What Our Clients Think...
Sweet Engagement Session - Waialae Beach Park
"My fiancé and I had our engagement photos taken by Bodhi a couple weeks ago, and we are so happy with the way our pictures turned out! I contacted Bodhi via email a week before our vacation to Oahu and he responded immediately with his availability. He suggested meeting at 8:30 a.m., so then I asked if we could meet in the afternoon instead, since I'm not an early bird ;P He advised us that the best time to have our photos taken would be in the morning because it's cooler outside, not as many people out, and the sun won't be in our eyes. I really appreciated his feedback, because it was sooo true!
We met Bodhi at Kahala Beach on a Sunday at 8:30 a.m. He informed us of his work and what we should expect during the photo shoot, as well as assured us that he was welcome to any ideas we had, since it was ultimately our photo shoot. My fiancé and I have never taken professional pictures before so we trusted Bodhi with all of our poses. He would show us how to pose and explained how those poses would accentuate our features (i.e., elongate my legs, etc.). Bodhi has a great sense of humor too. Our one hour with him went by so quick! It really was a pleasure to work with him and we highly recommend him if you're looking for a photographer to capture your best moments!" - Heather L.
Sunrise Surprise Proposal - Koko Crater Trail
“Bodhi, is an absolutely phenomenal photographer!! I highly recommend him to anyone looking for the best photographer in Hawaii! I called Bodhi to get his prices for a surprise proposal that I was planning. He was the 5th photographer that I talked to, and certainly the most professional and most willing to help make my proposal come to fruition. I instantly new this was the man for the job. He got up at 3am and made the climb up Koko head crater and staged himself for the surprise proposal. The photos he captured were brilliant and amazing! His attention to detail and professionalism is second to none. We now have amazing photos to remember our blessed moment. Bodhi is simply the best! He is worth every penny!" - Phillip
(Check out the full story of Phillip's sunrise mountain top surprise proposal to Sam here)
Hawaii Elopement Ceremony - Sherwood Beach
"Words can't describe how much overwhelmed we are when we are looking at our wedding pictures!! They are absolutely wonderful!! Bodhi exceeded all our expectations and captured the beauty and romance of our special day in stunning pictures although it was very cloudy and windy that afternoon. The photo shooting after the wedding ceremony was so much fun and also our families enjoyed it. We absolutely recommend Lightness Photography and would choose Bodhi again! Mahalo and best regards from Switzerland!" -Franziska & Tom
(See Franziska & Tom's behind-the-scenes bridal portraits "Flower Shower" video here!)
25th Anniversary - Ko Olina Sunset Session
"I surprised my wife with a trip to Hawaii for our 25th wedding anniversary. Although I despise having my picture taken, I wanted to schedule a photographer to take our pictures for us while we were there. I googled photographers in Oahu and had several pop up. After browsing through probably a dozen different photographers, I decided on Bodhi. What a great choice. Bodhi was so professional before, during and after our shoot. He made my wife and I feel so comfortable, even I enjoyed myself. Our pictures turned out remarkable. I could not have picked a better person to capture our special occasion. I would recommend Bodhi to anyone wanting great pictures in Hawaii. Definitely the best decision I could have made!!!" -Dennis S.
Family Sunset Beach Photos - Ko Olina Resorts
"I am so happy with our family photos!!! I poured over pictures from various photographers before we headed on our family vacation to Oahu. I absolutely loved what I saw on Bodhi's website. I have 3 young children, ages 8, 5, and 2. Let's just say, family pictures can be so stressful with a young family! I couldn't be happier with the shots Bodhi was able to capture. He brought bubbles for my two youngest children, and was able to get some amazing pictures of my 2-year-old. I really struggle getting good pictures of her, and I am overjoyed by the photos I have now! We decided on a sunset backdrop, and I was worried about the time being too late for my kiddos (we live in TX). Bodhi made the whole process fun, and the girls did surprisingly well. If we ever head back to Oahu, I will most definitely have him capture these special family moments again! Thank you Bodhi!" - Cara L.
Family Vacation - Disney Aulani Resort
"Aloha Bodhi, I just left a review for you on Yelp. We love our pictures! The colors are absolutely stunning! We are still trying to pick our favorites. Thank you again!" -Deanna M.
3 Generation Family - Waialae Beach Park
"I hired Bodhi to photograph our family while we were in Hawaii on vacation. We had a three generation vacation planned and I wanted to document the occasion with fun family photos. I couldn't be more pleased with my decision and happier with how everything turned out. The pictures turned out beautiful and are a lovely reminder of my family's time together. Bodhi was both professional and helpful as he had good suggestions for how to pose to generate the fun, less formal look we wanted along with the fact that he was able to show us several different beaches near where we were staying that would provide the backdrop we wanted. The pictures Bodhi produced have been a highlight for everyone in my family and are generating lots of buzz on our social media. What a great memory for us! I highly recommend doing this with your own family and utilizing Bodhi as your photographer." - Lynn D.
Large Australian Family - Hawaiian Hilton Village
"We traveled from Australia for our mother's 70th birthday and Bodhi captured our family portraits on the beach in Waikiki. There were 15 of us, including 6 kids (ranging in age from 18 months to 13 years) and Bodhi was excellent. He was patient and helpful, open to suggestions but with a clear idea of what to do and was great at wrangling the kids. The end result was beautiful pictures we'll cherish forever!" - The Mayos
Family Portraits - Sherwood Beach
"We hired Bodhi to do our family trip photo shoot when we visited Oahu. We LOVE, LOVE, LOVE, all the pictures he took. He was so good at what he does and he did an exceptional job. He took many creative pictures that we would have never imagined taking. With kids, it is usually hard to get a good family picture. However, Bodhi was so good with the kids that we did not have any issues getting our photos taken :). Thank you Bodhi for the amazing photos and your professional, fun attitude! Highly recommended!" - Gana S.
Surprise Proposal - Makapu'u Lighthouse Trail
"Bodhi is a wonderful photographer that we would not hesitate to recommend to any one. I made plans to propose to my girlfriend (now fiancé) in Hawaii and wanted to capture the special moment for our memories. I was initially very worried about selecting a photographer and how the photos would turn out as its a surprise proposal and it’s our first time in Hawaii. Bodhi made me feel so comfortable and was the most perfect photographer. He spent hours on the phone helping me pick a location for my proposal and helping me plan the whole day. His dedication was amazing as he hiked up to Makapu Lighthouse and waited for us to get there and hiked down with us while capturing some amazing photos. He managed to capture the perfect amount of staged and candid photos and even included some very funny ones. The only problem we have encountered is trying to choose our favourites, because there are just so many amazing shots. Thank you so much, Bodhi! You captured our day perfectly." -Minto M.
Family Portraits - Kawela Bay Beach Park
"First of all, I cannot recommend Lightness Photography enough!!! The photographer Bodhi was amazing and a delight to work with!! I was planning a vacation to Oahu with my family and decided to add a photo session for our first time. I researched for a couple weeks and kept coming back to Lightness Photography due to the bright and colorful images. I knew this was the company I wanted to work with! I reached out and was responded to immediately. Bodhi was very professional and offered a variety of options and locations to best suit my needs, as I wanted a sunset shoot.
The day of the shoot, it was raining (not the pretty rainbow rain) dark, gray and no sign of sun. Bodhi gave me an option to shoot another day, and that’s exactly what we did. I am so happy he was willing to accommodate our shoot with the unpredictable weather conditions.
Our shoot was everything and more that we could have asked for! He worked very well with my four year old daughter and our pictures came out AMAZING!!! I am so glad that we chose Lightness Photography and you will be too!!! Five Stars all the way!!!" - Marissa I
Couples 1st Anniversary - Sherwood Beach
"Bodhi is so incredibly talented. I booked our session with Bodhi for my husband and mines' anniversary and because we are leaving Hawaii in fall. We've had professional pictures done before, but I cannot express how much fun this session was. It felt natural. The photos looked candid and natural. They looked like us! Bodhi strives for the right shot and right moment every single pose. Every time. I was so happy with our gallery we received. Once we started shooting, I was a little nervous and overthinking basically every movement, but Bodhi made us both relax right away. If I could give 10 stars I would! You won't be disappointed if you book with Lightness Photography." - Kayla C
Sunset Engagement - Secret Cove
"OMG, thank you so much for capturing our engagement! We had the best time during our session and our pictures are absolutely stunning!" - Cristen & Charles
30th Anniversary! - Waialae Beach Park
"We had such a great experience with Bodhi. We were planning a trip to Oahu for our 30th wedding anniversary, so I wanted photo’s of us in this beautiful place (paradise). I was very impressed with Bodhi’s photo gallery on his website when searching for a photographer. He was extremely professional, friendly and helpful throughout the entire process. We absolutely love our photos!! Thank you Bodhi, for capturing our special time in Hawaii and making it such a fun experience." -Kim N.
Multi-Generation Family Portrait - Waimanalo Beach
"For the first time, my entire family was together in one of the most beautiful places in the world! We wanted to get professional photos taken to document the vacation. I loved Bodhi's work, and after contacting him, he was very flexible and had great ideas on locations. The session went smoothly, considering there were 19 of us including 7 little kids! He was patient, never rushed us, and he made sure that all of us got the photos we wanted. The photos he took came out beautifully, too! If I am ever on Oahu again, I will make sure that I get Bodhi to do another photo shoot!" -Lisa B.
Canadian Family - Secret Cove
"Originally we were drawn to Bodhi's website as we searched for photographers for family pictures while planning for our trip to Oahu. His portfolio was awe inspiring and you could see his passion come alive in the pictures. From our first email in asking for help in selecting the best location for what we were looking for, Bodhi was professional and friendly. Working with him during our session was a treat - both our boys loved him as well and it shows in our pictures! Bodhi would definitely be our number one choice anytime we are looking for photography while on Oahu. Thank you for making it a fun, enjoyable and professional experience! Our pictures are truly amazing and our youngest son still refers to Bodhi as his modelling coach!" -Amber W.
Three Generation Family Vacation Photos - Sherwood Beach
"Bodhi did an amazing job! I chose Bodhi after an exhaustive research of several photographers in the area. Bodhi was very quick to reply to all my questions and worked with us on the scheduling. That is why I chose him over several others - flexibility and responsiveness. Bodhi recommended a location close to the home we rented in Waimanalo Beach. It wasn't one of the beaches that seemed popular on the travel websites, but his pictures taken there looked surreal. When we arrived, we were blown away by the beauty of the beach. In fact, after the shoot, we changed into our swimming suits and spent the entire day there. Bodhi was very careful when it came to setting up the perfect lighting and poses for the pictures. And the candid pictures came out amazing as well. We love them all. Thank you, Bodhi!" -Alison L.
Family Portraits - Waialae Beach Park
"Bodhi was great! I really wanted to get some family photos while vacationing in Oahu. When I researched for photographers, I came across Bodhi's site and loved his pictures. Even though the weather didn't work out for us (we had gray skies), Bodhi still managed to take some awesome pictures. He patiently worked with us and got a lot of great shots. Thanks Bodhi!" - Lisa W.
Beach Wedding Ceremony - Waimanalo
"Bodhi did the photography for our beach wedding ceremony in February, and it was a pleasure to work with him. All of our pictures came out beautifully, and the post work he did is perfect - not to mention how quickly we received our pictures! Bodhi is incredibly flexible and was so easy going in dealing with the inclement weather (frequent rain showers) and our requests, numerous as they were. He has great vision and was able to tell us what would and wouldn't work, and got some amazing shots of us. I would recommend him for anything. We can't thank you enough, Bodhi, you are a phenomenal photographer and we are so thankful for your time with us!" - Claire & Jarrod
Morning Beach Portraits - Sherwood Beach, Waimanalo
"Bodhi has such a passion with his talent and business that it makes working with him just plain smooth and effortless. Family pictures were fun and he's absolutely amazing with children as he captures the essence of everyone's personality perfectly. He makes being in front of the camera very comfortable....not an easy task for some. He has great ideas and his positive energy is contagious. Thanks, Bodhi, for capturing what we love about our family in your shots! You gave us memories to last a lifetime. We had an absolute blast during our photo session and we can't wait for the next time!" - Deb M.
Large Family Sunset Session - North Shore, Oahu
"I would HIGHLY recommend Bodhi at Lightness Photography! You can immediately tell that Bodhi knows the area and where the best shots are going to be. Honestly, the photo shoot was the best part of our trip!" :-) -Kari P.
Family Sunset Session - Hawaiian Hilton Village
"If you're like us, you're on vacation and don't know anyone on the island. You need a talented photographer who is passionate about his work in order to accommodate multiple clients all-day and evening, a local who knows all the secret spots and can play tricks with the camera to make crowded stretches appear more remote and tropical. LOOK NO FURTHER! Bodhi is a true professional, with an easygoing vibe whose personality commands instant chemistry with his clients, producing artistic photos that we will cherish for our lifetime. He was game to wade in the water and drag his tripod flash with him knee-deep, all to capture our family including an overactive toddler, like catching lightning in a bottle, but he did it with gusto. Thank you, we were so lucky to work with you!" - Eric G.
HUGE Family Portrait Session - Kawela Bay Beach Park
"Our family created a “huge” challenge for Bodhi and he came through! We had over 50 adults and children in our group and we could not have been happier with our photos. Some people think they are photo-shopped because they look so amazing! Thank you Bodhi!" - Donna S.
Mini Family Beach Session - Hale Koa Resort
"Bodhi, I just want to thank you for a great photo shoot! The pictures are wonderful, you are very talented. Also, you made it so much fun for the whole family. Such a lovely experience. Here is your review:
Our photo shoot with Bodhi earlier this month was such fun! His photos are amazing, capturing our families love for each other and happiness in being together (in paradise) so beautifully. So happy to have found this sweet, very talented photographer." - Lillian S.
"We Still Do" Vow Renewal - Anniversary Photography
"Photography by Bodhi was the best gift we could have bought ourselves while in Oahu celebrating our tenth anniversary. Everything from communication prior, during and after the shoot, to the stunning images taken at Bodhi’s recommended location. Our anniversary was already in Autumn of 2017, and we enjoy our pictures everyday up on our walls and it feels like we are still capturing the laughs and moments we had the day of the shoot! You’ll love Bodhi too!!!" - Desiree S.
PS: Bodhi as soon as we got home I framed the beautiful pictures you captured for our 10th anniversary-moon! I’m smiling ear to ear each and every time I glance at them. Thank you for your personality and professionalism! That day will always be remembered fondly and cherished!
Christmas Eve Family Photos - Hawaiian Hilton Village
"We used Bodhi at Lightness Photography this past Christmas. We were visiting from Canada for a family holiday and decided to get some family photos done for the grandparents for Christmas with the kids and grandkids. Bodhi was great and very fast responding to me by email. We needed him Christmas eve in the afternoon and he made it happen on very short notice. He was at our meeting place at the Hawaiian Hilton as we arrived and worked with our group of 15 in several different settings and was fast and great with the kids. We are very happy with the outcome and would absolutely recommend him and use him again if we find ourselves back in the beautiful Honolulu!" - Angie P.
Hawaii Family Holiday - Sherwood Forest Beach
"Our family was all together for the first time in over two years, so having a family portrait in Hawaii was on the top of our "to do" list. We chose to do the one hour photo session because we have 3 young grandchildren and did not think they would last much longer than that... and yet Bodhi delivered over 300 great photos to choose from! We took Bodhi's suggestion on the location, and we were so glad we did. He was very prompt at uploading our photo gallery and we were all so excited to see the final project. My favorite ones are of the kids running on the beach and playing in the waves. They turned out so amazing we bought them all!" - Nancy V.
Waimanalo Mini Family Beach Photo Session
"I wanted to let you know personally that my heart is just full looking at our photos. ❤️ It was a last minute idea to update our family photos here and we were very fortunate to find you. Your website is a true representation of your work and you delivered exactly what I wanted. We truly enjoyed the session and we are thrilled with our photos!" - Susan L.
Waikiki Family Vacation Photos
"Right from the first moment we met Bodhi, we knew he would do a great job with our vacation photos. He was very pleasant and helped us select our photo locations. The whole session was real fun for our 3 year old daughter. She loved it! Bodhi did a fantastic job. Our photos turned out amazing and we are grateful for the awesome and super professional work that he did. Bodhi is talented, easy going, professional, and very pleasant to be around and we highly recommend his services. It was a real Hawaiian Lightness!" - Anatoliy K
Family Vacation Photos - Oahu Hawaii
"I found Bodhi online when I was looking for a photographer who could capture our family on the beach, our first time to Hawaii! As I narrowed down my search for a photographer, I really loved Bodhi's galleries online. I loved the way he would capture a family with drops of water flying as children raced through the water or a wave crashing on a rock as a family stood in a perfect rosy glow from a beach sunset. When I contacted photographers with our available dates, I was really impressed with Bodhi. He responded in less than 24 hours, sent an email with pictures as examples of what he could do based on my inquiries and had specific location ideas. I also loved that he would edit ALL the images in the package. It really sealed the deal too when he was willing to do TWO locations and TWO dates to get the perfect shots for a very reasonable price.
I was so pleased to meet him and he was such a joy to work with. My kids had a great time splashing around in the water and he captured gorgeous shots that are very natural and full of movement and life. He had a really artistic eye, and his editing was so stunning (without looking fake). You could tell Bodhi was having fun with our family, it was fantastic.
Finally, he was professional from first contact to the actual shoot and afterwards. He was on time (even early!) both days and he immediately had photos up and edited on the gallery to choose from. My only complaint... there were too many wonderful shots to choose from! I would absolutely recommend him and would use him again in a heartbeat!" - Mandy B.
Hawaii Destination Wedding - Kahala Hotel Resort
"Bodhi was so fun to work with and he produced the most amazing photos for our wedding!! I should preface this review by saying I usually take terrible pictures, but Bodhi managed to get the best shots of me that anyone has ever taken. He really knows what he's doing! And he had everyone laughing and smiling the whole time which made the photos even better. He is really, really talented. We had such a blast working with him!" - Elena & Jeremy
Wedding Photography - Iolani Palace
"I wish I could give Bodhi 10 gold stars. He was professional, yet laid back and made us totally comfortable in front of the camera. We were lucky enough to have Bodhi take our engagement and wedding photos and they were ready within a few days and were absolutely stunning. If you use Bodhi's services I guarantee you will not be disappointed." - Spencer & Jennifer, Oahu May 2017
Family Photos - Remembrance
"Hi Bodhi...not sure if you remember us. We were the huge family whose photos you took last summer. Anyway...I have been thinking of you because our beloved Jaxon was killed in February. Do you remember him? Anyway, it was a very tragic accident and has been so painful for all of us. I am writing this though to THANK YOU. You have no idea how many times we have been just so beyond grateful for the photographs you took and to have those memories captured on film. I just wanted you to know how meaningful your job is to others for their lifetime. We have learned that we can never take our time here on earth for granted. Again...thank you beyond words." - Laura G.
Wedding Photography - Camp HM Smith Marine Base
"Bodhi was amazing from start to finish. He took the time to meet with us in the early planning phases. He helped plan ahead for the lighting for the venue to make sure the photos came out perfect. He was early to scope everything out for our big day. He was flexible and went out of his way to make sure that we got every photo that we wanted. During the ceremony, he was so stealthy that neither of us, nor our guests, even remember him shooting photos! He was so pleasant to work with. Bodhi has an obvious passion for his work as a photographer and made the experience such a joy. He has an excellent eye for a gorgeous setting and perfect photo. Our photos came back so quickly as well! We couldn't be more pleased with our wedding photos. We absolutely love them. THANK YOU, BODHI!" -Rob & Amy
Waikiki Family Beach Portraits
"Our extended family of 20 people traveled from Utah to vacation in Hawaii. While we were there we wanted family pictures on the beach. Bodhi was amazing!! He was prompt in his communication before the shoot, he was on time, knew right where to go for the best backdrop, patient with all the little kids we had and was very professional. He was fun, kept the little kids excited and got them to smile. He was kind and we all felt very comfortable. We will definitely use Lightness Photography again. Thank you, Bodhi, for an amazing experience!" -Maxfield Family
Family Vacation Photos - Disney Aulani
"Our family's sunset photo session was simply excellent! Bodhi knew the best locales on the island, as well as the best times of day to shoot. Our family had a lot of fun, and Bodhi is so great to work with. The mood was light and easy. The kids responded well to his instructions and it was fun to see Bodhi get so excited when he knew he got a great shot. I highly recommend Lightness Photography!" - Rode Family
Family Beach Photos - Sandy's Beach
"We are so happy with our experience hiring Bodhi as our photographer. Getting great photos of a family of 16 (with 8 young children) is no easy task, yet Bodhi easily worked with our large crew to make it happen. He was fantastic with the kids, knowing how to get them to cooperate with the camera. Bodhi was very quick at getting the photographs to us. The images we received were breath-taking, and we will treasure them for years to come. If you are looking for a photographer to capture a special moment, look no further, as you will be very happy with Bodhi’s work!" - The Ryan Family
Surprise Proposal - Lanikai Beach!
"I can't say enough great things about Bodhi and his wonderful photography! I initially chose Bodhi as my couples photographer based on his quick response and the liveliness of the pictures on his website. Bodhi was always knowledgeable, flexible, and willing to go above and beyond my expectations. My photo shoot turned into a surprise proposal after my fiancé secretly texted Bodhi about his request. The same day Bodhi sent us a picture of the proposal to share with our family and friends. I can't thank him enough for cherished memories." - Analize & Michael
A follow up note on Analize & Michael's mailed wedding invitation: "Bodhi, your pictures mean the world to us! More than our official engagement photos! Thank you for the cherished moments!"
3 Generation Family Session - Kahala Hotel Resort
"I knew that with 11 of us to photograph featuring 3 generations of family, I needed the right photographer. Not only one whose work was impeccable with the camera, but as important, a photographer who had the temperament to manage a group that size, be flexible to capture the sub group shots, and have a great eye for composition. Fortunately, we found Bodhi. From the get go, he was helpful in providing location options, and flexible on shoot dates given that we wanted a sunny morning and the original date had a threatening forecast, he moved the shoot out two days for us, and we had a gorgeous sunny day in Waialae. He used his sense of humor to keep everyone loose during a fairly lengthy and engaged morning. Not only did we have a group shots, but we had three wardrobe changes with the group, a formal, a Hawaiian casual and the kids in their college tees. He was great about that and he was willing to take individual shots and couples including that of my recently engaged son and his fiancée. He is meticulous and detail oriented and the results are superb. A session with Bodhi during your vacation will be one of the best decisions you make." - John I, NJ
Post Wedding Portraits - Ko Olina Four Seasons Resort
"First off, I'd like to mention that this is the second shoot we have had with Bodhi. I was so amazed with our engagement session and when we needed wedding pictures, I knew exactly who to call. Bodhi went well above and beyond with our pictures and we couldn't be more pleased. He always seems to know the best hidden locations and is not scared to get down in the sand for the perfect shot. He keeps a very relaxed, yet professional environment and we just had a great time in general! We are having a difficult time picking our favorite images to print because there are way too many we love. My husband was literally speechless over the pictures and he has never been one to get excited over such things. Thank you so much, Bodhi and we look forward to working with you again!!!" - Rick and Kort
Waikiki Large Family Beach Portraits
"Bodhi - Thanks so much! Everyone loves the pictures.. the lighting and picture quality are amazing. We’re really going to enjoy using them for Christmas cards and for a beautiful remembrance of our family Hawaii trip. - Thanks again!" - The Mayo’s
Oahu LGBT Wedding Photography
"Bodhi, thank you so much for capturing our special day! And we really appreciated your patience and enthusiasm in taking memorable photos of all our guests. We will surely recommend your service and we will definitely work with you again!" - Steph & Elise
Hawaii Wedding Photography
"Bodhi was absolutely wonderful! When we first starting planning our wedding, my husband's friend was going to take pictures for us. He was a previous photographer and had all the equipment he said he needed. Fast forward to a little over a month before our wedding and he tells us that he can no longer photograph our wedding due to personal issues. Way to stress me out! We had spent our budget and all the wedding photographers we contacted were either booked already or way out of our budget since I had not initially included the cost of a photographer.
After a brief search for "Wedding Photographer," Bodhi's ad popped up. I instantly loved the pictures featured on his website and immediately contacted him via text message. He got back to me within 2 hours, a miracle in itself when compared to the other wedding photographers I tried to contact. He was available to meet with me pretty much that very same weekend. We met him and liked his attitude and booked him.
At our wedding, he arrived early to scope out the place and look for various places to take pictures and got pictures of all the tablescapes and decorations. He was great with dealing with our guests and our temperamental flower girls since one of them wasn't feeling good; he never got frustrated with her nor us and just went with the flow. After all our formal pictures were taken we asked him to go around and see if any of the guests wanted individual pictures and he did! All of our guests who took advantage of that already told us they want those pictures and they plan to print them out and display them.
Our wedding was this past Saturday, the 8th and we already received our pictures (on the following Tuesday, the 11th). That is absolutely amazing turn around and the pictures came out even better than expected. There were tons of formal and candid pictures which we absolutely love and the quality is breathtaking. We would hire Bodhi again in a heartbeat and we have told all our friends about him. Hire him for your photography needs, you will not be disappointed!!!" - Amanda & Justin
Dedication & Family Portraits
"Omg!!!! They are amazing!!!! Thank you so much Bodhi! Your work is absolutely amazing!! I will write a review for you once we get back home. I'm so glad I hired you. You are the best. :-)
Hiring Bodhi to take professional photos during our holiday from Australia was absolutely one of the highlights of our trip. Bodhi captured some of the best memories that I could have during my son’s Hawaiian Dedication and then during our Sunset shoot. Bodhi was not only amazing with my 5 yr old but he made the photo shoot so easy and fun. We had such a great time. I could not commend him more for the results of the stunning photos and even more for the beautiful memories that I now can hang on my wall at home. Thank you so much Bodhi, I am truly thankful for your talent." -Viona & DeVanté, SYDNEY, Australia. September 2016
Oahu Destination Beach Wedding
"Upperclass service and results: Bravo Bodhi! This guy loves what he does and it shows. He was so quick with the results, and to be honest, since this was a destination wedding for us, we had no idea where to go. I touched base with Bodhi and he suggested a beautiful location. He had several locations on his website, and this was the one that he felt strongest about. We were a little worried about the weather because we didn't have any backup dates available, but Bodhi reassured us and he was right. The skies were spectacular in Honolulu. He got over 180 great shots for us, so God only knows how many he actually took. He had them up for us to review in 2 days. It was amazing. Believe me, my wife is photogenic, but he actually made me look good. Lots of great close-ups that we never would have thought about. Even some fun photo-bombs with the cool pastor after the ceremony. He is not only a professional photographer, but also a genuinely nice guy. I can't recommend him highly enough!" -Bleach
Ko Olina Maternity Session
"We hired Bodhi as our maternity photographer. He was very sweet. He provided some great pictures with a very light set up. He was communicative. On the day, there was an issue with location; he gladly gave us more time for our shoot as an act of good faith. The proof was in the product - we loved our photos and were very happy with what we received. Thank you, Bodhi!" - Sonali
Family Photography - Kahala Hotel Resort
"We hired Bodhi to take our family photos to celebrate our parent's 50th wedding anniversary. Our decision was influenced by a few factors:
- Unlike some other photographers, he replied to our questions fairly quickly and we were able to book a photo session. Some photographers didn't even reply to our e-mails.
- He has a great gallery on his website, while other photographers either don't have as many or the images aren't very big. We saw an island in one of the galleries and we asked if we could have our photo session there also... and he said it was a perfect setting for sunset photos.
- When I told my parents about the family photo shoot, they worried that it would be a formal shoot, but Bodhi made it fun and relaxed.
We felt a little silly in some poses, but like he explained, this made the pictures turn out great. So definitely follow his instructions. :-) And, yes, we are very happy with the results. We would hire him again the next time we're in Hawaii and need a photographer." - John
Ko Olina Family Sunset & Beach Photography
"Words cannot express how much we love our pictures!!!! They are just what we wanted - to capture the beauty and essence of this island paradise. We enjoyed meeting you and working with you! So glad to say we were the first you photographed at the "secret" Ko Olina Cove. I am so glad we chose you to provide us with your photographic artwork. I'd tell everyone not to shop around, (as I did- 12 companies! Don't waste ur time!) you are the best!!! Thank your so much for being so expeditious and completing our project within 24 hours and being so easy to work with. You are a true profession and artist." - The Boudreau Family, Benton, LA
Kailua Beach Park Family Photography
"Bodhi was incredible! We were visiting the island for a family vacation, and not only did he give us a beautiful recommendation of where to shoot, but he knew both sides of the island very well. His quote was better than I expected, and later, when we ordered prints and canvases, the price again was below what we have paid in the past. The quality of these photos are outstanding, and he managed to get all of us smiling at the same time! That never happens. Thank you Bodhi, I will be using you again and again!" - Angela
Waikiki Family Beach Photography
"What a great artist! We love our family pictures, definitely a work of Art! Bodhi is the best photographer. All our pictures turned out beautiful." -Mollie S
Waikiki Penthouse Wedding - Waikiki
"Bodhi is the best photographer I've worked with and that you'll have. He took my pre-wedding photos and also my wedding reception photos. All of them turned out amazing- vibrant, clear, and most of all captured our true selves. My guests cannot stop raving about my pictures. They are just that spectacular! Bodhi is amazing to work with. He is very funny, friendly, easy to communicate with, and most important of all - delivers the photos fast!!! My husband and I woke up the day after our wedding to find that he had sent us two photos to satisfy our curiosity and impatience. He knows us too well by now. It really was beautiful pictures that I had to keep asking Bodhi for more!!! :)" -Amy C.
Surprise Wedding Proposal - North Shore Oahu
"I recently decided to propose to my girlfriend while on vacation in Hawaii and hired Bodhi to take surprise photographs of the proposal (on a beach on the North Shore) as well as staged pictures during the sunset after we were finished. I live in California, and Bodhi was willing to talk with me on the phone multiple times to recommend specific perfect locations, the best times for sunset pictures, how to best set up the "sneaky" element of the pictures during the proposal, etc. He was beyond accommodating and a joy to work with. The pictures turned out beautifully. Incredibly professional and artistic - you can tell he really knows what he is doing and has mastered this craft over the years. You can also tell he loves his job - it shows in every picture he takes." -Matt H.
Engagement & Indian Wedding Photography - Waikiki
"Bodhi is AMAZING! Hire him!! Highly recommend him for any function! Came up with the most creative ideas for my Indian wedding! He is versatile and is able to adapt to any type of event! He will make it work even in rainy weather! I had a blast and loved all my pictures!" -Kunjal & Mitul
Waikiki Wedding Photography - The Modern Hotel
"I've worked with Bodhi several times and each time is better than the last. I'm a wedding planner and continue to use his services over and over and am always impressed. His work is website quality and gorgeous. He works flawlessly in indoor and outdoor settings and is especially great at sunset photos. If I could him 10 stars I would (and that's a lot coming from someone who works with photographers constantly). Thanks Bodhi for all your help! You're amazing." - Chavah, Wedding Planner
Destination Beach Wedding - Waimanalo
"We received our photos today and would like to thank you for everything. You captured exactly the emotion that we lived in this memorable day. Thanks for your excellent job. We had a wonderful time and your photos are amazing! You are a true artist my friend." Mahalo! -Marcus & Kandy.
25th Anniversary Celebration, Oahu North Shore
"If you're looking for a GREAT professional photographer in Hawaii, look no further. My wife and I celebrated our 25th anniversary in Hawaii and after doing some extensive research, I chose to hire Bodhi. For our original wedding, I always regretted not having wedding photos that we were happy with. Looking at Bodhi's work on his website helped me have the confidence to give him a shot at taking our 25th anniversary sunset photos. I can't speak highly enough of Bodhi's creativity and skill in photography; he is truly gifted and highly knowledgeable in his work. Bodhi helped my wife and me to feel at ease and the photo shoot was a lot of fun. We were amazed at Bodhi's creativity, and his ability to "think on his feet" and be resourceful in using the surrounding environment. Bodhi gave us access to our photo gallery within 24 hours and we couldn't be happier. Bodhi pays attention to all the details and it shows in the finished product - we couldn't believe the high quality of the photos and our friends and family agree that the photos are stunning. Hire Bodhi with confidence that you'll be working with a true professional." -Michael U.
Maternity Baby Bump Photography - Ko Olina Lagoon
"Nothing is more memorable than the experience of carrying your first child. I had seen a lot of Bodhi's photos and always thought they were beautifully done and not just a carbon copy of what others have gotten. I decided to hire Bodhi for my maternity photos and will always be grateful to him for being able to capture a beauty that I didn't even know I had. The photos Bodhi took had the beauty of the Hawaiian sunset and rolling ocean but to my surprise he also captured the love I have for the tiny being I was carrying inside of me.
Bodhi gives you more than just a pretty picture in Hawaii. He is creative and original in capturing the happiness and love you are feeling in your special time in your life. I look forward to seeing my baby's first pictures, which will of course be taken by Bodhi. I have no doubt they will be as amazing at my maternity photos. Bodhi has a kindness and talent that will make anyone (even a man hesitant of photos) to feel comfortable and have not only beautiful photos but fun in the process of getting them taken. THANK YOU BODHI!!!" - Tricia & Conner, aka "Baby Bump"
Waikiki Sunrise Family Beach Photos
"I'm more than happy with the outcome of all the pictures. Bodhi was very nice, friendly, and patient with my boys especially with my 16 month old. Overall, it was a great experience and we actually had fun during the shoot. I would definitely hire Bodhi again when I'm back in Hawaii." -Christy T.
Destination Wedding Photography - Ewa Beach
"Bodhi - We totally enjoyed and greatly appreciated you doing all the beach wedding photography yesterday. You are a delight. The pictures were absolutely fabulous. Truly. I would like the opportunity to give you my review below. You made our day more special!"
"Bodhi was here exactly on time with everything he needed to take great pictures for my daughter's wedding on the beach in Oahu. He took great care, wanting to shoot the best pictures possible, which we all thought he accomplished. He was very personable, fun to have around our families and a very skilled and talented photographer." -Jeanne
Family Beach Photography - Ko Olina Lagoon
"Bodhi was amazing! He was very patient with my family (which included a 10 week old infant). He went above and beyond what I expected. Thank you Bodhi for capturing our family portrait. My in-laws joked that you gave us enough for a multi-volume Christmas card :-)" -Johnie L
Engagement Proposal Photography - Makapu'u Park
"Bodhi went above and beyond on our engagement pictures and they turned out beautifully! We couldn't have asked for a better experience. We went on a morning hike on Makapuu trail and Bodhi met us at the top for a surprise engagement and photo session! He suggested the location and even brought champagne! The photos were easy for us and our families to view, download, and share afterward. We can't say enough good things! Highly recommended!" - Sarah M.
Family Beach Photos - Kahala Hotel & Resort
"My husband and I and our 2 boys traveled to Hawaii for our 14th wedding anniversary. We knew we wanted to take family photos and found Bodhi online. Of all the photographers we contacted, Bodhi had the most impressive portfolio and the best follow-up and response time. He was also willing to go to our location of choice to take the pictures, which some of the other photographers were not willing to do. The day of the photo shoot, he showed up early to scout out the place and picked ideal spots for us to take our photos. The end results were phenomenal! We loved the way our pictures turned out and friends who have seen our pictures have asked for his information. Needless to say, we were more than happy to refer our friends to him!" -Aloha Mom
Waikiki Family Photographer - Magic Island
"I don't know what to say other than we were absolutely thrilled with both the experience and the outcome of our photo session. There were 7 of us and the youngest was 4. At the end of the day even our youngest was convinced that behaving was awesome....!!!!" - Norman H.
Waikiki Family Beach Photography - Hawaiian Hilton Village
"Bodhi did a great job with our family photos. My whole family (of 17 from grandma to grandkids) were visiting Hawaii for a week. We called Bodhi when we got there and he was so helpful and accommodating to our needs in relation to family photos. He used his creativity to recommend ideas for the photos and we took some really fun shots. It is hard to please a large group as ours, but we found he was really successful. In addition, he's a really nice person and connected with everyone." - Theresa F.
Creative Sunset Oahu Family Photography - China Wall
"Out of three photographers, I finally picked one to capture the moment of our lifetime visiting Oahu and going back home. I reside in Vegas now but half of the family lives on Oahu and with our busy schedules and my parents getting old I figured I had one chance to capture one special moment with all of us! Look no further...I picked the right guy! After talking over the phone for hours describing what i wanted down to tips on location, background and even clothes, Bodhi finally came up with a solution to all and then stated hopefully mother nature would be on our side and she was! The pictures turned out amazing and better than I thought!! Bodhi was professional, prompt, patient and pleasing! He pleased me and that was hard to do! LOL. Good job, Bodhi! - Lizette Q.
Maternity Beach Photography - Waimanalo
"When looking for a photographer, you want someone who captures that moment and makes you feel comfortable. Look no further. Bodhi took my maternity photos carrying my 1st born. My soon-to-be family and I were very happy with the results. I had a few ideas and he was able to work with me." -Jan R.