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Creating stunning portraits of families, marine life, and landscapes since 2002



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Maui Photography is owned by Master Photographer Douglas Hoffman, and is the islands most established on location portraiture service. We specialize in creating portraits of families that capture the love and relationships that exist within the family, using the beautiful island of Maui as the backdrop. Over the years we have developed a three step process that enables us to consistently exceed our our clients expectations.

It all starts with good communication and planning. The more we know about your family before the session the better able we are to create portraits that capture your hearts and evoke emotional response. Using Skype, email, and the telephone we ask a lot of questions that help us determine where and when to create the portraits, suggest clothing that compliments the home the portraits will be displayed in, style of portrait desired, It also gives us the chance to determine how many different portraits are desired, what medium to print them, size of portraits, and of course cost. Clients appreciate that we take the time to make these decisions well before the actual day of the session, so they know what to expect as well as the costs.

The second part of the process is the actual portrait session. We will meet you at the agreed upon location and have fun creating your family portraits. ONe of the things that separates us from other companies is that Douglas always works with a lighting professional. Controlling, modifying, adding, and subtracting light is what allows Douglas to create portraits with depth, dimension, impact, and that evoke an emotional response. Maui is a beautiful place, however the sun can be brutal, creating all kinds of issues for photographers. This is why we use a variety of off camera lighting aids including large flash units, reflectors, and diffusors. A little flash on top of the camera just does not cut it. By managing the quality of light, Douglas is able to create portraits with rich shadow detail, stunning highlights, depth, dimension, and texture. This is far and above simply taking pictures.

The third part of the process is the viewing and ordering meeting that takes place as soon as 24 hours after the session. In this meeting clients get to see the best of their portraits projected on the big screen making it easy to select the best ones, and talk about cropping and sizing. We have tried hosting images on website for clients to view once they return home and found that clients could not easily view small pictures on the web and this makes it very hard to select the best images for printing and all too difficult to discuss retouching or cropping. We also learned that once people go home it is not easy for the decision makers to find time to view images and make decision.

There are over 300 photographers working on Maui, and out of that number there are a half dozen that have obtained a Master of Photography Degree. Those that have earned this prestigious degree have been tested on technical knowledge, lighting, artistic ability, composition, and storytelling and are at the top of their profession.


McCall Family"We wanted a photographer that could capture our family in a place that we all love.  We found Douglas and were impressed by his preparation and thoughtfulness to the entire process before we even got to Maui.  Hiring a photography with real experience not a hobbyist was our number one goal.  Douglas was so laid back, thoughtful and easy to work with for our entire family.  He found out what we wanted  yet allowed his gift of telling a story of our family to be the final product.   He even got one of our girls to give him her real smiles which is gold to her parents.  Our family (even the girls) enjoyed the entire process and the pictures were beyond all our expectations.  We know that the pictures he captured will be lifelong treasures to our family.” 

Raymond and Monica McCall
Austin, Texas

Banks FamilyDoug & Family
"Our family would like to thank you for capturing some of our best memories yet!  On our very first family vacation to Hawaii, we were fortunate to meet you and couldn't be more pleased with the results.  We have never seen so many wonderful pictures of our family captured in one sitting.  The canvas prints we bought are absolutely gorgeous and are truly a family heirloom that we will treasure for years to come.  Thank you for preserving some beautiful memories for us.  We look forward to meeting you again on our next trip to Maui."

With sincere thanks,
Tyler, Cassie & Hadley Banks
Gordon, Nebraska

Redmond FamilyAloha Douglas,
"We want to thank you for the outstanding pictures of our family on the occasion of our 50th wedding anniversary. We knew we wanted to have a good photographer take our family pictures while in Maui and we feel so fortunate to have found you. We worked together for almost 2 years prior to the event and  you made the entire experience fun and enjoyable. We love our "coffee table book" and the large portraits which will adorn our homes for years to come. Thank you for preserving memories that will last forever."

Paul and Barbara Redmond
Indiana Wells, Califorina
-------------------------------------------------Gerlach Family

The works of art that Doug created for our family represent unique, meaningful and beautiful memories of our time on Maui. They will take pride of place in our home back in Canada.

Mahalo nui loa ~
Alison & Eric Gerlach
British Colombia, Canada


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