Ranae Keane-Bamsey is a destination wedding photographer with a background in choreography, artistic directing, body mechanics and education. This background provides a foundation apparent through EMotion Galleries Photography - organically shaping every shot to ensure the couple looks their very best. See her complete resume.


Ranae has been married to musician, Duncan Bamsey, for almost 20 years. Duncan is originally from Canada, has received multiple Na Hoku Hanohona nominations and has attended the Grammyʻs for his musical contributions. Although Ranae is not a musician…fun fact… she received full University scholarship from the music department and has also been nominated for a Hoku. The couple calls Waikoloa Village their home and base their work from the Big Island of Hawaii.


When Ranae is not photographing a wedding or elopement you will find her scuba diving, hiking, teaching a class or dancing. Ranae has 20 years of education experience and teaches regularly in the public schools, conventions, universities and at workshops. She leads a popular teaching tour and photowalk to tourists, visitors and locals. Ranae is the featured hula dancer at Lava Lava Beach Club. When on island she performs weekly at Lava Lava, Mauna Kea Beach Resort, Westin Hapuna Hamakua Coast Resort and at the Hilton Waikoloa Village Beach Hotel.


Client Testimonials

  • Planning a destination wedding while going to school is stressful! My school and work schedule were so strict. Therefore the planning around school was even worse. But Michael and I fell in love with Ranae’s work from the moment we saw it. I quickly asked our coordinator to book her. She was a MUST have. Rather than Ranae just accepting our coordinator’s booking, she actually called me (even though there’s a three hour time difference) to ask why we were reserving her. She wanted to make sure that she could provide us with the best for our most special day and meet all of our needs! She was so sweet, wonderful, funny, and professional from that very first call. She wasn’t intrusive and made everything easy. The photography hours flew by! Michael and I didn’t do a first look and so she helped coordinate our itinerary to perfectly match the sunset photos that we really wanted! She suggested a few poses that Michael and I absolutely love. Her and her husband, Duncan, are an amazing team! Michael and I have looked through our link for our photos three times already and can’t decide on which ones we love the most! We love them all. Ranae is truly an artist and her work is absolutely second to none! I highly highly encourage anyone that is unsure to talk with her and then you’ll see that she can capture your memories in such a special way that you’ll have them forever. Among all our vendors she was an A++++!! Thank you so much Ranae. Our photos mean the world to us.
    — Stefanie, 5/5 stars
  • Ranae Keane from Emotion Galleries was so fun to work with. She went above and beyond the call of duty. Ranae was never pushy and worked with my budget. She captured some of the most incredible sky lines. We got married on Tuesday and by Friday we were in her office reviewing the photos. She made us a slide show with music in the back ground. I was moved to tears in under 5 minutes. The photos were absolutely breath taking. She is extremely talented and worth every penny. Hence, I loved every single photo so much that my husband and I upgraded our package giving us everything, including the amazing slide show. Ranae is extremely talented and I can’t say enough about how happy my husband and I are with our wedding photos. It was everything we had hoped for and so much more. Thank you Ranae Keane and Emotion Galleries for making our dreams come true.
    — lori, 5/5 stars
  • I can not say enough about Ranae with EMotion Galleries! My husband and I got married on The Big Island two years ago during a double hurricane. The wedding was almost called off because of power issues. Not once did the wedding coordinator tell me the photographer might not make it due to the circumstances! Ranae and Duncan were amazing!! They were professional, on time, friendly and so easy to work with! Ranae always asked for our input while shooting our photos and never once appeared in the way of our ceremony. Now, two years later, we went back to Kona and connected with EMotion Galleries for our first maternity session as we begin to welcome our sweet baby girl. Ranae spent plenty of time with us, laughing and working her magic yet again! Our pictures turned out wonderful! With a background in dance, Ranae taught us how to make every photo more flattering! Choose EMotion Galleries for your wedding photography and you will NOT be dissapointed! We can't wait to go back and have our first family photos taken with EMotion Galleries!
    — stefanie, 5/5 stars

Need More Information?

Name *