Location: An essential part of any couple’s story is where they met, where they had their first date, and where they got married (or eloped). Location matters because it’s the backdrop, the decoration for your story, the place that will always be looked back on fondly for the rest of your lives. The best elopement photographers will suggest a location that looks good but it’s just as important for the spot to have meaning. For you, maybe having a Hawaiian elopement is enough, and the specific location doesn’t matter, which means the photographer has more freedom to pick a more stunning location than you could find on Instagram. Most importantly, make sure it’s a place you want to spend time in. If you wouldn’t want to spend time drinking wine before and after your Napa elopement, then maybe a Northern California destination isn’t for you. Likewise, if sand between your toes makes you squirm, I would actually advise against a Hawaii elopement, and opt for a place you would enjoy more, even if it isn’t as exciting and more untraditional.
Composition: When elopement photos are focused more on the landscape, there’s something wrong. The point of your elopement photos is you. The arrangement of visual elements within the frame do vary based on the type of session, so when considering the best way to compose a Hawaiian elopement, you want a photographer to focus on the elopement rather than Hawaii. Your location, as I previously mentioned, is absolutely an important element but I would argue it’s should never be the main element, Even in the most incredible locations if the photo isn’t composed to focus on you and your fiance, the actual subjects, then what’s the point? Maui will always be beautiful but you’ll only elope once, so make sure your photographer cares about properly capturing one of the most significant moments of your life.