Makawao Forest Engagement Session: Morea & Tyler

Morea and I had a yoga class together, and she booked me for her engagement and wedding photography.

We planned the engagement session on her birthday because she said she wanted to remember the day with Tyler and me.

We planned to go to Iao and take photos there, but on the morning of the shoot, Maui was getting a lot of rain. Iao had dark intense clouds over all the West Maui mountains.

I recommended changing the date, but Morea was determined to take photos that day. We came up with Makawao forest, and I could not be happier with the result. I loved how their outfits coordinated with the light undertones of yellow and brown in the forest. I loved how at every turn it looked so different. So many different variations of light and textures in that forest.

Morea texted me to ask about outfits, and I was so thrilled to help, especially making sure the colors would look with the location. I want my couples to feel free to contact me to ask questions about what they wear and how I can help it become more of a personal experience for them. Making each session true to them as a couple is really what it’s all about for me.

Leading up to their engagement session, Morea kept telling me how excited Tyler was about the shoot, which is not always the case for every guy. When I met him, he was the truly so excited to be there, and you can really see how much he loves Morea. The session was full of laughs. He was putting on his best Zoolander face, ready for his close up at all times. After that day, I was even more ecstatic for their wedding day.

Gorgeous lighting spotlighting couple standing in path at Makawao Forest, surrounded by trees
Wide shot of engaged couple looking at each other in the forest
Engaged couple in the forest. Both are looking at the camera with the groom-to-be standing behind the bride-to-be, holding her hips
Collage of two images - on the left: the bride-to-be stands tall, looking at the camera while the groom-to-be stands behind her, looking down at her. On the right: she has her hands around his neck. They are looking at each other with genuine smiles.
Couple genuinely laughing during their engagement shoot
Collage of two images - couple stands forehead to forehead with nose touching and eyes closed. On the right: he faces her while she turns and smiles at the camera.
Couple sits at the base of a tree. He sits behind her and holds her.
Engaged couple in the forest, cuddling together at the base of a tree
Collage of three images - top image: Couple almost kiss, with trees in the background and ferns in the foreground. Bottom left and right: couple is walking through the forest. She is holding his hand and leading him.
Couple standing cheek to cheek together with bride-to-be embracing groom-to-be
Collage of two images - left: couple standing tall in the forest. Right: couple standing tall, smirking at each other
Emotion-filled embrace
Collage of three images - top left: couple facing and holding each other laughing. Top right: same image as left but zoomed in with the couple out of focus and the trees in the background in focus. Bottom: couple hugging with smile and eyes closed
Progression of four images: bride-to-be holding groom-to-be from behind. First she is looking at the camera then smells his hair, looks over his shoulder, and then he looks back at her
Engagement session in Maui's Makawao Forest
Engaged couple in Makawao Forest, photographed by Amber Vision Photography
Collage of three images - left: close up of couple's hands and rings. Top and bottom right: couple holding hands walking through Makawao Forest
Couple holding each other, looking up at big, mossy tree
Collage of three images - various views of couple in the forest, walking away from the camera
Couple changed to casual clothes, walking away from the camera in the forest
Collage of three images - left: couple holding hands. Middle: couple facing each other, getting closer. Right: couple kiss
Couple laughing together during Maui engagement session in the forest
Wide image of couple in the forest looking at each other. She has her hands resting on his shoulder.