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Maui Elopement – Ritz Carlton//07/09/2014

a gorgeous maui elopement

coming soon to Style Me Pretty

sometimes it just takes 2
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elopements are so romantic and fun.

if you want to book your maui elopement photography with me, just email me at wendy@wendylaurel.com

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Maui Family Photography on the Beach//07/05/2014

sometimes I shoot big ole families on the beach..

some grandparents, some kids, lots of grandkids.

lots of times actually.

and I love showing the love in the family.

here its practically jumping out of the images…

so much life and love.

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if you want to schedule your maui family photography on the beach, just email me at wendy@wendylaurel.com or call me at 808.280.2911.

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Rainbow Love Wedding//07/01/2014

coming soon to 100 Layer Cake wedding blog

a very favorite rainbow love wedding

maui photographer wendy laurel's double exposure of gorgeous bride

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Hawaiian Wedding on Style Me Pretty – Kapalua Cliff House//06/20/2014

Sometimes I get together with other wedding professionals
and do inspiration shoots just because its fun.
to see the ideas I have come to life.
and the Kapalua Cliff House is one of my favorite places.
I love the ocean, the blues, the quietness of this spot – the rawness of Hawaii.

We incorporated natural elements of Hawaii for an abundant organic feel.
You can see more on Style Me Pretty today.

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underwater photography

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credits:
me and thank you very much to Kodak film.
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Best Maui Family Photography Tips//06/16/2014

want some Maui family photography tips?

you are visiting Maui or maybe you live here.

you want to book a family photography session but have no idea what to expect or how to prepare.

relax its easy.  the best advice is be yourself, your best self.

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Best Maui Family Photography Tips:

1.  Set a time that works for your family.

I usually recommend mornings.  The kids are fresh, the day is ahead of you and you can get it done and still have the day to play.  If you are visiting from the mainland, you will find the kids are getting up early anyway. The light is pretty and the beaches are empty.  But only you know your family.  Pick the time that works for you.
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2.  Feed your kids.

Bring the kids with full stomachs. And save the sugar for a treat for after the photography session.  Hungry kids or kids going through a sugar crash are not happy campers.  If you have little ones, bring a snack and some water with you.  Just in case.

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3.  Wear fun and comfortable clothes

You want your photos to be pretty and to be authentic.  Not so authentic that they catch you in your yoga pants you are living in, but the real pretty you.  On the beach, pastel or bright colors work well.  Light cotton clothes, sundresses, t-shirts, shorts are easy to work with.  Don’t try to match each other.  Just try not to clash.  I advise against black – its harsh in the bright sun – and also against the everyone wear white group shot.  Be yourselves, just your best self.  For large groups, picking one or two colors and having everyone choose their own clothes in those colors usually works well for a nicely coordinated but not matching look.  Stripes, polka dots, plaid.. I love them all.  The surf shops on Maui have a great variety of fun beach going clothes.best maui photographer wendy laurel's image of cute famly on beach

4.  Choose your location.

Most families opt for the beach.  They want to show Hawaii off (and rightly so) and its a pretty place filled with light and sea and sand and the kids are happy there.  I love the beach.  And lucky for you, there is sure to be a gorgeous beach right near where you are staying.  But you have other choices.  There are gorgeous fields here, more jungly locations, or sometimes you just want a pretty indoor space.  My home studio is all white walls with a white bed and lots of light.  Its a perfect location for a newborn shoot or when an indoor shoot seems right.
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5.  Be Laid Back and Laugh

Nothing makes photographs better than a relaxed attitude.  So your kids aren’t listening and won’t sit still?  Don’t stress or worry, I know what I am doing and its all going to work out.  Sometimes the best photos are the unplanned ones.  Just go with the flow.  I will pose you guys and then let that pose fall apart.  Click.  All you have to do is hang out and listen to me.  It is actually a relaxing time where you can hug, snuggle, and kiss your loved ones and not be in charge.best maui photographer wendy laurel's photograph of girl in blue sky

6.  Smile, Laugh, and Hug

You choose me to photograph your family because you wanted to see the love and connection between you guys.   So show me.  Maybe your child won’t look at the camera, maybe he won’t sit still.. its all fine.   I’m not worried and neither should you.  Sometimes the best photos are not where the kids are looking.  Sometimes some kisses are in order or a few tickles.  No pressure.  Your love will shine through in the photographs.

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7.  Talk to me and Trust me.

You have several poses you just have to have.  Tell me.  Its easy to work them in.  You hate posed photographs and want all candids.  Tell me.  I can structure the session around your preferences.  But also trust me.  I find the best sessions are a mix of the posed and the candid.  I’ll put you in the right light, lightly pose you, and then watch it all fall apart in a fit of laughter or tickles.  That is where the magic is.

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Want to book a Maui family photography session? click here. or email me at wendy@wendylaurel.com – 808.280.2911.

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