one of my ultimate joys in this life is witnessing people shine and supporting them in going hard after what brings them joy

I'M ALL WIFED UP. WHICH MEANS I'VE BEEN A BRIDE AND I'VE BEEN IN YOUR SHOES. I REMEMBER THE EMOTIONAL ROLLERCOASTER OF SHOPPING FOR THE PERFECT DRESS, THE PERFECT PHOTOGRAPHER, THE PERFECT VENUE - AND HOW PERFECTLY INSANE IT  ALL MADE ME FEEL.

I ALSO REMEMBER THE INCREDIBLE RELIEF OF HIRING PEOPLE I KNEW WOULD TAKE CARE OF ME AND THAT I COULD TRUST TO HAVE MY BACK NO MATTER WHAT. A

AND ABOVE ALL ELSE - THE OVERWHELMING, FULL BODY, UGLY-CRY GRATITUDE IN RECEIVING OUR PHOTOS BACK. 



I WAS BAREFOOT, TITS OUT, ROCKING A BOLD, DARK LIP AS A BRIDE, SO I'M OBVIOUSLY A BIG FAN OF DOING WHATEVER YOU DAMN WELL PLEASE, AND WHATEVER SETS YOUR HEART ON FIRE.

i am a firm believer that people shine their brightest when they are living their best, most authentic lives, and it is my ultimate pleasure to witness, support, and document people on that journey.

live your best life, honey

and i am so grateful to be able to pay that joy forward

and after losing a sibling, I have an incredibly deep connection to the importance of photos as well as a visceral knowledge that photos and memories are all we have as time passes and lives change.

2

I'M BIG ON FAMILY

my wedding was a hot,
beautiful shit show.
it all worked out, but i having made it through the gauntlet, I know how to handle pretty much any situation a day can throw at you,
and still keep cool as a damn cucumber.

my wedding was a hot,
beautiful shit show.
it all worked out perfectly, but i know how to handle pretty much any situation a day can throw at you,
and still keep cool as a damn cucumber.

1

I'M MARRIED. HOORAY!

I LOVE seeing new places, experiencing new cultures, and going on new adventures. 
At this point, I am an EXPERT at traveling. Having a destination wedding? Count me in!
You won't have to worry about me getting lost.

I LOVE seeing new places, experiencing new cultures, and going on new adventures. 
At this point, I am an EXPERT at traveling.
Having a destination wedding? Count me in!
You won't have to worry about me getting lost.

3

I travel. a lot. 

I have two kitty babies: Princess Leia and FN2187
(aka Finn)
which means I'm great at herding them. 
(and also, your in-laws)
don't worry. i'm not a monster.
i like dogs too, i'm just allergic to them.

we have two:
Princess Leia and FN2187 (aka Finn)
which means I'm great at herding them. 
(and also, your in-laws)
don't worry. i'm not a monster. i like dogs too, i'm just allergic to them.

4

I AM 1000% A CAT PERSON

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Chelsea was everything I wanted in a photographer. She was fun and sweet and very accommodating, She picked a beautiful location for our engagement photos. She immediately put us at ease and made our shoot a lot of fun! She directed us which was so helpful because it's hard to be "natural" when there's a camera in front of you. The end result were gorgeous pictures that truly captured "us", laughing and just being really happy.

Our photos were everything I wanted and I'm so glad I chose Chelsea to capture such a special time in our lives. She was more than just a photographer, she became a friend.

everything i wanted"

"Chelsea was

wailea sunset destination engagement
maui, hawaii

Chelsea was everything I wanted in a photographer. She was fun and sweet and very accommodating,

She picked a beautiful location for our engagement photos. She immediately put us at ease and made our shoot a lot of fun! She directed us which was so helpful because it's hard to be "natural" when there's a camera in front of you. The end result were gorgeous pictures that truly captured "us", laughing and just being really happy.

Our photos were everything I wanted and I'm so glad I chose Chelsea to capture such a special time in our lives. She was more than just a photographer, she became a friend.

Chelsea is the person you want to take your wedding photos - HANDS DOWN. The vibe your photographer brings is so key to how you will feel throughout the day - Chelsea really delivers on holding the flow together and knew how to get our wedding party and guests (all who had traveled 14+ hours to be there) to feel comfortable. She is incredibly fun & confident, which calmed everyones nerves, and she has your best interests in mind at every turn. Her positive feedback during shooting made us feel like models - we want to hire her every 5 years for a self-confidence boost!

If you want your wedding photos to be cliche and overexposed, go elsewhere - Chelsea's style is cool and epic, dreamy, edgy and timeless. Choose her for her photographic style and her fun personality.

fun + confident"

"She is incredibly

tropical FOUR SEASONS KO OLINA wedding
oahu, hawaii

Chelsea is the person you want to take your wedding photos - HANDS DOWN. The vibe your photographer brings is so key to how you will feel throughout the day - Chelsea really delivers on holding the flow together and knew how to get our wedding party and guests (all who had traveled 14+ hours to be there) to feel comfortable. She is incredibly fun & confident, which calmed everyones nerves, and she has your best interests in mind at every turn. Her positive feedback during shooting made us feel like models - we want to hire her every 5 years for a self-confidence boost!

If you want your wedding photos to be cliche and overexposed, go elsewhere - Chelsea's style is cool and epic, dreamy, edgy and timeless. Choose her for her photographic style and her fun personality.

Thanks so much to Chelsea and her team - we can’t recommend her enough!

She’s professional, fun and a burst of energy which is exactly what you need if you’re camera shy. I began my search for an engagement/pre wedding shoot for our holiday in Hawaii and it was the best decision we made. We were only at one location and for a short time but Chelsea truly utilised this to our advantage. Our photos turned out to be so beautiful. They captured so much emotion and not only did she do couple shots but also solo shots which a lot of photographers in Sydney don’t offer.

Chelsea, thank you again for everything! We always get compliments of our photos and if we hadn’t booked our wedding photographer, we sure would have flown you over to Sydney. You’re great at what you do and we wish you all the best!

recommend chelsea enough"

" I cannot

Tropical Oahu Sunrise Engagement
oahu, hawaii

She’s professional, fun and a burst of energy which is exactly what you need if you’re camera shy. I began my search for an engagement/pre wedding shoot for our holiday in Hawaii and it was the best decision we made. We were only at one location and for a short time but Chelsea truly utilised this to our advantage. Our photos turned out to be so beautiful. They captured so much emotion and not only did she do couple shots but also solo shots which a lot of photographers in Sydney don’t offer.

Chelsea, thank you again for everything! We always get compliments of our photos and if we hadn’t booked our wedding photographer, we sure would have flown you over to Sydney. You’re great at what you do and we wish you all the best!

My wife and I cannot say enough good things about Chelsea. We randomly came across her and she was one of the best decisions we made regarding our wedding. Chelsea is super friendly, takes unreal photos, and has such a great personality. We only spoke to her a few times before our actual wedding day, but it really was like getting together with an old friend you haven't seen for a while. My wife and I instantly felt comfortable with her, and she was able to keep things very light and easy in front of the camera.

We provided a shot list to her and she made sure to get each of them. All our guests thought she was amazing as she snapped candid photos during the reception. Again, hiring Chelsea was the best decision we made.

BEst decision
we made"

"Hiring Chelsea was the

multicultural summer Wedding
Olowalu Plantation House, maui, hawaii

Okay, no joke, if I could blow up around 98% of the photos and turn them into billboards and posters and plaster then ALL OVER THE WORLD I would.

We are sooooo in love with all the photos that came out of this shoot! Chelsea has a truly unique, authentic, creative, personal, easy going, reassuring nature and style which made this shoot both easy and FUN. I am so grateful and cannot wait for the next one!!!!!

A million mahalos over again. xx

in love with all the photos"

"We are sooooo

Molii Fishpond wedding
kualoa ranch, oahu, hawaii

Hiring Chelsea to photograph our wedding was one of the best decisions we made for our big day. She is constantly upbeat and positive, and was such a joy to have around on our wedding day. With so much going on, and many stressful moments, Chelsea only provided a calm, collected, FUN and determined presence that kept everything moving effortlessly.

Many of my friends and family commented on how wonderful and helpful she was. She somehow made it seem like there were multiple photographers shooting, when in reality it was just her, probably hustling constantly to get different angles and views. She stayed extra to capture some amazing photos of everyone dancing, and I couldn't be more grateful.

Her photography speaks for itself, she is truly an artist and it shows. Every time I look at our wedding photos, I can't help but get the biggest smile on my face and a warm fuzzy feeling in my heart. So so thankful for you Chelsea!

thankful"

"So so

luxe up country wedding
maui, hawaii

Chelsea is absolutely AMAZING! She has so many unique and creative ideas. Her work is absolutely magical!

Not to mention she is so easy to work with and gives the best direction. She makes you feel so comfortable in front of the camera. And she really captured all the crazy ideas I had in my head.

She really goes above and beyond and I would not choose anyone else. I'm just hoping I have an excuse to work with her again in the future!

Above &
Beyond!"

"She really goes

stormy waimanalo beach engagement
oahu, hawaii

My wedding photos were one of the most important aspects of my wedding (besides getting married of course!). Chelsea did an absolutely phenomenal job on our photos, and she captured SO many amazing moments and memories, in a style that I fall in love with more every time I look at them! She helped my husband (who is camera shy) relax and enjoy the photo process, and she got some incredible photos of him, even though he's not a big smiler. I can describe my photos as nothing short of total magic. I am delighted, impressed, and over-joyed with my photos!

Chelsea's style is unique, stunning, sensual, magical and absolutely beautiful. You won't be sorry! Add her amazing personality, and your already joyful day will be even juicier. LOVE!!!!!!!

nothing short of total magic"

"I can describe my photos as

cozy winter wedding
mammoth lakes, california

I cannot say enough about Chelsea Abril Photography! I am so happy that I stumbled upon her page because I am so, so in love with our engagement pictures (and her in general). She is extremely nice and down-to-earth. It can definitely be a little awkward to be all lovey in front of a camera (and other people wondering why you're posing on rocks over the ocean) but she made us feel completely at ease. She was honestly the best to work with: from scheduling a date, location, responsiveness, professional and then gave us the most gorgeous pictures to have for the rest of our lives.

PLEASE do yourself a favor and book your wedding/engagement pictures with her. You will not regret it and we are seriously obsessed!!

completely at ease"

"She made us feel

ko olina sunset engagement
oahu. hawaii

I cannot say enough about Chelsea Abril Photography! I am so happy that I stumbled upon her page because I am so, so in love with our engagement pictures (and her in general).

She is extremely nice and down-to-earth. It can definitely be a little awkward to be all lovey in front of a camera (and other people wondering why you're posing on rocks over the ocean) but she made us feel completely at ease. She was honestly the best to work with: from scheduling a date, location, responsiveness, professional and then gave us the most gorgeous pictures to have for the rest of our lives.

PLEASE do yourself a favor and book your wedding/engagement pictures with her. You will not regret it and we are seriously obsessed!!

let's meet up!

august / Seattle
september / Seattle, Oahu
october / Seattle, Oahu, Big Island
november / Seattle, Maui, Big Island, Oahu
december / Seattle, Wichita
january 2021 / Seattle, Oahu

FALL/WINTER 2020

january / Seattle, Hawaii-Tahiti
february / Seattle-Oahu-Los Angeles
march - april (lol nowhere/covid-19)
june / Seattle, Big Island, Oahu, Maui
july / Seattle, Oahu

SPRING/SUMMER 2020

2020 travel