BY HAWAII COUPLES PHOTOGRAPHER TEAM KELSI & PATRICK
So many of our couples come to Hawaii for a vacation getaway, babymoons, and destination weddings… but this badass couple was celebrating a trifecta of accomplishment-- a milestone birthday, her graduating from med school, and their first vacation together as a couple.
To make their day even more special, we decided to head to the windward side of the island for a Secret Island celebration! Heading over the mountains to the wetter, windier side of Oʻahu is always a gamble, especially for sunset, since the cloud-covered peaks oftentimes obscure the colors at dusk. Although, the scenery usually makes up for it, with the jagged notched cliffs of the Koʻolau summits and quiet waters of Kāneʻohe Bay adding to the serenity.
We ended up walking along the empty beach with the clouds rolling in, but in the distance, a bright beam of sun rays pierced through from the west. We werenʻt quite at our final location, but we had to stop anyway since the lighting was SO GOOD (yes, good lighting outweighs the perfect location)! Fortunately for us, the soft pink and filtered cloud lighting lasted a bit longer than we expected, allowing us to get some intimate shots at the dock and along the private beach. The colors of the evening complimented Megan + Gabriel’s chic attire (Woah, custom-tailored suits and those Louis Vuitton are FIRE). With the sun going down behind the mountains, our couple ended the evening photo shoot with a celebratory slow dance in each others’ arms on the dock.
P.S. It doesn’t have to be your birthday to celebrate with a special photo session! We won’t tell!