Toby Hoogs Photography is based in Kailua-Kona, on the Big Island of Hawaii, and has been voted the Best Photographer in West Hawaii for the last seven years in a row! Toby has over 20 years of experience as a photographer and during his career, he has had the privilege of photographing more than 1,800 weddings!
Toby and his wife of 11 years, Renee, specialize in high-end weddings, portraits, and lifestyle photography, all with an emphasis on outdoor settings and the natural beauty of the islands. Toby Hoogs Photography also provides videography and a full complement of related services.
Toby was born and raised in Kailua-Kona. Developing a natural aptitude from an early age, he shot his first wedding at just 17. He then studied photography in New York City, before returning to the islands in 1992 to continue building his photography business.
Toby uses the most advance and state-of-the-art-equipment. Combining a vast and diverse array of experience, with an organic flair for capturing sponteneous instances as they transpire, Toby brings a refined, yet comfortable, photojournalistic approach to each project.The consensus from Toby's many clients is that his laid back, friendly, and unobtrusive personality relaxes his subjects, so that the energy of the present flows with ease. The magical moments that unfold are thus real, not contrived, and are recorded as they truly happen.
Toby's creative skill produces memorable photos tailored to the style of every event, and each couple's unique vision and personality.
Although based on the Big Island of Hawaii, Toby regularly shoots weddings on the other islands, the mainland United States, and has traveled to Australia, Central America, and Africa. His past editorial and commercial clients include: The New York Times, National Geographic, The Food Network, The Outdoor Channel, Martha Steward Magazine, Grace Ormonde Wedding Style Magazine, Pacific Weddings Magazine, etc.
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Lancelot Elarionoff Jr · Married on 03/01/2019
Lock-up Toby now - he's a can't miss add-on to your wedding!
Toby Hoogs brought a positive and enthusiastic personality to our ceremony, and that energy was only topped by the surreal and ‘once in a lifetime’ photo captures he took on our perfect day! He masterfully coordinated family members and wedding party alike, ensuring we always matched the best background, with impeccable lighting, timed in such a way that you never felt rushed, rather, we enjoyed striking poses and the moments as they happened. Our extended family was large, we had small children, paired with a few grandparents – but Toby was professional, energetic, and extremely polite, in that no one who was being asked to do a certain pose or stance was ever embarrassed or felt put out – everything he asked the wedding party was done seamlessly, including the children when reminded they needed to smile once more. We could not have imagined having anyone else documenting our moments with the people we love the most! THANK YOU for your patience, and willingness to snap unplanned photos when the opportunity presented itself – because of YOU, we will have an anchor in time where we enjoyed the perfect day! Forever thankful – Lancelot & Britni ElarionoffSent on 03/07/2019
Yasmin Khan · Married on 10/18/2018
Can't believe I am posting a review!
We’ve recently received my mom’s wedding pictures that were taken in October 2018 at the Fairmont Orchid. I cannot stress enough how spectacular the photos turned out! Toby was not only gracious by staying over the time to continuing taking pictures but he was also able to capture many heartfelt emotions. We honestly can’t stop looking at the pictures and have already made hardcopies. Thank you Toby for capturing memories that’ll last a lifetime.Sent on 01/08/2019
Ashley · Married on 06/11/2017
I can't recommend Toby enough. He was absolutely amazing as our wedding photographer. You can see how absolutely passionate he is about what he does. It definitely shows in his work. I couldn't be happier with our wedding photos. Not only did he take amazing photos at our wedding as well as the reception, but he went above and beyond to make sure that everything went smoothly and that I was comfortable. Because we had a destination wedding, it can be hard to choose vendors. Before we even booked Toby, we asked if he would FaceTime with us so we could "meet" and get to know him. Talking to him through FaceTime, you could feel how passionate he was about his photography. He answered any and all questions that I had and never pushed me to book him. I felt that he knew what he was doing and I could tell he truly loves what he does and that won me over. I booked him and after that, it got even better. He met with us once we got to the island and talked with us about everything that would happen on wedding day. He truly put me at ease and made me very confident in my decision choosing him. I was worried about him being a male, would he pay attention to my hair being out of place, or an unflattering position. I was blown away! Every time he took a picture, he would make sure my veil and dress looked absolutely perfect and that there wasn't a hair out of place. I couldn't believe how perfectly he paid attention to every detail, and I couldn't have been more comfortable with him taking pictures. I pretty much forgot he was there (no offense Toby!). He took so many pictures and I couldn't be happier with the result! I wish we lived in Hawaii so he could photograph all the important moments in our life. Thank you so much Toby! You are truly amazing at what you do!!!Sent on 08/09/2017
As one of the elite photographers in the State of Hawaii, Toby and his team demonstrate a remarkable commitment to their clients. Aside from his wonderful personality (which everyone loves), friendliness and ability to put his clients at ease, he goes above and beyond at every event we work on together on a weekly basis. Having known Toby personally for over 13 years he has always been professional, consistent and reliable. His work stands out and speaks for itself. We highly recommend Toby and his team.
If James Brown was the hardest working man in show business then that makes Toby Hoogs the hardest working photographer in the event photography business. He is deeply committed to his trade and it shows in how he approaches each event. Toby is rarely seen resting. Instead he is constantly searching for the perfect photo opportunity. This dedication translates into absolutely beautiful work. We have had the honor of working with Toby dozens if not hundreds of times of the years and it is always an absolute pleasure. We would highly recommend him for your next wedding or special event.
I highly recommend Toby Hoogs Photography for all your photography needs on the Big Island and throughout the world. Toby and Renee both are excellent photographers that go above and beyond the call of duty to get you the absolute best photos possible. Despite their now 20 years of experience in the photography business, they treat every single job with professionalism and passion that continues to produce high quality shots every time! Their photo-journalistic style captures the natural moments of your event giving you authentic and beautiful memories of your wedding, engagement or family portrait every time!