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James Rubio Photography

Hilo , HI
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Hilo, HI 96720 US (map)

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ABOUT US

hi there!

we're a husband and wife team (james & bev)

we're based out of hilo, hawaii on the beautiful big island of hawaii

we love our job
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hi there!

we're a husband and wife team (james & bev)

we're based out of hilo, hawaii on the beautiful big island of hawaii

we love our job

we love to travel

bev likes noodles and i like chocolate!

(but i also like noodles and bev likes chocolate too)

we also write a hawaii food blog at http://www.bigislandgrinds.com/ Read less
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INFO FOR PHOTOGRAPHY

What primary photographic style do you identify with?
Contemporary, Photojournalism, Portraiture
What photography services do you offer?
Engagement Shoot, High-Res, Liability Insurance, Slideshow/Montage, Trash The Dress
What photography items do you offer?
Digital Files, Prints, Proofs

REVIEWS

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Jessica
Wedding:
10/23/2016
5.0/5.0
James and Bev are a dynamic team to work with. From the first question I sent, a great bond was formed and Bev was able to walk me through all of my questions politely and courteously (and believe me, there were a ton of questions)!

Once we decided to book with them, both James and Bev made an effort to find out what we liked so that we could tailor our shoot the way we wanted. James went above and beyond to capture exactly what I wanted and our engagement pictures are breathtaking to look at.

I would absolutely recommend James to everyone going to the Big Island for a photoshoot and I hope to work with him again!
James and Bev are a dynamic team to work with. From the first question I sent, a great bond was formed and Bev was able to Read more...
James and Bev are a dynamic team to work with. From the first question I sent, a great bond was formed and Bev was able to walk me through all of my questions politely and courteously (and believe me, there were a ton of questions)!

Once we decided to book with them, both James and Bev made an effort to find out what we liked so that we could tailor our shoot the way we wanted. James went above and beyond to capture exactly what I wanted and our engagement pictures are breathtaking to look at.

I would absolutely recommend James to everyone going to the Big Island for a photoshoot and I hope to work with him again! Read less
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Amy
Wedding:
10/20/2015
5.0/5.0
James and Bev are a dream team to have worked with for our destination wedding on the ethereal and beautiful Big Island! Our ceremony was small and sweet, so James was our only photographer. Bev, however, was diligent and easily accessible with any messages and questions we had, all the way up to our wedding day. James was so fun, welcoming, and really helped us feel comfortable with every photo he shot. Nothing was rigidly posed and we felt as natural as could be, riding the high of such a perfect day. The results show and we are so very in love and pleased with everything James and Bev provided for us. The masterful artwork produced speaks for itself, but you couldn't ask for a friendlier pair to have involved on your special day. We felt so lucky and blessed to have such a caring and talented team to capture the magic of that day. So much love and a big, grateful MAHALO from Mike and Amy Jutras!
James and Bev are a dream team to have worked with for our destination wedding on the ethereal and beautiful Big Island! Read more...
James and Bev are a dream team to have worked with for our destination wedding on the ethereal and beautiful Big Island! Our ceremony was small and sweet, so James was our only photographer. Bev, however, was diligent and easily accessible with any messages and questions we had, all the way up to our wedding day. James was so fun, welcoming, and really helped us feel comfortable with every photo he shot. Nothing was rigidly posed and we felt as natural as could be, riding the high of such a perfect day. The results show and we are so very in love and pleased with everything James and Bev provided for us. The masterful artwork produced speaks for itself, but you couldn't ask for a friendlier pair to have involved on your special day. We felt so lucky and blessed to have such a caring and talented team to capture the magic of that day. So much love and a big, grateful MAHALO from Mike and Amy Jutras! Read less
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Britney
Wedding:
8/25/2014
5.0/5.0
Beautiful professional and breath taking photography. James was great to work with even with a quick down pour during the wedding. James takes pride in his work and it shows.
Beautiful professional and breath taking photography. James was great to work with even with a quick down pour during the Read more...
Beautiful professional and breath taking photography. James was great to work with even with a quick down pour during the wedding. James takes pride in his work and it shows. Read less
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Charita
Wedding:
8/23/2014
5.0/5.0
I cannot say enough good things about James! He was truly the best investment of my entire wedding!My best friend found him for me, and from the moment I actually clicked on his website I was enthralled in his work. Not any other photographer moved me, like James' work. His work provoked emotion and a feeling of connection with the subject in EVERY SINGLE one of his pictures. I couldn't find, not one, session that I didn't absolutely love! I knew that I had to have James as my photographer. He was the first person, after my planner, that I booked. It was the greatest choice I made and I'm so happy we did. Great quality work, VERY professional and his wife Bev was such a great help through everything. They worked with all of my needs and was very understanding about all the traveling that my wedding required. I'm forever grateful to James and his second shooter Leiko. They did an amazing job and I couldn't be happier to say he was my photographer. Everyone always compliments on how gorgeous our pics are and how they look like they should be in a magazine, and each time I hear that type of response it just solidifies the fact that I made an incredible choice by choosing James Rubio Photography!!!
I cannot say enough good things about James! He was truly the best investment of my entire wedding!My best friend found Read more...
I cannot say enough good things about James! He was truly the best investment of my entire wedding!My best friend found him for me, and from the moment I actually clicked on his website I was enthralled in his work. Not any other photographer moved me, like James' work. His work provoked emotion and a feeling of connection with the subject in EVERY SINGLE one of his pictures. I couldn't find, not one, session that I didn't absolutely love! I knew that I had to have James as my photographer. He was the first person, after my planner, that I booked. It was the greatest choice I made and I'm so happy we did. Great quality work, VERY professional and his wife Bev was such a great help through everything. They worked with all of my needs and was very understanding about all the traveling that my wedding required. I'm forever grateful to James and his second shooter Leiko. They did an amazing job and I couldn't be happier to say he was my photographer. Everyone always compliments on how gorgeous our pics are and how they look like they should be in a magazine, and each time I hear that type of response it just solidifies the fact that I made an incredible choice by choosing James Rubio Photography!!! Read less
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Tracey
Wedding:
6/28/2014
5.0/5.0
If you're looking for a photographer that you can TRUST to capture your wedding day in it's full glory, this is the man you want to hire. Being a wedding photographer myself, Jame's work never stops short of taking my breath away. But his beautiful work isn't the only reason we went with James, his level of professionalism and easy going personality makes him a pleasure to work with and have around on your wedding day. When hiring vendors like a photographer that will basically be with you every moment of your wedding day, it's so important that you not only live their work, but enjoy them as people as well, and James was a blast to have around on our wedding day.
If you're looking for a photographer that you can TRUST to capture your wedding day in it's full glory, this is the man Read more...
If you're looking for a photographer that you can TRUST to capture your wedding day in it's full glory, this is the man you want to hire. Being a wedding photographer myself, Jame's work never stops short of taking my breath away. But his beautiful work isn't the only reason we went with James, his level of professionalism and easy going personality makes him a pleasure to work with and have around on your wedding day. When hiring vendors like a photographer that will basically be with you every moment of your wedding day, it's so important that you not only live their work, but enjoy them as people as well, and James was a blast to have around on our wedding day. Read less
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Melanie
Wedding:
9/23/2013
5.0/5.0
We recently got married on the Big Island and James was the first vendor we booked! He was actually one of the reasons we decided on the Big Island instead of Maui or O'ahu. I guess we could have flown him over to the other islands (yes, he's that good and would have been totally worth it!). I was VERY picky about the photography since we weren't doing video and it was just me and my fiance there. The pictures were the only thing we could share with our families so they HAD to be good. James exceeded expectations and captured every moment beautifully. Everyone who's seen them thinks they could easily be in a magazine. Thanks James and Bev!
We recently got married on the Big Island and James was the first vendor we booked! He was actually one of the reasons we Read more...
We recently got married on the Big Island and James was the first vendor we booked! He was actually one of the reasons we decided on the Big Island instead of Maui or O'ahu. I guess we could have flown him over to the other islands (yes, he's that good and would have been totally worth it!). I was VERY picky about the photography since we weren't doing video and it was just me and my fiance there. The pictures were the only thing we could share with our families so they HAD to be good. James exceeded expectations and captured every moment beautifully. Everyone who's seen them thinks they could easily be in a magazine. Thanks James and Bev! Read less
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Jessie
Wedding:
7/21/2013
4.9/5.0
After I checked out James' portfolio online, I knew he was the photographer for me! He manages to capture not just the personalities of the couples, but also the natural beauty of the Big Island. Our photos are amazing because he saw the unique qualities in our location (blooming garden, stormy sky, large boulders, etc!) and used those backdrops to make our pictures stunning. STUNNING! We also had the wedding party perform songs, dances, and speeches at the reception, and James was ready with strong lights to capture the moments as the sun set and darkness descended. I can't recommend him highly enough! He's an artist and worth every penny.
After I checked out James' portfolio online, I knew he was the photographer for me! He manages to capture not just the Read more...
After I checked out James' portfolio online, I knew he was the photographer for me! He manages to capture not just the personalities of the couples, but also the natural beauty of the Big Island. Our photos are amazing because he saw the unique qualities in our location (blooming garden, stormy sky, large boulders, etc!) and used those backdrops to make our pictures stunning. STUNNING! We also had the wedding party perform songs, dances, and speeches at the reception, and James was ready with strong lights to capture the moments as the sun set and darkness descended. I can't recommend him highly enough! He's an artist and worth every penny. Read less
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Bernice
Wedding:
6/10/2013
5.0/5.0
My husband and I got married on the Big Island this past June. At first we were disappointed at the limited selection of vendors the Big Island had (compared to say Oahu, and definitely compared to NY where we are from). We had done A LOOOOOTTTT of research, looking into nearly every photographer in and out of Hawaii. And then we stumbled upon James Rubio...and thank goodness we did!! We were immediately taken away by his photos and knew we wanted to work with him. He took us away to scenic areas he knew that would fit what we wanted, based on photos that we showed him beforehand. He is SO incredibly easy-going and we felt such at ease with him (such a contrast from how awkward we felt during our engagement photos we took a few months prior in NY). You can sense that he is just as excited to get the right shot as much as you are -- and that sense of passion for his work really shines through. It really makes a difference in the experience. Okay, the experience is one thing...the outcome? Choosing James Rubio to do our photographs was one of the best wedding decisions we ever made! We were MORE than pleased with how they all came out. Ever since I posted some of his photos on my Facebook page, Ive received nothing but comments revolved around how breathtaking they are and how worthy they are of being postcards or the cover of a movie poster. I can't believe I even questioned getting wed on the Big Island, bcs had we not not, we would have never come across James and had these amazing photos he took that will be cherished forever. I cant recommend him enough!
My husband and I got married on the Big Island this past June. At first we were disappointed at the limited selection of Read more...
My husband and I got married on the Big Island this past June. At first we were disappointed at the limited selection of vendors the Big Island had (compared to say Oahu, and definitely compared to NY where we are from). We had done A LOOOOOTTTT of research, looking into nearly every photographer in and out of Hawaii. And then we stumbled upon James Rubio...and thank goodness we did!! We were immediately taken away by his photos and knew we wanted to work with him. He took us away to scenic areas he knew that would fit what we wanted, based on photos that we showed him beforehand. He is SO incredibly easy-going and we felt such at ease with him (such a contrast from how awkward we felt during our engagement photos we took a few months prior in NY). You can sense that he is just as excited to get the right shot as much as you are -- and that sense of passion for his work really shines through. It really makes a difference in the experience. Okay, the experience is one thing...the outcome? Choosing James Rubio to do our photographs was one of the best wedding decisions we ever made! We were MORE than pleased with how they all came out. Ever since I posted some of his photos on my Facebook page, Ive received nothing but comments revolved around how breathtaking they are and how worthy they are of being postcards or the cover of a movie poster. I can't believe I even questioned getting wed on the Big Island, bcs had we not not, we would have never come across James and had these amazing photos he took that will be cherished forever. I cant recommend him enough! Read less
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Lorell
Wedding:
5/28/2013
5.0/5.0
James and Bev are such wonderful people and photographers! Their work is unmatched as is the experience you will have working with them. I have never been comfortable having my picture taken and am really good at looking really awkward in pictures. James just told me where to look, what to do, and helped me relax. Our pictures are truly gorgeous. We look at them all the time and have made books and prints for family gifts. You can not go wrong with this amazing team. And if you aren't getting married on the big island? It would be worth it to fly them out to your wedding location!
James and Bev are such wonderful people and photographers! Their work is unmatched as is the experience you will have Read more...
James and Bev are such wonderful people and photographers! Their work is unmatched as is the experience you will have working with them. I have never been comfortable having my picture taken and am really good at looking really awkward in pictures. James just told me where to look, what to do, and helped me relax. Our pictures are truly gorgeous. We look at them all the time and have made books and prints for family gifts. You can not go wrong with this amazing team. And if you aren't getting married on the big island? It would be worth it to fly them out to your wedding location! Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
2+ years ago
5.0/5.0
Wow! My husband and I cannot stop raving over our wedding photos. James and his assistant were awesome. They were very relaxed, yet punctual and professional. Our families loved working with them. James does mostly artistic photography, so we got some gorgeous shots. But he was also willing to do all of the typical requisite posed photography we did as well. The pictures were stunning. Yes, it does take 10 weeks to get your pictures back, but it is worth the wait! We know people who have gone with photographers who promise the photos sooner, but remember you're paying for quality not speed. James took a little longer to produce the photos, but it was WORTH IT. You have your wedding photos for the rest of your life. It's one of the only things that transcends the day. Splurge. You'll be so grateful!
Wow! My husband and I cannot stop raving over our wedding photos. James and his assistant were awesome. They were very Read more...
Wow! My husband and I cannot stop raving over our wedding photos. James and his assistant were awesome. They were very relaxed, yet punctual and professional. Our families loved working with them. James does mostly artistic photography, so we got some gorgeous shots. But he was also willing to do all of the typical requisite posed photography we did as well. The pictures were stunning. Yes, it does take 10 weeks to get your pictures back, but it is worth the wait! We know people who have gone with photographers who promise the photos sooner, but remember you're paying for quality not speed. James took a little longer to produce the photos, but it was WORTH IT. You have your wedding photos for the rest of your life. It's one of the only things that transcends the day. Splurge. You'll be so grateful! Read less
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