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Essence Photo Hawaii

Honolulu, Hawaii

(15)
Essence Photo Hawaii logo
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Essence Photo Hawaii

Honolulu, Hawaii

(15)

About

We are a full service event photography company. Providing professional services in Hawaii for over 10 years. Our services includes head shots, family photos, corporate event, 1st birthday party, school portraits, weddings and funeral service.

Reviews (15)

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K
26 September 2019

Johnny captured every moment we wanted and more during our beautiful sunset beach wedding. He was great at giving direction and so easy to work with. We will forever cherish our photos, they are beautiful! More...

M
23 August 2019

We had the pleasure of hiring essence photo Hawaii for our beach wedding ceremony and the photos came out amazing. They really capture the great moments. That we had to hire them again to shoot my wife’s maternity photos. I would definitely recommend them to everyone. Looking forward to working with you guys next year for my wife’s second maternity photo shoot. More...

L
23 August 2019

Johnny, Ed, and team did an amazing job shooting our wedding photos, as well as running the photo booth! Both photographers came early to shoot pre-wedding pics. Us getting ready, the venue, our rings, etc. They also provided us with a keepsake collage of edited pics on the same day of the wedding for us to take home! It was an amazing touch! The photo booth props were super fun and they also give you a copy of everyone’s pics AND a flash drive with each single picture stored, yours to keep! I cannot say enough wonderful things about Essence! They go above and beyond, 110%! The edited photos were sent back promptly and we now have captured memories that will last us a lifetime. Thank you so much Johnny & Ed! More...

L
21 August 2019

Johnny, Ed, and team did an amazing job shooting our wedding photos, as well as running the photo booth! Both photographers came early to shoot pre-wedding pics. Us getting ready, the venue, our rings, etc. They also provided us with a keepsake collage of edited pics on the same day of the wedding for us to take home! It was an amazing touch! The photo booth props were super fun and they also give you a copy of everyone's pics AND a flash drive with each single picture stored, yours to keep! I cannot say enough wonderful things about Essence! They go above and beyond, 110%! The edited photos were sent back promptly and we now have captured memories that will last us a lifetime. Thank you so much Johnny & Ed! More...

M
19 August 2019

We had the pleasure of hiring essence photo Hawaii for our beach wedding ceremony and the photos came out so great. They really did capture the great moments. That we had to hire them again to shoot my wife's maternity photos. I would definitely recommend them to everyone. Looking forward to working with Johnny again next year for my wife's second maternity photo shoot. More...

C
9 August 2019

I don't know any other photographer that would shoot us in a thunderstorm while being ambushed by a flock of mosquitos. Johnny was attentive and detailed and flexible. Whether it was splitting up our session, following up with questions and even making sure every side was my "good side". Johnny and Mitch captured the most important day of my life in an unforgettable way. Mahalo for everything :) More...

A
25 July 2019

I am extremly happy with my competition photos! I competed in the Ikaika Classic and Jhonny was the photographer on site. He was very organized, polite and knowledgeable . I was so impressed with the way he maintained composure the entire time while working with numerous competitors. I would definitely recommend his services to everyone. More...

J
19 May 2019

We hired Johnny to be our photographer for our wedding based on the recommendation from our friend. From day one he was so easy to work with, he listened to our opinions and really listened to us. Our pictures turned out amazing! Two years later we hired him again to take our family photos with our son. I look forward to working with him again in the future! More...

K
2 January 2019

The best advice I have ever received and the best advice I will always give is: Don't cheap out on your photos. Seriously! ! For any event..including weddings. Save your freaking $10 napkins for another day and give your guests $1 ones instead... use that extra money and hire Essence Photo! The best part- they are affordable! If you are looking for quality photos- wedding, family, portrait or professional in general- Essence photography has your needs covered. They offer photo booths, 1 photographer shoots, 2 photographer shoots..even 3! Personally, we hired them for a destination wedding and portrait event and I could not have been more satisfied. Quality pictures, good communication, amazing price. What's to go wrong?! Oh, and did I mention that they are extremely reliable? Yeah, don't forget that tidbit! Johnny, the owner, can work in all types of lighting, settings.. whatever you name it. Request for him!! Although, his staff is perfectly amazing as well. The best part about him- he is a remarkable human being. He genuinely cares that you receive the highest quality photos and are satisfied beyond belief. I use Essence Photography for every special moment I want captured and recommend them to every single person as well. In short, Don't be a fool and hire some cousins friend to shoot your magical moment. Just don't. Give Essence Photography a call! More...

P
18 October 2018

Johnny has been there for me since day one. I was lucky enough to be introduced to him six years ago when I was in the process of looking for wedding photographers. He was so easy going, yet very professional and the images from our wedding could not have been any more perfect- thank you Johnny for capturing our special day, especially that dancing crotch shot LOL (inside joke).Over the past few years, I have gone back with my family (now with two kids) and taken "annual 808" photos so that we could hold on to our memories. Not only has he been our cherished family photographer, he actually photographed my brother-in-law's wedding and also shoots his "annual 808" family portraits as wellNow, we just consider him part of the family and enjoy meeting up with Johnny whenever we go visit. He is one-of-a-kind and does amazing work! Thanks for everything, and see you again next year :) More...

J
28 September 2018

Johnny just did our destination wedding at the beginning of this month and we can't say enough good things about him. He was such an awesome & super talented photographer and we got our pictures in such a timely fashion! Johnny photographed every moment, from my husband and I getting ready, from the ceremony, to the reception and did not miss a single detail. Would highly recommend him! More...

B
29 August 2018

Johnny is a phenomenal photographer that really took the time to get to know my family. He was a down-to-earth guy that really knew what he was doing. I have worked with other photographers before, even those from big named companies, but you cant beat Johnny's service, price, and friendly approach! Definitely recommended! More...

P
29 August 2018

Johnny was very accommodating and met with us prior to our scheduled photo shoot date and listened to our ideas about what we wanted to capture in the photos. Not only did he listen to all our ideas, he also gave his input and suggestions as professional photographer and executed the photo shoot exactly how we had imagined and more. Johnny is also very professional, easy going, and has a calming demeanor about him which made the photo shoot with our 1 year old son a memorable experience. I would definitely recommend Essence Photo Hawaii and Johnny to anyone for a pleasant and excellent photo shoot experience! More...

B
14 August 2018

Johnny was very accommodating and met with us prior to our scheduled photo shoot date and listened to our ideas about what we wanted to capture in the photos. Not only did he listen to all our ideas, he also gave his input and suggestions as professional photographer and executed the photo shoot exactly how we had imagined and more. Johnny is also very professional, easy going, and has a calming demeanor about him which made the photo shoot with our 1 year old son a memorable experience. I would definitely recommend Essence Photo Hawaii and Johnny to anyone for a pleasant and excellent photo shoot experience! More...

M
8 July 2018

I met Johnny back in 2012 when he did my wedding photos and my post wedding day shoot . He was very professional, kind  and patient.  My photos turned out fabulous. I live in California , but every year I visit Hawaii. I always make an appointment with Johnny to get my photos done! He did my My Maternity photos and family photos the last 6 years and I'm always happy with my portraits. He is great with kids and he gets your pics back to you in a timely manner. The photos are easy to view, upload and share. Last month he did my sisters maternity photos and I was blown away. We will be seeing you soon Johnny! Can't wait for our next shoot together! More...

Q&A

The secret to taking great photos is getting to know the subject. Knowing who the person is and then capturing their essence.

What is your vision for your event? How many people are you looking at for the event? How many hours? Which is the best side you like to be photograph?

I love what I do so it is not a job, it is my passion. I get to capture who a person is and lock it in for a moment that will last a lifetime. Creating a happy memory for my clients and their family.

I wanted more time to be creative on my own terms. To be able to do what I love anywhere at anytime.

Over 15 years of experiences and this is not a hobby, this is my life. I shoot constantly almost everyday, allowing me experience in all type of situation. I have a fun personality because it give me joy to shoot so that energy resinate on the shoot and it will be a fun shoot.