About Your Maui Photographer
This is where it’s hard… describing myself! I’m a bit of a goof.
I’m a dreamer and a wanderer. I am madly in love with love itself. Love between humans is awe inspiring, whether it’s a couple in love or a mom and her children – I love that connection! Being a Maui photographer is the best job in the world. I feel so honored to have been doing this professionally since 2002.
I live a simple life with my husband, Peter (you’ll see him on larger shoots where he doubles as my second shooter) and my three kids, Ryenne, Kai, and Cruz. We live in a 1939 sugar plantation house that always needs work but is full of so much character and love that we wouldn’t have it any other way.
When I’m not doing photo shoots and weddings, you’ll find us enjoying sunset at the beach as a family, cooking together, or you may find me teaching essential oil classes.
Some random things:
I’m an optimist – and I’m always happy.
I love coffee, especially iced and my husband makes the best cup in the world.
I love hugs. Don’t be surprised if you get one.
I have a celebrity crush on Bruno Mars.
Essential oils have changed my life.
We adore traveling, especially now that our kids are old enough!
I also own Maile Maui Weddings, which plans beach weddings.
Over the years my style has evolved and it will continue to evolve. You know how some days you feel soft and beautiful and others you feel vibrant and loud? My shooting style revolves around many emotions and colors and the natural beauty of Maui. I prefer available light photography, but for those dramatic sunset images I’ll pull out my flash!
When it comes to posing, natural is best in my book. I offer suggestions and love to capture movement and laughter. If you are looking for a formal portrait, I may not be the photographer for you. If you are looking at having an amazing time, laughing, and playing then I think you’ve found your match!
What’s in My Bag?
I shoot with professional Nikon Equipment including a Nikon D4s, a D3, and a D750 along with my favorite lenses – 35mm 1.4, 50mm 1.4, 24-70mm 2.8, 70-200mm 2.8, and 105mm 2.8. Every piece of equipment has a certain specialty and not every piece of equipment will come on every shoot.
My photography has been featured Internationally in print and web publications including:
Pacific Weddings Magazine
The Today Show
San Francisco Chronicle
… and many more…
Get in Touch
I am a mom of three Littles so phone calls can sometimes be challenging. Text and Email are the fastest way to get in touch.
mailing: 70 Moani Pl
Wailuku, HI 96793
Maui is an incredible, special place to live. It’s also very expensive! It’s my mission to make sure that you’re leaving more than footprints in the sand. EVERY SINGLE SESSION and WEDDING I photograph includes a donation to a Maui charity, a donation to a medical cause, or a donated photo shoot to a fundraiser. We like to say we’re making Maui a better place one session at a time and we are so thankful and grateful to all the families and couples that choose Mariah and Peter to photograph their vacations or weddings to help in this cause. Mahalo from the bottom of our hearts for choosing me as your Maui photographer.