My name is Slava Slavik and I love to photograph people for a living. Being a wedding and portrait photographer here, in Hawaii, I think I have a dream job.

I’m relatively new to Hawaii. I came in December 2015 to make Oahu my new home, and follow my passion for weddings and portraits here.

I started my photography career in the Czech Republic in 2001, when I worked as an executive for a startup software company involved in photo-management software. I invested in a top-of-the-line Canon DSLR with several lenses, and quickly found passion in landscape photography. In 2002, one of my colleagues asked me to photograph his wedding. Initially, I refused, but for some reason, he and his fiancée trusted me and insisted. The first wedding assignment went well, and I knew I was hooked on weddings and working with couples.

I made photography a full-time business in 2004 when I moved to the United States. Within a few years I was established in the Atlanta area photographing on average 35 weddings and 50 portrait sessions every season. I had many wonderful clients and was consistently awarded honors by the wedding websites The Knot and Wedding Wire, for being among the top 5% of wedding photographers in Georgia.

Beside weddings, I love to photograph posed portraits – either families or professionals. I was honored to photograph editorial assignments with the CEO of AT&T Mobility, and vice-presidents of Coca-Cola, Delta, Home Depot, and GE Energy. I also enjoy creating professional portraits, having photographed a number of real estate agents, lawyers, doctors, and executives.

Fun Facts

Why 11 clicks 11 is my lucky number and I was born on the 11th
Hobbies Photography, running, hiking, design, marketing, and exploring the world
On the bucket list A few really exotic locations
Best dining so far Canoe Atlanta, hands down
… and in Hawaii Wai’olu at The Trump
Best wines I’m a fan of left-bank Bordeaux
A person to dine with Elliott Erwitt, photographer
Personal motto Don’t collect things, only experience
Add one odd fact Be ready for my funny accent

A Short Interview

How did your approach to wedding photography evolved in three different locations?
What is your photography education?
What is the main difference between photographing in Hawaii and on mainland?
What was the highest award of your photography career?