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Tips for Holiday Photo sessions! Part I

Tips for Holiday Photo sessions! Part I Jolene Kaneshige PhotographyQuick take cover! The holidays are upon us! “Winter is coming!” — Actually, it doesn’t seem like it in Hawaii. We are currently enjoying sunny weather and temperatures in the 70s and 80s. It’s quite pleasant jacket, sweater, and weather for long plushy socks, which I’m loving! You know you are local when its so cold that you have to look in back of your closet for a jacket and it’s time to start thinking about wearing long pants, maybe even jeans! Although, if the surf is up and the sun is out, you can bet we are still laying on the beach and out there enjoying the blue sky, and warm pacific ocean waters! Its business as usual. Ahhh another day in paradise!

Wait, what does this mean for sunset? For November and December the sun will be setting a little earlier. According to, the sun will be setting at approximately 5:50 pm during November and 6:00 pm during December. It’s highly recommended to start photo sessions 1 hour before sunset for the best lighting.

I can’t believe that this year has gone by so quickly! I remember thinking that it wasn’t too long ago when we celebrated Christmas! I can remember that Christmas felt like it took forever when I was growing up. In fact, Christmas and chocolate chip cookies were my favorite things and all I could think about for a very long time, but I digress.

Now as an adult I’m feeling a little unprepared to take in all the craziness of the holidays. Even the Christmas music tends to get to me if they start playing it before Thanksgiving. I must be the Hawaiian version of the Grinch that stole Christmas because the first things I think about are not being able to find parking and all the long lines at Ala Moana Shopping Center. I don’t know about you, but that’s way more than enough for me to say “Bah Humbug!” Where’s the parking Aloha? I don’t think it will be back until next year!

In the next post I will cover some essential tips for Hawaii destination wedding, family portraits, and surprise engagement proposal photo shoots that help to plan holiday photo sessions!

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