Chelsea Abril Photography is a wedding and elopement photographer based in Seattle, Washington; splitting her time during wedding season and photographing events through the Hawaiian Islands on Oahu, Maui, Kauai, and Big Island (Hawaii Island). Chelsea Abril Photography believes in building a day specifici and unique to what matters and is most important to you and your loved ones. Want to spend the day getting incredible portraits of just the two of you? Great! Want to spend the majority of time celebrating with your guests? Awesome! Chelsea has years of experience and is an expert at guiding couples in creating days that feel authentic, honest, and fun. You can trust knowing that you will get beautiful photos that capture the essence of you as you truly are, feeling joyfu and natural. Her clients consistently report feeling supported, comfortable, "like themselves" and surprised at just how fun the photo process can be, especially those who expressed feeling anxious about being in front of the camera.
If you are looking for someone who makes the photo process easy, painless, and fun while still capturing incredible, timeless photos that preserve your love story and wedding day in a natural, joyful, authentic way - Chelsea Abril Photography is the photographer for you.
Chelsea Abril Photography pours love, energy, and years of expertise into everything and everyone she photographs. Additional services include:
Chelsea Abril Photography is based full time in Seattle, Washington in the beautiful Pacific Northwest. Born and raised in Hawaii, she frequently travels back to the islands to celebrate and capture couples in love.
45 Reviews for Chelsea Abril Photography
Recommended by 100% of couples
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Lei · Married on 07/12/2019
Don't even think about hiring another photographer.
What can we say about Chelsea that hasn’t been said before? She is FANTASTIC. Seriously, check her Instagram. My wife and I were really nervous about our wedding photos because neither of us has ever had any sort of professional photos taken before (unless you count school photos :P). But Chelsea’s bubbly personality and rapid fire instructions quickly put us at ease. We were laughing and having a fantastic time within a minute, making our pictures look more natural than we had even hoped. Every photo felt like it captured our personalities perfectly, and didn’t feel like someone’s interpretation or vision of/for us. By the end, she felt more like a friend than some person we had hired. We got a HUGE number of photos in our preview and they were done so fast we could start showing them off less than a week after saying “I do.” Chelsea is super responsive in any format that we’ve contacted her in and came prepared and full of energy despite having a completely booked schedule and a long plane ride (to her next wedding!) later that night. She never made us feel silly for asking for something specific and was instrumental in guiding our shot list and giving us everything we wanted and more. Overall, hiring Chelsea was one of the best decisions we made for the whole wedding and we would recommended her hands down any day of the week.Sent on 08/05/2019
Kathryn Davis · Getting married on 09/08/2021
Chelsea is the best
Chelsea is amazing. Not only is she an incredibly talented photographer, she is also a delight to be around. As is true for many couples this year, our wedding plans were turned upside down by CoVID. Chelsea helped us plan the perfect elopement and document the experience in a way that made our family and friends feel included although they could not be with us. Due to intimate size of our elopement party, she even signed our license as one of our witnesses!Sent on 12/22/2020
Derek Lu · Married on 09/05/2020
Truly The Best Decision We Made
Go for it. That little voice in the back of your head that's telling you not to settle, listen to it. Because with Chelsea, you won't be. Chelsea is more than a seriously talented and creative photographer. Once she gets to the scene, it feels like your oldest friend has arrived. Not only can she capture the shots you envisioned, she'll catch the all laughter, the intimate moments between each breath, the artsy black and whites, the sweeping wide angles, and everything in between. Her energy is contagious and she makes you feel incredible throughout, which allows you to drop your guard and be in the moment. We couldn't have imagined a better experience than to have Chelsea shoot our desert elopement. I don't think I'll hire another photographer again.Sent on 11/02/2020
There are a lot of amazing photographers in Hawaii, but Chelsea is truly a gem! I have been blessed to work with her many times and I have been able to observe her as a professional, an artist and a colleague (turned dear friend). What I can tell you is this... From the first communication with her, my clients are instantly put at ease with her genuine charm and desire to make their wedding photos great. She exudes a positive and excited vibe that somehow makes you even more excited to get married. This energy carries over to the wedding day where she is miraculously able to direct and entertain her subjects while at the same time taking the most amazingly natural and candid photos. Not only have I observed her technique during my clients' weddings, but I have also had the pleasure of being the subject of a few of her photos. Having had professional portraits taken before, I knew how awkward and un photogenic I could be, but to my very pleasant surprise I had a really hard time deciding between 80 stellar images! If you are looking for gorgeous photos and an incredibly lovely and genuine human being to take them, Chelsea is your gal!
Chelsea is an absolute joy to work with. She literally radiates positivity and laughter which reflects in the images she captures. If you're looking for professionalism with a personality of gold, look no further than Chelsea.
National Tropical Botanical Garden recently hosted a wedding, photo shoot at the McBryde Garden at the Waterfall location. It was an amazing morning, beautiful weather and what a happy playful couple. Chelsea was fabulous with a beautiful personality, easy going and super detailed oriented. For every photo shot she would ask the couple to move and pose in so many different ways to create that perfect photo. Great job! I would highly recommend Chelsea Abril Photography.