My Photography Philosophy


I urge you not to simply price shop for the cheapest photographer.  Pick someone who's work speaks to your soul, who's edits you love, who's work is consistent-I cannot emphasize this enough.

I believe in the value of good photography, in emotion, in consistency, in looking back years from now and being able to relive one of the best days of your life. I believe that trends will fade and that timelessness is key.

My goal with every image is to make you feel something. My images have deep romantic tones to evoke emotion and intimacy. I focus a lot on the details, the in-between moments, the moments of simply just existing, being present, and sharing this moment in time together.

I want to get to know and capture the heart of your story, the big moments, the little moments, the substance of it all. 

If this sounds like what you're looking for, please don't hesitate to contact me. I would love to help you tell your story.



Turtle Bay Stables Beach Wedding  By Hawaii Wedding Photographer Desiree Leilani

Sessions start at $550 | Elopements start at $900 | Weddings start at $2700

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How do we book you?

You can contact me via email: OR fill out the contact form. I will get in touch with my full pricing guide, availability, as well as answering any questions you may have. Once set, I will send you a contract outlining everything. A signed contract and retainer fee is needed to book.

How long does it take for you to deliver the images to us? Will all of the ones you send us be edited?

The contract states 4-6 weeks. The length varies per shoot, hours of coverage and how busy the season is. Every image I send you will be edited. I deliver images via an online gallery in which you can view and download them at high resolution.

Do you travel? If so, what is the cost?

Yes, I absolutely love traveling! Travel is free anywhere on the island of Oahu as well as for weddings booked in NYC. You can also take a peek at my travel list to see if I'll be near you to set something up at no additional cost. Otherwise I do have set travel costs-please contact me for details.

Why New York City?

I offer free travel for weddings in NYC simply because I love the city. After living there, I find myself visiting often, also I DON'T HAVE TO RENT A CAR, lol but seriously, having lived and worked there, I know my way around the city. Also I just really want to shoot a wedding in an old warehouse in Brooklyn (dream wedding) or wherever your special day takes us. I cannot emphasize enough how much I am in love with the city.

How many images will we get back?

The minimum guaranteed images depends on the length of coverage. I guarantee a minimum of 75 images for engagement shoots, 150-300 for elopements, and 450-750 for weddings.

Do you offer prints?

I do! You can order prints in a variation of sizes through your online gallery.

If we want you to stay later for our wedding, is that possible?

Of course! I never double book weddings. In the event that you want me to stay, it would be an additional amount per hour