Kristy Taylor and Robyn Penn of Maui Maka Photography have completely surrounded themselves in their environment just like those underwater cameras. These photographers know that to truly know a subject, to fully grasp its truth, immersion is key. Luckily for them, and for us, their admirers, that total commitment takes place on one of the most magnificently breathtaking places on earth: the Hawaiian island of Maui. Through their images, Taylor and Penn bring that paradise to us.
“Our business is so overlapped with our lifestyle that it really has to hustle to keep up. For example, when life took us underwater, we invested in underwater gear. We are constantly pushing the boundaries. The ocean is a huge part of our lives between surfing, free-diving, and spearfishing. We take our photography with us everywhere we go,” says Taylor.
Maui Maka Photography was born from a desire to savor these moments in such a stunning atmosphere. Taylor and Penn both love nature. And with such heavenly vistas in Hawaii, they have a plethora of locations on the island that they love to photograph. They find that Maui offers such a wide range of gorgeous backdrops that they are never bored.
Their partnership in capturing this beauty started a decade ago when they first met and found their personalities and goals completed each other perfectly. Taylor is a whirlwind of energy, full of life and laughter, and Penn is the dreamer with a tendency to wander off. However, what they had in common was a lifelong curiosity for people and places, as well as a complete love for their home: the tropical paradise of Hawaii. This passion shows in every image they capture.
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From a very early age I loved taking pictures and looking at them in magazines and books, but the art of photography captured my heart when I was a teenager, on my first overseas trip to Wales. From that point, I began shooting with a little film SLR and having my friend model for me. In college I took some digital photography and visual communication courses as part of my communication studies major, and decided to pursue a career in photography. I became a legal business and took my first paid client at age 20, and it's been quite a journey and adventure over the past nine years.
I secretly bought a mail-order 35mm camera when I was 15, and took lots of ordinary photos of animals and nature for several years. Although I majored in art and studied photography in college, my career started in marketing and advertising, from the client service end. Then I had the most beautiful baby, found my old camera and realized how much I love photographing people.