Hawaii Elopement Photography.
High above the clouds or deep below the sea; a day full of warmth and laughter. No matter the experience you crave, I help you capture your happily ever after.
“Aly is an incredible photographer for so many reasons! Not only are we in love and amazed with every single photo we received from her but we had such an enjoyable and memorable experience actually taking the photos.
Both my partner and I were never into photo shoots, and were nervous when we scheduled to get our engagement photos done with Aly. We ended up laughing and having a fun relaxed photo shoot.
We immediately agreed we wanted her to photograph our ‘adventure elopement’ because of her fun personality, experience with weddings, and her love for the wilderness that helps her see so much beauty!
Our wedding photos truly capture the emotions and beauty of that day which is extremely special for us, and for our loved ones that were only with us in spirit. I cannot recommend Aly enough!”
-AMANDA & ELLIOT
Hi, I’m Aly!
Hawaii Wedding, Adventure, and Elopement Photographer.
A L O H A // I’m Aly, a wedding planner + wilderness trip leader turned adventure elopement photographer and fingers crossed, your new favorite third-wheel.
Before moving to Hawaii, I spent 6 years as a backpacking + canoeing guide in Canada, the Appalachian Mountains, the Everglades, Australia, and New Zealand!
HERE ARE A FEW THINGS I LOVE:
- VANS // I spent the first part of my time in Hawaii living out of a burnt orange Volkswagon Vanagon with an awesome pop-top roof right on the ocean!
- SOLO TRIPS // My first solo backpacking trip was the Routeburn Track in New Zealand. Since then I’ve fallen in love with bikepacking! I’ve biked + camped solo down the coast of Tasmania + most recently, the coast of Oregon.
- TRAVELING // I’ve worked + traveled in countries on every continent except Antarctica (anyone trying to elope to Antarctica?!!), including New Zealand, Australia, Nepal, Jordan, Chile, Togo, France, Norway, Nicaragua, England, Ireland and Canada.
Why Book Me?
Before I was a full-time photographer I worked as a wedding planner in Hawaii. I understand how overwhelming planning can be.
I will be there with you every step of the way! From recommendations for florists, things to do, choosing to do a first look or not, and even the not-so-fun paperwork, I apply my background as a wedding planner so you get a triple threat of a photographer, planner, and outdoor guru!
By choosing to elope you are choosing an experience! & I am so stoked about that! Whether it’s a short walk off the main road to get to a beautiful outlook, or a lush, hike leading to a remote waterfall, YOU are in control of what your day will look like!
Let’s make your wedding day your best adventure yet!
“I honestly couldn’t put into words how wonderful it was to have this shoot with Aly. She made the entire experience so light and easy and fun!
We can be pretty shy when it comes to getting our photos taken, but Aly was so great about giving direction and at the same time making it feel natural. I would recommend her to everyone I know!”
-ALEXANDRA AND ROSE
Hawaii Elopement Photography FAQ’s
We already have a wedding photographer but we want to go somewhere cool while we’re in Hawaii and take some neat photos there? Can we still book with you?
Totally! This would fall into an “adventure session” category. I created this option for couples who’s guest count is over 50, who already have a wedding photographer for a more traditional wedding but want to do a “trash the dress/dresses/suits” session or just want to go to an epic location and take some photos along the way just for fun!
WHAT IF I FEEL AWKWARD IN FRONT OF THE CAMERA?
Great question! It’s totally natural to feel nervous about your shoot and looking awkward in your photos! Even I get nervous in front of the camera. It’s my job to make you feel comfortable in front of the camera. Think of me more as your coach!
I’ll give you cues, tell you where to stand, ask you to walk to a certain area or to your partner...for the majority of our time together will be filled with me asking you do things so you never feel awkward!
Towards the beginning of the session, I coach you through a couple super easy poses or movements + we use this as a toolbox to work from. As we continue throughout the session, we rotate these basic poses but switch up locations depending on the prettiest light and backdrops!
As you get more comfortable I’ll guide you through a new pose, and when you master that one, we can try another pose! This way:
- you never get overwhelmed
- your confidence will grow
- you feel authentic + natural
- you’ll start to relax in front of the camera because you’re no longer in your head thinking, you’re simply doing and being!
Sometimes the poses I cue will feel goofy so it keeps things interesting and fun and definitely leads to some natural laughter and smiles which is the ultimate goal 🙂
WE’RE IN! WHAT’S REQUIRED FOR BOOKING?
Wooohoo! All I need is a signed contract and a deposit to secure your date! For Elopements and Small Weddings first payment is 30% to hold your date, and then the final balance is due the week before the event! For adventure sessions the first payment is 50% and the balance is due the day before your session. Contact me here to request a date.
WHAT’S A SHOOT LIKE?
The first part of the shoot I’ll go over any BIG wants or must haves that you have in mind! Then I’ll go over a general route (which often changes depending on where the best light is), and then WE BEGIN!
I’ll guide you into “poses” that revolve around movement….walk here...look in that direction, look back at me...and I’ll probably try to get you to laugh! My goal is to make you as comfortable as possible by asking you to do easy movements that will make you feel natural, confident, and at ease in front of the camera and hopefully make you laugh or smile at some point! Depending on the location we usually end at, near, or IN the water 🙂
WHAT’S YOUR STYLE?
It’s hard to pinpoint because I like to adapt to your personality, BUT I would say mostly candid with some posed and little bit artsy! I like to edit to achieve a matted, film-like effect with natural hues and warmer tones...the only exception is if there are some EPIC natural colors in the sky or flowers I like to preserve those brighter hues!
WHAT SHOULD I WEAR?
If you have some cute shoes you wanna show off we’ll take pictures with those first because the shoots often involve a lot of walking. Avoid plaid or stripes as they create a odd effect in the camera. You can bring a couple different outfits, but chose the things that you feel best in, not what you think other people want to see! For women and couples, long flowy dresses or skirts photograph nicely as we often have trade winds along the coast or we can create movement with the dress in other locations and it makes for beautiful shots!
WHAT IF IT RAINS?
We will make every effort to continue the shoot! I will continue to check in with you to see how you would like to proceed. Hawaii has many small, different climate pockets so depending on which part of the island we are on, the rain may let up quickly, or may be light and consistent in which case we can continue. If the rain was heavy enough that it posed a safety issue or was not shootable we could try a different location or discuss rescheduling. If every effort was made, and you prefer to cancel, we could discuss the cancellation policy. Outside of safety and potential damage to my equipment, it’s really your call 🙂
WHAT LOCATION CAN WE SHOOT AT?
When you have selected an island, I will send you my location recommendations so you can decide on what’s important to you in a location (The adventure to get there, the backdrop itself, easy access, less people). Some locations have driving access while some involve more hiking. For some couples, the hiking is super important to them and part of why they chose to elope, for others, the intimacy is more important and just being alone or with a small group of people in a beautiful location is the ultimate goal.
Do I have to have previous hiking experience to do an adventure session or wedding?
No. But you should be down for an adventure and open to what that may bring...we’ll probably get a little sweaty but a lot of this depends on you and what you want! There are locations we can go to that are just off the road and a short walk, or more remote locations that require a longer hike! Depending on the location it’s possible you’re going to get some sand between your toes, a bit muddy, or a bit wet! All part of the adventure!
“An intentionally-planned wedding day, in an epic destination, with a minimalist guest list, and an emphasis on experiences over things.”
– The Hearnes, Adventure Photographers
Nomadic, adventurous, spontaneous, down to earth, authentic, organic, goofy, fun, + real! All these characteristics represent the couples I work with. Whether you’re new to the outdoors or an expert, adventures are for everyone. Let’s make your wedding day your best adventure yet!
I can’t wait to show you why I’ve fallen in love with these islands. From the Big Island to Kauai there are endless beaches, waterfalls, and hikes to explore! Respecting and taking care of the land (Malama Aina) is equally important. Together, we will adventure with respect + appreciation for the land.
“Aly was AMAZING! Booking a photographer you don’t know can be scary, but I was so impressed. She texted back super fast with any and all questions I had. She gave the perfect balance of posed and natural shots. She took us to several different locations within walking distance and which gave us lots of background options. I even sent her some inspo shots and she made them happen! Beyond happy with how the photos turned out!”
-KATELYN & TREVOR
Are you ready to get started? If so, then click this link to fill out my couples session questionnaire to fast track the process. Otherwise, feel free to fill out the form below with any other questions! I am so excited to meet you and to help you craft your dream experience.