I had the great pleasure of shooting artist Maia Marinelli for Modern Luxury Magazine. Her close relationship to wind in her artwork naturally led us to Sprecklesville beach on Maui’s North Shore, a well known playground for windsurfers. She needed little direction and looked beautiful and natural against the spectacular backdrop!

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There’s something about lacquer rich colors and steely bright chrome that make my eyes giddy and heart pound. I visited my first Maui car show this weekend at Piilani village to relish in a classic car showdown. Symbols of nostalgia and dedication, these young at hearts take passion to the next level! Here are some of my favorite shots from that day.  Wanna see these beautiful beasts with your own eyes? Visit www.mauicarshows.com to find out when the next gathering is!Nina Maui Photography Kihei Piilani Car Show 21 Mauis Piilani Classic Car Show

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I had no idea that there used to a zoo on Maui,  and I definitely didn’t know that there is now a beautiful Botanical Garden in it’s place! Full of native plants, I’ve started taking lunches there from time to time with my husband to sit in a quiet oasis of native Hawaiian plants and trees… for free! Check it out on a lazy weekend afternoon… visit www.mnbg.org for directions and hours. Here are some of the tear sheets from the article just published in Maui No Ka Oi Magazine, designed by Art Director John Giordani.Nina Maui Photography Maui Nui Botanical Gardens 1 Maui Nui Botanical Gardens in Kahului

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Every year Maui No Ka Oi honors members in the community that have made it their personal missions to be protectors of Maui’s beautiful natural environment, and every year I have the pleasure of meeting and photographing them for the story. This year, MNKO featured Captain Jim Coon, founder and owner of eco-friendly Trilogy Excursions, who also donates his boats monthly to reef clean up; Bryon Stevens, a Natural Area Reserves specialist celebrating 20 years of service,  and Kuhea Paracuelles, who has dedicated her life to environmental conservation and now oversees the outreach and internship programs for Haleakala National Park hoping to inspire youth to consider careers in nature conservation. These are very inspiring and passionate people, and it’s an honor to be able to take their portraits!Nina Maui Photography Captain Jim Coon Trilogy Maui No Ka Oi Environmental Heroes Issue

Nina Maui Photography Kuhea Parcuelles Maui No Ka Oi Environmental Heroes Issue

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I had the pleasure of being sent once more to beautiful Monkeypod Kitchen Wailea for the latest 2012 Restaurant Issue for Modern Luxury Hawaii magazine. I was thrilled at the jaw dropping full page photo feature!  Careful food styling and rustic prop styling made the photo a drool worthy feature. Foodies must indulge in this incredible dish: Monkeypod Kitchen’s Fish Special. Glistening pan seared Lehi with coconut-carrot-ginger risotto, lobster-bok choy salad and Big Island honey butter glaze (finished with a balsamic drizzle, but for this photo, we opted out)…. Need I say more?

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The latest cover of Maui No Ka Oi magazine, the Best Of Maui Issue! I was so honored to have this photo featured for this year’s Best of Issue. I had also shot this portrait of Chef Ryan Luckey that same day. After he created this incredible dish, we sat out on the lanai for a quick portrait. The light was a touch overcast, as is often the case in Kapalua, creating a wonderful effect for our shoot.Nina Maui Photography Cover Chef Ryan Luckey Latest Cover for Maui No Ka Oi Magazine

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It’s hard not to take an awesome photo of a beautiful person in a beautiful setting. It’s just a recipe for a gorgeous shoot! A recent photo session at Kapalua Bay Beach Club made my job wonderfully easy. Here are two of my favorites from a casual portrait session the day before this beautiful bride’s wedding.  She was the picture of relaxed beauty… really a treat to photograph!Nina Maui Photography Tropical Portrait 1024x768 Portrait at the Kapalua Bay Beach Club

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So last week, I had the distinct pleasure of being called to photograph the latest masterpiece from Chris Kaiwi and Philippe Beltran.  The latest gem from Cohn Restaurant Group, this place is like no other in Maui. Languish in this beautifully designed and romantically lit den of European tapas/hors d’oeuvres/starters and slowly sip an endless river of choice wines and you’ll NEVER want to leave. And we did just that! Celebrating my husband’s Birthday there with good friends, we  practically closed the restaurant.  100 Wines has blown me away with their unique  style, philosophy, and of course, the food & wine. Here are some of my faves from the shoot. Yes everything was as delicious as this looks… down to the Mac nut fried brie with a sauce deglazed with Grand Marnier, MORE mac nuts and honey….. wow…

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Bev Gannon has been a good client of mine over the years, and I was honored to see their latest back cover ad in the Upcountry Dining Magazine: all the photos including the portrait were done with me.  The food was shot at her Hali’imaile General Store and the portrait was done in her beautiful Maui home. Can’t wait to photograph new creations from Bev this summer!

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I’m thrilled to see this cover everywhere I go on the South Side of Maui! It’s my third cover in a row with this publication icon smile Threes Bar and Grill in Kihei, Maui This year features a photo I took for the culinary trio at Three’s Bar & Grill in Kihei. The photo on the right was a secondary photo for a cover option. All I can say is that the food is as good as it looks!

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