In grammar, the present perfect tense refers to something of the past that continues in the present.
This is photography at its very core.
But I chose the name The Present Perfect for an even simpler truth: In our day-to-day lives, we are often consumed with thoughts of our past or future. When instead, and especially on your wedding day, we should simply appreciate the beauty of the present.
Together, let’s celebrate what is.
Rather than working from a rigid shot list, I use openness and curiosity to create naturally beautiful photographs.
I ask questions to understand your vision. I tease out things that make you uniquely you. And I observe interactions between you and your families.
Then, with no judgement, expectation or attachment, I capture your individuality, relationships and energy so you can fully appreciate them for what they are.
My philosophy: On a day already filled with so much love and beauty, there’s no reason to stage or control things.
Instead, simply get lost in the day and know that I’ll be there to calmly and organically capture it.
But while my inclination as a photojournalist is to take a more hands off approach, please know my work isn’t entirely documentary. Instead, I will confidently adjust small, almost imperceptible things if I know it will make your photos that much better.
When it comes to editing your images, I handle them with the same care and intention I do taking them.
While you won’t find me doing a tremendous amount of retouching or taking away things that make you you, I will edit the color and tones of each image to enhance the mood of that moment.
“She was very warm, calm, and struck a balance in guiding photography so that we could have the documentation we wanted but were also able to still enjoy the day with our friends and family.”
- Tasia, Bride
“She captured us both in the most raw, vulnerable, loving way we both didn't even know existed. The love & passion overflowed in each image from our guests to the decor to just the two of us.”
- Carlee & Justin
“She blended in with our wedding party seamlessly. She made everyone feel comfortable, and her enthusiasm boosted everyone’s confidence. She was respectful of our space. I trusted her completely.”
- Sara, Bride
As a kid growing up on the Big Island, my dad left disposable cameras scattered around the house. I used them to take photos of things I observed while walking around my South Kona neighborhood.
But it wasn't until I attended the ArtCenter College of Design that I discovered the difference between taking a photo and making a photo. And learned how to combine the styles of commercial, editorial and fashion photography to observe with intention.
Soon after, I worked alongside top celebrity wedding photographers and came to realize that weddings offered a chance to satisfy both my love of photojournalism and my desire to create fine art from fleeting moments.
Today, my team and I photograph weddings with open eyes and open hearts, knowing that these photos will one day anchor your memories to this moment in time.