Pilialoha Photography
Island Inspired Imagery

FAQ

Affordable photographer in Oahu, Hawaii offering portrait photography, wedding photography, surprise proposal photography, maternity photography, family photography, engagement photography, aerial photography and underwater photography.

 

FAQ's

What is your photography background? How did you get started?

Patrick's grandmother is a professional photographer. From as far back as he can remember, she was always showing off her work. He used to sit around her living room as she projected old-fashioned slides from her recent trip to some corner of the globe or another. Many years ago (back when Patrick was in high school) she gave him one of her old camera bodies and he began his journey of photographic exploration. In college Patrick enrolled in multiple photography courses, including two black & white film and darkroom classes. As an avid scuba diver, Patrick initially fell in love with underwater photography, but quickly branched into landscapes, lifestyle, and adventure photography. Ten years after his first real camera, Patrick still looks up to his grandmother and thanks her for being his inspiration.

How do we know you’re a good fit?

If you're here, we must already have a lot in common! However, we always schedule a phone call before all our shoots and would love to meet with you beforehand (preferably over coffee or a craft beer, your choice) for a wedding to answer any questions you may have and ensure that we click! What we feel sets us apart is our ability to cater to a wide variety of inspirational storytelling. For example, as rock climbers and mountaineers, we have the expertise to get those difficult cliff-side adventure shots using ropes and harnesses. As certified rescue divers, we not only capture amazing underwater photos, but do so in a safe and responsible manner. As KAHU (caretakers) for the environment, we avoid using disposable plastics as props, offer reef-safe sunscreen, and promote animal-led interactions during our water sessions. That being said, there's a difference between professional photographers and a high-end camera owners. As the former, we take our small business ownership and photography to the next level, delivering high quality images capable of more than just telling your story.

What if I have never modeled before?

No worries! We know that modeling may not come naturally to everyone and understand the awkwardness most people feel when a lens is pointed at them. Therefore our sessions are laid back, where we work with you on poses you are comfortable with. As a team, we will provide any necessary assistance during the shoot to ensure a natural and beautiful aesthetic.

Can I customize a package based on my needs?

Absolutely! We want to make sure that you have the perfect images. We’ll give you a customized quote to make sure that all your needs are met before you commit to us as your photographer.

Can I get prints from my shoot?

Absolutely! Our cameras capture 45 effective megapixels (camera speak for HUGE photos). That means prints of your favorite photos can be enlarged up to 24" x 36" without sacrificing the original quality. We offer custom printing services for our customers at discounted rates with shipping included! You will also receive a print release after your session if you would prefer to print your favorites at home.

Do you provide retouching, color adjustment, or other corrective services?

Yes! We really try and keep our post-processing to a minimum, but all the images you receive from us will be slightly retouched. If you’d like us to do more with an image after you receive it please let us know. We do not, however, offer the original raw files.

How long after the photo shoot will I get the proofs?

We know you’re anxious to see your images and will work to get them back to you as quickly as possible. We always deliver sneak peek photos within two-day of the session. For the full galleries, you can expect 2-4 weeks for portrait and couple sessions and approximately 4-6 weeks for a wedding. Please do, however, respect the art of photography and our deadlines. We have lives outside of photography as well!

Will you publish my photos on social media or your website?

No, unless we have specifically received authorization from you! 

How much of a deposit do you require and when is it due? Do we need to sign any papers?

As soon as you decide that we’re the right fit for you, we’ll send you a client contract. At that time we request a 20% deposit.

Are there any additional fees?

Yes, there will be an additional 7.712% tax collected.

 

 

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