Toby Hoogs Photography is based in Kailua-Kona, on the Big Island of Hawaii. Toby specializes in high-end weddings, portraits, and lifestyle photography, all with an emphasis on utilizing the natural beauty of the islands. Toby’s philosophy is to “capture the moments, the memories and the magic in-between” in images that transcend from generation to generation.

Toby Hoogs was born and raised in Kailua-Kona. He studied photography in New York City and returned to the islands in 1992 to pursue his passion. Over the last 20 years, Toby has photographed over 2000 weddings. He brings a photojournalistic approach to each project, allowing him to capture events naturally and unobtrusively. His creative skill produces unique and memorable photos tailored to the style of the event. Although based in the islands, Toby regularly shoots weddings on the mainland and has traveled to Australia, Africa, and Central America on assignment.

Toby is honored to have been The Knot 2013 Pick for Best Photographer, Wedding Wire’s Bride’s Choice for 2012, 2013, and 2014, and has been voted the “Best Photographer in West Hawaii” for nine years!


  • National Geographic
  • The New York Times
  • The Outdoor Channel
  • Martha Stewart Magazine
  • Pacific Weddings Magazine
  • Style Me Pretty
  • Grace Ormonde Wedding Style Magazine
  • The Food Network

Contact us today for more information!

June 30, 2013 - 7:20 pm

Collin Casler - Hello,

My Name is Collin and this may seem a bit odd…But I saw the great photos you posted for a wedding that you did at the Ohana Retreat there in Kona. I am wondering if you know the owner or property manager for that site. I am looking into a place for a family reunion for July of 2014 and am trying to make sure that what I am about to pay for is not a scam…if you have any info that may help it would be greatly appreciated. I realize that you are a photographer and not a property manager but you are the only other party that i can find on the internet that has had contact with the actual property/staff. Thank you for your time and hopefully your help.

All the best,


January 11, 2014 - 5:13 pm

Donna - We are visiting the island on March 20 to April 1st, 2014. I would love to do a one hour family session (Mom, Dad, girl 13 and boy 11). I am looking for some portrait or set-up shots (we are not very creative) and maybe a few action fun shots. I have in my head that I would love a beach background but also love the trees in the background (similar to 69 beach). I am interested in a package that would provide us with the rights and all of the photos on a disk/drive to take home with us.

Please let me know if you would have availability in that time frame and some suggested packages.

Thank you kindly,
Donna Speers

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