South Maui Photographer

Welcome to our portrait photography sessions in the Kihei/Wailea/Makena area of Maui!

Professional Photographer in South Maui

We pride ourselves on our ability to capture the essence of our clients, bringing out their unique personalities and emotions in every photo. Our portrait photography sessions are designed to create lasting memories that you and your loved ones can cherish for years to come.

Our Approach

We believe that the best portraits are those that are natural, candid, and spontaneous. That’s why we take a relaxed and friendly approach to our photography sessions, allowing you to be yourselves and enjoy the moment. We will work with you to understand your vision and preferences to ensure that we capture the perfect shot.

We like to combine both candid and guided images in our sessions to give you the best of both worlds- the guided/posed images are often the ones that you will want printed and framed on the wall but when you are looking back on your memories- it’s the candid moments that really stand out!

Our Services

We offer a range of portrait photography services to meet the unique needs of our clients.

Some of our most popular services include:

Best Locations for Photo Sessions in South Maui

Our favorite Locations in South Maui include Po’olenalena beach, White Rock and Maluaka Beach. Whilst we can come to your hotel property to shoot we generally prefer to shoot off property at one of the stunning South Maui beaches. This way we can escape the crowds and we can offer you a more authentic Maui experience.

Po’olenalena Beach is perfect for family portraits, couples, and elopements, offering diverse backgrounds, including woodlands, palm trees, lava rock, sunsets, and a secluded beach.

White Rock Beach is an ideal morning portrait spot with palm trees, ocean views, woods, and lava rocks. Suitable for families and small elopements, all ages welcome.

Maluaka Beach is perfect for evening family and couples photoshoots, featuring lush greenery, ocean views, sandy beach, lava rocks, and accessibility for all.

Po’olenalena Beach

Po’olenalena Beach is great for all occasions including family portraits for families of all sizes, couples photography and elopements.

It offers a diverse array of backdrops including woodlands, palm trees, lava rock, views out towards the west Maui mountains, distant islands and a large secluded beach.

Po’olenalena consistently has beautiful sunsets with dreamy Hawaiian skies. This location is great for people of all ages and mobility levels.

White Rock Beach

White Rock beach is one of our favorite morning portrait locations. It is somewhat lesser known and tends to have few visitors in the morning.

It offers a diverse array of backdrops including palm trees, ocean views towards the West Maui mountains, wooded and grassy areas as well as lava rocks.

This location is great for families small and large in the mornings and small elopements in the evenings. This location is great for people of all ages and mobility levels.

Maluaka Beach

Maluaka beach is a great location for evening photoshoots for family portraits and couples portraits.

It offers a lot more greenery than other South Maui locations as well as ocean views, a beautiful sandy beach, lava rocks and views down the South Maui coastline.

This location is great for people of all ages and mobility levels.

Book Your Photography Session in South Maui Today!

Family Photography in Kapalua with Lokahi Photography

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Based on 137 reviews
Allana Beavis
Allana Beavis
Wonderful experience working with Michelle!
Melissa Manning
Melissa Manning
Michelle was great to work with. Was very communicative beforehand about the shoot, offered a lovely place to do the shoot and took some amazing photos. I'm super glad I found Michelle to capture my Maui experience.
Janelle Pentelechuk
Janelle Pentelechuk
Johnny was so incredible to work with! We purchased a family photo session for my mother for Christmas. There are 11 of us, 6 adults and 5 kids so we are a large group to work with. Johnny was organized and had a clear vision for the photos. He was able to organize all the kids and capture some incredible group photos, which is just what we wanted! We are very happy with the photos we received and highly recommend booking with them!
Darryl Sarzaba
Darryl Sarzaba
Michelle was amazing!! Before our family shoot with our 4 month old recently, I inquired about logistics and she responded frequently within an hour. She also reassured me about best time to shoot for the baby and that there wouldn’t be direct sun on our baby at the beach where she recommended we shoot. She also communicated via text the day before and recommended tweaks in the schedule in order to capture the beautiful pink clouds at sunrise. Basically she was very thorough, delightful and chill to work with, and punctual! It will probably take a couple or so weeks to get the full gallery but she already sent us a sneak peak with some photos a few days after the shoot which was awesome, since we were so curious how they turned out. So thankful we went with Lokahi. Bonus: it seems easy to book through the website with the proposed open time slots.
Florence Nguyen-Quang
Florence Nguyen-Quang
We vacationed on Maui the week of Christmas and at the last minute, I decided that I wanted to take some family/maternity photos. There were many photographers and companies to choose from; I combed through and selected my top 5. disclaimer: I am extremely picky when it comes to photos, editing (or lack thereof), photographer personality and skills. Lokahi Photography was beyond amazing to work with from start to finish. Read my long explanation below for all the deets!! One of my top choices had great pricing, reviews, and photo quality. But what set Lokahi Photography apart and made me choose them over all the other choices was their customer service and ease of communication before even hiring them. After my first conversation with Michelle, I knew that she was the right fit for us, and that she would be wonderful to work with. She spent time answering my 100 questions about location, pricing, weather, best conditions for photos, timing, working with kids, the whole 9 yards. She helped me pick the best location, based on my criteria and what I wanted my photos to look like. She also helped me select outfits that would best fit the location and theme. We texted several times, changing the date and time, based on weather constraints. Her flexibility was so appreciated! On the actual day of, to our surprise, both Michelle and Johnny showed up to work with us and take our photos! Such a welcome surprise to see both photographers! It made things so much easier - navigating the different spots and working with my young kids (2- and 4-yr olds). Not only was it an extra pair of hands, it was a highly skilled additional photographer! Michelle and Johnny worked together to find the best spots, angles, etc. Michelle paid attention to important details, such as the way my dress was positioned, the wind blowing strands of hair into the flowers I had. These are the types of details that I have seen ruin photos. A good photographer won’t just click away, they will look at their subject and position them in the best ways possible to enhance the photos. Aside from their great personalities while taking the photos, they also worked with me to make sure that the finalized, edited photos looked exactly how I wanted. They sent me some proofs (as I explained earlier, I’m picky and wanted a soft, dreamy type of feel to the photos) to make sure the colors and feel was what I wanted. I LOVED working with this company! I couldn’t have been happier with the entire experience from start to finish. I so highly recommend them.
Vicki Petersen
Vicki Petersen
Our experience with Michelle could not have been better! She made us feel so comfortable, found wonderful locations for our photos and edited them beautifully. She truly captured the most beautiful memories of our very favorite place. Thank you, Lokahi Photography, for our priceless photos. We can't recommend you enough!
Angelica Jedryszek
Angelica Jedryszek
Highly recommend! The photos turned out great and she did a great job of posing us and making us feel comfortable during the photoshoot.
Staci Biolo
Staci Biolo
Michelle is wonderful. She was accommodating and patient with our small children. She went above and beyond to get the shots we wanted. Family pictures usually stress me out, but I enjoyed every minute of this photoshoot. Thank you Lokahi Photography!
Sarah Lambert
Sarah Lambert
Michelle was TRULY incredible! Her demeanor, ease and kindness with which she conducts the shoot makes you instantly comfortable. She went above and beyond to make sure we were getting the shots that we wanted/had envisioned and had such an eye for every photo. She is an artist and it was the most joyous and easy experience. We could not recommend Lokahi Photography enough. Book the photoshoot with them, it’s worth every penny and more!
Fin Smigiel (Filipina LdL)
Fin Smigiel (Filipina LdL)
Such a great experience for my family and I with Johnny. The process was so effortless from booking, email, text, phone call correspondence; To picking the location, which we trusted his taste and experience; To the actual day of the photo shoot. He was so thoughtful and went above and beyond to make everyone comfortable during the photography session, and the photos looked so great! We absolutely will recommend Johnny, and his wife Michelle to our family and friends (whenever they travel to Maui). Our experience with them was much better than photography session with a resort, which locations for shooting are limited. With Lokahi, we were able to be right on the beach and water. So the pictures and background are much more stunning than just resort photos.

We proudly serve the Hawaiian islands

Lokahi Photography is a premier wedding, elopement and portrait photography company that proudly serves the Hawaiian islands, capturing the breathtaking beauty of South, West, and North Maui, as well as the enchanting landscapes of Oahu and Kauai.

Specializing in capturing the essence of love and celebration, Lokahi Photography is committed to providing couples and families with timeless and breathtaking images that tell the unique story of their special day. With a team of skilled and passionate photographers, they are dedicated to creating stunning wedding galleries and portraits that reflect the natural beauty of the Hawaiian islands while highlighting the individual personalities of their clients.

Whether against the backdrop of Maui’s lush landscapes or the vibrant scenery of Oahu and Kauai, Lokahi Photography brings a blend of creativity and professionalism to every wedding, elopement and portrait session, ensuring cherished memories that will last a lifetime.

Meet Lokahi Photography

Aloha! We are a husband and wife team based on the beautiful island of Maui, servicing all of the Hawaiian islands and beyond. With romantic hearts and adventurous spirits we bring a calm, positive energy with us to each and every shoot. We specialize in Couples and Family portraiture including Elopements, Weddings, surprise Engagements, Honeymoon, Maternity and Family groups of all sizes. We also shoot Commercial events and Real estate photography.

As adventurers- we have naturally explored our island home of Maui to the full extent and found the most beautiful locations for photoshoots. We do not limit ourselves to the same location day in and day out but rather we can suggest locations to suit your needs, location, timing and budget.

We have had the front cover of Rollingstone and Oceanographic Magazines, featured in Mine Magazine and have more than a decade of experience in the photography business. We put our heart and soul into creating timeless, authentic images that you will cherish forever.

Join us on the beach in Maui barefoot in the sand. Stress free, fun and laid back. Let Lokahi Photography capture your time together in Maui.

Michelle from Lokahi Photography Maui
Michelle from Lokahi Photography Maui

Over 10 years of experience as a photographer in South Maui

We are driven to create images that will stand the test of time, we put our heart and soul into each project to create unique and soulful memories.

Reach Us


44 Pakani Pl
Makawao, HI 96768

(+1) 808-269-9087
(+1) 808-464-2065

Office Hours:
Mon - Son 6:30AM-10PM



Lahaina - Ka'anapali - Kapalua
Wailea - Kihei
Paia - Wailuku

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