Honeymoon Photography

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Mikiko & Yohei, from Japan, decided to honeymoon in Maui, Hawaii after getting married.  Traveling to Maui was a dream come true for this couple and it was an honor to be able to be a part of it. They envisioned having their photography session captured by a Maui photographer and I can’t explain how much of an honor it was for me to be their photographer.

In Japan, it’s traditional to have honeymoon photos taken in stead of having couples photos taken after the ceremony. So, when I received call from” Yoko Naito” from “Maui Dream Vacations ” asking me to work with her clients, I was pretty excited. I’ve been working with Yoko now for a few years. She specializes in dream vacations and works with Japanese clients coming to Maui.  Most of the clients speak little English, or none at all, so Yoko comes to my shoots as a translator/coordinator. I have to share that I love working with clients from Japan! I enjoy their culture, love their food, and must tell you even if I don’t speak the same language, I walk away from each of these shoots having some new friends from Japan.



Engagement Photography

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Rebecca Dube and John McCarthy decided to do an engagement photo session with us at Behind The Lens Maui during their Maui vacation.   As soon as they pulled up and got out of their car, I knew this photo session was going to be a fun one. The couple walked up hand-in-hand giggling, and as they looked into one another’s eyes, which is the sign for an amazing shoot from a Maui photographers point of view.   As I anticipated, photographing this couple was effortless for us and of course I found myself snapping away at each spot we went to.   You can see how in love they are in each of these photos.  It was a honor to be the one to capture it all on film for them, and we’re wishing you both a long journey together.

Lighting Assistant and Second Photography by: Trevor Natividad

Location: Poolenalena

Maui Photographer: Nicole Sanchez



Olowalu Wedding

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There is no place like Maui for your destination wedding. I mean, let’s face it; Hawaii has perfect weather year round, and palm trees sway so gracely along the pristine, white, sandy beaches which is also surrounded by the clear, blue ocean. It’s no wonder how Maui has been in the top five spot vacation and honeymoon destinations year after year.

When my phone rang, I noticed the callers ID number was local. To my surprise, the caller was inquiring about engagement photos and mentioned they were also looking for a photographer for their upcoming wedding.   After several conversations, the couple hired our photography services for both the engagement session and wedding. Tracy and JoJo planned to have their wedding at the Olowalu Camp Ground, and when I arrived, the setting was set up perfectly, with family and friends who started to arrive ahead of schedule.

The energy was high; guests were excited and happy to be there to celebrate with the couple. When the bride walked in with her father, the crowed gasped. Tracy looked  absolutly stunning and was smiling from ear to ear as she walked down the isle towards her husband to be. There was a lot of emotion, love, and joy surrounding this couple, and it was amazing for me as their photographer being there to capture each moment.

Being a part of this wedding, for me, was special, and when I looked back at the photos of these two, it brings me back to their special day and how much I enjoyed being able to capture it all on film for them. “Thank -you, ” Tracy and JoJo for choosing us at Behind The Lens Maui as your Maui Wedding Photographer.


Maui Wedding Tips

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So you’re getting married on the island of Maui. Weddings are hard enough to plan when it is set in your own backyard, sometimes literally, but to have a destination wedding somewhere you may be unfamiliar with like Maui, the task can be monumental. Whether you have been to Maui and know what to expect or not, below are some tips to assist you with your wedding on this beautiful island.

Some tips are well advised for any wedding and others are important to know when your nuptials are actually in Hawaii.

Hire a Maui Photographer                                                  

Other than a wedding consultant, your selection of a Maui wedding photographer can be the difference maker in your wedding day memories. Hiring a local professional will give you such advantages as to ideal photo locations before and after the wedding based on the weather, lighting and terrain, in the event it is an outside wedding. Even if the reception is inside, a professional will know how to use the angles of the facility to get the shots and the people you want taken without any intrusion, just as if the photographer wasn’t there.

A professional generally doesn’t miss the important moments that an amateur will. After your day is over, they will then edit and enhance your photos with professional editing equipment that your cousin probably doesn’t own. Once completed, you should be invited to your own photo gallery on the photographer’s website to review.

Grouping of the Tables

This isn’t always the easiest of tasks depending on your family or guests. However, one of the more tedious tasks is deciding who is going to sit at what table during the reception. You could just make it first come, first serve or plan it out yourself.

Often we put family together and people who know each other, but you can make it fun by mixing it up a bit and sit people based on their backgrounds, their common interests or by personalities. You don’t want to have a party group sitting near your much older grandparents after all.

Spend Time Visiting with your Guests

Be sure that the new couple spends some quality time at either the wedding or the reception with each of your guests, especially if they paid to come all the way out to be there for you. Probably the best time to achieve this task is during the eating part since you will catch each one sitting at their tables.

You will have a lot on your mind, and of course you will want to be with your mate, but be respectful and acknowledge your guest’s presence. Another great thing to do is have your wedding photographer follow you around while you great your guest and capture some candid shots of you all interacting and also grab a formal shot of you and your guests. You can use the image as a thank you for attending following the wedding.  It’s a magical day for you and you can share your magic with others. After all, they are there to support you.

Consider the Timing of your wedding and reception

This can get tricky, but when you plan your wedding take inconsideration the location of the ceremony in conjunction where people are coming from to allow them to make it with plenty of time to spare. Consider the day of the week and what the roads will be like or even the weather. This is especially a must if you are having a destination wedding such as in Maui because of the direction of the sun and heat. Talk to your wedding coordinator as well as your  Maui wedding photographer about timing and the seating arrangements so you have a locals perspective of what times best for your wedding ceremony and wedding reception. It’s always advisable to meet your wedding photographer to do  walk through for larger weddings to plan where the best spots will be for your family  and couples photos on the property whenever possible. The more time you take with your Maui photographer in the planning process, will help to eliminate hiccups the day of your wedding.

Inform your guests to arrive no later than the day before in case there are delays at the airport or with transportation once on the island, not to mention getting lost. Depending on the site of your wedding may dictate the time, so plan ahead with family and friends. Don’t be afraid to have them wait for the ceremony to start, because that would be better than them arriving in the middle of the nuptials.

The Thanking of your Parents

All the attention and toasts will be focused on you this day, but without the love and support, not to mention the finances, of the parents, this day could be a lot harder. Why not surprise them by having the couple, in front of everyone, give a heartfelt toast. Make them cry.

In addition, secretly put together some type of gift to them. Perhaps you could put a photo album or scrap book from the beginning of your life to the wedding day; then add photos from your wedding later. Another idea would be a combination of photos and videos put together and set to music. You can even include a special message on it as well. For those who have lost a parent, celebrate them in the ceremony with a lovely single long steamed rose. It will be a special moment shared together with you and your parent, nothing more special that celebrating the memory together.



Trash The Dress

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Candace and David Watson decided they wanted to do a” Trash The Dress” photo session while in Maui with their family. We started the couples’ photography session on the grassy knoll, which overlooks the ocean in front of the Montage Hotel in Kapalua. We then slowly made our way down to beach, capturing the beauty of Kapalua Beach Bay.

Working with the couple was really effortless for me as a photographer. They were whispering sweet nothings into each others’ ear; laughing and gazing into each other’s eyes, all without me having to coach or pose them. You can see from the photos how in love they are with one another, which is always a treat for me to be able to capture on film.

The  session ended up with the couple getting sandy and then jumping into the ocean, rolling around in the waves embracing one another, and of course a lot of kisses. It was an amazing session that flowed, and I left feeling like I had just made great, new friends.

Lighting Assistant- Trevor Natividad

Maui Photographer- Nicole Sanchez




Beach Wedding

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This particular couple booked their Maui wedding through, ” Aloha Maui Weddings” .  With that in mind, I didn’t have the pleasure of talking to them and getting to know them before their beach wedding. We actually met for the first time in the parking lot  at Makena Surf #1 the day day of their wedding and walked down to the beach together to meet their wedding coordinator, ” Fay Hovey”.

We hadn’t been together more than 5  minutes and I could tell that this couple was going going to be allot of fun to take photos of. They had that glow or spark between them that you see when two people are totally in love, a wedding photographers dream couple. They were kidding around with one another on the way to the beach so I decided to just go with it and capture a few shots before we got to the beach.

The wedding ceremony was nice and we practically had the beach to ourselves which was ideal for me as a photographer. Check out some of the wedding photos of this sweet couple.

Maui Minister: Robert Bosco

Wedding Coordination: Fay Hovey – Aloha Maui Weddings

Photography Assistant_ Trever Natividad

Maui Wedding Photographer Nicole Sanchez


Wedding Rainbow

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This lovely couple traveled to have intimate Maui Wedding at Ironwoods Beach in Kapalua. The weather was looking like it wanted to rain but we were hoping it would hold off so the couple could say there “I do’s“. We were lucky; we indeed made it through the entire ceremony without a raindrop, but as soon as we started taking couples photos on the beach, the clouds came in and it poured for about ten minutes. My assistant struggled to keep our equipment from getting drenched, so he decided to bolt to the car and grab a giant umbrella that the owner of Planet Sun gave us for these kinds of situations. The umbrella certainly came in handy! We were able to protect the gear from the down pour, and our couple’s hair and cloths kept dry. As the clouds disappeared, we continued with our wedding photos and noticed a lovely rainbow that had appeared, (which of course made for great wedding photos). We have rainbows on Maui everyday but it was certainly awesome timing to have one for our Maui wedding couple.



Hurricane Wedding

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This hurricane season has been a wild one with multiple threats to Hawaii over the past month. The fourth threat of a hurricane had been lingering for days giving me a bit of anxiety about this week’s weddings. As it turned out, we were once again lucky as the latest threat to Maui moved away from us but left us with some rainy days and flash flood warnings.

The rain clouds still surrounded the entire island and the wedding planner was a bit nervous that the client’s beach wedding could be rained out. When we arrived to the beach, we could see that it was raining in the distance as you looked across the ocean.  As a wedding photographer, I was pretty happy with the light and had a feeling that the couple’s wedding would be dry with the exception of tears of joy.

As I thought, the couples love was defiantly apparent, I felt the couples love for one another instantly as their eyes connected, it was magical. The ceremony was intimate, with both set of parents and a couple friends in attendance.   Following the ceremony, the bride and groom took a long walk down the beach and I captured some wonderful moments between the two love birds.  A big “Thank you” to Fay Hovey at Aloha Maui Weddings for coordinating this beach wedding and also to Robert Bosco for delivering a lovely wedding ceremony.

Lastly, thank you to Trevor Natividad for always being there to help me on my photo shoots and for doing a great job with the lighting.

Maui Wedding Photographer- Nicole Sanchez


Honeymoon Photos

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It’s no surprise that 82% of the the people traveling to Hawaii are coming to vacation, honeymoon or are planning to get married. This couple is apart of that 82% who traveled to Maui for their honeymoon and decided to have a couples / honeymoon photos taken during their visit.

The couple shared that they were staying in Kaanapali at one of the major hotels and when they contacted me, and were looking for photos in front of their hotel.  I had to inform them that commercial photography was prohibited on the beach in front of their hotel and so we agreed to meet up and do their couples portrait session at Kapalua Bay about a 15 minute drive north of their hotel. The location offers a diverse set of backdrops to choose from which was appealing to the couple and for me as Maui photographer this location is one of the best ones on the West side of Maui. As you can see from the photos, there’s a wonderful grassy knoll overlooking the ocean with Palm trees and various greenery surrounding the area. The beach itself is a long narrow beach and off to one side there is a great spot that has large boulders that you can climb on during the sunset which make for a very romantic setting for couples photos.. If your looking for a great location in West Maui, Kapalua Bay may be the spot for you.

Maui Photography by: Nicole Sanchez

Lighting Assistant: Trevor Natividad






Photographer Captures Wedding

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One of our talent team Maui photographers, “Ian Shepherd” captured this Wedding for us recently at a private estate located in upcountry Maui.

It was a private affair with close family in attendance celebrating the couple’s love and commitment to one another. As you can see, the property is beautiful making it the perfect wedding venue for a wedding photographer to capture beautiful images with breath taking views.

The ceremony was facilitated by Reverend Fay Hovey from, “Aloha Maui Weddings” a wedding planning company here in Maui that we’ve work closely with for many years.  Aloha Maui Weddings, offers wedding planning for small beach weddings and also plans larger weddings and also plans private estate weddings such as this one. If you’re thinking of a private estate as a wedding venue, this spot is one that proves to be a great spot for wedding photography.

Congratulations to this beautiful couple and their loving family.

Behind The Lens Maui- Owner Nicole Sanchez