Best Maui Photographers for Affordable Mini Sessions & Family Photography in Hawaii
Why not take advantage of a birthday, anniversary, vacation, or multigenerational reunion to capture authentic memories with a Maui family photographer? It’s a great way to get everyone together in one photo while capturing the essence of what makes your family so special.
However, finding the perfect family photographer is a lot easier said than done. It also doesn’t have to cost an arm and a leg. There are some amazing professionals with affordable Maui mini photo session packages… but you have to know where to look! With so many out there to choose from, we’d like to give you some tips to help you prepare for your family photoshoot for some stellar portraits.
Best Maui Photoshoot Spots
Close your eyes and imagine your perfect family mini session in Maui. Where is it?
Getting some ideas on the best photo spots in Maui can be as simple as viewing a photographer’s portfolio or asking the photographer where they like to shoot. Browse their work to get a good indication of where past shoots have taken place. Some outdoor locations will require an entrance fee or parking fees, so it is good to be prepared to cover these costs for your photographer.
There are so many beautiful outdoor locations to choose between – from lush botanical gardens to epic viewpoints. Have some ideas of the kinds of locations you like and ask your photographer for recommendations for locations.
Below are all our all-time favorite photo spots in Maui:
- Great for Morning or Sunset Sessions
- No restrooms or showers
- Beach can be narrow on high tide days
- Dramatic cliffs of Lava rocks
- Best for sunset sessions
- Can be windy
- Usually very empty beach
- Undeveloped Beach, No hotels or condos
- Beach Grass, Large Trees
- Good For morning or sunset sessions
- Long White Sand Beach, black lava rock on both sides
- Super long white sand beach with mountain views of the West Maui Mountains that is not very crowded
- Amazing aqua blue water
- Shady areas with trees
- Great for morning sessions
- The sunsets over the mountains which makes beautiful lighting
- This beach can be a bit windy at times.
Wahikuli Beach Park
- Long sandy beach
- Grassy areas with palm trees
- Rock formations
- Usually uncrowded
- Good for mornings and sunsets
- Restrooms and foot showers
Things to Consider Before Booking a Photographer in Maui
You likely have some ideas on how you want your photos to look, and you might even have some locations or outfit ideas in mind. That’s great! Thinking more about these details before setting out on your search is key to making sure you hire the right Maui portrait photographer for you.
When is the Best Time?
Equally important to the location of your shoot is to make sure your shoot is as the perfect time! Without a doubt, the best time to take photos in Maui is in the early morning or early evening.
Check out our golden hour calculator to see the best times for a photoshoot anywhere in the world. We are partial to the early mornings between 7:30 am and 8:30 am because the whole family starts fresh and there is less chance of other people or tourists around to interrupt your beautiful photo backdrop. Although it may be a little hard to wake up the kids, it is totally worth it.
How You Will Use Your Family Photos
How will you use or display your family photos? Will they be arranged into a photo book, shown off in your home on a gallery wall, or printed on a coffee mug? The size and quality of the photos will matter, so make sure your photographer delivers photos in a high-resolution digital format so that they can be printed or shared in many places via multiple methods.
Find Your Photoshoot Style
Every artist has a signature style. This is why it is super important to find a Maui photographer that matches your vision and captures your family in a way that feels authentic to you.
- How much direction would you like? Do you like candid moments or perfectly positioned photos?
- Do you like coordinating outfits for family photos or loosely decided color schemes?
- Which style do you like? Soft and warm or photos with artistic positioning and bright colors?
What to Expect When Hiring a Maui Family Photographer
Now that you’ve considered how you’ll use your photos and you are getting a vision of your photo style, it is time to think of the prices, inclusions, and what to expect to get from your family mini photo session in Maui.
Think About Your Budget, but Don’t Be Afraid to Splurge
Photoshoot costs can vary dramatically across photographers in Maui. Some photographers are new in their careers and offer affordable 1-hour family mini photo session rates. On the other hand, others have 20+ years of experience and can charge thousands of dollars for a 90-minute shoot. It can be daunting once you start to get some estimates, so it is good to go in prepared with a budget in mind.
However, it can be worth splurging on your family photos. Moments with all the family together are precious and should be celebrated with beautiful photos. If you have a larger group, the chance of getting everyone together again can be few and far between, so don’t be afraid to go for a photographer you feel confident in, even if the cost is higher. Maybe you can even split the costs between some family members.
Know the Industry
It is important to know the industry standards before you look for your perfect photographer. Maui is extremely competitive amongst photographers, and the starting price is typically around $400 USD for a 30-minute shoot, but you can save by booking your shoot with Local Lens. See our pricing here.
The most common photo delivery method is high-resolution digital files hosted in a private online gallery. This way you can download your images directly to your computer. Professional family photographers will deliver photos that have been edited, though the amount of editing and style will vary.
Editing is where most of the magic happens and your images are brought to life. For this reason, family photographers in Maui will never give any RAW unedited files. All professional photographers will grant you a print release so that you can print and use your photos as you please, as long as they are not used for commercial purposes.
Don’t be Afraid to Ask Questions
Once you have this information from prospective Maui photographers, you’ll be able to make the right decision for you and your family.
- How much will the Maui mini photo session cost?
- What is included in the fee?
- How long will it take to view and receive the photos?
- Is retouching and color balancing included?
- What style does the photographer specialize in?
- What is the duration of the mini session?
- Does the photographer have experience working with children?
Maui Family Photoshoot Pricing & Packages
Maui family photographer costs can vary greatly. They can be hard to contact, and keeping track of everyone’s portfolios and different prices can also be difficult. For this reason, we made it easy and arranged custom photoshoot pricing that can fit your budget. See below all our vacation photography packages.
Within a week of your photoshoot, you’ll receive a nice bunch of the best photos from the shoot in a private online gallery. Also, you’ll be able to directly download your favorite 15, 30, 45, or 60 digital photos based on the package you choose. All photos in your gallery will be edited by your photographer.