The Session: Poses

There are 3 things that we all do on the beach in Hawaii.  We stand, walk and sit.    Simple variations on these three themes make the most natural looking   portraits.  Being creative with posing people is a big part of the value of a   photographer.  Though it happens all too often with the average photographer,    you can't just “wing it”.  Most people are not professionals in front of the   camera, so the photographer has to know how to make you look good and how to give   you variety to choose from.
      Just shooting a bunch of “candids” can get old   quickly.  You need to organize the shoot to get a mixture of nicely posed portraits   and also include candids.  A professional will not just leave this up to   chance.

The Session

Some photographers pride themselves on providing an hour or even 90   minutes for a standard portraits session.  Most people (especially kids) are   tired of smiling and posing after 30 minutes on a Hawaiian beach.  I think it is important to allow   an hour, but a professional photographer should focus on getting the shots and   not on using up an hour.

The Session: Hair

What about the hair?  We get wind in Hawaii, but we work at certain beaches where the wind  conditions are minimal.  There is almost always a light to moderate breeze but it is  rarely a problem for the photo where we shoot.  You just can't plan on getting  that studio hair look when you're on the beach.