Tourism & RETREAT  
photography strategy

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.  

visual storytelling EXPERTISE

Choose one or all:

(in total a $7000 value)

Strategy Sessions

Create Vision + Plan

for Marketing, Sales, & Management Leaders

  • Clarify goals & brainstorm ideas for marketing and storytelling.
  • Create an inspiring vision and a step-by-step plan for meaningful photos and visual storytelling.

($1000 value)

Training for Team

Photo Skills Workshop

for leaders & team members

  • Learn how to plan & create beautiful photos for any initiative with phones or cameras.
  • Build your image inventory for any media needs (website, social media, advertising, reports)



creative Photoshoots

for any initiative

  • Professional Creative Consultation & Coaching to prepare for shoot plus Full Day Photoshoot with Melisine.
  • Receive 100+ digital, high-res, professionally edited images. You can choose favorites from 500+ photos.


Capture special moments & experiences that you offer

Inspire guests to envision their dream vacation -- with you!

 Revitalize your marketing vision and message

Show guests your spirit

and how they will feel

Meet Melisine

I am a pro photographer and educator, specializing in visual storytelling. My portfolio website is

My goal is to help hotels and retreats shine by combining my professional expertise helping businesses share their stories, while honoring local culture and community.

I work closely with hospitality businesses to show the beauty of their offerings, but also the heart, care, and wisdom that creates that beauty, often behind the scenes.

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.

Client Love

Captures the True Essence!

"Mel’s photography captures the true essence of the moment and is a reflection of her aloha spirit.

Mel has a natural gift to highlight the world through the lens of her camera.”

- Perry Bateman
Executive Chef

Mama's Fish House 

Top 10 Fine Dining Restaurants in the USA - Trip Advisor
Second Most Popular Restaurant in the USA - Open Table

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 

Create better photos!

"Mel’s photography class was so fun and informative!!

She was delightful to work with and I learned so many new ways to capture better photos.

Great class!!”

- Linda Lindquist
Luxury Resort Lead Concierge

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 
Luxury Retreat Leader
Gateless Retreats

Took my business to the next level of professionalism and value

“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 
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

Hotels, RESORTs, SPAs

Four Seasons

Mandarin Oriental

COMO Spas + Resorts

Grand Hyatt Spa + Resort

The Montage Spa + Resort
The Laylow Hotel, Oahu

Mama's Fish House Restaurant & Inn, Maui
The Palms & Shore Club, Turks + Caicos
Wanderlust Festivals

Retreats, Tours, WORKSHOPS

Avis Tahiti
Retreat in Hawaii
Gateless Writing Retreats

Finding Your Fiji Retreats

Makoa Quest Cultural Experiences

Malolo Farm Protea

Hawaii Farms + Floral Artists
Still and Moving Center, Oahu
Hui No‘eau Visual Arts Center

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