How to book a photo session with Marissa HB Photography

Whether you’re from Oahu, or traveling to Hawaii and staying in Ko’olina at The Four Seasons, the Marriott Ko’olina Resort, the Sheraton Waikiki, or The Kahala Hotel, etc. if you’re looking for a family photographer that does modern lifestyle/portrait photography, I might just be your girl! I photograph many families at different spots on the island from a 40 minute drive to a 5 minute walk on the beach in front of Aulani or the Hilton Hawaiian Village in Waikiki. Scroll down to view photos from this beautiful family photo session on Oahu, &/or to learn more about how to book a photo session with me!

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I’ve selected specific locations that I am very familiar with, so you know what the end result will be. All you need to do is follow these steps and you are on your way to a great photo session.


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Share when you’ll be on Oahu, if its a family session, couples, just baby for a milestone session such as a one year cake smash, maternity session, etc. Its also helpful to know what you’re looking for- a group of 11 people with 3 families and 2 kids under 2 years old, or perhaps a couple with a baby, etc. This will help me to begin thinking about which package might work best for your family’s needs.


Next you’ll want to select a date- I typically recommend booking a date around 3 days after you arrive so you are not too tired from your flight but you’re also not yet on Hawaii time as it works well for sunrise photo sessions! Though, if you are inquiring weeks before your arrival you might not be able to get the perfect date. It is best to inquire 3 months in advance for the best availability.


For the specific time, I shoot almost all of my photo sessions at/near sunrise. This is because most of the families that I photograph are from the continental US, which is 2-3+ hours ahead of Hawaii. A lot of families do not think about the time difference when they say they aren’t able to do a sunrise photo session. Trust me, your kids are probably going to be happier at sunrise vs. sunset especially if they’re not yet on Hawaii time. By the end of the day most little kids are so tired from the day…not to mention you’re probably tired too! you’re toasted from the sun, and all you want to do is go home and relax. If you really want sunset photos, and you have older kids, it is possible, so don’t count yourself out if that is what you need. Definitely check with me to see if I have sunset availability.


You will find most of the locations that I shoot at on the package guide. Select your favorite background and keep in mind that the weather is going to do what it is going to do, so your photos might not look exactly like what you see because of 1. the clouds/light that we have that specific day, 2. the tide might be different & the wind speed might be different. One thing that we can control is the energy that we bring to the photoshoot- being in a good mood and optimistic is key to creating photos like the family below. (SCROLL DOWN!) How adorable are they? You would never know that their son fell off the bed and busted his lip open the night before…poor guy did so well and so did big sis. Encourage your kids to engage with you and most importantly have fun.

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Select a package that works for the number of family members, images that you want to keep (most families have such a hard time narrowing down favorites and many will purchase more photos- it is better to purchase more now than to wait till later), and amount of time you’d like to have for your photos. For the amount of time- The longer the photo session, the more variety you’re going to get. If you select 30 minutes and you have 3 kids, you are not going to get the same variety of shots that you’ll get if you select a larger package. The family pictured below selected the largest package, mom expressed that she wanted photos of her kids playing in water, and mentioned how important it was to capture lifestyle photos. Based on what she shared I knew which spot would provide her with what she wanted, and because she chose the largest package I knew I could deliver what she wanted.


Email and I will send over an invoice for you to put down your deposit. Further details will be shared with you via email to help you book your spot. Once your deposit and agreement are signed I will email you to confirm and also share more info like tips on what to wear, as well as recommendations for a florist (for flowers if you’re thinking about wearing a lei po’o or any other type of lei), as well as a babysitter recommendation.



If you are looking to book your very own family, maternity, newborn, or couples photo session on Oahu please contact or CLICK HERE to submit an inquiry. If you do not hear from me within 24 hrs (I am usually super quick with emailing!), then please text me at 415-343-2377 or email me 1 more time because I might have an incorrect email on file.