So many visitors come to Kauai for a very special occasion: engagement, wedding, anniversary, maternity, milestone birthday, family reunion, or a last hurrah before the teenage children start busy lives of their own. Others are simply celebrating the “trip of a lifetime.” Kauai’s scenic backdrop makes for some beautiful portraits. But, a selfie can only go so far. Why not hire a Kauai photographer instead? I happen to know of three you might want to consider.
Of course there are many Kauai photographers of which to choose. I decided to feature these three because I have seen their beautiful photographs and each of them has a personality which lends itself to a fun, relaxing photo session. They are all passionate, confident and willing to work with their clients to create beautiful portraits. All three will go just about anywhere on the island to find the perfect location (and weather) for your photo shoot. So, may I introduce……
I asked Sandy to send me some information about why she loves being a Kauai photographer. Reading her own words and seeing some of the stunning photographs she chose to share (including the photo at the top of this blog) speaks volumes.
“Welcome to Sandy Swift Photography!! I accidentally found myself living in paradise and now have seriously the BEST job in the world!! I specialize in Kaua’i, Hawai’i wedding, couples, maternity, adventure and family photography offering vibrant, epic, fun and intimate portrait sessions all over this amazing island. From a simple beach session to an all day adventure capturing truly epic portraits in some of Kauai’s most stunning scenes, it’s the perfect way to ensure you go home with the ultimate souvenir of your time in paradise and create heirlooms to last a lifetime!”
“I work tirelessly to make you feel confident, comfortable and beautiful during your session and want you to have fun too 🙂 You and your future generations to come will be able to look back on this moment in your story through the timeless portraits we will create – a stunning collection of epic, sweeping scenics to close up and intimate moments.”
“I’ll help you choose the perfect location to match your vision of paradise whether that’s by the sea or on a cliff, beside a waterfall or in a garden, in the mountains or over the canyon, in a helicopter or submerged in the ocean, there’s almost nowhere I won’t shoot.”
“I’ll reassure you when you see a weather report that scares you with threats of rain. I warn you when the location you inquire about has debris on the beach or way too many crowds. I suggest a better location when you request sunset at a spot that does not get good sunset light. I”ll get your man to laugh and forget that he was not stoked to have pictures taken. I’ll make ridiculous noises and jokes for your kids sake.
It’s about you and your beautiful story and I love getting to capture it. I’ve got your back.”
I had the opportunity to meet Keri when she did a photo shoot at Honu Point for Aloha Elopements. I was very impressed with the rapport she had with the “model” who had no previous modeling experience. She made her feel so at ease that she preformed like a pro. The more photos Keri took, the more excited she became. She had professional equipment and knew just how to get the perfect shot. Clearly photography runs through her veins.
“I’m Keri Cooper, a gung-ho photographer with a passion for people and connection. I like to stay in the moment, keep things simple, and be silly with my favorite people.
I am a professional photographer with 20+ years of photography experience on Kauai. Photography has always been my passion and creative outlet. When it comes to capturing your family I know that life moves fast and can be crazy. I invite you to come as you are, slow down with each other, and invest in your family connection. This is a time for you all to have some fun and shine together!”
“It is the greatest joy for me to see the photos I create for people hanging in their home or at their vacation rental. What an amazing way to show your family members how much you love and value each other!
When I am not out photographing weddings or family portraits around Kauai, you can find me with my hubby running after our 3 young boys at the skatepark, playing at our favorite beaches, or hiking forest trails. We love our family adventures out in nature, followed by snuggles and movies on the couch.”
“My clients like me because I am a heart-centered photographer with the expertise and creativity to provide a beautiful experience along with stunning photos. When you work with me I promise family photos that are EMOTIVE & CREATIVE & AUTHENTIC.”
Phone: (808) 652-4207
One last photo that I took of Keri during the photo shoot at Honu Point:
I have known Bonita for quite a few years through our mutual love of partner dancing. Several years ago she decided to pursue her passion for photography as a career. I am constantly amazed at the photos she captures around the island.
“I am a traveler and always had a Canon in my hand. Documenting and sharing what I saw has always been a passion of mine.
Massage therapy was my job since 1990 and I had a shoulder injury that had me thinking that I lost my career. In thinking of a new career I wanted to do something I love and I love photography, people and nature. So here I am on the most perfect island to enjoy, document your special time and share the beauty.”
“Fun is tops on my list! I want everyone to have fun and have images that bring you back to this special place every-time you look at them.
Come have fun with me!!”
When my sister and her family came in July 2019, her sons hired Bonita to take some family photos as a Christmas present. Here is one photo from the gallery of beautiful images she produced from a shoot in our backyard. The second is an impromptu toast in our porte-cochere.
So, to capture your Kauai memories, think about hiring one of these Kauai photographers for your next trip to the Garden Island. I can’t imagine a better Christmas card photo. Your friends and family will be so jealous!
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