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The 7 Best Fashion Photographers in Honolulu

The Hawaiian islands are world-renowned for their beauty and laid-back way of life. While Honolulu may not be the first place your mind goes when you think of fashion, but there is a signature island style all the same. There is a number of noteworthy Honolulu fashion photographers inhabiting the islands, so if you are looking for a visual artist to help you create an ad campaign or a refreshed modeling portfolio that embodies Honolulu, you’re in luck. Check out these talented shutterbugs!

1. Andy Hawes Photography

A sense of weightlessness permeates Andy’s work as a Honolulu fashion photographer — he shoots underwater! His portfolio comprises fine art shots that defy gravity and add an unparalleled dimension. According to Andy, he likes to take models out of the “static confines of the studio” and create “unique stories of unguarded, candid, slightly uncomfortable human reaction deep inside the Deep Blue.”

The result is gorgeous and surreal, enhanced by a black-and-white color palette — stripping each subject down to its essence. His work on land is no less stunning, often adding motion into his shots for a similar sense of grace. Plus, he’s committed to protecting the ocean he loves so dearly, with a part of his proceeds going to meaningful causes like Surfrider Foundation and Earth Day.

2. Russell Tanoue

After falling in love with the camera at age 12 and using objects in his environment to develop his photographic chops, Russell Tanoue has become a well-known Honolulu fashion photographer. With decades of experience, he works with celebrities and recording artists in Hawaii and throughout the US to create high-definition shots that are as much about the subject as what they are wearing.

His subject-forward approach is ideal for actors and models who want lookbook shots — but he does much, much more than only fashion work. He also works with high school seniors to create fashionable and cool portraits they will treasure for the rest of their lives. As importantly, he uses his considerable talents for good, creating Project Shine, a program offering makeovers and photo sessions to ill patients and survivors of domestic abuse.

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3. Jessica Pine

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Talented Honolulu fashion and wedding photographer Jessica Pine often works with island swimwear brands and local clothing companies to bring their creative vision to life. Put simply, her fashion photography exudes quintessential island vibes — bold tropical greenery, saturated citrus colors, and all the turquoise you can handle. Whomever she has in front of her camera — and whatever the reason — she creates utterly fabulous photos. 

4. Abish Photography

Multi-disciplinary artist Abish Moncur has a fashion business background and a passion for the art of photography, a perfect combination for clients looking to promote themselves or their products through her breathtaking work. Her aesthetic sense leans towards bright colors and, with the stunning backdrops available throughout Oahu, it’s easy to see why. An intuitive photographer with a happy-go-lucky and slightly saturated vibe, Abish is the real deal.

5. Catherine of Catwalk Studios

Catwalk Studios lives up to its name with amazing fashion photographs full of individuals strutting their stuff. Catherine is an entrepreneur, combining creative direction, photography, and even film under her umbrella. She is a conceptual wizard, devising campaigns for household names like Disney and the US Olympic Committee.

Plus, she is a branding powerhouse, helping fellow entrepreneurs put their best face forward or market their clothing line. In addition to her commercial work, she collaborates with individuals without an advertising agenda, those who simply want stunning professional portraits of themselves and their families. 

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6. JP Moulin Photography

JP works with models in his fashion work, so he knows how to make all of his clients look amazing. He collabs with a skilled makeup artist (his wife), who helps turn “moms into models” in front of JP’s lens. Any woman who experiences a JP Moulin Photography session will be feeling their glamorous best!

With his robust photography career, JP is comfortable giving directions, so you can rest assured he’ll only capture the best angles. So whether you are seeking a commercial artist to help you market your brand or an everyday woman needing a portrait artist who turn her into a model, JP Moulin Photography is an amazing choice. One word of warning: his Instagram may not be safe for work — it’s that on fire. 

7. Tracy Wright Corvo

Specializing in personal branding, Tracy Wright Corvo uses her experience making headshots to create trendy, fashion-forward portraits. With her thoughtful composition and style, she adds a certain kind of editorial glamour for a whole other kind of fashion portrait experience. Her style comprises a unique blend of romantic, authentic, and cool. Plus, she often works in her studio, so if you’re in Honolulu and want ultra-stylish photographs of yourself, look to Tracy.

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