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Hi I'm emily, your Maui, Hawaii Photographer


About Me

Aloha. I'm Emily. I currently reside in Maui, Hawaii for the past three years. The sunshine, ocean, and lush tropics call to my heart more than ever lately. I love to travel. Exploring new places, faces, and cultures has influenced my passion for photography as I've always wanted to tell a story through my photos once I would return from a destination. Traveling has always been a huge part of igniting my soul, so far taking me to parts of South America, Mexico, Canada, Europe, Indonesia, New Zealand, Fiji, and now Hawaii. You'll find me spending most of my time out in nature surfing, camping, free diving, gardening, or even for just a quiet walk in the woods. At home, when the editing is complete, I enjoy cooking healthy meals, hanging with my three adorable bunnies (George, Gypsy, & Rainbow), and watching a good ol' rom-com on Netflix. Naturally, I've enjoyed capturing the raw moments along the way. My passion for photography makes it feel as though not a single day I'm shooting is work, but FUN! Seeing clients truly happy with the memories after capturing such special times is so gratifying. If you like what you see through my eyes then I am the photographer for you. Do you enjoy the free spirited, unplanned, wild, quirky style showing your true colors? Express yourself! I would love to capture those special moments of imperfection, fun, and pure beauty all the while incorporating the essence Hawaii has to offer! Welcome to Paradise! X

My Maui, Hawaii Photography Portfolio

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My Maui, Hawaii Photography Reviews

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We had a Proposal in Maui! We wanted somewhere exotic that is not closed due to COVID restrictions. It went great. She said YES! She loved the place and the idea. We did it in in “Hana”.. which almost matches both our last names “Hanna” (we’re not related I promise haha). Would definitely recommend this! -Michael

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We had a proposal shoot in Maui! It was fantastic. Emily did a great job and went above and beyond to provide spectacular photos. Emily did everything we could have wanted and more! -Matt

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We had a Proposal in Maui To keep the memories!! It was perfect. Our photographer Emily was there right on time and captured every moment perfectly. She added to our fun and happiness making the photoshoot a blast! -Katie

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I booked Emily to capture our porposal in Kapalua, Maui, Hawaii! Excellent, 5 stars out of 5. Emily did a great job capturing the moment, then taking some engagement shots for us afterward. It was perfect -AJ

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My family of 3 took our first real family vacation and I wanted some quality photos of the occasion. Choosing Emily as our photographer was one of the best decisions I made! Our pictures are gorgeous and we will always treasure the beautiful images she captured. Great experience! -Devin

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We decided on Maui because my excuse for the plan was to celebrate our 3rd boyfriend-girlfriend anniversary that happened back in January. So after she said yes to that I started planning everything and I told her that the whole trip was going to be a surprise. She didn’t expect anything so that was the best. I booked the treehouse at the amazing hotel wailea. And the day it happened I took her there and Emily was waiting to capture the moment. She couldn’t believe what was going on, and she started crying as soon as I got down in one knee. Right after she said yes we popped some champagne that I ordered and was waiting for us right at the top of the treehouse and from there we toasted and took pics with Emily and right after we went back to have our private dinner there during sunset time which was amazing and for the books. Everything was great and Emily went above and beyond -Alfredo

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. Never would have expected something like COVID to happen and we ended up changing to Costa Rica when COVID was going rampant in Asia. Eventually it started spreading to the U.S and New York (where we live) started going crazy and I knew our trip had to get canceled. Fast forward a little over a year, Hawaii seemed like the best domestic destination to travel to and bring out the ring from hibernation. I knew we wanted a more private location and when I saw photos of Oneuli beach with the gorgeous mountain backdrop, I knew this was the spot. I offered to take a picture of her as my disguise to find the right spot and as I approached her again to show her the photo, I did my little speech and popped the question of the century. Emily did an amazing job capturing the moment and directing the photo shoot. It was our first photo shoot so we were a little nervous but she made us feel extremely comfortable. We can’t stop looking at the photos each night because they’re so beautifully shot. Highly recommend a sunset photo shoot for the big day to pop the question! -Stephen

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The photoshoot was great! My fiancé and I wanted a quick couple's shoot while we were on vacation. Our original photoshoot meeting location was rainy so our photographer quickly changed the location and met us at a sunny/dry location on the island. We couldn't have asked for a better experience. -Mackenzie

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I have always wanted professional family photos in Hawaii. We came to Maui for a wedding and I did not think to book casual family photos in all the travel prep (especially during covid). After the wedding, I frantically starting the search for photographers and came across Local Lens and what a brilliant concept! I had a photographer booked in under 24 hours, and Emily was great to work with very responsive, and confirmed all details with ease. I am SO glad we decided to take the opportunity to have family photos done while on vacation. Our photos turned out even better than I expected, we will cherish them and my Christmas card photos are all done, in August! -Jessica

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I was looking for a local photographer in Maui to capture my proposal. The trip itself was very spontaneous - we decided to go on this trip a little more than a month ahead of time. So I didn't have a lot of time to find a willing photographer for the shoot. But after coming across Local Lens, they made it all possible with not too much effort on my part. Emily was local and available during the dates I'd be in Maui. After discussions with her about possible locations and timing, I booked the shoot with her. She was absolutely amazing to work with. She was quite flexible with locations and timings and had lots of great suggestions. She arrived early to the photoshoot location to scope it out and positioned herself well. She caught the proposal and gave me great shots, I'm very happy with how the pictures turned out. -Nelson

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We had a Family photoshoot in Lahaina, Maui to capture our family trip. First time in Hawaii, went very well! -Lindsay

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My girlfriend always wanted to go to Maui, so I decided to take her there for vacation! We met after being in the same a cappella group back in college 🙂 I worked with our wonderful photographer Emily to surprise her at the Ironwoods Cliffs! Emily secretly led us to the location without my partner knowing, and then I played a song on the Ukulele for her and got down on one knee! Emily captured some amazing photos, that looks like they are out of a movie! -Khalil

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I had a secret proposal planned for my now fiancee in Maui. I ended up asking the question on the cliffside of Ironwoods Beach in Lahaina. Our photographer Emily communicated with me well before the shoot and helped me figure out the best location and time for the photos I wanted. She then went to the proposal spot ahead of time and acted like she was a tourist taking photos in the same area. When I popped the question she was able to get some amazing close-up and landscape photos. After the moment happened I introduced my fiancee to Emily and we continued to have a great photoshoot. I would 100% recommend Emily for her communication, tips, and of course the gorgeous photos that will now be lifelong memories. Everything worked out so well. The weather was great. The location was great. Our photographer, Emily, was fantastic. -Eric

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Emily was fantastic! She was cheerful, easy to be with, great with our kids and made the whole thing feel relaxing and enjoyable! -Ellen

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Celebrating our 20th anniversary! Shoot was quick and fun! Emily was fantastic! -Allison

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To capture precious moments. We chose the Banyan Tree for symbolism. Emily was wonderful! She was so nice and made the whole process easy and comfortable. So many of the pictures turned out great! -Florence

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It was an ideal setting and we were all together. Emily did a fabulous job! She captured everything from the large group to individual photos. I love that she captured some candids that truly show our families personality. -Rachelle

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Capture great images, better than selfies! We were on our 10-year anniversary trip-. I inquired about a casual photoshoot, imagining some surfboards or colorful flowers in the pictures. Emily responded she could bring surfboards and was in the same city as we were staying. I just knew from talking to her that she would do some amazing, professional, and fun photographs! -Dana

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Dream vacation and 39th wedding anniversary. Emily was awesome. She made us feel comfortable and she was so kind. The photoshoot was fun. We met Emily at Baby Beach in Maui. We had a great photo shoot at the beach early morning. -Debbie

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For two years of my life, I was a Corrections Officer working at Rikers Island. It was a very physically and emotionally demanding profession. For those two years, Amanda, my fiancé, was there to listen, comfort, and take care of me. Currently, I am a Marine, which means I am often away from home. Regardless of the distance, the relationship between Amanda and I has only gotten stronger. Overall, without her, I would not be who I am todays Fast forward to May 2022, we embarked on a trip to spend time together. Rarely having time to ourselves, I knew that this was the moment to pop the question. As I walked along the beach, I was mesmerized by how beautiful Amanda was. When I found a perfect spot, I got down on one knee and presented the ring. I was so nervous that I grabbed the wrong hand and stumbled on my words. Before I could even finish speaking, Amanda said “YES!”. That was the moment we began the most amazing adventure ever." I wanted to propose to my girlfriend (now fiancé) of 5 years "A family member recommended Local Lens after seeing engagement photos from a friend. As soon as I saw the photos, I booked a session right away for my girlfriend. I decided to propose in Lahaina, Maui at the Ironwood Cliffs. I told her that we had to see the sunset at the Ironwood Cliffs. My girlfriend agreed as we set off to visit the beach. Based on the suggestions of our photographer, Emily Skiba, I led my girlfriend along the beach to the cliffs. Once I decided on a spot, I got down on my knee and asked the question. Before I could even finish, my girlfriend said yes! I am happy to say that my girlfriend of five years is now my fiancé. The photo shoot really turned our Maui trip into the most romantic vacation we have ever taken." -Jackson

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This proposal was a total surprise for my girlfriend Claire. We were in Maui for a Presidents Club trip and had wanted to take some professional pictures on the beach. We wanted professional pictures in an amazing beach location I decided to contact the Local Lens and use this great photo shoot opportunity to make a surprise proposal. Emily Skiba was our photographer and she did an amazing job going along with the surprise. She captured some incredible moments at the perfect time, making it an amazing experience that we will be able to cherish forever through our photos. Emily is extremely personable and was very easy and fun to work with and provided direction when needed. We were very happy we selected her and would use her if we are ever in Maui again 🙂 -Brent