Big Island photographer creating mesmerizing photos that highlight your connection and joy in beautiful, vibrant Hawaii.

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Proudly serving as the premier Big Island wedding photographer but also booking the outer islands with advanced reservation. Dawn is a destination wedding and elopement expert and will capture every priceless moment of your wedding with emotion and heart.  Dawn also works her magic with family engagement, maternity and senior sessions!

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what makes me different and why  should you choose me?

Whose presence feels welcoming, essential and seamlessly integrated into your experience. Who directs your poses yet drifts with you throughout your session, encouraging you, helping when needed, and fading into the background to capture those unscripted moments. Who becomes a trusted friend and brings an added touch of joy to your photos. This is what your photography experience with me is best known for! Am I the right fit for you? See what makes me unique below.

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I have one major belief: photography should be fun, easy and memorable. You don’t want to ever feel like your photography session was unpleasant or a chore. I want just the opposite for you – an amazing, positive, fun experience! You deserve to feel like your photography compliments your day and is one of the BEST parts of it, because those moments I capture hold the memories and feelings from your wedding day or trip!

Mahalo for stopping by and i can't wait to capture your wedding day, elopement or portrait session

Aloha, I’m Dawn!

I have a warm, encouraging, bubbly personality that keeps the session upbeat and fun. Some clients tell me their photos were the “highlight” of their wedding day or vacation because I made it fun, and that I was the “calm and encouraging” voice throughout their session. I’ve also been told it’s like working with a friend they have known forever. Absolutely LOVE those compliments.

When it comes to choosing the perfect photographer for your wedding, trust me you will need someone who is not only capable of shooting stunning photos but also capable of enabling you to chill, have fun and be the most natural self for your big day! Dawn is THE ONE!

- Bride Teresa H.

I have a fluid way of posing you, so you will feel instantly comfortable, which makes for more beautiful photos of you. Relaxed and showing real emotion is the special sauce to create exceptional images! Having photographed nearly every kind of scenario with every type of light and weather possible, I know how to put you in the perfect spot and capture the magic. On top of making you look and feel your best, I strive to provide an exceptional experience from start to finish. From the first email or message you send, to the receipt of your gallery, I provide FIVE STAR service all the way. Read my 200+ five star reviews to see what others have said about their experience with me as their photographer. Plus, fun fact, I have wedding timelines down to a science and can also bustle a wedding dress in 30 seconds flat too! Bonus!

When we received the photos for our own wedding, we were blown away! So many amazing photos! She captured every moment of the day perfectly. We had a small wedding, but to me, photography was the most important part of our day knowing that we wanted to be able to share that with all of our friends and family who weren’t there with us and when I showed them the photos, they really felt like they were there to experience every aspect of our special day. I cannot say enough about the sunset photos either…INCREDIBLE! BREATHTAKING! I have never felt so beautiful. Thank you so much!

- Bride MEgan s.

The amount of finished product I produce is far higher than average, which allows my clients many more captures to choose from. Maybe I’m guilty of over-photographing, but I’d much rather have too many images to choose from than not enough. This that also guarantees I will find and deliver the BEST of the BEST captures. Via my experience of photographing over 1,000+ weddings and sessions, I know how to anticipate every moment. You will have the peace of mind that I will never miss anything important during your day, big or small moments. I always have my camera up, and am always photographing, so I have many more unique and unscripted images to deliver. I also guarantee a bare minimum at LEAST 75 edited images per hour, but usually produce between 125-175 or more. More clearly defined, 125-175 DIFFERENT, UNIQUE images, so you have far more to choose from for you album and prints. I also have the absolute BEST equipment money can buy, so you can blow up those photos to billboard size and not miss a pixel!

I have to say that Dawn is just absolutely incredible! We just got our photos back and I am so in LOVE with ALL of them. I don’t know how I will even be able to choose for our album! Not only is Dawn talented at her craft, but she is just a downright amazing person…She has a lot of creative ideas for things that will make your photos look great. Honestly, I truly felt like I had met a friend. I feel like a lot of people just want to take your money and get you out of their way, but that is not the case with Dawn. She genuinely loves weddings, loves love and just wants you to have an amazing day.

- Bride Deana L.

I am a Photoshop and Lightroom master, so there is hardly anything I can’t tackle when it comes to artisan edits. By “artisan” I mean I carefully hand edit ALL of your images, to ensure they are perfect before you receive them. I edit with a classic, vibrant style that will remain timeless and highlights the beauty of Hawaii. Not “overly edited” images but true to life, smooth skin tones, colorful scenery, and classic poses make those photos a treasure for years to come.

The pictures look like something straight out of a magazine. I cannot believe how beautiful and PERFECT they look! The light and the sunset are absolutely gorgeous!

- Bride Rachel M.

I am FAST! My turn around time for a full wedding is between 2-3 weeks on average, meaning you will have your full gallery to share with family and friends ASAP!

My fiance and I had never taken professional photos so I did not know what to expect. It was the best experience I could have ever imagined. The pictures were incredible that we got back. Not to mention, we got them back so quickly! I am so happy I chose Dawn and we will choose her time and time again. All around, a perfect experience. I will recommend her to everyone. Mahalo nui loa.

- Fiancé/Bride Ellen G.
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Me, too! Simply head over to my contact page, share a bit about yourselves and your wedding vision, then hit send. I’ll be in touch within 24 hours or less to keep the conversation going. I can’t wait to chat about your big day and begin planning the coverage for your wedding or elopement!

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200+ 5 star reviews

Consecutive winner 2018-2024

Consecutive winner 2018-2024

Dawn is an expert at capturing destination weddings and elopements, and can also help with every aspect of planning!

Voted best of hawai'i wedding photographers 2018  through  2024