Family Photography | The Westin Nanea Ocean Villas, Ka'anapali, Maui by Sean Michel

Shooting on the outer islands always gives me a renewed sense of purpose as a photographer. No matter what my subject matter is, I really enjoy the different backgrounds and lighting conditions I'm dealing with. Although relatively subtle, the different islands present unique hues and lighting throughout the day. It's these small differences and subtleties that really get me excited to shoot on Maui and the Big Island.

This particular shoot was with a young family of four visiting from California. It was definitely early in the morning, right around sunrise -- which made for these very soft and pastel-like hues over the water. The kids were great sports throughout the early shoot and we wrapped up with a handful of shots of just Mom and Dad. Awesome start to my day, can't wait for my next family shoot!


Family Photography | Marriott Ka'anapali, Maui by Sean Michel

I always love visiting Maui -- I'll jump at the opportunity if it presents itself, even more so if it is work related. The fact I have family in Kihei makes this all easier to pull the trigger and hop on the 30-minute plane ride over to Kahului.

Seeing my two nephews for a bit is always an experience -- not to sound cliché, but they grow up so fast. Too fast! After seeing the family for a couple of days, I moved on to stay upcountry with a friend in Haiku. The polar opposite of Kihei, Haiku is characterized by its green, lush and wet landscape. While up in Haiku (North), I made my way over to the Ka'anapali area (West) for a shoot at sunset with a family of 15(?) all on vacation for a family reunion.

Beautiful people, energetic kids, smiling faces and a beautiful setting. What's not to love? Maui No Ka Oi.