Planning your Maui Photo Session
Knowing where to take the photos can seem like a daunting task if you’re planning from afar. That’s where we step in, we know all the best photo locations to photograph in Maui. Having been a photographer on Maui for over 9 years, knowing the best place to photograph for you and your family is a no brainer for me.
How it works…
When you fill out your booking form I will check how many people you have in your group, and if anyone in the session has special needs that need to be addressed. We have beaches ranging from heavy shorebreak, to calm reef-protected waters, and for the more adventurous we have jungles and waterfalls! Matching you and your family up with a location that not only fits your vision, but is suitable for you is most important! I’ve listed my top five beaches below, and I’ve added if it’s better in the mornings or the evenings as the direction of the sun is most important!
Let me know if you have any questions before booking your shoot by emailing me.
Best Places to Photograph:
- Baby Beach Lahaina (Best in the morning) I love this beach for the calm shallow waters (perfect for adventurous littles) and the palms at one end that provide shade and some lush greens! My favorite thing to do after a morning photo session at Baby Beach is hit up Choice Lahaina for one of their delicious smoothies or acai bowls.
2. DT Flemings (Best in the morning or at sunset)
DT Flemings Beach is great for rugged, windswept portraits. It’s in Kapalua, so gets a bit more breezy up there, often more rain but that means rainbows. Less people, it’s a huge uncrowded beach with a big cliff formation at one end. A great rocky area for sitting and some trees as background greenery if that’s what you’re after. Also a few palms about halfway down.
3. Makena Cove (Best mornings or sunset)
This beach is the one you want to take your ‘standing on a cliff’ photos at. Sunrise is the best time because at sunset it can get crowded with locals and often there’s three weddings at a time at this tiny cove. The sand is soft and light, the ocean aqua blue. There’s a variety of greenery, and the waves often break off the cliffs when there’s swell. This beach is very ‘picture-perfect Hawaii’ and has been featured in many magazines and features.
4. Palauea (Morning or Sunset)
This is a medium sized beach, so you can usually find a spot with no people. Sunsets are beautiful from this beach, and there are some palms at one end. A small amount of lava rock but no cliffs. There are a large amount of trees that you walk through to get to the sand, so many people don’t even realize this beach is here. In the mornings it’s usually empty and great for the kids to run around and play. This is my favorite for mornings on the southside as there are no big hotels in the background of your shots.
5. Maluaka Beach (Best at sunset)
Maluaka Beach is great at sunset, its usually pretty quiet because it’s a little further away from the hotels and condos in Kihei. There is this awesome fallen tree at one end, and the other end of the beach has another small lava rock formation and a grassy knoll that you can walk up to. The sunsets from here are beautiful and you can see Molokini crater clearly out in the ocean.