My name is Melissa. I was born on Kauai in the late 70's and I grew up on the Big Island. I was raised outside - with my feet on the earth, close to the trees and the ocean. I love these islands and I feel lucky to call Maui my home and to be able to raise my kids here.
I moved to California to finish college and while there I put myself through school by doing photography on the weekends. I had the opportunity to work with and learn from many established professionals photographing weddings and family portraits. With several years of experience working for others already under my belt, in 2005 I opened my own photography studio in Costa Mesa. I owned and successfully operated the studio for 11 years, until, in 2016, I decided to sell my business and move back to Hawaii. I went from working full time, year round to working about three days a week with 6 or 7 vacations a year. Needless to say, this has been an amazing shift for me and for my family, and it permits me to continue to share my passion for photography in the beautiful and magical environment of Maui.
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"Melissa is an outstanding Photographer! She did our family photography at the Wailea Beach Villas and we are so happy with the results. Capturing 2 teenage boys (who we're not that excited to be there at first) was a challenge in itself but with her humor, professionalism, her creativity and talent we were able to get some amazing photographs. We HIGHLY recommend Melissa, she is truly talented and you will be so happy to hire her. Thank you Melissa for our wonderful family pictures."
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"My husband and I can't thank Melissa enough! Melissa was easy-going, funny, and has a great eye for what will work and what will not. We felt like we had known her for years, and we were confident that every picture would come out great without even seeing them. We weren't wrong. Once we sat down to look through the slideshow she provided we were in LOVE! Our pictures came out spectacular. We wish we could use her for all of our future sessions."
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"Melissa is an incredible photographer! Our wedding photos are absolutely amazing!!! A beautiful mix of candids and posed photos. Melissa was flexible and easy to work with. I am not very photogenic, but Melissa gave the perfect cues for posing and flattering angles. She made everyone feel comfortable and at ease. She captured the love, laughter and joyful tears so perfectly! Thank you Melissa! You are so talented!"
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"Melissa Olsen is AMAZING! We could not have had a better photo session. She is so fun and has a great eye for setting and color. She made us feel completely comfortable and it shows in the photos. They look so natural...not posed. We ended up with 120 wonderful photos!! It was definitely worth our time and money."
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"We just received our photos from our Maui family photo shoot and they are terrific! Our photographer, Melissa Olsen, was fantastic. We had a very short window of time and she was able to accommodate us and make our photos look incredible. I'm so happy we have these photos to remember our fantastic family vacation."
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"Melissa was truly amazing!!!! She was so fun and great with the kids. And pictures are outstanding. She has an amazing eye!!! Thank you Melissa!!!!"
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"We hired Melissa from Live Aloha Photography to be our wedding photographer and we are sooo glad we did. We ended up having hurricane like weather and had t make a lot of last-minute changes including where we would do our vows. Melissa found a super cute location and was able to capture beautiful shots of the wedding and party. She helped save the day and knows how to make a wedding work.
Live Aloha Photography is the best!"
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