Oahu engagemant, elopment, family photographer.

Aloha, We’re HiLifePhoto of Oahu.

Photographer in Honolulu

HiLifePhoto is a one-of-a-kind photographer in Honolulu. Oahu-born photographer Ryan Sakamoto is known for exceptional imagery and an enjoyable shoot day for you. We offer couples and engagement photo shoots, elopement photography, individual and family portraits, and unique tattoo photos.

We work anywhere in Oahu and know the Island better than anyone else. Are you wondering about location shoots? Ask us for suggestions when you book your shoot date.

Ryan is, hands-down, the most incredible photographer I’ve had the good fortune to work with. His attention to detail and body placement is unparalleled, basically ensuring that your photos will be amazing.
Melani C.

Incredible photographs to document life’s important moments don’t come by accident. A photographer’s eye, understanding of lighting, and ability to put you at ease all matter significantly. So does the location. Ryan’s ability to take photos with gorgeous Hawaiian scenery in the background is unmatched.

Capture Your Romance in Photographs.

Photography for Engagements and Elopements

Enlopment at Sherwood beach with Aubrey & Becca.

Finding a photographer to capture your big day is a natural impulse if you elope or become engaged in Hawaii. Call Ryan to book an engagement or elopement photo shoot in your special spot, or ask him for ideas about beautiful locations – you are in one of the world’s most beautiful and scenic locations.

  • Natural-looking photos that show you at your best
  • Gorgeous locations near Honolulu or anywhere in Oahu
  • Romantic photographs capturing your relationship

You’re always in excellent hands with Ryan at HiLife Photo because he is one of the most experienced Oahu location photographers. Lighting and time of day matter, and it changes throughout the year. Knowing when and where to go is the secret to taking beautiful photographs.

Elegant, Natural-Looking Imagery.

Portrait Photographer | Individuals, Couples, Families, Seniors

There are many reasons to take portraits, and all are meaningful – graduations, anniversaries, holidays, family milestones, or headshots for business. Whatever your reason, you want a fun, relaxed shoot-day experience that leads to images you’ll love.

Plan to include young ones in your images? It’s never a problem working with us. We’re patient, experienced and know how to get the best from everyone, regardless of age.

If you’ve been searching for portrait photographers in Honolulu, look no further than HiLifePhoto. Ryan offers excellent pricing and works with your needs and comfort in mind. Bring us your vision and preferred location, and we’ll help you plan the perfect photo shoot day.

Family portrait on location at Kakaako Waterfront Park.

Document Your Body Art Uniquely.

Tattoo Photography

Tattoo photographers Oahu

Body art is fun, personal, and meaningful – and if you want cool images of your design, finding the right tattoo photographer matters. You can count on Ryan to take it seriously when he photographs your tattoo. Depending on your tastes and preferences, the shots can be straightforward or more creative.

  • Fun
  • Unique
  • Personal

Ryan’s work in body art photography began spontaneously after clients’ requests and has continued with word-of-mouth recommendations from others around Oahu. You can be photographed individually or with others and have close-ups of your design or imagery that show you and your tattoos.

Take Full Advantage of Oahu’s Beauty.

Sunrise and Sunset Photography on the Beach

Among Oahu beach photographers, you won’t find anyone better at sunrise and sunset photo shoots than Ryan Sakamoto. He grew up on the Island and knows it better than anyone else. If you want Hawaiian beach photographs taken at sunrise or sunset, he’s an excellent choice.

HiLifePhoto’s affordable outdoor photography rates allow many more people to plan the photo shoot of their dreams. It’s our philosophy to produce high-quality imagery at excellent prices.

Images skillfully taken with natural light are among the most natural and beautiful. They’re favorites of engagement and elopement photographers for good reason. Few settings say romance as directly as a gorgeous beach, especially around sunrise and sunset.

Photographer Ryan Sakamoto is the Real Thing.

What Makes Us Different?

Rayn Sakamoto of HiLifePhoto has more than 20 years of experience as a photographer in Oahu. We’re well known for elopement and engagement photography, destination weddings, individual and family portraits, graduation pictures, and tattoo/body art photography.

If you want an outdoor or location photo shoot, there’s no one better, and we’re local people who know the Island. Our philosophy is about natural-looking imagery with excellent attention to detail. Putting you at ease is also important, ensuring your shoot is relaxed and enjoyable.

We’re always available to answer questions if you want to learn more about Oahu photographers and our services.


We really enjoyed our sunrise couple shoot with Ryan Sakamoto! Being a model, I’ve worked with a lot of different photographers, and he was very professional and fun to work with. He helped us feel very comfortable and provided lots of great direction to make the most flattering poses. He has such a great eye and we would recommend him 10/10.

My partner and I had a great experience with Ryan as our photographer! He’s very professional, accommodating and considerate. I loved the location he chose as it had a lot of scenic landmarks. Also, as someone who isn’t great at posing for pictures, all of them came out very natural and genuine. Plus, he uses cool tools to create unique photos. At the end of our shoot, he also printed out Polaroids we could take home. I was also surprised how fast the turnaround was, he edited the photos by the next day. Thanks so much!

Wow! Shooting with Ryan was fantastic. He was great with communicating the time, location, and working with me on concepts then confirming everything again the day before the shoot. He was professional as well as comfortable to work with (zero bad vibes from him!). The shoot itself was fun and relaxing and we covered multiple outfits and concepts during the allotted time; he was also great with coaching and posing. I really appreciate the different techniques he used to capture images and that he was willing to show me images in-camera so I could see what they looked like and adjust things I didn’t care for. After the shoot, I didn’t expect to see edited images for at least a few weeks but he sent me a link to my private online gallery of edited images much sooner than that. There were so many fantastic photos! I’m very pleased with how everything turned out; I wouldn’t hesitate to work with Ryan again and highly recommend him and his work.

Wherever You Are, We’re Ready to Help.

We’re Oahu Photographers Serving the Entire Island

When you need the best Oahu photographer anywhere on the Island, Ryan is ready to help.

HiLifePhoto is based in Honolulu and is available for location shoots Island-wide. We serve all areas, including the North Shore.

  • Honolulu
  • Waikiki
  • Eternity Beach
  • Sherwood Beach
  • Ala Moana
  • Makapuu
  • Sandy Beach
  • Magic Island
  • Kakaako Waterfront
  • And many more

If you’re looking for a photographer for a portrait, engagement, elopement, graduation, or wedding photo shoot, call or contact us online today!

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