Waterfront Restaurant in Maui

The Waterfront Restaurant in Maui has been an island favorite for over 25 years.  The restaurant has moved a small distance and now has a very large space overlooking Maalaea Harbor.  We have eaten there to celebrate all of our anniversaries and are so excited that Douglas’ photography was selected for the decor.  When the doors open in mid-May their will be over 40 pieces of art on the walls.


This photograph is of Oneloa Beach, commonly called Big Beach.  It is located on the south side of the island in Makena.  I used a fish eye lens in order to show the beaches size and incredible topography.  This is an iconic location for Maui, and is visited by a large number of tourists and is a favorite amongst locals too.

To see more fine art check out the Art of Photography.  Interested in learning more about photography?  Check out Maui Photo Tours.  Is it time to have a family portrait created, if so check out our portrait planning guide on the family portrait/ gallery page of this site.

How to photograph kids and pets

Below are 7 tips to photographing pets and children.  Enjoy!

1) get out of your comfort zone and into theirs.   Kids and pets are not tall like adults, so go down to their level.  Try getting low or even on the ground.  You will see all kinds of new angles and possibilities.

2) Dont bark commands and force them into cooperation. Parents are famous for this.  Yes, we want respectful children, but we dont want tantrums, tears, and conniption fits. so sometimes parents just have to relax.

3) Let kids & pets be themselves.  If they want to explore let them, you might just get something really special that you would otherwise not have even considered.

4)  Remember the best portraits are the ones that tell a story and evoke an emotion, not just looking at the camera.  In this way you capture the personalty and emotion of the subject and this is timeless.

5) Saying cheese triggers the mind to make a cheesy smile.  Instead capture a portrait with a real expression.

Smile for the camera

7) Use props like a noise making chicken, sea shells, bubbles, toys, & sand castles for kids, frisbees, dog toys, treats, ocean, and squeaky noise makers for dogs.

6) Have Fun – Remember Getting wet or dirty makes for great story telling.

7) Have dog treats, kids snacks, drinks, towels, and extra clothes standing by.

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If coming to Maui and are interested in a family portrait please contact Maui Photography.   If interested in learning about photography, check out Maui Photo Tours.  Workshops on landscape, basic, I-phone, portraiture, and underwater photography are offered.               If interested in fine art photography or joining wildlife  photography expeditions check out Douglas J Hoffman

Sunset photography workshop

Maui has incredible sunsets, and we will teach you how to photograph them with your digital camera.  We suggest using a tripod and wide angle lens. 

Workshop topics covered will include camera angle, composition, design, & slow shutter speed. speed,

Sunset in Makena Maui

Maui Photo Tours and Workshop – Beach photography tip

When going to the beach to create portraits of people, avoid putting the horizon line in someones head or body. One way to do this is create the photograph from a higher angle of view. Mieko and I bring a step ladder to every session for this very reason.

The heads are below the horizon line making for a more pleasing composition

If interested in a photography workshop while in Maui, check this out.

Shark Diving – Fiji

Finally images from Fiji!!

Doug just sent these images back to share.  He has been shark diving with Aqua Trek in Fiji on their Ultimate Shark Encounter Dive.  After three days of shark diving he also did there Soft Coral Dive.  I’ll share those images soon.

If anyone is interested in joining Doug on his next adventure, please email dhimages@maui.net or call 808-879-0260.

I hope to have humpback whale images to share soon.  As soon as he sends them I’ll post them.