I scouted this exact location 2 days before shooting Patrick + Ida's engagements. I went at the exact time I knew we'd be shooting there, and it was beautiful. There was a typical glaringly yellow bright sunset, before it went below the horizon and was gone. Beautiful and simple.
On the day of their session we started off at another location, before heading here. When we arrived my heart sunk a tiny bit. It was the exact hour as when I scouted, but this time there were thick clouds hiding the sun. We started shooting, because sun or no sun it was still a beautiful location. Then about 5 minutes later.... THIS 👆🏻👆🏻 happened.
Our jaws literally dropped as the orangey-pink afterglow of the sunset started sweeping across the sky, and lasted for a good 10 minutes. As any photographer would do, I quickly had them do every pose I could think of with this sunset as the background. I knew a sunset this spectacular doesn't come around that often, even in Hawaii.
Eventually, after exhausting all the poses I could come up with on the spot, I just told them to turn around and take it in. It was easily the BEST sunset I've ever seen in my entire life. And it lasted weirdly longer than most sunsets. Witnessing something like this with new friends felt like we were being given a gift. It made me realize I want to live my life being thankful for every gift I receive, whether it's big or small. Because when God gives you such a beautiful reminder of His creation, you take it in, and say thank you. ☀️
P.S. I didn't oversaturate this edit. If anything I desaturated it barely to try and match my editing style. I wanted to keep the sunset as true to real life as possible. This is literally what the sky looked like Monday night in Oahu. Pure magic. ✨