I'm a dreamer and wanderer. A little bit silly, and always captivated by love.
I draw my inspiration from love, whether it's a couple burning with passion for each other, or a mother embracing her child, to a family gathered to celebrate their heritage - I see the beauty in these connections and strive to capture it with authenticity.
I live a simple life with my husband, Peter (you’ll see him on shoots when I need a second shooter) and my three children, Ryenne, Kai, and Cruz. We live in a 1939 sugar plantation house, who’s charm and character make the constant renovations worth every loving touch we add to it.
"Nobody has ever measured, not even poets, how much the heart can hold."
- Zelda Fitzgerald
I started Mariah Milan in Maui, in 2002. My work, much like my own journey, has evolved and will continue to grow and change. There are days that we feel soft, and beautiful, and others we burst with vibrant colors. I have learned to harness the many emotions and colors of our natural beauty here on Maui, allowing them to direct my work. Each day brings a new pallet of colors to enjoy from the changing hues of the sunsets to the tropical flowers that line our roads, and each photography session will reflect the masterpiece Maui has gifted us that day.
I am an available light photographer, preferring to let the sun cast its pattern of light and shadow, allowing your connection to be the focus of an image. There are times, like when the sky puts on a dramatic display of colors, that I will choose to use a flash to preserve the intensity of those colors. Your sessions will be lightly scripted, with gentle suggestions to guide your interactions, but my focus will always be on the connection you share.
Laughter, movement, and heart stopping kisses are the cornerstone to my work. If you are looking for a formal portrait, I may not be the photographer for you. But, if you are looking for fun, passionate photos focused on your relationships, and are up for a little adventure while capturing them, then I’m your girl!
My family The Beach Good Chocolate Wailuku Town Subaru Race Cars Adventure Positivity Bruno Mars
To ‘Imi ola' is to ‘seek life.’
I have lived a full life. An abundant life, but it wasn’t until a 20-year long journey revealed that I hadn’t been living anywhere near my full potential.
At the age of 17, I experienced a hormonal shift that turned a once healthy young woman into an obese teen, in less than four months. Despite this new way of life that stumped doctors and caused me so much heartache, I still married the love of my life. Together, we have walked a journey of infertility, the resulting depression, and heartbreak. But we also found joy sprinkled in the midst of the trials.
Through fertility treatments in my 20s, we were blessed with three babies in quick succession. I learned that our struggles came from PCOS (polycystic ovarian syndrome) and Endometriosis. I developed a voice for advocating for my health, but I also developed a cycle of trying every diet fad and over-exercising to lose weight, followed by the inevitable return of the weight if I allowed myself to eat. It was exhausting, and I felt terrible.
"When we practice ‘Imi ola as personal value, we create and fulfill our own destiny. We learn that our very purpose in life, is to seek the highest form of our well-being. This is not selfish, but expressive: To ‘Imi ola is to define and celebrate your gifts growing into the person you’re meant to be — the person you can most generously share with others through your Aloha Spirit." Ke Ola Magazine
By my mid-30s, my voice had grown loud enough to fight for more answers, and I buried myself into research. I devoured research papers with the same enthusiasm that I had pursued diet and exercise and became familiar with the effects of food and the environment on the endocrine system. Through my research, I was introduced to a community sharing the same struggles with hormonal issues - fellow mothers who shared my exhaustion without answers - and I knew I wasn’t alone.
At the age of 36, nearly 20 years after suffering, I found my passion and my life. Years of training my voice to advocate for myself has now lead me to use it to champion other women to rise above the environment, and nutritional toxins that are wreaking havoc on our systems and the systems of our children.
My journey has been the greatest gift to me, my Ohana, and the multitudes of people that I have been blessed to help. Let’s Glow is my passion project and my gift to you. Join me in living a life that is truly abundant.