Aloha and thanks for visiting my website! As a Maui family photographer it’s important for me to make your photo session fun for the whole family. I want you to feel comfortable and relaxed so that your images convey that.
With a background in photojournalism, I am a trained observer. I love to watch people interact in loving and intimate ways and because of that, I feel I am great at observing and capturing these moments for people with my camera. I want to share this passion and skill with people who also value this kind of photography and who want to forever capture these moments between them and their families. My experience as a news photographer has trained me to wait for and anticipate these special moments.
Leave the Stress At Home
I also want this experience to be a stress-free one for you and your family. I strive to make it that way so that you can enjoy your vacation and photo session and leave the work and worry to me. We will communicate before the photo session so that I know exactly what you want and make sure you are happy with the pictures we create together.
Where I Come From
I am originally from Cincinnati, Ohio and grew up in a family with several photographers. My dad was an amateur photographer with his own darkroom in my childhood home, and my uncle was a professional photographer and videographer for television. I guess this sparked my interest in photography, and throughout my teens I began to document my life with my friends and family. This has been an innate quality for me, to watch and enjoy people interacting with one another and to capture these intimate moments. I took this interest and decided to make it a career. I graduated from Kent State University in Kent, Ohio with a Bachelor of Science in Photojournalism. I worked as a professional news photographer for seven years. In college I placed as a semifinalist in the national William Randolph Hearst contest. As a professional, I’ve won several state and national photography awards.
Since moving to Maui in 2002, I have been shooting family portraits, newborns, children, pregnant Moms, weddings, vow renewals and other special events. I am available to shoot on any of the other islands as well.
I use high-end professional digital camera equipment, Nikon digital camera bodies and lenses and Nikon’s Creative Lighting System. I also shoot Raw, large image sizes which ensures the quality of the image when it is printed. I try to utilize natural light as much as possible but also have portable on-location professional lighting equipment. My goal is to offer you the highest quality images that you and your family can cherish forever.
Allow Me to Capture Your Moments
~A bride gazing lovingly into her soon-to-be-husband’s eyes as he professes his love for her in front of their family and friends…
~A first-time Mom looking on proudly at her newborn baby girl born just days ago…
~A father and daughter sharing a sweet moment during a family photo session…
~An expectant Mom and her husband holding her belly during a maternity session knowing in just a few short weeks that baby will finally be in their arms…
These are important moments in our lives. Moments…fleeting, lovely, defining why we are here on this earth. And yet so often forgotten. Moments. That is why I do what I do. Watching and capturing moments as they unfold is my passion.
It is my privilege to capture these special moments for you so that years from now you can look back at that photo and be brought back….back to that very special moment in time.
Robin is the best!! She took such great care of us and we have had so many compliments about the photos she took of our family. We would recommend her to everyone looking for great pictures of their family, business, real estate, pets, or anything at all! She is simply the best on Maui! ~Jessie Hinfey
“Our family had never done a family photo shoot before so we were a bit unsure of how it would go. We didn’t really know what to expect, but I was beyond impressed with how Robin handled us! She patiently guided us in our poses, chose all the best locations on the beach and even got some awesome shots of our dog Ginger in the process!! Robin made us feel comfortable and so the whole experience felt natural. Even my husband, who hates having his photo taken, had fun!! We loved all the photos and had a hard time picking just 5 for our family Christmas card.
I was so impressed with Robin’s professionalism that I have used her as a photographer in my real estate business. She has always come through for me, and my clients are always pleased with the photos. I’m so glad we took a chance with Robin, and I always recommend her when I can!” ~Malinee Carosso
“My husband and I got married in October 2011 in Maui. Our goal for the wedding, including photography, was to keep things simple and casual so that we could focus on the happiness of the day. Robin did a fabulous job with the pictures! She scouted great spots and worked well without direction but was also willing to accept instructions from an overwhelmed bride! She took a ton of pictures, they all came out beautiful and her rates were almost too good to be true! My favorite pictures are always the candid ones and her background in photojournalism was obvious as she captured some beautiful unscripted moments. She was very fast to get the pictures to me so that I could get them out to those who didn’t make the trip. I can’t thank Robin enough for making things so easy!” ~Molly Hennessy Struecker
“My husband and I got married on the beach front of the Lahaina Jodo Mission on February 7, 2012. The usually sunny sky of Lahaina was covered in dark rain clouds, making my big day even more stressful. I tried my best to stay optimistic, hoping the weather would turn around. As the heavy rain came down moments before the ceremony, I had no choice but to wait it out in the car. Robin waited with me, taking photos of me sipping champagne and comforting me with positive words. Everything was so unpredictable, but the weather finally took a break and the ceremony felt magical. Robin captured many important photos of my dad walking me down the aisle. She was also moving around non-stop to capture a lot of different angles of our ceremony. After the ceremony, Robin guided my husband and I around various locations for some great couple pictures. She helped us feel relaxed and made the photo shoot very natural. She also took sunset photos of us and our families on the beach. Robin took advantage of the dramatic sunset and our photos came out amazing! You can see the cloud formations changing as you flip through our photo album. Another bonus was that Robin finished the photo editing right away so we didn’t have to wait long for our pictures. I look forward to having Robin as my photographer in the future!” ~Lauren O. Calderon
“When we began planning our 50th wedding anniversary celebration, we asked Robin Christman to be our photographer. Robin had been recommended by a local resident on Maui. We told Robin we had no particular vision of what photos to take and gave her free reign. Before the ceremony, Robin told us to completely ignore her and enjoy the event. She snapped photos during and after, complying with the few requests we had. The next day we received our beautifully put-together album plus CD which captured some of the most precious moments in our lifetime together. We were amazed at the angles she chose, the way she captured us and the precious moments between us. Every time we look at these photos we are vividly reminded of our special day.” ~ Arline and George Paulson
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