Please consider that the
Bride & Groom should Face the Sun
The main view of the still shot camera will benefit for most of Ceremony shots.
The video camera 'should' be pointed towards the subjects that are well light by the sun ...
Not pointing towards the sun
This gives the subject nice pop, vibrancy & contrast
the view of the ocean will be 'whited out' by the overwhelming power of the sun and
the faces will be hidden in the shadows.
Mornings favor weddings with an ocean background
here on our popular west facing beaches
You can have a sunset wedding with video & photography of course
just expect the camera to be facing the
direction the setting sun is shinning 'Towards'...
In most cases that will be some sort of land view.
After the Ceremony the camera can be pointed towards the sunset
to get footage during the photo session
this can be edited into the end of the Wedding Ceremony video
For morning weddings it's best to start about
an hour to an hour & a half after the sunrise
This will give the sun time get up & over Haleakala's summit
Starting later in the morning may start
getting hot & still windless
By late morning you get the heat plus now the sun is
shinning down from above those nice big eyebrows we all have &
the creepy shadow that is created gives off that
'Frankenstein Eye' look...l
Like at a campfire &
you put your flashlight under your chin for a spooky look....
Same thing when the sun shines down from above.
Whenever possible it's a very good idea to
check out some Maui beach locations
at the same time of day you will be having your Wedding
For Morning Weddings
the best time is just when the sun clears the big Haleakala volcano
and that the tree shadows are not covering part of the ceremony location -
about 1.5 hours after the official sunrise
For sunset weddings
Scout a location that appeals to you but pay special attention
to what the Wedding Party's Background will be
The Bride and Groom will be facing the sun and enjoying the ocean view,
Look for what the the background might be viewing and
Try to find greenery, trees or other non distracting backgrounds
Try to avoid full-blown condos & tourist traffic.