Testimonials & Reviews
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.
Mini Family Session - Hale Koa Hotel, Waikiki
"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. Mahalo!" -Lill S.
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
Waikiki Family Portraits
"Bodhi was beyond amazing with our family portraits which involved our 11 month old baby at the time. Somehow he was able to capture the best essence of baby's gorgeous and naturally joyful expressions and wiped away any memory of him actually being fussy and uncooperative the other 99% of the time during the shoot. Bodhi was so creative and technically advanced to turn a simple setting into many cool effects that gave our photos that extra bit of "pizzazz." A good photographer always adds so much more to our travel by unveiling the beauty of the surroundings effortlessly and Bodhi did exactly that. Our short 1-2 hour session was actually one of the highlights of my family's Oahu trip; we recall it oh-so fondly. Last but not least, unlike other photographers that turn photos around in a couple weeks, Bodhi got them right to us immediately within a day." - Liou Family
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.