nonprofit photography &
Great photos transform how the world sees you
and what you offer.
You deserve beautiful photos that honor your work,
that you can share and enjoy for years to come.
A Photography & Marketing Gift for 10 Nonprofits
My intention is to donate my creative expertise to
help French Polynesia nonprofits create inspiring photos and visual stories
so they can help more people.
Each recipient will receive
visual storytelling EXPERTISE
Create Vision + Plan
for Leaders & Board Members
Training for Team
Photo Skills Workshop
for team members & volunteers
1 Hour Photoshoot
for any initiative
(in total a $4000 value)
you will learn how to
Create + plan images that share your message and spirit
Communicate with visuals to your community + donors - images speak louder than words
Receive donations with ease - "a picture is worth a thousand words"
Capture memories for your team and community to treasure
I am a pro photographer and educator, with an online photography school specializing in visual storytelling. My portfolio website is melisinestudio.com.
I am grateful to live in Polynesia and am passionate about honoring the culture and community, with aloha in my heart and actions. I study traditional cultural practices including environmental stewardship, dance, craftsmanship, and language.
My mission is to give and mālama (care) for the community, using photography to empower local nonprofits, businesses, artisans, and farms.
I hope to help shine a light on ocean and conservation nonprofits by combining my professional expertise helping businesses share their stories, with deep reverence for French Polynesia's culture and community.
The Visual Storytelling Process:
Easy, Stress-free, and Fun!
My specialty is helping you feel relaxed and confident while
creating your vision, learning to take beautiful photos, and also being photographed.
No special preparation is required! You can just be yourself!
We will chat about what images you would like, and come up with a plan together.
Clients say Melisine's process
feels inspiring and joyful.
My heart sang
upon seeing the photos!
"Melisine's photos are gorgeous.
I can't thank you enough!"
- Meagan DeGaia
Hawai‘i Tourism Authority - Maui Manager
President of Makoa Quest - Hawaiian cultural restoration
"I loved my photo shoot with Mel. She made the whole process so simple.
Mel really held my hand and helped every step of the way - from the style and content of the photos to locations, selecting outfits, and even posing.
Her guidance and expertise were so valuable. And the results speak for themselves! I couldn't be happier!"
- Courtney Rolls
Director of Coach Certification and Alumni
The Life Coach School
Photos that can move your brand and business to the next level
"If you are looking for someone to do photography for your organization, Melisine completely uplevels your images and shows your work to be gorgeous.
Because Mel has worked for such high-end brands, she knows how to stage the coveted shots you have always wanted that can move your business and your brand to the next level.
Mel's greatest gift is her ability to let her lens be intimate with the essence of who you are.
She uses the camera as a mirror to reflect a person's essential spirit.
She brings out the beauty and light in every single situation! And every person!"
- Suzanne Kingsbury
Master Writing and Publishing Coach
Founder of Gateless Writing Inc.
Felt so safe and relaxed!
"When we met for the shoot, I didn’t really know how to pose, to smile, to look … But as soon as Melisine told me that I could move just naturally, within seconds I felt so safe and relaxed, that I totally forgot about the camera and actually had … fun!
I thought there might be three or four pictures I would like and could use for professional purposes, but oh, was I wrong.
Within 10 minutes she managed to take 200 pictures of me that I liked. That is more than all the photos I like of me of my whole life combined.
This experience wasn’t just a photo shoot. It was a transformation, as it helped me to see my inner and outer beauty, to feel wonderful within my body and with my face. It gave me a lot of confidence. "
- Ivonne Senn
Took my business to the next level of professionalism and value,
Quickly booked $44,000
“Melisine has created a visual story with her photography that far exceeds my expectations.
Her ability to capture exactly what my clientele needs to see and feel is impeccable.
Working with Mel at my retreat property has taken my business to the next level of professionalism and value.
I have so much respect and appreciation Melisine's work which is visual art that literally speaks for itself.
My advice to anyone considering taking their dream to the next level is to allow Mel capture the heart and soul of you and your business -- she will not disappoint!"
- Ange Arbuckle
Retreat Leader and Owner of Retreat in Hawaii
Trust Melisine to portray women in the highest manner of respect
"I am so pleased to recommend Mel, an incredible photographer with a unique eye.
Women in our collective trusted to her to portray them in the highest manner of respect.
Because of this trust, women were able to be truly vulnerable around her, making the process feel authentic.
Mel and I worked closely to shoot editorial work for Adidas Women, Samsung, and VICE over two years.
I love Mel's work and I love Mel!"
- Jessie Zapo
Adidas Global Ambassador and Adidas NYC Coach
Known as The "First Lady" of Running
Selected Client Work
Photography, Website, & Social Media Strategy
RETREAT, RESORT, SPA PROPERTIES
COMO Spas + Resorts
Grand Hyatt Spa + Resort
The Montage Spa + Resort
The Palms & Shore Club, Turks + Caicos
Makoa Quest Nonprofit, Maui
Mama's Fish House, Maui
The Montage Resort + Spa, Maui
Grand Hyatt Resort + Spa, Kauai
The Laylow Hotel, Oahu
Hui No‘eau Visual Arts Center, Maui
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