News and views from Maui photographer Joe D'Alessandro


Everybody has an opinion on which Maui beaches have the best views or the best mix of lava rock and swaying palm trees for an elopement ceremony and photography session. Some people prefer the west side of Maui like Kapalua or Napili bay, others like the south side of Maui; Kihei / Wailea / Makena, for the ease of parking and expansive sandy beaches like Po'olenalena (AKA Chang's beach). They all have their charms, but I want to highlight the three beaches that I have found to best combine incredible views, ease of access, and relative seclusion for a perfect Maui elopement, family portrait session or wedding photo shoot.

To get additional information on these and other great locations for your Maui Wedding, elopement, or family portrait session, please drop us an email or call us on the phone: 1-808-385-2247 and we can talk story, no hassle, no pressure. You can view our services and pricing on our website. Mahalo!

Couple's wedding portrait session in Makena, maui

Maui has spectacular coastlines and copious beach access points many of which are known only to a few of us who make a living from the beaches whether it's shooting weddings, taking out dive tours, or fishing for dinner. All of us have a deep abiding love for these special places and we take pride in showing our clients these special places. We spend only an hour or so in these places and only leave our footprints behind. If this is the kind of reverence you have for the island of Maui then Joe D'Alessandro Photography is available for a professional photography session with you and your fiance, spouse, or family. We have been doing professional photography in Maui and the mainland since 1986 and are now exclusively Maui based since 2005.

What many potential clients don't realize about Maui is how she changes throughout the day and year.

Mornings on Maui are generally brilliant blue affairs with light puffy clouds here and there are saturated colors, from the deep reds of Kahoolawe as seen from Malkena to the...

Makena Cove Wedding

I've been living and shooting professionally on Maui since the mid 80's and I never cease to be amazed and blown away by the stunning beauty of this tropical island. Some of that might be from seeing the reaction of a couple seeing Makena Cove for the first time on a brilliant Maui morning or from looking at their images after the shoot and sending them the edited files. I'm always contacted later on with reactions like "wow" or "awesome" after my clients receive their images. Maui does most of the work, my only job is to capture her best side in the best light. I never get tired of it.

If you are thinking about a small intimate elopement ceremony on a stunning beach like Secret Cove feel free to contact me about photography or wedding planning. I've been helping couples from around the world create beautiful Maui wedding memories for a very long time.

Makena Cove Elopement

While we still may have a way to go before we "return to normal" Hawai'i has enacted covid safe protocols for reopening Maui to visitors. Part of the process is a streamlined marriage license certification that is facilitated remotely. While the state currently only allows 10 people max. on any public beach including vendors, this makes Maui perfect for that intimate elopement ceremony in this time of social distancing. Since we can't have a big wedding anyway right now, this is the perfect opportunity to combine a much needed vacation away from the winter chill with your postponed wedding plans. Joe D'Alessandro Photography offers reasonably priced elopement packages that are short and sweet and capture the beauty of your Hawaiian beach ceremony. Booking is easy and right now the beaches aren't crowded. Call for a quote 1-808-385-2247.

Elopement ceremony in Makena Maui

South of Kihei a few hundred years past the snorkel shops, resorts, minit-stops, and tourist traps lies Makena: A pristine and bountiful area of beautiful blue ocean bordered by wilderness which used to be home to thousands of indigenous Hawaiians and is now populated by just a few lucky souls and a couple of food trucks. Fortunately for us in the Maui wedding industry there's a little beach house, just past the lava rock wall at Makena Cove, that serves as a spectacularly beautiful Maui wedding venue. Arabelle, owner of Ancient Hawaiian Weddings, secured this venue for a private morning ceremony for her clients who chose us to photograph their nuptials. After the ceremony we took a little trip to Palauea beach and shot a few more images. The results were spectacular.

Maui boasts numerous coves, beaches and private venues for your elopement ceremony or destination wedding. We have shot at most of them. Whether you're on the West side or the South side, we can point you in the right direction for the perfect Maui wedding location that fits your group and vision and...


There are many vacation rentals in Kihei from private luxury estates to studio condos looking over the ocean. We have shot most of them at one time or another. Kihei is always sunny and warm, the beaches are spectacular and the food trucks parked everywhere nearby are excellent. We have been shooting these condos for years and understand the complexities and challenges of each one. We bring color corrected lights with us to avoid those crazy colors we see on VRBO and other Maui vacation rental marketing websites. This particular unit is at Kamaole Sands in Kihei just across the street from Kam 1. We photographed this one last year but the owners remodeled and needed new imagery. Repeat business is the highest compliment!

Every room in every condo has its challenges and we are adept at overcoming them. We bring our color corrected lights to every shoot to reduce the weird color orange color bend we see from incandescent lights on so many websites. Tables get set and we raid your wine fridge if you have one to dress up the lanai table. If your images are muddy or shot from...

Maui Luxury Home Photographers

We love to work our lighting magic on luxury homes here on Maui whether they are high end vacation rentals or custom designs from a professional interior designer or architect. Our professional commercial photography packages are affordable and offer our vacation rental management clients an attractive R.O.I. by showcasing their properties with brilliant colors and clean details. For our interior design clients and architects, professional photography is a must have tool for impressing your clients and showcasing your work. Since 2005 Joe D'Alessandro Photography has been providing brilliant images like these to a wide variety of Hawaii and mainland clients for their marketing strategies. Give us a call to find out what we can do for you: 1-808-385-2247



Eloping on Maui is a stress free, fun way to celebrate your new life together. We had the opportunity to spend some time with a recent elopement couple down at Makena Cove for a sweet little ceremony with our favorite minister Pia. To speak with Joe D'Alessandro Photography about your Maui elopement needs just click on the button below. We offer affordable packages for photography which are short and sweet, just like a Maui elopement!