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Josiah William Weitzel
· January 26, 2018
After a lot of research and talking with a few photographers I was glad I chose to work with David & Birgit for a surprise proposal. I was continually impressed with both of them. Birgit was quick to ...respond and did a wonderful job coordinating everything. David captured exceptional pictures and we both loved his enthusiasm - it is quite apparent he loves what he does and it shows. He had no trouble getting us to smile. And to top things off, David played his part perfectly with the surprise proposal and my fiancé never saw it coming. It would be a pleasure to work with them again!

So, if you’re looking for some great pictures & even better service check this awesome duo out!
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Andrew Nicks
· September 28, 2017
We Recently contracted with David and Birgit for a family photo shoot. The team is fantastic. I appreciated the professional and efficient communications and reservations. They kept in touch with us... and gave input and advice about the upcoming shoot. David is not only an excellent photographer but he has a very engaging personal style that put everyone, adults and children, at ease. We all had fun. And the best part was the results were unbelievably good. I highly recommend them. See More
TerryJo Alexander
· February 13, 2018
David is so awesome! Our pictures went amazingly smooth with our family of 8 including a toddler! He was really engaging with the toddler too. I would totally recommend him for any pics! Thanks again ...David and Birgit! See More
Nancy Blackburn-Swiderski
· July 30, 2017
This is our second time having David take our pictures. He is so friendly and funny, that its like hanging out with a friend.(that's taking our pictures) He listens to our ideas and suggestions on th...e kind of pictures we were looking for, and captured our personalities to a tee. The pictures turned out great. Next time we are on the Big Island, we'll be looking for David again. Thanks also to Birgit for the things that go on behind the scenes. We appreciate everything you two do to make our photos beautiful and memorable. Thanks again. See More
Mariaelena Pianca Zanetti
· August 15, 2017
David O. Baldwin Photography was outstanding. Such a fun guy. He's been such a plesure to work with. David and his wife were very accommodating. He made everyone feel comfortable to take pictures. He ...made the wedding so fun before, during and after. It's like being around an old friend taking your pictures. My family and I loved every second of the photo shoot. The pictures look great, I love the lighting and the colours and everything. I would definitely reccomend him taking your pictures! See More
Sarah Carter
· July 28, 2017
David and Birgit - thank you! We just finished the most amazing sunset shoot with Uncle Beach! We are a large family with lots of moving parts. David's energy and professionalism made our experience s...mooth and fantastically fun!!!!🏝 We have never had such an amazing family photo shoot. Sample photos came to us the next morning and we are extremely pleased with the results. We can't wait to come back to Kona to have Uncle Beach work his camera magic. See More
AmberNama Liana
· June 5, 2017
David O. Baldwin Photography was awesome. They were very accommodating and made everyone feel comfortable to take pictures. I have a family full of guys that hate being the center of attention and hat...e pictures and poses. David somehow got them all out of their shells and they loved it and wanted to keep taking pictures. He had every picture I wanted plus some. I am very happy with the quality and quantity of pictures that was taken. They are also very reasonably priced and fast in getting the edits to you. I would hire them every occasion I had to capture those special moments. There is no words I could use to express my happiness in the captured moments that he took on my special wedding day. Any blanks that I could not remember on my day it was definitely captured by David in his photos. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts! See More
Xander Duell McMahon
· August 10, 2017
It's hard to overstate what a professional and pleasant experience it was working with "Mr. Beach". The kids adored him, he is perfectly easy to work with, and the pictures really look amazing. I can't think of one negative thing to say! See More
Claudia Serrano
· June 27, 2017
We just did a family photo shoot & David was AMAZING! He was so engaging with my son (15 months) and took a lot of amazing photos of our family. He is great at putting you at ease & rolling with the p...unches. He's also super dedicated to getting great shots - he even went waist deep in the water to catch a special photo of my husband tossing our son in the air. The photos we've received are beautiful & we will cherish them forever. We will always be using David for our photos whenever we return to the Mauna Kea. See More
Ryan Blasdell
· May 3, 2017
David and Birgit are an absolute pleasure to work with. So unbelievably talented and we couldn't be happier with the priceless images and memories created. Not only was this a fun experience for us ...with David's wonderful personality, but David and Birgit planned out every detail of this photo shoot. This was a surprise engagement shoot at sunset with so many variables. Their attention to detail and positive energy took all of the stress off of me and allowed us to live in the moment. Thank you for everything! We look forward to doing this again soon. See More
Joshua Davis
· March 31, 2017
David and Birgit are amazing. They are responsive and professional. We never questioned once throughout the process if we were making the right choice of who we were working with to capture our family... photos. We couldn't be more pleased. You can tell they care so much about what they do and we are happy to have some new friends on the big island. Thank you for capturing a time in our lives that we will never forget. See More
Kelsey Taylor
· August 26, 2017
David was so great to work with. He took all of our ideas and made them happen! He made us feel so comfortable and at ease and the photos turned out amazing..
Brendan Daugherty
· January 2, 2017
David and Birgit did such an amazing job in communicating with me and helping me to find the perfect location to propose to my girlfriend! He even went out of his way to arrive early to the beach wher...e I proposed in order to scout out the area, and to find the place that was the least crowded that would provide the absolute best shot of the proposal. David was a blast to work with and clearly enjoys what he does. I would highly recommend going with him for any of your photography needs! See More
Marta Zaborowski Ukropina
· June 2, 2017
It can be a challenge to select a photographer long distance, but let me assure you that you WILL NOT go wrong with David. Not only is he personable with all ages, but he takes amazing pictures that... are sure to become family heirlooms. Plus, we saw images just a few short hours after our shoot AND our whole gallery was completed very promptly. I have a 5 year old who can be shy around strangers, but David made her feel comfortable right away. It was a wonderful session and he was able to get BEAUTIFUL pictures of all 11 of the extended family. See More
Kristi Nuelle
· June 15, 2017
David was so wonderful to work with last evening for our family photos!!! He somehow managed to corral 18 people ranging from ages 4 to 75 to produce some spectacular photos! Half the group was teens ...and they had a blast! We saw a sneak preview of the photos this morning and they are amazing! What great memories he captured! See More
Richard Beaucher
· February 16, 2017
Our wedding was two days ago, Valentine's Day. Birgit totally explained the process and was so kind and professional. David kept us all relaxed and enjoying our special moment. The entire wedding was ...amazing from the candid photos, spectacular location and complete professionalism with humor and intimacy. God gave us this perfect day that David made so memorable. My beautiful bride and I just couldn't be happier. Mahalo nui loa. See More
Chris Conklin
· May 15, 2016
I had planned to propose to my girlfriend while on a vacation to Hawaii. I began contact with the resort we were staying at on The Big Island (Hilton Waikoloa Village) and had much of it set up with thing missing that I knew was possibly the most important: a secret photographer to capture the moment without her knowing. I sorted through a list of ~15 preferred photographers from the resort and emailed them all an initial introductory email to get the ball rolling. David and Birgit responded within a half hour while others trickled in the few days after.

I was so impressed with the quick response and one that seemed so excited to play a role in such a significant moment in our lives. The communication was quick and to the point throughout the whole process (covering many months with intense planning!). All this was done via email and phone, as I was quite the mileage away from Hawaii, all the way in Ohio. David and Birgit made everything much easier and took a lot of stress off of me which I cannot thank them enough for.

The day of, David went above and beyond what I could have asked for, including gathering hotel guests to play as "extras" around the area of the proposal which helped hide what was about to happen. He took amazing photos (some still rolling in) that we both feel so lucky to have and share with family and friends. He showed extreme joy and excitement for us and at how the photos were coming out.

David captured a moment that we will be able to talk about for the rest of our life and that is something that five stars doesn't do justice; either would 10 or 15. Please, if you are considering any photographer in the area, consider David. Absolutely blown away by everything he and Birgit did. Highly recommend!
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Stacey Leahy-Oppenheim
· September 22, 2016
David is not only a talented photographer but is able to lessen the stress you feel on the day of your wedding. I highly recommend David because of the fore mentioned statement. I received my photog...raphs days after my honeymoon and was amazed at the photos as well as extremely pleased with all the photos. You would be doing yourself a grave disservice if you do not use him. It’s one less thing you have to worry about on this stressful day. See More
Kimber Felton
· June 1, 2017
Fabulous family picture. David has it down. He was able to corral our family for a fantastic 1 hour photo shoots before we melted in the sun. Great with kids, grumpy husbands and getting in that sn...eaky shot which truly shows the personality of our families. Thank you! See More
Amanda Eichel
· May 15, 2016
My boyfriend proposed to me on vacation this past week in Hawaii. I told my boyfriend I always wanted a secret photographer to capture the moment and David did just that! He gathered others around the... resort to act as models and walk around to play a role in keeping the proposal a secret, which I'm sure took a lot of effort and planning. After the proposal David gave such kind wishes for our future together. He also took amazing photos with the beautiful sunset in the background. If you are looking for a photographer in this area, I would highly recommend David! He went above and beyond! See More
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Volcano Big Island December 2009
30 second meditation, hope you enjoy.

One of our favorite "photo bomb" shots taken yesterday evening at the Mauna Kea Beach Hotel, Autograph Collection…/

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Happy St. Patrick's Day!

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Love the reflections in the tide pool at yesterday's sunset shoot.

Big Island Hawaii wedding and portrait photographer located in Kailua Kona. David O Photography specializes in professional beach portraits and wedding photography in Hawaii.

Finned Hump

It was crystal clear, nothing but white sand and faint blues with bolts of silver sunlight coming down from 110 feet above while I search for shell trails.
I started feeling giddy, an odd taste, my bubbles sounded like they had echo’s, Blunk …. Bluuunk and for some insane reason I wanted to rip out my air supply.
I was having a underwater narcosis panic attack, I had been down too deep too long. The fear was overwhelming, pure panic demanding me to pull off... my face mask. I was heavily weighted with no chance of survival this deep. It was all happening so fast.
My training taught me not to panic and never rip out your breathing apparatus unless you are saving your dive buddy. Well I was alone. Yep, I know.
With hands of steel I smashed my mask tight to my face. I remembered somehow that I had to come up real slow, so I didn’t “pop”, but the panic wanted me to kick like hell.
Out of nowhere a spinner dolphin shows up close enough to kiss, then circles me once, twice and again. Then another two join in and circle me again and again as I slowly drifted up watching and breathing in fascination.
They totally calmed me, I had no panic just a feeling of peace as I floated to the sky.
When I broke the surface, I grasps as their dorsal fins dipped out of sight and the sound of slapping water was drowned out by a lady screaming from a Captain Zodiac boat. "Dolphin, dolphin - did you see the dolphins?" She was excited….and I was alive.
The surprised captain gave me “the look”, all I cared about was thanking my three finned buddies that I will never forget.

Happy Hump Day!

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Ocean Hump
I have always wanted to be a hero, you know front of the newspaper hero, probably from being a paper boy and seeing all those front pages.
It was a beautiful blue Kona morning, I’m sitting on my lanai (porch) at my condo next to La'aloa Beach (White Sands Beach or Magic Sands Beach). I’m looking way out at sea and I see a head bobbing all around, I believed it to be a swimmer in distress, maybe a triathlete. By the way how come you are “on the ocean” in a boat... but we look out "to the “sea” from the shore?
So, I’ve got my zoom lens trying to get a focus on him (pre-autofocus), I assumed it was a guy. Way back in the 80’s some triathletes would come into town months ahead of the Ironman to train and acclimate. So, what do I do? I jump up and dial 911, ta da ta da, hero time.
Firetrucks and ambulances fill the sky with the sounds of sirens. I run down to the beach expecting to be photographed by WHT (West Hawaii Today) the local paper. Just about the time I hit the sand where all the officials were standing, the lifeguard walks up with something large in his hands.
He is looking right at me as he hands the EMT a wet coconut. Yep, it was a coconut floating in on the ocean waves. Well it was a long long time before I went back to the beach next door.
Happy Coconut Hump!

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Happy Valentine's Day everyone! Elvis was not in the mood to smile for a photo today....

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Bullet Hump

So, let me be honest, when I go out to eat in Kona I expect good service, good food and good conversation. Yes, I do want the chef to “kill it”. But nothing special, nothing too fancy, just tasty and satisfying. It's more about the people and "shooting the breeze".
Fresh fish on the menu in Hawai'i should mean he/she was swimming yesterday, on my plate today. Not fresh frozen not imported or shipped, I like mine caught by fisherman not floating factories.
B...ack in the day Pops and I used to go out fishing with some of the best, Black Bart, No problem, Cheers, Hula Girl and the Fair Wind Cruises.
A.J. Friend was his favorite Captain and caught Pops his first of many marlins over several years. We caught some, lost some and always had a good time. But never in all those days did a captain or deckhand have to shoot a fish.

While at a lunch meeting, my guest was in the middle of a great big story that couldn’t and definitely shouldn’t have been interrupted, it was that good.
So, imagine my surprise when I bite into a piece of fish and suddenly found a large non-fish like object in my mouth headed for my tummy.
Mom taught us good table manners and to be polite, but I really wanted to upchuck whatever was in my mouth.
I finally put my hands up in a "time out" signal, then dumped a hitman’s 9mm slug (bullet) into my hands.
We were all amazed and have another big story to share. Never happened before and hopefully never again.
We all agreed the kitchen crew could never have known it was there. So, no worries, order the fresh fish.
Hope you enjoyed Da hump.

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