The location of your photo session sets the tone for your images. Some beaches naturally produce brighter, more light-filled pictures. Some can be a bit more toned down and romantic. Take a look at the images from each location below and take note of the type of shots that really speak to you. I'm always open to new places so just let me know if you want to try something different!
Consistently rated as one of the most beautiful beaches in the United States, Hapuna is a truly stunning and expansive white sandy beach. The white sand almost sparkles and will bring a stunning brightness to your images. Matched with colorful Kona sunsets, these are images you will want to print and cherish in your home forever. Also ideal for hopping into the ocean for a dip with the ones you love at the end of your shoot!
Best time: Sunset
Notes: $5 fee to park in the lot for non-residents. Not suitable for groups larger than 10.
MAUNA LANI BAY
You will fall in love with this beach! Beautiful lava rock beach coves, little nooks of palm trees and green bushes and you may even be treated to a few sun bathing sea turtles during your session. The sunsets from the bay are stunning - the perfect backdrop to remember your time in Hawaii.
Best time: Sunset, late afternoon
Notes: ADA accessible access to the beach. Great for large groups!
puako hidden beaches
You won't find these hidden gems on google maps! Puako beaches are well hidden and therefore often quite empty. On a clear day, Maui is visible from the shores and during whale-watching season, it is common to see whale pods jumping and dancing in the distance. Limited sandy beach areas, but plenty of tide pools and calm waters.
Best time: Sunrise, sunset, late afternoon
Notes: This spot is available for sessions with drone add-ons!
This sweet little beach is perfectly located halfway between Kona town and Waikoloa. In addition to the stunning white sandy beach lined with natural greenery, there are lots of palm tress and a calm fish pond for added visual diversity of images. Though not an ideal beach for swimming or hopping in the water for shots, this beach was made for photoshoots! Images here are bright, full of light and feel like a true tropical paradise. You'll love this sweet little beach!
Best time: Sunset
Notes: This beach is managed by the Four Seasons hotel and they have limited number of parking spots each night. At sunset, parking space is rarely an issue but we'll have a Plan B just in case!
anaeho`omalu beach (a bay)
Conveniently located near many of the Waikoloa resorts, Anaeho`omalu, or A Bay is a lovely beach with a good length of sandy shores as well as a palm tree grove lining the pond near the beach. One corner of the beach features the more traditional Big Island lava rocks in the water that can add great variety to your session!
Best time: Sunrise, sunset
Notes: Great for large group sessions!
old kona airport beach park
This beach is located outside of Waikoloa, just in Kailua-Kona town, near the Target and does require a $65 travel fee. A great option for those located closer to Kona, Holualoa or Captain Cook. Everyone gets a kick out of this fun beach! As the name suggests, this was once the original Kona Airport and has since been turned into a beautiful Beach Park. You'll find a sandy beach, lined with lava rocks and lots of greenery and palm trees. Getting here involves a fun drive along the old airport runway!
Best time: Late afternoon, sunset
Notes: $65 travel fee for this spot and any other location more than 30 miles from Waikoloa.