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San Francisco
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Photography has always been a passion of mine.  I have loved taking pictures since I was a kid and had my first camera.  I started with film like almost all middle age to older photographers and have come full circle today as I continue to shoot both digital and medium format film.  Today I spend almost all of my free time away from home traveling the United States and Europe.  

I started as a wedding photographer (and sports photographer) but have transformed over time to dedicate my time to landscape photography.  I still occasionally do weddings for special clients, typically destination weddings, but 98% of my time today is spent traveling and photographing.  My main complaint is not having enough hours in the day to dedicate to editing and social media.  After my most recent Europe trip (36 days straight) I have over 2,000 pictures still hiding in my computer somewhere.  This trip is roughly outlined on my blog but with many more posts to come.  I have also spent several weeks exploring Iceland which is the newest hottest destination for photographers and those checking off their bucket list.  If you want more information on Iceland, contact me and I would be happy to share my experiences. 

Beyond my travels, I run a photography business in California - featuring my photography that is printed, framed, and displayed in galleries. My work has been internationally published and awarded and I pride myself on bringing landscape photography the way I see it to my clients. I am a 100% self taught photographer who travels the world seeking out the best photography locations and share my tips and travel reviews on my blog. 

Maui Wedding Photography

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Photography tips and articles helping photographers learn techniques for better pictures are plentiful on the web.  What makes this blog different is my photography tips are free and available.  I work to maintain one goal: to help photographers of all levels.  Wedding photographers should browse my tips for better portraits and contact me for individualized help as I have photographed multiple weddings including destination weddings, always seeking methods to make sure the bride is always happy. 

Maui Wedding Photography

Jared Lawson

Maui Beach Wedding 

Wedding photography is a tough job.  Period.  Long days, and even longer stretches of time in front of the computer editing for weeks after.  However, one of the perks of being a wedding photographer is being responsible for catching the love between a bride and groom.  Sounds cheesy - but it's true.  Take this story from my trip to Maui, Hawaii where I was hired to be the wedding photographer for a Maui beach wedding.  

Wedding Photography - this wedding pose highlighted the waves crashing behind during this beach themed wedding

Wedding Photography - this wedding pose highlighted the waves crashing behind during this beach themed wedding

Bride and Groom Beach Picture - this bride and groom loved their wedding venue, I captured this picture to give them the vintage wedding feel they desired with their beach wedding

Bride and Groom Beach Picture - this bride and groom loved their wedding venue, I captured this picture to give them the vintage wedding feel they desired with their beach wedding

Beach Wedding Ceremony - the ceremony with a beach themed wedding is important to consider, think about how many guests you will have and what time of day you want the ceremony to be

Beach Wedding Ceremony - the ceremony with a beach themed wedding is important to consider, think about how many guests you will have and what time of day you want the ceremony to be

When I first arrived at the venue - I was blown away.  This venue was stunning.  Maui is known for it's beautiful beaches and gorgeous weather...and destination weddings.  Have you ever been to a typical destination beach wedding?  In Hawaii it typically includes the following: the bride and groom arrive at a public beach with a handful of guests.  They are greeted by the officiant (99% of the time he is local), and the wedding photographer.  The officiant greets the bride and groom and their usual 5-6 guests, he blows the horn and begins the ceremony.  The entire wedding usually takes about 10-15 minutes, followed by wedding pictures on the beach.  

The only downside is the bride and groom don't normally pick the beach, and they are often not told they will share the beach with several other weddings - if you are getting married at sunset that may be up to 5-6 weddings at one time.  On the same beach.  They are usually spread out about 50 yards apart - I know this because I was there! On this trip I happened to be enjoying a casual evening on the beach with my wife - as we sat on our beach chairs a wedding occurred within 10 feet of us.  I know the wedding photographer didn't include us in their photos, but the atmosphere was still -- well let's say not the most unique.  I even had the chance to take pictures for a couple later in the evening as I setup my equipment for a sunset landscape picture.  It turned out the officiant was also the wedding photographer.  He was using a point and shoot Canon.  The moral of the story - do your research with the type of beach wedding you will be getting.  

For this particular wedding I met with the bride and groom several times prior to our engagement portraits.  The groom specifically wanted the photo above - he requested (1) crashing waves (2) sunset (3) awesome.  Seriously.  Leading up to this wedding we scouted the venue to find this wedding would be held on private property.  The beach itself was still public, but due to the location it rarely saw visitors passing through.  When scouting we fine tuned our timing of the wedding to make sure our bride and groom had enough light for their ceremony but also could have memorable ceremony and bridal portraits.  Looking above, we were able to capture the key moments that were important to the bride and groom with beautiful lighting and outstanding timing of the waves!  

One difference of this wedding was the private venue had a house on site that could be used for the wedding party to get dressed, for on-site catering and on-site restrooms available.  Another key piece was the venue provided start to finish services.  They had seating for guests, an open bar, and a covered tent for dinner.  Most beach weddings provide beautiful scenery for the ceremony but fall short offering services afterwards.  For this particular wedding they did have a limit of 50 guests, no more.  This posed a challenge for the bride and groom on who to invite, but it was an intimate, pleasant wedding.  The positives of a beach wedding is that you normally do not need a lot of decorations - some flowers, signs and an elegant arch will normally provide more than enough decorations for a beautiful wedding ceremony.  

One tip for brides planning her beach wedding is to make sure your wedding photographer has experience with beach wedding pictures.  If you select a wedding photographer who is unsure of lighting or posing for a beach wedding this may create conflicts and issues later down the road.  Often brides want the best deal on a photographer - but make sure to match your wedding photographer's style to your own.  

My order of the wedding poses and pictures I chose will be covered in a separate article showing more from this Maui wedding.