Blog of KVP

Here on the blog you’ll see goodies related to Kauai videography, Kauai photography, behind the scenes,  reviews,  tips, ideas, discoveries, insights, equipment, venues, and a bunch of something or other. Below is me (David) flying a drone at a snail’s pace. You'll glimpse my back yard, which most of the world calls the Pacific Ocean. 

Elopement at Tunnels

Early morning intimate wedding on Kauai’s north shore, Tunnels Beach. Photographer David Marsh, officiant Julie Wirtz, the lucky couple Tracy and Jeff. Here’s a few of the photos. 




Golden Vow Renewal Kauai 

50 years and going strong! They’re from Irvine, California, and decided to repeat their vow at the Japanese Gardens, Kalaheao, Kauai.  To memoriaize the occassion, they chose my simple video and photo package. 

Golden vow renewal Kauai, Harold performed by Harold Kilborn

The simple video is delivered to you (the client) right after the ceremony on the SD camera card. Professionally shot on a tripod, you get a wide angle view zoomed into a medium shot (as seen above). The audio is suberb, recorded with a lavalier microphone feeding the camera wirelessly. Select the simple video with the simple photo package and you’ll have photographs and video of your special occasion for just $500, and you’ll have your video and photos without having to wait. 

Wedding at the bay

An esscence wedding video — seeing, hearing and feeling the special day but without the wordiness. Just the very best ingredients.     

Kauai photography locations

I’m known for saying “there isn’t a bad photo-op place anywhere in Kauai.” It’s true. In fact, the perfect photo-op location is usually no more than a hundred yards away. Many years ago, in the middle of a very arduous film shoot, we found ourselves falling behind schedule. It was late afternoon and the entire crew had stopped off at the Princeville Center for some refreshments. We still had to get 3 shots in the can before nightfall or we’d fall behind schedule, and the shots needed to be in a jungle location. We’d chosen Kilauea but as I looked up from my water bottle my eyes fell on a banana bush next to a palm tree and some rough-trodden sugarcane grass. "Long lens. Tight shot. Jungle,” I said to myself. Sure enough, we shot the sequence right there, a stone’s throw from Foodland. You’d never know it when looking at the sequence in the movie. It was perfect. Dense unihabited jungle, thousands of miles from civilization.  The north shore has so many great areas for your photo session.  Beaches of course, but everyone expects that. I think the mountains are even more spectacular. And the forests are breathtaking. Here’s a few shots from my back yard, well, not exactly, but tuly walking distance from my place.    The first shot looks like the emerald forest. The pier shot from the ridge above Hanalei is probably my favorite photo-op spot period.    


Wedding day-2 photo session


The advantage of having a 2nd day of wedding photography in Kauai is that we can go to multiple locations, a different beach, the jungle, then head off to one of the lakes or waterfalls, then to a scenic wonder spot, all creating an added dimension to your wedding album. This 2nd day session was just 90-minutes long and we covered 6 different locations on the north shore, another 100 photos for the album.  

Film tools added dimension

The film crane and its junior partner the jib arm are perhaps the most used film tools in professional film and television production. These styling tools elevate the look of the production.   It’s a must have for anyone desiring the very best look for their video.

Film tools add-on package $300

★ Operator/ grip for up to 2 hrs 
★  Jib arm - level plane low shots to above head. 
★ Video slider - for the finest short sliding motion
★ 3-axis video stablizer for buttery-smooth hand held shots. 



Build your own photography package or videography package, starting at just $250 — DETAILS for PHOTOGRAPHY      DETAILS for VIDEOGRAPHY 


I offer several options for around $1000, the multi-cam elopement video for example. $990 

Or you might want photography and videography for $1000. For this budget we have the 1K hybrid package, a leaner video  and 50 stunning photographs - DETAILS 

If your desire is only photography $575 gets you the perfect elopement package, which is 1 one-hour portraiture session following journalistic ceremony coverage. Or choose 2 hours of photography for $960. DETAILS HERE


Looking off into the distance, thinking, imagining, wondering. Subtle but oh so good. 

Photographs by Kauai photographer David Marsh…




Kauai high school kids

Always a pleasure to photograph kids. I never know what I’m going to get cuz they just do their thing, and that’s fine by me! 

—David Marsh,  author, videographer, cinematographer

Wanted - Literary Agent

Are you a literary agent that represents YA authors? ? Do you know a literary agent that represents YA, well enough to call her/him on my behalf? If so, I’d be happy to talk to you about potentially doing your photography or video session at no charge. Put in another way: if you are able to get a lit agent to read one of my manuscripts, I will absolutely shoot your session at no charge. 

Email me at  — See David’s YA fiction HER

What is a wedding video?

As a film and video teacher, I’ve asked dozens of videographers over the years what they strive for in a wedding video. The most common answer is they tailor the video as a story. I’ve even been told, ”yes with a begining, a middle and an end.” Fancy that!  I’ve also been told “that the biggest thing is to make it entertaining.” Well, I agree; that’s super important. And I’ve been told, “to capture the emotion,” like it’s a rodent on the run, bagged and tagged. Look, every videographer loves it when the bride or groom cries, especially during personal heartfelt vows.  Emotion gushes, camera is rolling. Captured!  But to be truthful, none of this is story-telling.  It doesn’t come from a blueprint, it’s not pre-imagined and executed.  Put a home camera in front of a wedding ceremony at the beach, you’ll have a wedding video. Set up  2 or 3 cameras, one on a Steadicam, another with a wireless lavalier recording clean audio, and then edit with titles, “Julia and Mark” over Hawaiian music or a song, you’ll have an elaborate wedding video. And to be candid,  most couples don’t want more—as long as it’s well shot, reveals their wedding day and the dramatic location—Hanalei Bay! And they can show it to family and friends back home and say, “ see our wedding.”  But for the few who want more, and want to know about pre-imagined and drafted and real digital cinematography for weddings, well, the first step is a shot list. It might look something like this:   

1. A wave crashing ashore on a deserted beach

2. Man’s foot - close up, on a sandy beach. He’s standing, and fidgiting. 

3. Sand ripples - close - blowing over the beach - the sound of the breeze.

4. Palm tree fronds high up, with sun glints, almost blinding.

5. Man’s foot again - pacing. 

6. A sand crab runs into the water. 

7. Bride’s feet. She’s walking. She pauses, hesitates…after all, it’s a big decision.  

8. Bride’s veil - close up, blowing in the breeze 

9. Groom's hand. Nervous fingers. 

10. Closde up, his eyes, pan down, his chest. we HEAR his heartbeat, thumping loudly. 

11. Full shot of bride; she’s made up her mind; her eyes are bright, she resumes walking, her expression full of hope and excitement,  

12. Groom looks up, sees her, and he beams. 


Below are three wedding video samples. The first, traditional video, nicely shot and edited, I think you’ll agree; under a thousand dollars. The other two are “designer-crafted.” However in video #3 we used artificial lights, reflectors and modifiers. Technically, it is digital cinematography.  


Kauai wedding photography $250

★ UNEDITED PHOTOGRAPHS — right out of the camera on the SD card after the session.  $250 — 30-minutes, $325 for 1 hour   

     Sunset/twilight lighting (recommend for sunset shoots) add $100

★ Professionally shot video add-on to your unedited photography session - from $250 DETAILS  







Anini beach sunset shoot

Sunset hour wedding with a quickie tripod video + photography. 


Sept 1st - the first couple to take advantage of my Fall special tripod video and photo package. 

Tripod wedding video $230

Kauai wedding video $199 single camera

Image from video 

The least expensive wedding video, only $230 (limited availability)  is perfect for couples who are having a simple 5-10 minute wedding ceremony, who don’t need editing, and different angles,  but are just fine to see a single well executed shot in a locked down position with crystal clear professionally recorded audio.  

 You can’t beat a professional $230 wedding video*  Fee is slightly higher for some locations on the island, and slightly higher for 4K recordings as opposed to the standard 1080p high definition.

For more info, see the TRIPOD VIDEO PAGE

A Proposal

Summer evening 2019 — a surprise proposal

Zac web comp


Photography by David Marsh

Hanalei Family Shoot

Sunset photography Hanalei Bay July 2019

 I loved filming Ryan, Heather and Heath, sunset hour at Hanelei Bay.  Heath wasn’t particulary interested having his picture taken, but every once in a while he would look up, especially when I placed a sand crab on my head—whatever it takes to get the shot!  

—David Marsh, photographer

Kauai baby bump shoot

Hanalei Baythe pier, sunset hour, cloudy with gaps where the sun peaks through,  sprinkels on and off. In a word: spectacular.  

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  Photographer: David Marsh, Kauai

I so happened to have my 135mm on my camera 

My 135mm prime is a lens I rarely use. Not that I don’t like it; I like it a lot, but for portraits for the longest time I’ve been using my 85mm and sometimes my 50mm. If I’ve needed wider, I would usually put on the 35mm 1.4 that I own, or my 24-105, as I no longer own the 24-70. But today I had my 135mm F2 prime on my camera. It was late in the afternoon, and my wife and I went for a walk . Than we sat down at the pond, and I took a few shots. I’ve posted them because I fell in love with the 135 all over again. I think I might even use it on my next portaiture shoot. I’ll just have to get used to backing up if a need head-to-feet shots with scenic.  Looking for a Princeville photographer?  Hey there!



Blue wedding gown

A stunning blue wedding gown…it’s not everyday that we see a Kauai beach wedding where the bride wears a gown so beautifully different. I was lucky enough to film bride Lara in her stunning turquoise blue wedding gown. Mitchell, the groom, was stunned as he didn’t know about the gown. Just a quick note: These shots are video frames, pulled from the wedding video, as the photographer that day was the delightful Naomie.  

Kauai wedding winter time at the beach, with blue wedding gown.
Hanalei Bay wedding, blue gown shot
Misty ocean wedding ceremony Kauai and the bride wore blue
Kauai wedding bride and groom touch forehead during ceremony


Kauai family photos
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When i place a bride and groom in front of verdant shrubbery, lit softly by the natural light of the golden hour, I am breath stripped. When I stare at wavestops awash in a patch of sunlight, while two or three torchlit rainshafts stream out of the lazy mists that always caress the sides of the mountain, I am lost —how can I not be spellbound? Click, click, click, I work my camera. Sometimes I tell the person I’m photographing to move this way or that, chin up a bit, slight turn to your left, etc, etc. but mostly I let the moments flow. I chat beforehand; we discuss moods, attitudes. needless to say, certain set pieces require some coordination. I try my hardest to make sure that my clients really enjoy the photography session.  




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An opinion that might make sense to you if you’re thinking about hiring a videographer for 4 or more hours to make a fantastic wedding video.  

I’ve mentioned before that a person cannot effectively borrow a style. Well, that’s not strictly true, only a person that does copy another’s artistic way (style) is, well, to put it bluntly a copycat. Here’s what I’m getting at. I’m getting at the kind of wedding videos (not simple beach-type weddings)* that come from the same mold, the type with lots of slow motion shots and labored pans, the couple’s name superimposed over an impressive vista, “Julia and Steve,” or "Ariel and Stamos,” and the officiant or maid of honor’s saying something like  ”Lattitica loves life…” and we see the bride swigging a glass of champage with her bridesmaids, and we see flower arrangements, and rings that are out of focus, slowly, oh so slowly, coming into focus and bla, bla, bla.  

If this memorialized flashback of your wedding day in a treacle-dense style as ubiquitous as McDonald’s arches is good for you,  can I at least offer you a different perspective.  You see, years down the road, when you have kids old enough to appreciate a good movie, do you really think they’ll be enthralled with the cookie-cutter wedding video? Yes, they’ll watch and be awed by how young you and Auntie Dolly look, but I’m sorry to say that they’re just not going to dig it, or watch it again with their friends, because they’ve seen it before!  It’s like opening up a photo  album and seeing yourself dressed up to the hilt like a 20s vamp and holding a pistol, next to a photo where you’re standing by a bubbling brook with your husband. Which one stands out? Duh! Or how about the photo with you landing back on Earth after skydiving, next to a  selfie in the mirror. The fact is, in the future, your kids will love to see your zany, goofball, over-the-top, days. “You did that, mom? Wow!”  

With this said, I do wish to offer what I believe is a smart move. “Have your cake and eat it,” meaning get the mom and dad performance movie that’s scripted and not cookie-cutter, and also get the standard wedding memorialization as a second video.  When I shoot scripted story wedding videos I offer my clients the choice of 3 edited films: The scripted story, a short documentary film (about 4-mins long) and the long version.  Nuff said— Difraser   

* Beach / simple weddings are excluded from my opinion, simply because in a single hour the videographer/ photographer’s sole responsibility is to capture the ceremeony, pay homage to the location, and edit the footage into a cohesive memorializtion of the special day.       



A Holocaust Survivor’s Story  

Two weeks ago (early Nov, 2018) I was asked to film a very special event here in Kauai, Dr. Jacob Eisenbach live - one of the few living survivors of the Auschwitz death camps in Nazi Germany.   Here’s a glimpse.


South side hybrid photography

Here are a few of the photographs from the “Love is in the air” photo shoot.  And see the video. Trust me. It’s good! For the photographs I though bright and colorful would be nice, rather than muted tones, which I’ve been doing a lot of lately.

Don't let me go. Kauai photo from the love is in the air video and photo shoot
Is it me you're looking for? Kauai wedding photo
The day before the wedding at Poipu beach Kauai
Notice the colorful sneakers; all the wedding party wore these. Comfy!


Best photographers Baltimore

Megan and Garret Pitts photographers from Baltimore

Aloha Megapixels Media Photography

Meet Megan and Garrett Pitts, an extrordinarly talented  husband and wife team passionate about photographing couples who are deeply in love.  Megan and Garrett are from Baltimore, Maryland, however they love to travel,  meet new people, and share extraordinary stories.  I’m hoping to see them here in Kauai.  Megapixel Media’s website. 


Vintage Kauai photography

Not all weddings have to look the same. Kauai photographer Difraser. 

Hybrid Elopement wedding video 

The 0ne-K (Hybrid Elope). 1-hr photo and video mixed session, with a portraiture photo session following the ceremony.  50 edited photographs     $1000                                

 See rates.  

Planning wedding videography

  • Pre wedding cinematography -  when you want a wedding video that shows more than  your ceremony. It can mean communicating with your wedding cinematographer ahead of the big day, and discussing the types of scenes  you think might be great. This might be traditional type scenes, like getting ready, and guests arriving and or giving testimonials, and a montage of the reception.  Or it can mean something  completely and utterly different, like having the cinamtographer create a mini movie about your Kauai trip.    
  • Pre wedding film ideas:  this can include themes for the video, such as romantic, adventurous, dangerous, going for laughs, or just about anything you can think of. It can even mean filming scenes that match the lyrics in a particular song.  
  • Pre wedding photography - this is when you have specific ideas that you’d like to share with your photographer, to make sure that she / he includes the types of shots that you want in your wedding photography album / slideshow. 



I was hired to film aerials of land owned by Princeville.   Views that one only dreams of. Imagine, not too long ago it would have been prohibitively expensive to get these kinds of shots—a helicopter and a harness to lean out of the chopper’s open door.  Many moons ago I did that. I leaned out of the open door of a chopper to film the Napali coast.   But these shots were taken with my buddy Steven Rodger’s quad.  Thanks to Steven for stepping up at the last moment, as my drone was in the shop.   

The highest quality aerial photography in Kauai

Kauai Aerial drone photography and videography by Kauai Video Productions 

Kauai High School Photo Shoot

Photography session:  September 27th 2017 — purpose - new website for the school. 

Happy to have completed another HDR real estate project.  HDR is high dynamic range photography. I do not use strobes (camera flash)  I use the house lights. I turn on as many as I can and wait until it’s dark enough for them to appear decorative.   HDR can be used on any photo shoot, even a wedding portrait session, for a completely different kind of look.  

Walking the drone

I’m in the shot ...

August 29th 2017 — So the day I got this new drone, my wife was worried that I'd do something silly, like try to piggy-back ride on it. Candidly, I’m not a complete novice. My other drone was almost as big as me, and it scared everyone who saw it, especially with me piloting.  So to appease the wife, we took a stroll. We could have just as easily been walking the dog, or the cat. We strolled, the drone kept pace, but after a while the drone begged to be cut loose.  

If you’re ready for the cinematic aerial look in your video, let me know.  Drone aerial photography/ videography adds a higher dimension to your story.  Aloha— Difraser.

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Hanalei Ridge

Difraser wedding photographer at the ruins with Zenovia

Have camera will go anywhere… even if it’s a Gopro snap. 

Put up a small canopy on the left side, the couple should be standing roughly where Zenovia is … what a master shot!   This is the ruins at Princeville, above Hanalei Bay.  The video BELOW was filmed without sound, just so that you can get an idea of what the ruins are like, photographically and cinematically.  

 Wedding videographer Kauai

Kauai videographer Difraser



Patrick Ching's new art show

Famous Hawaii artist Patrick Ching, who happens to be a good friend, is working on a 20-episode TV series, which he’ll mostly shoot himself at his own art studio.  This week, Patrick and I spent the day together talking art and video, and I suggested that he  get a Gopro camera, not for the entire shoot of course, but for some of the shots. “It’s an amazing little camera,” I told him.  Fortunately, I had my Gopro 4 with me, so I proceeded to show Patrick jusy how good and easy it is to shoot with it. The clip below is without any lighting, or any setup effort whatsoever. I just whipped out the camera and hit the record button. Oh, and I shot at 1080p, not at the camera’s 4K setting.   


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