THESE TWO ARE THE CUTEST! They flew in from Southern California and Sery wanted me to capture their engagement photos while on their trip! Her fiance had proposed to her at Aulani and Ko Olina the very last time they came to Oahu and this time they came to capture their engagement photos! I felt […]

Kahana Bay Engagement Session

Waimea Bay Water Couples Session including outfit ideas and posing inspiration by Anela Benavides Photography, Hawaii based photographer

Waimea Bay Water Couples Session

I AM FREAKING OBSESSED WITH THESE TWO!!!!! I got to create some magic with Whitney + Sean as they have been married for almost a year now and loved spending the evening with them! We jumped in the water, got soaking wet and not to mention was knee deep in the water holding my gear […]

Adventurous Makapu'u Engagement Session | Posing inspiration and outfit ideas for engagement session | Photography by Anela Benavides, Hawaii photographer

Adventurous Makapu’u Engagement Session

HOLY HECK WHERE DO I BEGIN! Joy and Craig visited Oahu Hawaii with some of their family all the way from Chicago! They wanted to capture an adventurous hike down to the tidepools and I of course was more than down to go on an adventure with these two!!! This was by far one of […]

Engagement session on the coast of Oahu, Hawaii at Waimea Bay by Anela Benavides

Kaila + Lima’s Engagement Photos | Waimea Bay, Oahu

WOW where do I even start?! I have known Kaila for such a long time and is a fellow photographer here on Oahu Hawaii! We first met through Instagram, following each other’s work, admiring and always keeping up to date! Eventually, we decided to meet up for the first time to shoot with each other! […]

maternity session with mom and dad to be at Ho'omaluhia Botanical Gardens + Kualoa Beach | Anela Benavides

Ho’omaluhia Botanical Gardens + Kualoa Beach | Maternity Photos

Dan and Sarah Lee wanted to capture their Maternity Photos while on their trip here in Oahu from California! They are OBSESSED with lush greenery and Hawaii’s tropical vibes surrounding us, so we decided to shoot at Ho’omaluhia Botanical Gardens which is famous for lush greenery and mountains! This is by far one of my […]

Adventurous mountain top engagement session hawaii by Anela Benavides

Kekoa & Mckenna | Adventurous Hawaii mountain top engagement session

Kekoa + Mckenna Hawaii Mountain Top Engagement Photos WOW. WELL THIS WAS STRAIGHT OUT OF A DREAM. These two contacted me a WEEK in advance hoping that I had an opening to take their Engagement Photos while on the island. We immediately hopped on a call, had a chat about the process and what they […]

waikiki hawaii couples beach session

No’eau + Zach Yabes Anniversary Session | North Shore, Hawaii

No’eau + Zach reached out to me and have been following along with my journery for quite sometime! They wanted to celebrate their anniversary with photos as they have been together for almost 9 YEARS in May?!?! How AMAZING is that?! Funny thing is these two also went to the same high school as me […]


How to find your DREAM CLEINTS: WOW, I recently did a questionnaire on Instagram the #1 struggle of my fellow photographers was, “how find my dream clients”. So today I’m going to help you achieve that! First, let’s start with what are your dream clients and what does that exactly mean? Your dream clients are […]



TIFFANY + REID ADVENTUROUS COUPLES SESSION: HOLY COW!!! I FREAKING LOVE THESE TWO! This was my first shoot of 2019, and let me just tell you. We started off with a BANG! This is by far one of the funnest shoots I’ve had in a very long time. We had amazing conversations about life, we […]


Need help posing couples? Wondering how to get real, raw authentic moments that don’t feel forced, stagnant or awkward! The #1 question I’ve been getting lately: how the heck to pose couples?!? So today, I’m going to give you 3 tips + tricks to get your couples moving, capturing real moments. This will help you […]