Kind Words

Jinyoung + William

“It was absolutely amazing! I genuinely loved having our session with you. You helped us to reveal ourselves naturally in front of camera. I really appreciated the way you guided us and how beautifully captured our moments in Hawaii. It will be one of our best moments in our lives. I really loved your natural guidance for our session! It was not forceful. It felt like playing and having so much fun at the beach rather than taking pictures. Thank you so much again!”

Megan & Jack

“Okay… first of all this was the best surprise to see these pictures in my inbox during work. I’m a teacher and was literally on my phone sneaking glimpses and saving pictures while my kids were in the classroom. My favorite memory with you was it raining and not caring about how my hair looked anymore and just fully enjoying the moment following your fun directions. You made us feel INCREDIBLE!!! You went above and beyond pre-shoot and during! You got these pics to me wayyyy sooner than expected too! You were super professional and helpful the entire process and I can’t thank you enough for these pictures, they are even better than I expected and I thought they were going to be awesome! They made my mom and best friend (photographer one) cry lol. I wish I was eloping just so you could take those pics too, I’d recommend you to anyone who lives & is coming to Oahu! Thank you from both of us!”

Shantel & Travis

“Ahhhhh!!! I’m dieing over these I’ve been staring at them all day I could cry, thank you for making this moment so special for us as it was our first shoot. You made everything smooth sailing and I couldn’t be any more happier that we chose you. If anyone is looking for a bomb photographer with quality photos I would definitely reccomend Anela! Plus she’s the sweetest person ever! Thank you so much for everything! You’re so awesome, you hard working mama!!!”

- Hannah Morris

We had the most magical experience with Anela. She was prompt, professional, guided us through the entire session. We immediately felt relaxed and comfortable. She also would let us talk and be silly to really capture those candid moments. Anela was motivating us, cheering us on, and saying things like “wow this is beautiful.” I love the part the most when we were coming towards the end of our session and last minute decided to get in the water. Anela was so open and happy for us to be so playful. I really enjoyed her vibe and positivity throughout the evening. We ended with a aloha and wet clothes! Haha! She sent us over some “sneak peak” photos about a day later. I was thrilled because I knew she would take beautiful photos but it’s different when you’re the one in front of the camera. We were immediately shocked with how truly amazing they came outThank you so much! This was an incredible experience! More that what we ever dreamed! Much love to you. You are amazing at what you do & your passion shows. Can’t say enough good things!”

-Lyle & Sara

“Hey Anela!

Oh my goodness I LOVE these pictures so much! and you got them done so fast thank you! I am so excited to post these and put them all over our apartment:) You are amazing thank you so much for capturing this special day for us:’) These pictures honestly make me so happy!”

Thank you, Sara

The Engel's


Thank you so much! These photos are better than anything I could’ve wished for! Photography was my number one need for this wedding and I knew picking you would be the RIGHT choice! You were so friendly and amazing, thank you for going above and beyond! You were a saint and we couldn’t be more thankful for these memories of our BIG day!!”

-Kylee & Skye

A glimpse into our big day! We got out Wedding Photos back from Anela Benavides. Stay tuned for the flash flood of photos!!!”

-Ema & Conway

Anela is the most sweetest, strongest, talented and beautiful photographer out there! She took charge and knew exactly what to do, what to say and definitely confident in giving directions and guidance. We had the privilege to do couple shots and my husband and I are naturally awkward in front of a camera but she was so awesome in making us feel comfortable and happy and of course the photos turned out so BEAUTIFUL! definitely recommend her”

- The Noble's

“Anela, we are eternally grateful for the love you poured into our photos! We look beautiful! And we feel beautiful! You have out done yourself, and we could not be more appreciative. These pictures will be hung up on our walls for the rest of our lives, and they’re perfect. Thank you for helping our dream come true. So much love is being sent your way! thank you thank you!!”

The Kauweloa's

Anela is a magic maker! She captured our maternity pictures perfectly and we will cherish them forever! Not to mention she is responsive, so easy to work with, and the picture turn around time was so quick. She knew how to take two awkward posers and make us look like naturals in front of the camera. Thank you Anela for everything! We cannot wait to start booking you for our future family portraits”

The Watson's

I can’t say enough about Anela! She was super easy to work with and made the entire process comfortable. I was nervous about selecting a photographer to take our engagement photos but I reached out to Anela and right away she was so sweet and responded very quickly. She had amazing suggestions for a location that captured everything we wanted. We are a little awkward when it comes to taking pictures but she made the process easy, and her prompts were so creative and fun. We got our photos back quickly and they are STUNNING! I’m very happy and these will be pictures that will be around forever.”

The Dubrowskij

Anela was so great to work with from start to finish! Her communication leading up to our shoot was impeccable. I was never waiting on an answer or follow up. We had a bit of a location problem due to the rains, there was a lot of back and forth from me trying to figure out what to do and Anela was so patient with me throughout all of it! I know it was a headache haha. My husband and I had a great time talking with her during the shoot, she is extremely personable and easy to get along with. The turnaround time for our images was great as well! Not to mention how much we love all our pictures! Thank you again for everything Anela!!”

The Olson's

“Anela is amazing! Professional, creative, and creates beautiful images! So happy with how our gallery turned out! Thank you!!”