5 Tips on How to Choose a Maui Wedding Photographer

5 Tips on How to Choose a Maui Wedding Photographer

Maui wedding photography at the Olowalu Plantation House.After the Maui wedding location is selected and a customized catered wedding reception menu has been matched to your personal tastes, one of the next wedding planning decisions is choosing the wedding photographer. Brides getting married on Maui often ask for recommendations and advice about selecting the photographer for destination weddings. For DIY wedding planners, I offer these 5tips to help decide how to choose the best photographer for a Maui wedding:

  1. Pick a photographer you like and who you are comfortable working with. The wedding photographer will be around a good part of the day and you want to ensure you are working with a photographer whose style compliments your own. Some photographers like to direct, pose and stage specific shots while others like to capture the moment and compose scenes on the fly. Some are more involved in the wedding while others stay out of the way. The couples happiest with the wedding photographers are the couples who were able to articulate the type of photography they are looking for and describe the style they prefer. As you interview potential photographers, share a few of the specific shots you expect. Try to allow enough ‘space’ for the wedding photographer to utilize their professional skills with artistic creativity to compose and create the best images capturing the moments of the wedding and wedding reception without taking over. Some improvised unplanned shots are certain to capture the most emotion at weddings.A black and white Maui wedding reception photo.
  2. Pick a photographer who is available on the date of the wedding and available for the Maui wedding location selected. The last thing you want to do is plan on using a specific photographer only to find out they are booked on the day of your wedding, won’t travel to your wedding venue or can’t provide services at the wedding location chosen. The best Maui Maui wedding photography for a sunset wedding reception in West Maui.wedding photographers are booked months in advance and some are reserved more than a year in advance of the most popular wedding dates. Verify availability before signing a contract for wedding photography.
  3. Verify the contract accommodates what you are looking for in wedding photography. Know exactly what you are getting in terms of how many photographers will be shooting, the images you’ll receive, how the photographer will deliver the images to you and what you can do with the images from the wedding. With the popularity of digital photography, mostly gone are the days of paying the photographer for the shoot and then finding out you’ll need to pay additional fees based on the images you like and want is ordered for printing. Wedding photographers typically agree to photograph based on a time specified along with providing a number of images in various formats. Along with the photographers time, the way images are provided, including printing or used in popular weddding photo books or delivered digitally will determine the price. Some photographers will shoot your wedding and include some or all digital images captured but then charge extra for printed images, photo books or utilize a third party image printing service. You’ll want to understand the details of the wedding photography contract ahead of time and know exactly what is included. Be sure you understand how your images will be delivered to you: Will the photographer upload the images to a web site such as dropbox, supply via memory card or other portable storage, etc.? Ask if will you be able to download a collection of images or will you need to download each image manually? Find out how soon the images from your wedding will be made available. Make sure you understand how long the photographs will be remain available for downloading, printing and other purposes. Many brides and grooms also opt for a traditional bound wedding photography book. Again, find out what is included from the wedding photographer and ensure the images they capture will match your preferences. If you are expect a printed photo book to be included, verify your photographer understands this ahead of time and select a wedding photography package that includes both the wedding album and a digital portfolio. If options exist for extras, understand what options are or aren’t included in the price and terms in the contract.
  4. Maui wedding photography for the wedding reception too!Use the web to view portfolios from other weddings. Get familiar with available photographers and review their styles in advance of selecting a photographer on Maui. Getting familiar with current wedding photography styles early in the planning process will help you select the style of photography you want for your wedding. Some photographers specialize in vintage style while others trend towards modern imagery. Others specialize in arranged portrait style shots or would be more suitable for capturing candid shots. The first thing you’ll need to do is figure out the type of style you are seeking for your wedding, then find a photographer whose style matches your own.
  5. Verify the wedding photographer you hire will be doing the shoot for your wedding day and not handing your wedding off to one of their less esteemed associates. Some wedding photographers operate as a photography studio, agency or service provider rather than representing a single photographer. If you are attempting to hire a specific photographer because you like their style and personality, verify they will be the one providing the photography for your wedding. We recommend asking the wedding photographer to supply a list of the actual photographers who will be shooting on the wedding day. If the photographer you want and thought you are hiring is not going to be able to attend, then be sure to review the portfolios of those who will be doing the shoot. Or, insist on the photographer who you hired to be there.Wedding photography at a West Maui wedding catered wedding reception.

Last but not least, be sure to choose a photographer flexible to working within the schedule coordinated for your wedding. With the spectacular Maui sunsets for their photography background, sometimes photographers can spend a little too much time shooting photographs after the wedding while wedding guests are getting bored and the catered reception dinner gets cold. Though it might seem like more is better when it comes to wedding photography, we recommend working with a photographer who maximize the time to capture the shots you want and has planned for those shots ahead of time. An experienced wedding photographer can quicly organize the subjects for a shot and capture the shots without being intrusive or delaying other apsects of the wedding.

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CJ’s Kaanapali Diner Review

My daughter and I visited Maui a couple of weeks ago and came to your restaurant 3 times. I just wanted to thank you for your willingness to meet our gluten-free, dairy-free, egg-free requirements. We loved being able to eat out safely and wish we had a CJ’s at home! I just wrote you a stellar review on Trip Advisor. Hope you have a wonderful rest of the summer!

Kelley MacCabe
CJ’s Maui Restaurant Review

Wonderful for a Sunday Brunch since you can order breakfast until 11:00am! Had a ‘custom’ 3 ingredient omelette (I chose mushrooms, feta and spinach) with nicely crunchy on the outside and soft inside home potatoes, yummy. Hubby had the pancakes with fresh fruit! These are light fluffy slightly sweet batter pancakes, not those heavy bland ones (OK I admit it, I had to have a few bites of his breakfast…) Service was fast and friendly :0). The menu is EXTENSIVE, we live here and love it!

Kathy, Lahaina, Maui
CJ’s Deli and Diner Maui Restaurant Review

Fact: CJ’s Maui onion soup will melt your face off it’s so good. Best I’ve ever had. It gets 20 stars.
Alas, it’s not on the menu every day… But when my fiancee and I went this past summer and were lucky to meet Chef CJ in person and mentioned that we had been thinking about the onion soup since the last time we visited two years earlier, he was kind enough to put it on the next day’s menu. We went back the following day and ordered it, and it was amazing, just as we had remembered. Another fact: the onion soup at CJ’s is better than the onion soup at Mama’s Fish House (and at like 1/4th of the price). Really. It’s that good. Part of me wants to reverse engineer CJ’s onion soup recipe, quit my job, and make millions selling onion soup to the mainland masses! (or: CJ, wanna make a deal?)
I think that the loco moco gravy is made from the same goodness. So that’s great too. The potato salad is tasty as well.
The to-go lunch plate is respectable.

Jonny S, San Diego, CA
Maui Chef CJ Prepares Mushroom Soup for Kaanapali Restaurant Guest

On a previous visit to Maui, I had the most delicious mushroom soup at CJ’s Deli and Diner in Kaanapali. When I arrived in Maui this week, I emailed the restaurant and asked what day they might have the soup. The owner and chef, Christian Jorgensen (CJ), promptly replied even though he was on vacation in Vegas. He gave me a number to call to check on the soup of the day. Then when he returned to Maui on Friday, he emailed me to let me know he would have the soup for me on Saturday. When I got there, he was so friendly and the soup was even more scrumptious than I had remembered. I really appreciated how valued he made me feel as a customer.

Linda D.
CJs Maui Restaurant Customer

Good Morning, My wife and I spent last week in Maui. Your early bird special was the best. After we found you, we ate breakfast there every morning. You had two regular coffees that we just loved.

James T Wilson Jr
Maui Restaurant Customer

The best burger I ever had! Great Service! Fantastic Food!! Simply Awesome.

Pat Janostin, Champlin MN
Kaanapali Restaurant Customer Comment

Thanks for all the Good Food. Best we have ad since we hit the island 5 days ago!

Jeff and Myra V., Ontario, Ohio

CJ’s Maui Restaurant Customer Comments on CJ’s Private Luau in her Blog

Aloha, Just wanted to let you know that this post was up last Friday and it will be included (linked) with all of our Hawaii properties. Thank you both for excellent service. You made our trip to Maui very memorable! Feel free to comment on the post. It’s always good to have additional information and your input.


Nancy Solomon, Travel Writer
CJ’s Maui Restaurant Customer Comment

Aloha, We were in to see you many times during our stay last month in Ka’anapali, couple of things for you:
Need to order some more of your CJ’s roasted Kona Coffee. I see it’s not yet on your website, only the Maui Coffee Co. stuff. We ran out last weekend and are having withdrawls, please help!! Need 2 bags urgently!!
Secondly, your claim about having the best corned beef hash on the island. I think you’ve understated this because it’s the best I’ve had any where in the world! And that covers a lot of ground as I’ve been to every continent multiple times. Just the best anywhere, period!! Don’t suppose you would have that for delivery to Indiana would you? Maybe by the pound(s)?
Great people and even better food, Mahalo CJ’s. Seriously though, please let me know about that coffee. How do we get some ordered and shipped to Indiana?

Bill Clark, Valparaiso, In.
CJ’s Maui Restaurant Customer Comment

​CJ’s Deli & Diner Rocks! Been here several times while visiting Maui – each time we tried different meals and each time we LOVED the food, service and atmosphere. Only suggestion would be to provide regular dinner napkins along with this paper type – because we’re messy!

Aloha and Mahalo from Detroit