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 Baby Portrait – Baby’s first portrait session in your house


When baby is born, pack up every little things that baby needs and leave your house could be challenging.  Your body is healing from child birth.  Baby’s sleeping pattern is not set yet.  Your other family member’s daily routine.  etc. etc….  That shouldn’t prevent you from giving him/her a first portrait session of life.  I will come to your house and find/create a beautiful professional lighting to produce memorable portraits.  Planning it is easy.  Contact me today  or (808) 879-0260.  Look forward to hear from you.


Maui Family Photography – Our Holiday Portrait Study with Hana

You think photographing my own child as professional photographer is a easy thing to do, right?  Our first daughter, Hana is a tough cookie.  She can destroy any photographer’s confidence.   Her eyes can’t bear Strobe light even with huge defuser box. She won’t allow me to use reflector if sun is to harsh because reflection will be too strong.  She will only give me squint.  On top of that, her eyes know exactly when I press shutter button and her eye lids go down at the same time.  So I have to photograph her at late afternoon, use shallow depth of field and slower shutter speed. It will be extremely difficult if subject moves with this kind of setting.  Guess what?  she fidget through while I take photographs of her…  Lol!



Maui Family Photography – Our Holiday Portrait Study with Aya

Every siblings will come with different personality.  Our younger daughter, Aya is somewhat easier to photograph.  She is 2 years old now.  Maybe that’s why she tend to say “No!” rather “Yes!”  But, it is much easier to negotiate with her.

Kids are very sensitive with their senses.  Aya refuse to ware her fancy dress because it is scratchy and itchy.  I understood.  I told her if she could ware this holiday hat and scarf, I would turn on her favorite music, “Old MacDonald”.  She liked that idea.

Her favorite music really helped to cheer her up.  Now, she was even liked that idea to ware her fancy dress.  I guess fancy cloths was a bit bigger for her.  Oh well…


Maui Family Photography - AyaHoliday3Do you know how I got this smile?  I asked her “Do you like Halloween candies?”

Have fun photographing your children.  If you get tired of chasing your children to get a good shot,  please call me to schedule a session!




Exceeding Expectations

I received this email today from Sue, a recent client.  We photographed her family in late June at Poolenalena Beach. You can check out more testimonials on at MauiPhotography.NET.

Dear Doug,

I just want you to know that we did receive our canvas family picture and today I picked it up from our local frame shop.  We are about to hang it in our living room.  It is just beautiful! You did a wonderful job! And the picture of the boys jumping turned out great too.  I don’t know what I was expecting when I first called you from Wisconsin about coming to the Mana Kai to take a family photo.  But having this canvas big picture exceeds whatever expectations and hopes that I had.  I am so glad our paths crossed!  Thanks again for you excellent work.  I still plan to order some more pictures in the near future for Christmas presents.  Sue Benzon