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— ABOUT PHOTO AND VIDEO HAWAII —

I'm Chris Walker, the owner of Photo and Video Hawaii. All the pictures and videos you see on this website were shot by me. I was born in California but came to Hawaii at age 3 and I've lived here ever since, except for a few years spent in California and Spain. I love the beauty of Hawaii and I'm spoiled by its climate. I enjoy the oudoors and am an avid hiker, and as a result I am very familiar with all of the scenic locations Oahu has to offer. I also know the other Hawaiian islands well; especially the Big Island and Kauai.

I developed an interest in photography as a child. I had a darkroom in the garage, and I loved the way 35mm slides looked when projected on a screen. Later I got a Master of Fine Arts degree in Motion Picture Production from UCLA. For many years after that photography and video remained a hobby while I earned my living working in the family business. During that time I did enjoy producing a long-running Public Access TV show called "Let's Go Hiking!"

About 18 years ago I took the plunge and became a professional photographer and videographer. Since then I've worked with more than two thousand customers. For individuals and couples I've shot family portraits and engagement photos, and I've covered weddings, memorial services, First Birthday parties, graduations, and other events. I've done work for companies and organizations as well, such as providing coverage of events like seminars and awards banquets, and shooting video for training DVDs. I also do other work with media, such as creating slideshows and transferring from VHS to DVD.

I've done most of this work as an independent contractor hired by other companies, however, and I recently decided to establish my own company. Hence this website I launched a few years ago.

Why you should hire me: I have many years of experience in Hawaii, I use what are in my opinion the best small video cameras made, and my rates are among the most affordable you'll find. Especially when you consider the quality you get for the price. I'm also one of a small handful of photographers who can do both photography and video without a second camera person for many kinds of events, which saves you even more money.

Why you may NOT want to hire me: Every photographer and videographer has his or her own style, and mine may not match what you are looking for. Read about my style and look at the samples of my work on the photography and video pages. You should also look elsewhere if you want something very high-end, involving things like multiple cameras, dollies, and elaborate lighting setups.

I have been asked why there are not more reviews of my work on the web. The main reason is because up until a couple of years ago I was working for others and didn't have my own company. I mostly worked for a company called "A Special Moment", and you can see some Yelp reviews of my work for them by clicking here. The Chris they talk about in those reviews is me, as you can verify by going to A Special Moment's "Profiles" page by clicking here. That site also has a testimonials page with a lot more reviews from emails that customers wrote. I have decided not to feature a lot of those kind of testimonials on this site, however, because you really can't know if they are genuine. Actually you can't really fully trust any reviews on the web, but I include these from Yelp because you can trust them more than most! So here is one e-mailed testimonial, followed by some Yelp reviews.


"Dear Chris,
I am so sorry it has taken me so long to send this thank you note to you. My husband, Kent, and I wanted to tell you what a wonderful job you did on our wedding video.
The quality and music along with the video were fantastic. You are a great videographer!!! Thank you so much for making our special wedding day even better with the video you made. We have wonderful memories of our wedding ceremony thanks to you!!!! We would highly recommend you to others.
Thank you,
Coral and Kent Bird"

Below are the two "recommended" reviews I have so far on Yelp, along with two "not recommended" ones. I don't understand their criteria for having a review be recommended, but anyway you can view the not recommended ones by clicking on their link they have right below the ones they recommend.

"We hired Chris and he was very professional and kept in contact the whole time before the wedding. He always returned my calls which is really important when you're planning a wedding. He showed up on time the day of the wedding and the very best part about it, is he did a great job on taking pictures. We just received the first half of the pictures and we can't be more happy with the job he did. All the pictures came out right vibrant and clean. I would definitely recommend Chris Walker to take pictures of your wedding for very good price."
-Analu B. on Yelp!!

"We hired Chris for video only and was very happy with the result! He was very professional and captured some great moments of our wedding. The video packages he offers are at very reasonable rates and the low price does not reflect the quality of his work. He really does his best to capture the memorable moments. For example, he was packing up his equipment as his contracted hours were over when suddenly the dance floor took off. I saw him unpack, take his camera out and run back to the dance floor to capture it. We had a separate wedding photographer however our Video package also included approx 250(?) photos which was also a nice addition. These are NOT photos taken with a camera but photos he extracts from the Video. The quality is pretty good and can be printed up to the size of 5 x 8. Therefore for those on a budget,this could be an alternative to photos if you don't plan of printing large wedding photos."
- AY W. on Yelp!

 

 

"We're happy that we hired photo and video Hawaii by Chris Walker to take photos on our reception.. The pictures were beautiful. I will surely recommend to my friends his service! Mahalo again Chris !"
- Aileen T. on
Yelp!

"After a hard couple of weeks getting back into our work and life routine back home, we sat down to play our wedding video that had just arrived from Hawaii. We were eagerly awaiting the final cut as we had put a little thought into the music tracks we wanted, but nothing could have prepared us for the emotional impact of Chris Walker's beautifull work. Our wedding day is one of the happiest, fullest days in our memory but now we have Chris' magical work to remind us of the full story, of all of our Aloha moments that day. Lisa & Will"
- Lisa on Yelp!