Friday, December 7, 2012

Clothing That Make the Photo

It has been over a year since we've blogged about clothing suggestions for portrait sessions. We think it is about time to do a little refresher. Especially since "What should we wear?" has to be the number one question we are asked.

We've selected a few photos from recent sessions that we think really hit the mark on clothing suggestions. If you need more inspiration you can always read our original post here.

So here we go!

Remember, the number one rule when deciding what to wear for a portrait session is that you want the focus to be on YOU not your clothes. We always tell people to avoid clothing with busy patterns and writing. 

We typically suggest solid colors for sessions. Lately, we've seen a lot of families and couples do a monochromatic look. This means that they all wear the same color but in different hues. We think this really creates some unification in the photo without everyone being so matchy-matchy. 

We also find that it looks great if one person wears a piece of clothing with some sort of pattern and then the other person wears solid color clothing in a color that pulls from the pattern. We see this clothing style done a lot of times with couples.

For families, it isn't uncommon to see them dressed in certain colors depending on their gender. This contrasting of colors can really work great if the colors are complimentary to each other.

Another clothing choice that works well in photographs is if everyone wears neutral colors and then one person wears something with a pop of color or pattern. We see this a lot with couples or families with small children. 

When in doubt, you can never go wrong with black and white. It brings a sense of formality to the otherwise very causal beach background. Plus, it always looks amazing in black and white!

Of course, these are all merely suggestions. We are confident that no matter what you wear your photos will turn out great.  Just remember, everybody wearing the same outfit/pattern isn't always the best. You wouldn't want your family photo to look like this -

Source - Awkward Family Photos

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Hawaiianpix Website's Feature Photo

If you have ever spent time cruising our website ( then you probably have noticed our feature photo on the homepage. 

Every month we feature a photo (or photos) on our website's homepage that we feel deserves to be seen by the world. If one of your photos gets chosen to be featured on our website then you automatically receive a free 5x7 of that image!

This month we featured high school senior Meghan. We took her senior portraits last month at Ali'i Beach Park and we think they turned out amazing! 

Check out our feature each month by visiting

Who knows? You may be next?!

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

The Mason Family - Waimanalo Bay

A few weeks ago we had the privilege of shooting the beautiful Mason Family at Waimanalo Bay State Recreation Area. Despite the rain we still managed to get a few wonderful shots of the family (plus their grandparents who were in town). Which just proves that a little rain isn't always a deal breaker for a session. 

We were able to work around the rain. Can you even tell it was rainy in this adorable family shot?

We love their color choice of sea foam green and khaki! It just proves that you don't have to be really matchy-matchy to get a great look. Different shades of the same color really works great! We think it worked very well against the ocean background. 

Are these not the cutest kids ever? The little boy had the bluest eyes that would melt anybody's heart. Definitely a future heart breaker!

You would never guess it but wife recently lost over 50 pounds! Getting professional photos of the family was a great way to show off her success.

...and this is how you know the session is over...

Thanks Mason Family for braving the rain! We really enjoyed taking your family photos and we hope you loved them as much as we do! 

To schedule an appointment call Andy at 808-397-0869

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

New to Hawaiianpix - Facebook Sneak Peeks!

Something brand new to Hawaiianpix Photography is the introduction of Sneak Peeks on our
 Facebook page. 

After your portrait session be sure to like us on Facebook. If we see that you have become a fan we may post a few Sneak Peek photos of your session! These selected photos are perfect to share with your family and friends. 

Head over to Hawaiianpix's Facebook page and like us. 

You could be the next Sneak Peek!

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Junius and Elainne - engagement photos

There are a few things that we really enjoy at Hawaiianpix.

 One of them is a couple that is creative and likes to have a lot of fun. The second is when one of our own steps up to the plate and hits a home run. 

What do we mean by that? Well, this couple was photographed by our newest photographer on staff, Justin Ige, on October 26th. We think he did an amazing job on this session and that is why we are dedicating a whole blog post on the images. We are also featuring the photo (shown above) as the November's Cover Shot for 

Congratulations to both Justin and our couple of the month, Junius and Elainne. 

Photos taken at Waimanalo Bay State Recreation Area

Thursday, November 1, 2012

BOGO Event!

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Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Holiday Shipping Guidelines

It is hard to believe, but the holiday season is quickly approaching. If you are planning on using your photographs for holiday cards or holiday gifts, it is important to remember shipping time. Here are a few things to remember -

  • When scheduling your appointment, remember that it takes two weeks for us to edit your images and post your gallery online. 

  • If you are ordering prints, production time is about 5-7 business days (maybe longer if we are experiencing a high volume of orders). Once your images have been printed, we will ship them to you via the shipping method you have selected. 

  • For digital images, it takes us 3-5 business days to upload them onto a password protected website. Once they have uploaded you will receive an email from our lab technician with instructions on how to access them. Once you have received this email they are available to you immediately for download on to your computer. Or you can order prints through our Pixurelab website at a discounted price. If you are a last minute holiday shopper, digital images would be the way to go.  

Below are the dates on all our shipping deadlines.

Monday, October 8, 2012

Guidelines for Photography at Ko'olina Resort

Are you staying at one of the hotel properties at Ko'olina?
Please read for some important information regarding booking your session on the Ko'olina property. 

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Background information that our clients need to know before scheduling a session at Ko’olina

 Ko’olina is a RESORT area, the lagoons are NOT owned by the hotels there they are owned by the Ko’olina community association and leased to the Hotels. Permission to shoot at the lagoons can be granted by calling the Koolina office and obtaining a permit, they can call 808-671-2512, the permit cost is $500 per event should you choose to pay their fee.  

 For clients staying at the
 Marriott Ihilani or Beach Club

a. We can photograph clients on the Marriott property if they are staying at Marriott Ihilani or Beach Club ONLY. We have been on the vendor list for both the Ihilani and the Beach Club for many years, Mahalo Marriott! If Clients want beach shots we must go to Lanikuhonua lagoon, between the Ihilani and Paradise Cove.
b.      Morning sessions are HIGHLY recommended
c.       Due to limited beach access and parking for our photographic staff, if sunset pictures are requested, additional parking fees of $25 will be charged for the session.
d.      All sessions are based on daily availability.

 For clients staying at the Aulani Disney Resort

a.       We do not have permission to shoot on the Aulani grounds. They do have their own photographic staff and our efforts to reach the Disney property promotions manager Scott Swimone have gone unanswered.
b.      For Aulani guests who do not wish to travel to do their session, they may contact the Ko’olina association for permission to shoot at Aulani or shoot at Lanikuhonua  only.  
c.       Morning sessions are HIGHLY recommended
d.      Due to limited beach access and parking for our photographic staff. If Sunset pictures are requested, additional parking fees of $25 will be charged for the session.
e.      All sessions are based on daily availability.

Our Recommendation if our clients do not wish to shoot at Lanikuhonua beach or on the Marriott properties only?

We recommend shooting in a different location to all our clients to avoid the high fees and inflexibility associated with the Ko’olina Association Properties. We are happy to make suggestions for other locations, there are over 300 beaches on Oahu and many that are as nice or better than those at Ko’olina.

For any more questions regarding the guidelines for photographing 
at Ko'olina Resort please email us at

Friday, September 28, 2012

"Kid"ding Around

 We aren't "kid"ding when we say that this month has been full of photographing plenty of cute kids! Each cutie has their very own personality, and we always enjoying capturing it in a photograph. 

Take a look at some of our favorite kid photographs from this month....can you tell who is going to be a class clown? a future president? a heart breaker?


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