As a local I have grown to appreciate Sunrise and Sunset for its wonder and beauty as there is never a sunrise or sunset is ever the same. However, I am no morning bird, but I prefer to shoot earlier rather than later even if it comes with some discomfort and loss of sleep.
On Oahu, there is a certain crispness in the air during these early mornings. Everything around me feels fresh, cool, and crisp. I feel like the sky is just a little bit brighter, everyone and everything is waking up and putting their best foot forward. The whole day is still ahead. The sunrise is a reminder that we should look forward to and welcome the rest of day.
Also, from a more technical photographer’s perspective, I strongly urge my clients to take advantage of the best possible lighting called “Golden Hour” also called “Magic Hour.” it is the first hour after sunrise and last hour of light before the sunset. During this time the sun is low to the horizon which provides a nice soft light which is very flattering. It’s such a dramatic change compared to the harsh shadows of the strong Hawaiian midday sun.
The warmth of the morning sun also adds a type of serenity and ambiance to the image capturing more depth and detail than any other time of day. These layers upon layers of detail greatly contribute and add so much to the final product.
During the summer months on Oahu, Hawaii the East side of the island offers the best locations for a sunrise engagement proposal, destination wedding, or family portrait photo session. The colors tend to be unpredictable, as they are based on weather conditions, but it is certainly worth chasing! There is a range of colors which span the spectrum from blue, purple, and pink hues to colors which set the sky ablaze for that perfectly romantic and magical moment.
For more information or to book me for your Sunrise or Sunset Surprise Proposal, Engagement, Destination Wedding, or Family Portrait Photo Session please send me a message! I would love to hear your ideas and thoughts.