.

The reception was held at the Hale Koa hotel in Waikiki.  Part of my preparation is having my couples fill out a detailed questionnaire that gives me an overview of their wedding day.  It can also raise awareness of areas where the timeline needs to be adjusted.  With a ceremony on the west shore right before sunset and the reception in Waikiki, timing is everything!  I was able to suggest some changes prior to the wedding day that gave us a much needed cushion of time that we definitely used.  I  have to give props to Sarah’s limo driver from Duke’s Limousine.  It was an adventure as we chased the last golden light of sunset and were rewarded with beautiful moments and portraits at the water’s edge.

Here’s a little testimonial from the rockstar couple themselves:

“Keao captured the most wonderful day of our lives with A1 service! The day went so fast and we were on a tight schedule which got even tighter when the bride was late. She and Joy captured the day perfectly. I chose Keao from the profiles she had sent, just loved her work..no other photographer’s work that I’d seen even came close! … We hadn’t met Keao before our big day as we live overseas but I didn’t worry one bit! She put together a beautiful slide show for us shortly after the wedding which was amazing and allowed us to share it with friends and family all around the world who were unable to be there on our day. Amazing work!! We are having trouble deciding which pictures to put on canvas because there are soo many great ones to choose from! Thank you, Keao and team!!  You won’t be disappointed, in fact you’ll be so glad you chose Keao’s photography!”

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Congratulations, Sarah and Felix!!!  I feel so blessed to have been able to share in your special day!

Keao is a Hawaii  wedding photographer located on Oahu but available for weddings and vow renewals on all neighbor islands.  She loves books, chewy chocolate chip cookies, has a tendency to ramble when writing, and would love nothing more than to be able to tell your love story with stunning images.  Find more information here!

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  • Sachie - March 9, 2014 - 11:24 am

    Keao, this is a completely different style (or so it seems) from some of your other shoots. I really think you did a superb job.

  • Jessie - March 12, 2014 - 5:57 pm

    Beautiful! Love that exit shot!

  • damian burcher - March 13, 2014 - 12:44 am

    Love the colours and the bright airy feel of your images. Great silhouette.

  • Amanda Basteen - March 13, 2014 - 5:18 am

    Love the silhuette photo! beautiful!

  • Joanna - March 13, 2014 - 6:45 am

    I love the ceremony photos that you have captured. The light is beautiful. My favorite is walking out of the church. Beautiful!

  • Elissa - March 13, 2014 - 7:07 am

    What an amazing chapel — I love how sunny that ceremony was! I also love the pastel tones of your photos!

  • Mandy - March 13, 2014 - 11:46 am

    What a lovely wedding! The light in that venue is seriously awesome, great job capturing it!

  • Sam - March 13, 2014 - 8:44 pm

    Super lovely wedding. The portraits on the beach are to die for and the silhouette shot is money.

  • Mathias Cederholm - March 13, 2014 - 9:49 pm

    Really awesome location for the ceremony. Great capture!
    The portraits are beautiful.

  • Kim - March 14, 2014 - 8:03 am

    Oh, that snap of the bride smiling at the guests as she walks back down the aisle with her new husband — perfect timing!! Such a beautiful moment.

  • seth goodman - March 14, 2014 - 8:05 am

    What beautiful light! I really like the photos of the bride walking down the aisle.

  • Heather Kanillopoolos - March 18, 2014 - 9:41 am

    I adore those portraits down by the water! Gorgeous work!

  • Pinky - April 9, 2014 - 11:26 am

    love the details, the silhouette….love her dress! lovely couple. great job! =)

Sam is a firefighter on windward Oahu and he and his wife, Melissa, are also avid supporters and promoters of doTERRA Essential Oils and Products.  They were chosen to be featured in a national doTERRA magazine and set out to find an Oahu photographer that not only could capture beautiful photos for their magazine feature but also photos that that they could cherish and display in their family home.   When Sam emailed me, he said they had scoured the internet and searched through numerous portfolios when they found me.  They lived in Hau`ula and really wanted to stay close, for convenience and sentimental reasons.  The area is so beautiful with  the most gorgeous stretches of beaches on Oahu, we actually had some difficulty in choosing a location.  It took quite a few emails and we didn’t finalize it until the night before! Too much to choose from, they’re all amazing.

I knew from our session planning that Sam and Melissa had four young children ages 7 and under.  Recently, my family sessions have been filled with children on the shy side, and it takes some time and silly fun to win them over their reluctance in front of the camera.  So, four kids under 7?  I was expecting anything but easy, but all I got was easy fun.  I met them at a family member’s house and a string of increasingly adorable and cherub-faced children traipsed out of the house and flashed me welcoming smiles as they piled into the van.  Once at the beach, they eagerly swarmed around me with curiosity and sweetly helped me carry my gear.

Best part of my job is getting to spend an afternoon at the beach getting to know people.  I learned that Sam works with one of my high school classmates, Jay.    Melissa was so photogenic, every picture was perfect so I suspected she must have done some modeling.  She smiled shyly and said “No, but our dad is a photographer.”  Ah, that explains why they were total pros in front of the camera.  I wonder if my girls will pick up a few things too.  We chose to stay close to home and it really felt like a family affair.  Melissa grew up in Laie and has five sisters.  One of her sisters, Michelle, came with us and was a star at grouping the kids together and keeping them entertained and energetic between photos.Another sister, Kallie, stopped by as we were finishing up…right about the time that Sam could no longer resist the call of the ocean and went for a swim…collared shirt and all.  You just can’t put a local boy that close to the waves and expect everyone to stay dry.

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I love this stretch of sandy paradise and hope I get to shoot there more.  It was a bit of a drive for me, almost an hour one way, but I would do it in a heartbeat.  So, let’s schedule one!

As we were hosing the sand off our feet at the end, I was talking with Melissa and she asked “do you use oils?”  Like a complete dork, thinking along the lines of canola and vegetable oil, I asked “you mean, like to cook with?”  Oh, boy, Keao.  She had brought me a little box of essential oils and she sent me a long list of all they ways they could be used.  I can’t wait to try them (just not to cook with=).  And if you’re curious, you can check out their website.

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 Hawaii family photographer available on the islands of Oahu and the Big Island.  She loves books, chewy chocolate chip cookies, is unable to keep from rambling when writing, and 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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