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We're husband and wife who formed our Love + Water Photography team on Maui in 2014. Since then we've created a series of weddings and sessions from the land + sea, drawing inspiration from the gorgeous colors of Maui sunrises and sunsets.



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10 Stunning Hawaii Beach Photoshoot Ideas

Looking for unique Hawaii beach photoshoot ideas? This is the blog post for you! Whether planning a family vacation, Maui babymoon, sunset proposal or anything in between, we’re covering some of the most popular sessions photographed in Hawaii.

Take it to the beach for your portrait session

The beach is the perfect location to photograph portraits in Hawaii. And no two are alike! Whether volcanic black sand, coarse sand speckled with coral fragments or soft and golden, Hawaii beaches hold so much beauty. Here are some ideas of how to capture this natural wonder in your portrait sessions while visiting.

Sunrise splash in swimwear

I’ll never forget the first sunrise we photographed: still ocean, empty beaches, next to no wind. If the swell is low and water safe to enter, why not cool off with a splash at the end of your shoot?! Outfit hack: wear a bikini under your first outfit and take your first outfit off for a superwoman-style change on the beach.

stunning hawaii beach photoshoot ideas featuring woman with black one piece swimsuit smiles and holds the shoulders of her fiance while swimming in the ocean
Stunning hawaii beach photoshoot ideas with pregnant woman wearing peach bikini holding her belly during a photoshoot with love and water in waikoloa
woman wraps her arms around her husband and laughs at sunset

Ocean portraits with a unique perspective

We’re Love + Water for a reason! Ocean portraits are some of our favorite to capture. Using a water housing, Adam photographs these sessions to inject a unique water element in to sunrise and sunset portrait sessions.

portrait taken half in and half out of the ocean with palmtrees in background and couple nose-to-nose in the water
woman wearing plumeria flowers in long brown hair kisses her husband in the ocean during sunset in hawaii
couple laughs and smiles in surprise after jumping in the ocean in hawaii at sunset
hawaii beach photoshoot idea in the ocean with couple kissing in the water

Beautiful Hawaii senior portraits at sunrise

When I was a senior in highschool, I wore a graduation cap and a black robe for my senior pics. Those days are behind us, right? Beach portraits in Hawaii are perfect for senior sessions, and sunrise is the perfect time to let your personality shine!

sunrise senior portraits in hawaii with pastel skies and senior girl wearing a green cotton dress

Hawaii Beach Photoshoot Ideas: Trash the dress from the sky with drone portraits

Drone portraits offer a unique perspective of your Hawaii vacation, meshing your connection with the beautiful natural environment. When we photograph your from the air, we use posing techniques unique to drone portraiture and showcase Maui’s incredible beauty. Hawaii beach photoshoot ideas start in the sky! Trashing the dress? Simply enjoying one another’s company on the beach? A Land, Sea + Sky Session Session just might be the ticket. Drone photography is the perfect way to chill with wildlife at a distance without disturbing them – the only way to do it! Check out the sea turtle in the first pic.

Hawaii Beach Photoshoot Ideas: Share a dance at sunset in Wailea

Posed portraits are great, know why? The more direction you receive, the more confident you feel. The more confident you feel, the more you let go. And guess what? The more you let go, the more you hold on and DANCE! Having a twirl at sunset looks so good at the beach in Hawaii.

couple dances at sunset on the beach in wailea during their couples photoshoot with love and water
close up image of a couple dancing and dipping at sunset on the beach in wailea maui
hawaii beach photoshoot ideas couple kisses at sunset on the beach woman with blond hair in a braid wearing a white dress holds her husband around the shoulders

Elope on the beach in Wailea, Maui

We love sunrise and sunset, but the stunning blues of the sky and sea in this elopement are amazing! Eloping in Hawaii is a popular idea, but you can make it your own by choosing the right time of day, location, and photographer!

maui elopement photography by love and water at secret cove beach in makena, maui

Maternity photography on Maui at sunrise

As Maui photographers who specialize in maternity portraits, babymoon photography is a favorite of ours! Sunrise is such a perfect time of day for pregnancy portraits – aren’t the colors below perfect for expecting parents to celebrate their news?!

pregnant woman with hibiscus behind her left ear kisses her husband at sunrises during their maui pregnancy announcement
blonde woman looks down at her pregnant belly at sunrise in hawaii
Pregnant woman in white lace gown under the full moon at sunrise in Hawaii

Romantic Hawaii beach photoshoot ideas: Proposing to your partner at sunset

Beach proposals go hand-in-hand with a romantic Hawaii getaway for two. We photograph dozens of proposals in Hawaii every year, and they never get old! Whether proposing to your love in the company of your family (and disguising it as a family shoot!) or completely surprising them on site, these sessions ooze authenticity.

newly engaged couple snuggles on the beach at sunset in maui
Woman smiles wide at her proposal photographer while standing beside her now fiance after saying yes to marrying him
newly engaged couple celebrates as fiance piggybacks on the back of her husband-to-be at sunset
maui surprise proposal photographed at sunrise by love and water
woman cries after her husband proposes to her on the beach in hawaii at sunrise

Have a fun-filled splash with your family in the ocean

Nothing brings out your inner child more than a splash in the sea. We love photographing families by the water because it’s one activity that is sure to put a smile on everyone’s face! Whether you change into swimwear or stick to your regular outfit, ocean portraits in Hawaii always result in simple, sweet moments.

yougn boys splash in the waves in hawaii during their love and water photography session on maui
young sisters in white dresses hold hands and splash in the ocean on maui
family holds each other in the ocean and smiles for the camera

Simple and sweet Hawaii family portraits

Sometimes all it takes to make memories are a beautiful backdrop and an authentic family connection. We capture families in Hawaii at sunrise and sunset. Sometimes, pictures speak volumes and no words are necessary: check out the backdrop of these Hawaii family portraits!

A family playing together during family beach pictures on Hawaii at sunrise.
Mom and dad look at one another while holding daughter. toddler stares at the camera while the family is having pictures taken on the beach
young girl holds her parents hands and looks up smiling at sunrise in lahaina maui
extended family portraits on maui
big island family photoshoot in hawaii with family holding hands and walking along the beach
family at sunrise on the beach in hawaii
beach photoshoot ideas hawaii featuring family of three holding hands and walks along the beach at sunset in wailea

Hawaii Beach Photoshoot Ideas: Epic underwater photography in the ocean and pool

Underwater photography isn’t for everyone. It requires you to be a strong, confident swimmer with great ocean sense it can be a weightless, unique addition to your Hawaii photography experience. For those less keen to dip their does in the open water, photography in your resort pool is a great alternative!

hawaii beach photoshoot idea four seasons resort maui hawaii infinity pool photoshoot with couple wearing lei at sunset

couple underwater and bride with wedding dress swim in the ocean with west maui mountains in the background
beach photoshoot ideas hawaii trash the dress portrait featuring couple in wedding attire kissing underwater in maui by love and water photography
hawaii beach photoshoot idea - black and white underwater image of woman wearing fluffy white wedding dress with fishes in the background photographed in the waters off maui hawaii
a honu hawaiian green sea turtle drifts past a couple floating in the waters off hawaii
couple wearing full wedding attire kisses and embraces underwater in a resort pool on maui
couple kisses underwater in maui as bokeh and bubbles surround them
hawaii beach photoshoot ideas of underwater portrait of couple with arms outstretched and golden light filtering from above the surface

We offer Hawaii photography packages for every experience

Our beach portrait packages range from 30 minute mini sessions to 1 1/2 hour extended family session collections. Our team of associates is available for photoshoots on Maui, the Big Island and Oahu. Let’s link up and plan your dream Hawaii photoshoot!

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