When we started the search for our wedding photographer, we wanted a photographer that would not only capture our style in mind but also one that had an amazing eye and talent at capturing each moment creatively. For a destination ceremony, we were anxious due to the fact that we would not be able to actually meet the photographer until the last minute. From the 1st email and phone calls, Blenda was fantastic! From the moment we met, Blenda was prepared with her beautiful props and even her makeup artist Carlah Keulian she recommended was fabulous and professional. We already felt at ease and trusted her creative input and ideas especially with her recommendations about where we can shoot after our ceremony, we loved all of the locations she picked out. Blenda's creativeness and photography skills shined though in all of our pictures. Not only is she a talented, she's also beautiful person inside and out. We couldn't be happier with the beautiful memories that we now have captured on film for our family and friends. Thank you Blenda and Many Mahalos! Hope to see you again in Kauai soon. Jill and Sam Valdez.
We chose Blenda for her particular style in photography, which we love! We had our wedding on Anini Beach at a private residence, but live in Michigan, so planning ahead was essential. Blenda was in touch via email & phone, plus a personal visit, before the wedding to ensure that any photography issues were settled so we didn't have to deal with them on our day. That was wonderful and really set our minds at ease. On the day of the wedding, one less thing to deal with/worry about! Needless to say, everything turned out great! We love our photos and are so happy that the entire "feel" of our wedding was captured perfectly for us to remember, and for those that weren't able to attend to see. Thank you Blenda! Nicole & Marcus
I was lucky to find Blenda via searching the internet since I live in Las Vegas but was planning my dream wedding in Kauai. Viewing her website I knew she had a keen sense of artistic judgement and a personalized creative flair. The first time I spoke with her on the phone, she put me at ease about everything and even had some great recomendations for details I still needed to plan (like our wedding officiant!!!). Through everything, Blenda was by far the best choice for my husband and I, we loved every minute working with her, I know I could not have made a better choice! She was very professional, personable, and really cared about the end result of our wedding photos and our happiness. Many people at our wedding commented on how wonderful she was too. As for the photos, I want to frame them all!!! They are all so beautiful and really capture the feeling my husband and I had on that day...they are priceless! Thank you Blenda for making our experience so wonderful and giving us memories captured in time that we will never forget and always love to look at! Thanks again, It was truly wonderful working with you and getting to know you! You are a true imaginable spirit with great creativity and a kind, true heart. Surely, when I am on Kauai again I will say hello! Aloha from Las Vegas, Harrison Ohana.
When our original photographer was unable to make our ceremony due to last minute travel problems, Blenda graciously stepped in for us on very short notice. Given this, we weren't completely sure what to expect, but Blenda managed to exceed all expectations above and beyond what we could have hoped for. She managed to cover all of the important moments of our ceremony without being at all intrusive and was extremely professional. She immediately put us at ease and did a great job not only suggesting poses but capturing our spontaneous moments from the day. We were delighted with the images she produced and would certainly recommend her to other couples. We are truly impressed with her photographs and will be forever grateful to her for all she has done for us. Kerri and Dave, Cambridge UK Married May 6, 2010
We planned our small Kauai wedding from Southern California and were referred to Blenda Montoro Photography by a friend local to the island. From our very first conversation, Blenda put me at ease with her kind and thoughtful manner. She made me feel that I was a personal friend while remaining professional and focused. Throughout the planning process, she was responsive and helpful, referring us to other local wedding professionals and potential wedding locations. By the time we arrived in Kauai and finally able to meet, it felt like we were with an old friend. The wedding was magical, and Blenda’s shining spirit only contributed to the intimate ambiance of the event. When we ran into some unplanned incidences along the way, she always remained calm and positive. Most importantly, she did an amazing job capturing one of the most emotional and joyful days of our lives. Her perspective from the lens, accompanied with her editing, translated into beautiful, moving and STUNNING photographs. In addition, she exceeded our expectations by delivering the finished product in time for our California reception. Our guests truly felt the emotion of that day, the love we share, and the strength of our union, by seeing her photographs. They brought a piece of Kauai to our California celebration. We, and our entire family, will cherish the images she captured for a lifetime. We highly recommend Blenda Montoro Photography to anyone wishing for professional service with an honest and stylish finished product that captures the spirit of Kauai. Mike and Jamie Richardson Married 4/24/2010
We were in the midst of planning a destination wedding from Seattle, Washington and one afternoon while looking for a “getaway” car for the post ceremony drive to the reception venue, we discovered Blenda’s website. It was love at first sight. Wes agreed that her photographs were stunning and captured that intangible quality that is elusive in so many wedding photos. We already spent many hours going through other photographers portfolios and although there were some wonderful photos in each body of work, it was the definitive heart of each individual love affair that Blenda’s work evoked from each couple she framed in a moment of time. Blenda’s gift to capture a unique love affair, the innocence and wisdom of a child’s spirit, and an eye for exquisite detail compelled me to call her on the spot. We chatted on the phone for an hour and her lovely spirit and openness solidified my suspicion that Blenda was the perfect match for our wedding. The day of the wedding I was so nervous I barely smiled, Blenda arrived with a bouquet of smiles and her enthusiasm for celebrating the commitment to love calmed my nerves. Finally, I started to walk toward the aisle and all that nervous energy culminated in an honest show of emotions, including my smile. The ceremony photos were original, elegant, and honest. Blenda made such a wonderful effort to guarantee all the photos we wanted were captured and that they showed a variety of settings, photo styles (formal and photo journalistic), and always with a genuine love for celebration. Blenda is so cognizant of the vegetation, the topography, the lighting, and the texture of the surrounding environment that sometimes it felt as though she captured us dressed up in wedding attire as natural and characteristic of the beach we were dancing on. If you are hoping to find a photographer that is able to capture the essential and the surprising, a friend to remind you that the day is truly a celebration for you to enjoy, well then I am sure Blenda’s portfolio already speaks volumes; Know that Blenda is the real deal and will reveal the heart of your special day in ways you could have only hoped it would be. Yours, Heather and Wes Pierce Married November 25th, 2009 Shipwreck Beach, Poipu, Kauai
Blenda's talent and passion for the lens turned out to be exactly what I was looking for in my search for family photographers. I knew that I wanted to find someone who was hip, modern and fresh yet professional at the same time. I definitely found that in Blenda. She was also patient, knowledgeable, and accommodating before, during, and after the photo shoot. Prior to the meeting, I learned that she had experience working with children, which fit very well for us as I wanted a photographer who understood toddlers and could engage with my 21 month old son. That she definitely did as my son continues to talk about Blenda to this day! When we finally met Blenda, we felt like we were meeting an old friend. Her genuine nature and caring attitude set us at ease and allowed her to capture us exactly as we are, and exactly how we wanted to be captured, naturally. When we viewed the photographs for the first time we were moved, as were many of our friends and family. Thank you Blenda for sharing your talent and passion with us. It was a blessing to meet you, and we give you the highest in recommendations! Mahalo, Janelle, Jim and Isaac Calgary, AB Canada
Blenda~ I wanted to make sure to tell you how pleasant our experience with you was~ You are such a sweet and darling person to be around, which helped to set the mood of our wedding. I was so over anxious about the photos, I so badly wanted beautiful wedding pictures that I was "over worried" about it. Your presence and non intrusive nature was very calming to us, specially me, and really helped the process. The shots you got were beautiful, some of them were breath taking and caused tears of joy~ As far as I am concerned, you can not put a price tag on that. Thank you, for being you, and you are amazing. You will always be a big part of our Kauai wedding memories. Mahalo~ Ryan and Jesika Stoll Wasilla, Alaska. Married in Poipu on Shipwrecks Beach
Blenda was one of the photographers at our wedding (Gennaro and Brianna). Her presence at our wedding was so warm and intimate - It was a joy to have her there to capture our most special moments. When we received the disc with our photos from our wedding, Gennaro and I were in awe of her work. The pictures she sent to us were so well done, we know that these are the pictures we will hang on our walls and print for our photobooks. We would recommend Blenda to anyone getting married in Kauai. She's fantastic. Gennaro and Brianna. San Francisco, CA
"Blenda has been taking pictures of our family for several years. She has an eye for capturing the perfect moments, the perfect expressions, and essence of our family for that moment in time." Elisabeth Fowler Santa Barbara - California
Personality, Patience and Passion describe the quality in Blenda's work of photography. She brought out the best memories not only for us but, also for my children. Mahalo Blenda!! Forever Grateful, Derek and Engelina Pellin
Blenda, We would like to thank you for being there with us on our special day! The pictures are beyond amazing and allow us to relive the memories! It is the best gift for us, looking back on the day! You were great, making us feel at ease and comfortable, and you have such a pleasant spirit! Thank you so much, your pictures are extraordinary!!! --Cullen & Rebekah Prokop
Blenda, We thank you so much, you are a wonderful photographer to work with! You found the most beautiful and hidden location for our engagement session, and I can't even count the number of people who commented on how stunning your pictures were. Your calm and positive energy and your ability to gently guide the shoot really made us comfortable to be ourselves in front of the camera (which is not an easy task!). I've looked at our engagement pictures so many times and smiled. Thank you for capturing our intimate moments as a couple, we're thrilled! Carmela and Alex Santa Barbara, California.
Hi Blenda! Nice work! The images look great. We couldn't be more grateful to be working with such a talented photographer. It was really a pleasure. You made it such an enjoyable and natural experience for us. We're thrilled with everything you've done and look forward to working with you again in the future! With much Aloha, Hayley and Santo
Blenda, You made my boys feel comfortable right from the beginning, and as a result you were able to get excellent photos of them with relaxed, natural smiles. In the past, when we've used a professional photographer, everyone was tense and stiff, and the photos did not turn out well. But with Blenda, the boys were having such a good time, the photos during out looking fabulous! Julia Rodgers