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April 3, 2024

Top Engagement Session Ideas in Hawaii

So I heard congratulations are in order for your recent engagement!  You must be filled with fluttering emotions and excitement right now as you plan the next chapters of your life together. One part of my job that I love is getting to witness these special moments that couples share. It’s absolutely out of this world and something that I will always enjoy being a part of.

I know you are here because you want to plan out the next steps of this special moment: your engagement session. And your chosen location is no less than beautiful Hawaii! Trust me when I tell you that I have taken thousands of photos of couples in Hawaii, and saying that those photos are beautiful would be an understatement. 

Hawaii, with its beautiful beaches, and majestic sunsets, in the middle of a tropical paradise, will check all the boxes of your dream engagement session and will surely make this moment more memorable for you. 

What is an engagement session?

An engagement session is a photoshoot for you and your fiancé. You will normally pick a theme, a location, and of course, your chosen photographer to capture the moments that will go down in your history as a couple. You need to consider many things, and I am here to guide you in one of the most important things you need to decide on: your engagement session theme.

For most people, an engagement session is optional, but it does serve a lot of practical purposes. You need photos for your wedding invitations, save-the-date cards, and even for souvenirs, so you might want to consider having one. It can also serve as practice for both of you to get comfortable being in front of the camera! After all, you need the best photos captured when your wedding day arrives. Lastly, it can be a great chance for you to just have fun and treasure some memories. Either way, if you have the budget and time for it, an engagement session is an experience that you should not miss!

Top Engagement Session Ideas in Hawaii

Top Engagement Session Ideas in Hawaii

Now that we have the basics covered, let’s take a look at some of the best engagement session ideas that you can do in Hawaii. 

Themed Photoshoots

If you’re one of those couples who want to bring a bit of your backstory into your engagement session, themed photoshoots might be the way to go. For example, if both of you are into sports, you can wear your uniforms and we can do the shoot on a baseball field somewhere. 

Don’t worry, I have done engagement shoots in bars, skateparks, and even shooting ranges! The photos were not just fun, but turned out amazing as well! Either way, this is your engagement session and I will make sure to capture great photos, no matter what theme you want to explore.

City and Urban

If the city view is more your vibe, there are a lot of different locations that you can choose from. Ala Moana can be a top choice. It’s right next to the Waikiki main area, so transport is not going to be an issue. The sunset here is also beautiful, making it one of the great places to be for a city and urban setting engagement session in Hawaii. 

But that does not mean that any other location is not going to be great. The essence of a city and urban theme is to capture the special moments in the mundane. Let’s walk together in the streets or beaches of Honolulu, drink a cup of coffee, or just stroll around some beautiful tropical gardens and capture some beautiful, candid moments.

Home Sweet Home

Some of the best photos are the simplest ones. This couldn’t be more true if you plan to have your engagement session in your home. I know that you probably had the best memories happened right there on your couch, or in that garden at the back of your house. Ultimately, your home is a safe space, and we may not be able to recreate the special and private moments that you had in the past, but this engagement session will make you create new ones that you can treasure for years to come.

Hobbies and Interests

Do you like to bake? Or do you love going to museums? Capturing your hobbies and interests for your engagement sessions is one of the best ideas that you can do. Most of the time, you and your fiancé are already comfortable with each other in doing these activities and that’s what’s going to make it more magical and special!

Seasonal Shoots

Combine the tropical backdrop of Hawaii with the beautiful afternoon sun in the summer and you get the perfect recipe for magical photos. We can explore some of the best photo locations in Kauai to capture your engagement sessions and I am confident that it will be hard to mess up. 

Despite not having the four seasons that other parts of the world enjoy, the tropical setting in Hawaii, together with some of its beautiful locations will give you one of the best seasonal engagement session photo shoots worthy of your wedding album.

Night-Time Shoots

You might not know this but night photography is one of the most impressive techniques that photographers like me have in our arsenal. They are easy and fun, but most importantly, a photo captured in the night gives a photo a new dimension. It adds that feeling of authenticity, drama, and genuineness to the image. That’s why if you’re up to it, this is a theme that you should explore for your engagement session. The location will not matter as much, but choosing a perfect place and adding in the best outfit will make the experience more special. 

Nature and Outdoors

Who does not love nature and the outdoors? Add Hawaii to the mix and you get the perfect combo. 

Imagine this: You are posing for your engagement session photo on one of the beautiful beaches of Shipwreck Beach – a beautiful and popular beach located on the southern coast of Kauai. You can hear the waves, the golden sunset on your face making your face glow golden, holding hands with the person you love the most. If that is not perfect, I don’t know what is. 

There are a lot of amazing locations in Hawaii to capture your outdoor engagement sessions. You just have to decide which one you think is the best one for you. And speaking of which, why don’t we take a look at the four main islands of Hawaii and see what possible activities you can enjoy while doing your photo shoot?

Choose Your Island

I know you chose Hawaii for your engagement session because you wanted this tropical paradise to be a part of your memorable moment. Whether you are a local or a tourist from the other side of the world, let’s take a look and compare which locations will be perfect for you.

Big Island

Hawaii Island, affectionately called The Big Island, caters to adventure-loving couples and history enthusiasts. It boasts majestic waterfalls like Rainbow Falls, the sprawling Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, and unique opportunities such as snorkeling with manta rays or stargazing atop Mauna Kea. The dramatic volcanic landscapes, lush rainforests, and culturally significant sites provide a dynamic and adventurous setting for engagement photos that are as bold and vibrant.


In contrast, Kauai, the Garden Island, offers a serene and lush backdrop, perfect for couples seeking tranquility and being one with nature. The breathtaking cliffs of the Na Pali Coast, the grandeur of Waimea Canyon, and the dense, green rainforests craft a picture-perfect scene for intimate and romantic photos.


Maui, known for its pristine beauty and charming towns, is a haven for honeymooners, families, and those desiring a blend of spectacular beaches and natural exploration. The serene Haleakala Crater, lush Iao Valley, and iconic beaches like Ka’anapali and Wailea offer diverse scenery. Your engagement sessions here can capture the romantic essence of Maui and will surely give you memories that you will treasure forever!


Lastly, Oahu, blending urban excitement with natural beauty, is ideal for first-time visitors, families, and those who revel in nightlife and dining. Iconic Waikiki Beach, historic Pearl Harbor, and the vibrant city life of Honolulu offer a mix of cultural and scenic spots. Engagement photos on Oahu can capture the essence of Hawaiian urban life, set against the backdrop of famous beaches or iconic landmarks like Diamond Head, offering a vibrant and lively narrative to the couple’s love story.

Each island not only offers a distinct backdrop for engagement sessions but can also reflect your unique personalities and your journey together. Choosing the right island is about finding the space that resonates with your story, ensuring your engagement photos are not just pictures, but a treasure trove of memories, worthy of being cherished for a lifetime.

Getting married to someone you love is probably one of the best and purest feelings in the world. Probably one of the reasons why people always cry, or at least be teary-eyed once they hear you exchange those heartfelt vows.

Having a chance to capture genuine moments in privacy before the big day will make it more special, and if you decide to go with an engagement session, I will be there for you and capture the very essence of your love story.

Send me a message today and let’s plan how we can make your engagement session more special!

I’m Masha, a wedding, elopement and couples photographer based in sunny Hawaii, & often found serving couples worldwide.

If you're looking for a meaningful, cinematic and editorial approach to photography-something effortless but still iconic, you're in the right place. I am so excited to hear more about your story and create and collaborate with you.

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