Get to Know a Wedding Photographer: Elusive Visions Photography

Today’s photographer interview is with Piloni of Elusive Visions Photography, based in Honolulu, HI! Enjoy:

How did you get into wedding photography?

Believe it or not — I was reckless enough to sell everything I owned and move to Hawaii in less then 2 weeks after I visited for vacation back in 2010. I soon realized there was not much happening in fashion/editorial photography in Hawaii, so I did what I do best and made the transition to weddings.

Read the full interview after the cut!


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What is your favorite part of the wedding day to capture?

Definitely the first reveal! From that first reaction I can accurately predict how the rest of the day is going to go.

What is the most awkward moment you’ve experienced while on the job?

When one of my brides stepped on the front of her dress while walking down the beach and slightly tripped. Her strapless dress got pulled down leaving her completely topless! Meanwhile I am just standing there frozen like an iceberg wondering what to say or do.

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What’s the best thing you ever ate at a wedding?

Lilikoi cake! Lilikoi is the Hawaiian word for passion fruit. As far as I know, it’s very unique to Hawaii. I have never seen or eaten it anywhere else. The tropical tangy taste combined with cake makes for an unreal combination.

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What is your favorite venue and why?

After thinking about it for more then 10 minutes I honestly cannot make up my mind! There’s just too many beautiful venue’s in Hawaii to pick just one. :)

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Nikon or Canon?

Why pick one when you can have both? It’s a mood thing to me. If I absolutely had to pick one, however, it would probably be Nikon.

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What is your dream location to shoot a wedding?

In this day and age, it feels like everything has been said and done. What about a wedding on another planet? Now that would be a first of its kind.

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If you could shoot any celebrity wedding (past, present or future), who would be the lucky couple?

Jonathan Goldsmith (the most interesting man in this world!) and Barbara Goldsmith… but I’m not sure if Barbara is as interesting…

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What’s the biggest lesson you’ve learned, and would pass along to other new wedding photographers just getting started?

Any honest photographer who has been around long enough will tell you that sometimes, you will want to murder the bride or the groom — or both! The most important thing is to not get frustrated with the couple, and understand that this is a once in a lifetime event for them. Never let your frustration effect the quality and standard of your work.

 Thanks Piloni! For more information about Elusive Visions Photography, please visit his WeddingLovely Vendor Guide profile or head straight to his website.

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