Category: Photography Tips and Ideas

Happy Valentines Day


“The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even heard, but must be felt with the heart.” -Helen Keller

As wedding photographers it is our job to capture the beauty we see around us, to try through the visual to hold onto the moments and memories from the biggest things to the littles details. A wedding day is such a magical day to be apart of  two peoples love for each other. We feel so privileged to be apart of so many amazing couples most important day. To get to capture all the creative beautiful details of their wedding. Thanks for letting us be apart of your weddings. Happy Valentines Day from our team.
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What is Aloha Friday?

If you live in Hawaiii, chances are that you have celebrated ‘Aloha Fridays’ and even wished people a Happy Aloha Friday. But, what exactly are Aloha Fridays?

Thanks to this article by the University of Hawaii, we have been able to find out its true meaning. Allow us to paraphrase and share:

It all goes back to 1946, when the Honolulu Chamber of Commerce started allowing aloha shirts during the summer months. Later, the City and County of Honolulu also adopted the practice.

According to the University of Hawaii,

“In the early ‘60s, designers came up with shirts in dignified, subdued designs and a clothing manufacturers’ group launched a campaign to institute Aloha Friday. The tradition officially began in 1966 when Wilson P. Cannon, Jr., a Maui boy who was president of the Bank of Hawai‘i, started wearing aloha shirts to the office.”

Today, it isn’t uncommon in many workplaces to let their employees dress down on Fridays. This tradition is now very popular, even in the mainland, as Casual Friday.

Nowadays in Hawaii, Aloha Shirts are the go-to attire for any business person. If you ever come to the islands for work, leave the suits and ties at home. You’ll be out of place in a Hawaiian conference room with those. Instead, hit the malls as soon as you get to Hawaii, and buy yourself some Aloha Shirts. Believe us, you will need them…and not only on Fridays.

 Happy Aloha Friday, Pacific Dreamers!

Do you think these little cuties were on a business trip in Hawaii?

Do you think these little cuties were on a business trip in Hawaii?

Beach Photos: What To Wear?

You’re traveling to Hawaii with your loved ones. You’ve booked a Beach Photo Session with Pacific Dream Photography. But, wait, what should we wear for the photo shoot?

Don’t panic. Here’s a guide of what will look the best:


Think casual. You’re at the beach. Anything too formal will look out of place. It’s important to pick something you are comfortable with and go for light fabrics.

Women: Dresses are great, especially if they’re breezy, flowy and light. (Suggestion: Maybe a maxi-dress?)

Men: We suggest solid-colored pants or shorts and a button-down. Leave a few buttons open and roll up those sleeves, guys.

Photo by Pacific Dream Photography

Flowy dresses in bright colors for women and khaki pants and light fabrics for men


You want to coordinate with your family members, but you don’t want to be matchy-matchy.

Have everyone wear neutral bottoms and play around with the tops, for example. You could also pick a couple different colors or do different hues of one single color.

Mom and Daughter wearing colors playing off of each other's dress.

Mom and Daughter wearing colors playing off of each other’s dress.


You have to think of what will look best with the background, which is the blues from the sky and water and the sand (during most of the day). For sunset, keep in mind the sky will have orange/red tones.

Picture what color palette will make more sense for your family. Some sweet, loving families and those with small children can opt for pastels. Are you really wanting to capture your fun Hawaiian vacation? Think tropical, bright colors!  For an effortless, cool, relaxed look… white.

It’s up to you, but it is usually a good idea to stay away from black and darker hues. Solid colors usually work best. If you are going to go with Aloha Shirts, maybe coordinate with everyone so they are the same or very similar prints. Another idea is to have the guys in Hawaiian print shirts of a single color and the women in attire of solid colors that match the men.

Mom stands out in a bright, solid magenta dress while the guys wear shades of blue. (Hawaii Family Photo Shoot)

Mom stands out in a bright, solid magenta dress while the guys wear shades of blue.


What are the most comfortable pair of shoes you own? Wear those. Once you’re at the location, you can go barefoot if the area isn’t rocky. Also, you might want to get your feet wet!

We recommend nice, delicate sandals for women.

Hawaii Family Photo Shoot. Pacific Dream Photography.

Go barefoot and give it a fresh, relaxed, vibe.


Keep accessories to a minimum. If you’re newly engaged, the only accessory you should be rocking is… your new rock!

If you want to bring sunglasses, do it. Shades are a great prop for some images. Hats aren’t recommended, as they will create shadows on your face.

Leis are encouraged. Not for the whole photo shoot, but they are definitely fun and a staple of the Hawaiian culture.

Another awesome Hawaiian touch for women? Flowers in your hair!

Pacific Dream Photography

The Hibiscus, Hawaii’s State Flower is a great hair accessory, isn’t it?

Definite Don’ts

  1. No clothing with logos or text
  2. No busy prints
  3. No running shoes

Whatever you go with, make sure it represents you. If you’re comfortable with what you’re wearing, it will come across in the images. Happy styling!