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Tad Craig Photography bio picture

Greetings from Beautiful Maui Hawaii

Born in Aspen, and raised in Telluride, Colorado, Tad has 
always had a passion for the outdoors and a reverence for the 
beauty of his natural surroundings.

Tad received his first camera, a Nikon FE2, as a high school 
graduation gift. Since then, he has been obsessed with 
perfecting his craft, constantly pushing himself to create 
better, more beautiful images. He began his career as a sports 
photographer shooting extreme sports in Colorado, Oregon, and 
Hawaii.
                 

The transition from Sports to Wedding Photographer evolved  with the help of three things: A Public Relations degree from C.U. Boulder, years of experience working in Five Star Hotels 
and a solid photography background. Tad skillfully blends 
traditional techniques with spontaneous photojournalism. The 
striking quality of his photographs is rooted in the basics: 
clean, simple compositions, a candid eye toward his subjects, 
and the ability to step out of the way to allow the 
breathtaking beauty of the Pacific speak for itself.

Tad prides himself on treating clients like friends and takes an 
invitation to photograph every event to heart. His professional, 
easy going personality will help make your special day relaxed, 
hassle free, and fun. His creative eye, attention to detail, and 
friendly, approachable nature have made him one of the most sought 
after photographers on the Islands. His gift for connecting with 
people and consistently delivering beautiful images will help turn 
your wedding dreams into reality.
             

Category Archives: Sugarman’s Plantation House

Ryan Marries his Angelena ~ Honua Kai Lani Estate

Both Angelena & Ryan are local Maui’ans, so when I was asked to shoot their wedding at The Sugarmans Estate ( also called Honua Kai Lani Estate) in Makena, I knew it was going to be a giant of a wedding. With my assisant Marie-Claude in tow, we were excited to see all the work they had done to have an incredible wedding @ an exceptional location! I had been told that the wedding party was BIG, but I didn’t know it was going to be 26 people! NO problem though, as it was easy & really fun shooting Ryan with all his buds & Angelena with all her (sassy) girlfriends. We were blessed with lots of clouds making the lighting stunning & very soft. LOVE that lighting!
The evening, of course, happened at lightning speed & suddenly is was their first dance. Having practiced lots for it, Angelena & Ryan destroyed the dance floor with HOT move after HOT move. It was a great first dance, with the 200 people in attendance all standing & clapping afterwards. It was also super cool having their cute little dog there as well.
Of course all the little kids stole the show looking extra cute in pictures! I love the shots of the two of them under the arch, but as a portrait photographer I love the character in the guy with the black hat. My VERY favorite image though, (just cause its different), is the very last back lit shot of the post. So dramatic!
My very best goes to Angelena & Ryan on a Gorgeous wedding & a fantastic start of their new life together.
A Hui Ho! Tad
(Special Thanks to Marie-Claude for her excellent photography)

Minister: Al Terry
Photo Booth: Epic Entertainment
Flower: by Angelena & Bridesmaids
Stylist: Sisters & Company
Musician: Alika Nakaooka & Eddie Sabala
DJ: Kai Nakaooka
Caterer: Big Beach BBQ
Baker: Maui Cakes by Ghisalani
Transpotation: The Limo Company
Shoes: Nina
Dress by Maggie Sottero & Allure
Bridemaids dresses: Elly’s Formal Wear
Rings & Dance Lessons by Nancy & David @ Topaz
Chuppa & Chairs by Pacific Isle Rentals
Tent by: Maui Rents

TEN years in the making & Ileana and Dax finally Marry!

From earlier conversations with the coordinator I knew this wedding was going to be “Super Fabulous”! I just did not know HOW “Super Fabulous” it actually was going to be.
Ileana & Dax had been dating for ten years and have a three year old daughter. She had bought her AMAZING dress, three years earlier, and had kept it hidden from her husband for all that time.
Living in Las Vegas, their busy lifestyle had not permited them to get married sooner & finally the day came to say “I DO”!
With about 60 of their closest friends & family, they said their nuptials to each other. The evening was beautiful with soft clouds making the light easy to work with & comfortable as everyone enjoyed the evening. Their little girl was SO Cute. She constantly was doing little “cute” things which made for great photos.
Their sunset they scored was also amazing.
Leah Robb of Island Wedding Memories not only coordinated the evenings events, but also made all the incredible flowers that adorned the tables.

Enjoy the pictures & Congrats to Ileana & Dax!

Ten years in the making & Ileana & Dax finally Marry (DETAIL PIX)

Ashley & Adam’s Magical Makena Wedding

I met with Ashley & Adam in early December when they came to Maui to begin planning their Maui wedding. We immediately got along great!
Fast forward six months & all of the planning for their gorgeous wedding @ Sugarmans Plantation Estate in Makena came to fruition.
Tropical Maui Weddings took care of all of the beautiful details and put on a fantastic wedding!!!
My friend Kimokea was also a family friend of theirs & was the officiant. His words were as beautiful as the location in self! The evening was filled with laughter, joy & lots of dancing.
Enjoy the pictures & Congratulations to Ashley & Adam.
Thank you for letting me be part of your special day!
Tad

October 28, 2011 - 2:11 PM Ashley - Tad, we LOVE our wedding pictures! We are so luck to have you as our photographer on our special day!! We cannot wait to see our album!

Nicole & Kevin’s Intimate Christmas Eve Wedding

Christmas Eve, I arrived at the gorgeous Sugarmans Plantation House to find that it had just rained. The fresh smell of rain dampened the grass a weeee bit, but NOT the brides enthusiasm to get married! The bride also knew I’m a cyclist & proudly told me how her finace had just ridden his bicycle UP Haleakala & summited the 10,023′ feet mountain. Quite an acomplishment for anyone, including a groom getting married in a few days time.

With just a few of their closest friends & family by there sides they tied the knot with a short but sweet ceremony. They were gifted with a stunning sunset & gorgeous light! A photographers delight!

Enjoy the pictures & Congrats Nicole & Kevin

February 25, 2011 - 3:39 PM Nicole - Thank you for the great memories!!