Great photos transform how the world sees you
and what you offer.
You deserve photos that honor and celebrate your retreat, while providing beautiful images you and your attendees can enjoy for years to come.
I will work closely with you on your ideas to make sure your vision becomes a reality.
Does your retreat's online presence reflect all of the beauty and magic you create?
When your retreat's online presence reflects what you offer,
you spend less time selling,
more time doing what you love
and being paid what you deserve!
you will experience
Images that capture the beauty of your retreat
Memories for you and your attendees to treasure
Effortless retreat sales - images speak louder than words
Ability to communicate with visuals to your dream clients
I am a pro photographer for some of the most respected hospitality and wellness brands worldwide. My mission is to help you express your most authentic self and make memorable images.
My portfolio website is melisinestudio.com.
We will go beyond a typical photography experience, utilizing my extensive experience with coaching, healing, art therapy, mindset, and personal growth work.
Working with me, you will experience a mix of New York and Hawaii. I am native New Yorker from a fashion industry family, with a deep connection to Maui, my chosen home.
I am passionate about honoring and immersing myself in the culture.
☼ hālau member - study hula, lei, and oli
☼ study with kūpuna and kanaka maoli
☼ mālama (care) for the community, using photography to empower local businesses, artisans, and nonprofits.
Why work with Melisine
How Melisine Photographs Retreats
Melisine typically works with retreats in two ways: to create styled photographs and to create documentary-style, candid images.
Before the retreat activities begin, Melisine will consult with retreat leaders about their vision, and help plan the layout of activities (such as where to position people and objects in a scene, or explaining what direction the retreat leader should face to ensure the most flattering lighting) to create the best possible photos.
Retreat leaders can collaborate with Melisine to design vibrant experiences that look like a magazine photoshoot. Often we will create a special ceremony or celebration in which participants can dress up and have fun.
These festive photos have the additional benefit of inspiring and visually convincing future clients to say "I want to be there! Sign me up!"
DOCUMENTARY-STYLE, CANDID IMAGES
For documentary-style images, Melisine typically participates in activities alongside attendees so they can bond and feel comfortable.
She has her camera at all times, which allows her to discreetly, quietly, and respectfully take photos whenever she senses a good moment coming.
This approach has the advantage of capturing photos from a more intimate, authentic perspective and creating a sense of trust and camaraderie.
Retreat leaders and participants say Melisine's photoshoot process feels gentle, expansive, and transformative.
Seeing the self: Soulful Self Portraits
Tap into your creativity and story through photos + Gateless writing.
Melisine offers short photoshoots for retreat attendees.
Visual strategy for retreat leaders + property owners.
Fully booked and sold out!
"Melisine is an incredible photographer who knows exactly how to capture a mood and has a wonderful eye for detail.
She has gone above and beyond in providing photos of our annual conference (the Women's Travel Fest) that stun, and we've used them online to great success, to be fully booked and sold out.
I would highly recommend working with her to capture beautiful, creative photos for your next project or idea.
She has a way of making women feel relaxed and confident in photos, with a friendly energy that adds to the camaraderie of any event."
- Kelly Lewis
Founder of Women's Travel Fest Annual Conference
and Damesly Retreats
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 center 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!"
Retreat Leader and Owner of Retreat in Hawaii
Photos that can move your brand and business to the next level
"If you are looking for someone to do photography for your retreat, Melisine completely uplevels the retreat visually and shows it 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!"
Master Writing and Publishing Coach
Founder of Gateless Writing Retreats
My heart sang
upon seeing the photos!
"Melisine's photos are gorgeous.
I can't thank you enough!"
- Meagan DeGaia
President of Makoa Quest - Hawaiian cultural restoration
Hawai‘i Tourism Authority - Maui Manager
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
Let's do this!
Selected Client Work
RETREAT, RESORT, SPA PROPERTIES
COMO Spas + Resorts
Grand Hyatt Spa + Resort
The Montage Spa + Resort
The Palms & Shore Club, Turks + Caicos
RETREAT + WORKSHOP LEADERS
Adidas Women - Jessie Zapo
Gateless Writing - Suzanne Kingsbury
Retreat in Hawaii - Ange Arbuckle
Women's Travel Fest - Kelly Lewis
Starlight Sanctuary - Achintya Devi
The Assemblage - Vienna Pharaon
The Wing - Aminatou Sow
Mama's Fish House
Still and Moving Center, Oahu
The Montage Resort + Spa, Maui
Grand Hyatt Resort + Spa, Kauai
The Laylow Hotel, Oahu
Hui No‘eau Visual Arts Center