Koolina Family Photographer
Koolina Family Photographer
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Oahu family photographer

Fun & Engaging Family Photo Sessions in Waikiki, Ko’olina & Beyond

Marissa is a professional Oahu family photographer with 8 years of experience. As a parent herself, she knows the importance of preserving your family’s most precious moments. She takes pride in creating an enjoyable photo session tailored to meet your needs – whether you have adult kids, teens, tweens, or toddlers she has experience with all ages. Marissa loves capturing a mix of both portrait and lifestyle images like a stroll on the beach, a group shot with smiles all around, or playfull piggyback rides. Her experience, keen attention to detail, and calm demeanor ensure every moment is captured with care. Families and couples also love that she is able to capture dreamy images near their hotel which reduces the need to rent a car! Waikiki, Koolina and Turtle Bay are the three main locations offered. However, if you are looking to explore a different part of the island like Lanikai, Kailua, Hawaii Kai, & beyond, definitely do not hesitate to reach out!

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about the process
  • STEP 1: Get in Touch

    CLICK HERE for general inquiries & to request the package guide. If you are ready to book, swipe to the next page or CLICK HERE

  • STEP 2: Booking Your Session

    CLICK HERE to view the packages that Marissa offers. Click on your favorite package and request a specific date. 

  • STEP 3: Planning Your Wardrobe

    The outfits that you select are key to creating the look of the images. Marissa recommends selecting something simple, and classic that reflects your style.

    Earth tones, and light muted colors like the example photo shown here photograph beautifully against the beautiful backdrops of Hawaii. However, you should wear what you feel most comfortable wearing! These are your photos after all.

    There are so many great clothing brands for family photos. Some of which include: H&M, Zara, Noralee, Jamie Kay, for kids; Nothing Fits But, Red Dress, Anthropologie, Morning Lavender, for women; and Jcrew, & Everlane for men. 

  • STEP 4: The Final Images

    Following your session, Marissa will carefully compare and select only the best images that meet her standards. Each image is individually processed and enhanced to her editing style. You will receive your private online gallery of beautifully edited portraits once they are finished.

    Just like many other professional photographers, you will not receive RAW files, since these are just the rough drafts essential to your final images. Once your favorite images are selected, Marissa’s retoucher will put the finishing touches on your photos before sending them your way.

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All Oahu family photo sessions take place outdoors in Waikiki, Koolina, Kailua, Waimanalo, North Shore, etc. If you are staying in Waikiki Marissa does photo sessions near the Hilton Hawaiian Village which is still within walking distance to the Sheraton Waikiki, Royal Hawaiian Hotel, etc. This allows families that are staying in Waikiki who are not renting a car to partake in a family, maternity, baby, engagement, or couples photo session. Staying in Koolina? Marissa loves doing photo sessions near the Aulani Resort, The Four Seasons, and the Marriott Koolina.


Marissa does not offer back-to-back mini sessions on Oahu in particular. However, she does offer a small package which is up to 30 minutes. Pricing starts at $599 + tax. The best part about this is your family will be the only one scheduled for that morning or afternoon, so there is not the same amount of pressure as traditional back to back mini sessions where you are sandwiched between other families who are also taking photos.

Will you guide us during the session?

Yes, Marissa will tell you what to do during your photo session while keeping things fun for kids. She will capture both portraits and lifestyle/candid photos throughout your session unless you have something else in mind.  She does not do “documentary” style photoshoots where the photographer is simply a fly on the wall. This is a directed photo session in which Marissa will provide you with prompts in order to engage you and your family. If your child is cranky for a portion of your shoot, Marissa is very familiar with figuring out how to continue to capture moments that you will cherish even if your childs face is not showing because those photos can still be beautiful as well!


If you’re looking for guidance on what to wear to your family photo session, Marissa is happy to share her advice on what she thinks might work best at the location that you are doing your photo session at. Feel free to reach out to Marissa with your ideas and she can help you narrow things down.


Yes, all family sessions include digital files as well as access to an online gallery store where you have the option to purchase professional prints/products.

Who will photograph my family or couples photo session?

Marissa currently photographs all family, maternity, newborn, and couples photo sessions on Oahu.

If our trip is rescheduled, are we able to reschedule?

Reschedule for free up to 1x with at least 1 weeks notice. The deposit is non-refundable, but you may reschedule to the next time you’re out on Oahu or in San Francisco when Marissa hosts her annual mini sessions!

Do you offer any discounts?

Marissa has a referral program in place! When you refer someone else and they book, you will receive a credit towards additional images, or you can gift it to a friend or save for a future photoshoot. If you were referred by someone in specific be sure to put that on your client agreement so that the person who referred you can receive credit! If you were referred by a business please list the business so that you may receive any specials associated with that specific business referral. You may only use 1 referral – either a personal referral or a business referral.

What should I expect to invest in a Hawaii family or couples photo session?

Please inquire at marissa.hbphoto@gmail.com for the package guide

a little client love

What They’re Saying!

  • We are so glad that we got our family photos taken by Marissa. She was super responsive in email communication and had great instructions and tips for getting you the best photos. You wouldn’t be able to tell through the photos, but our sunrise pictures started off a bit hectic as we were all working around a toddler who just wanted to run into the ocean. Marissa was super patient and understanding and worked with us and our toddler to get us a few more perfect shots. We love the style of her photos and would highly recommend her as a photographer if you’re looking to capture some memories!
  • I’m incredibly happy we had the opportunity to work with Marissa during our recent trip to Hawaii. I fell in love with her style and portfolio from afar and she did not disappoint with our family session. She was easy to communicate with from beginning to end. The weather was unpredictable and she kept me informed up until the day of our session. She gave my family direction which we appreciated and was so patient and warm with our active toddler who only wanted to go into the ocean. We are so grateful to have these memories of our first family trip. I would highly recommend booking Marissa for your next session!
  • Marissa has photographed our family several times. We never take photos as a whole family in our day to day life, so we invest in this annually to have some nice pictures of all of us together – and let me tell you, they are just beautiful! We have two young kids that are not very cooperative, but I am always amazed at how she manages to get such great photos. On top of that, she is so sweet and calm throughout the process, and the kids feel instantly at ease (which gives you a shot at a decent photo!).”
  • I couldn’t be happier with how our lifestyle family photos turned out! Marissa is so sweet, professional and has a natural eye for photography! She captures moments beautifully and was great with our kids (8, 4 & 3 months) too. If you are thinking about it, don’t hesitate to use her. You won’t be disappointed!”
  • We loved, loved, LOVED our photo session with Marissa! She was friendly, interactive, and easy to communicate with. She was very patient with our stubborn 17-month old toddler at sunrise and even sang his favorite songs to get him to smile. She was able to capture so many beautiful moments on our first trip as a family together in Hawai’i, which makes these photos so special to us. We highly recommend her and will be reaching out for future photo sessions when we visit the island again. Thank you so much.
  • We are so happy with our Lanikai Beach sunrise photos shot by Marissa! She was a pro at getting our toddler to smile for the photos and we absolutely love how natural and beautiful the photos came out. She was very well organized and helped me procure a flower crown last minute. It looked beautiful in the photos and helped keep my hair out of my face during the windy morning photo session! We highly recommend booking Marissa for your next Hawaii or SF Bay Area photo session.”
  • Marissa is so talented and easy to work with! She made us feel very comfortable and at ease during the session, which you can see come through in her photos. She also made coordinating the session and finding our meeting spot very easy, which was much appreciated as a visitor who isn’t familiar with the area. You won’t regret booking a session with Marissa, and we will treasure these photos as memories of our trip!”

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xx Marissa

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