Consumers guide to photography on Maui

Aloha everyone!

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With the holidays approaching, many families are considering have a portrait commissioned.  There are now over 300 photographers on the island, and each one has a nice website.  All have different levels of experience, ability, and fee structures.   Make sure you get what you want.   Take the time to find the right photographer for you. This guide was written to help consumers find the best portrait photographer for their family.

On behalf of Maui Photography, we would like to wish everyone a joyous holiday season.  May you all be well and be surrounded by those that love you!

Maui Family Photographer – Sullivan Family

We had a fun time with Sullivan Family on Monday. 

The happy Sullivan Family :-)

Its all started from these two.

Family is one.  But, each individual make their own foot prints.

Shooting up to create nice portrait with heavy bang.  You know, it’s in style now…

Memories of fun vacation time in Maui.

A lot of laughter during this session.

They were so happy and could not stop jumping around.

After the session, lounging around enjoying the beautiful sunset.

It was so nice to meet you all, Sullivan Family!





One of a kind books

In 2002, we started designing one of a kind books and have worked with many companies to print and bind them.  We found one in New York that runs a great operation and love selling their books with our photography.

Coffee table books are truly one of a kind pieces of family art.   Each page is designed with one goal to tell the story of your family. We do not use any software to make a book, just your photographs and our imagination.


If coming to Hawaii and want to learn about photography and go on an island tour check out Maui Photo Tours.   Looking for the perfect gift.

You dont always have to look at the camera

Looking at the lens and saying “cheese” in order to evoke a smile is not the status quo anymore.  Sure the pictures have their place but families today seem to want something that evokes some emotion and tell a story.

Family Fun

Walking towards the camera and away from the camera are very popular as each evokes a different emotional response.  Portraits like this include an element of interaction and animation & in the process capture each individuals expressions & emotion even if you cant see all the faces.

See more family portraits or scenic portraits.  Interested in seeing the island while learning how to take scenic and landscape photographs


Maui Photography Specializes in Large Family Get togethers

Mieko and I get contacted by members of large families that are coming to Hawaii on vacation on a daily basis. We understand that there are several families and involved, and each person/sibling has their own specific needs in addition to the needs of the entire group.

For many of our clients this is the first time in years that everyone has been assembled in the same place for a reason other than a funeral. One of the most common requests we get is to create a portrait with the entire family for the patriarchs. Then to create at least one family portrait of each siblings family.

Were professional and detail oriented. We want to make sure the clothes you select fit the decor in the room where the portrait will be displayed. We also want to know the emotion and expression desired. Looking at the camera and smiling gives one emotion, while walking along the beach and talking to each other gives an entirely different feel.

The key to a successful family portrait session with multiple families is pre -planning. Knowing the needs of the group and each sub family allows us to let you know the costs are before you get to Hawaii so there is no surprise. This way when you come to the studio to see images projected on a five foot screen the time is spent selecting the images that have the most impact not thinking about the cost.

Some families are large and 25 plus people. We understand driving everyone to a location can require effort and extra planning. Since family portraits are not something done often, it makes sense to pick the best location possible. Portraits are forever.

Having said that there are plenty of times when convenience is more important. Moving a lot of young kids, or handicapped family members can be an issue. When this happens we strive to find a location that fits everyones needs.

The hardest part of the entire process is planning and communicating before even getting to Maui.