As a Maui Photographer with a Photographic Craftsman (Cr.Photog.) Degree and a Certified Professional Photographer (CPP) designation, I have the wonderful opportunity to capture people, places and things at their best. As a Portrait Artist, I am blessed with the unique opportunity to create photographs of milestones in my client's lives - graduating seniors, engagements, elopements, honeymoons, anniversaries and family portraits. Over the past 11 years, our studio has become established as one of the top portrait photographers on Maui for the luxury market.
I love talking with my clients to truly understand who they are and how I can capture what they envision for their homes. I consider it an honor when someone connects with my work and invites me to be part of a significant time in their lives.
What's my style? I try to combine my passion for design, emotion, movement, light and a sense of place to each of my photographs. I began my career as a fine art photographer and am named after my great grandfather, well-known Virginia based Architect, Aubrey Chesterman. I truly love what I do and capturing photographs full of life. My role as a CPP Liaison is to assist candidates and existing CPPs as a subject matter expert and source of information. Each CPP Liaison must maintain his or her certification and PPA membership, and is entrusted with responsibilities to maintain the integrity of the program.
I am a glamorous 6’ woman trapped in a 5’ body with an 8' personality. Wearing pearls is a tribute to my Southern heritage, and I refuse to apologize for loving hot pink. Nothing from Patagonia, Dior or Banana Republic should be considered an indulgence.
I believe Nature + Untouched = Perfection.
My favorite yoga pose is on the sandy ocean floor, eyes closed, listening to the Humpback whales singing for as long as I can hold my breath.
I discovered a handshake could change your life forever when His Royal Highness, the 14th Dalai Lama of Tibet, took my hand in his. It showed me that love and compassion can change the world.
Like my dad, I enjoy a good practical joke and I am not embarrassed to say I travel with a pair of fake buck teeth in my purse for those perfectly spontaneous occasions.
My love of international travel started with a trip to England. Since then, I have lived, worked, studied and traveled to 15 countries on 5 continents. My favorite travel experiences included photographing mountain gorillas in Uganda, diving in Palau, working with the Carib Indians in Dominica, diving the coast of Sulawesi, living on the island of Kalymnos in Greece, capturing the people and rural life in Ukraine and photographing majestic New Zealand. I have also enjoyed adventures in Pohnpei, Kosrae, Fiji, France, Australia, Vietnam, Thailand and Ukraine.
I never leave home without a colorful bikini, comfy flip-flops and a plush beach towel just in case a white sandy beach seduces me. I am happiest when I am sandy, sweaty, dirty or wet - I know that's the sign of a great adventure.
I believe Maui sunsets were created to enhance a bottle of chilled Veuve Clicquot champagne, a bucket of fried chicken and Ghirardelli dark chocolate with salted caramel.
My husband and I currently enjoy life on Maui with our two golden retrievers between the island's white sand beaches and the slopes of Haleakala volcano.
I have been blessed with many invitations and opportunities in my life and career:
Featured photographer in the Hawaii Romance Guide, Hawaii Tourism Oceania Romance and Discovery Magazines and Hawaii Tourism Canada Magazine as a partner with Hawaii Tourism Oceania and Hawaii Tourism Canada
Photographs have been featured in United Airlines Hemispheres Magazine, Delta Airlines Sky Magazine, International Traveller Magazine (AU), Lei Magazine, Seattle Magazine, Seattle Met Magazine, West Jet Magazine, Zoomer Magazine, Wing Travel Japan, Hawaiian Airlines Hana Hou Magazine, Hawaii Magazine, Air New Zealand Kia Ora Magazine Alaska Airlines Magazine, Pacific Weddings Magazine's Love Notes, Borrowed & Blue Hawaii, Maharani Weddings, Maui Wedding Planner and Honeymoon & Destination Wedding Professionals.
Still Photographer and Cast for Maui's first motion picture comedy entitled "Get a Job" featuring Hawaii's top entertainers and celebrities
Photographs are currently exhibited at the Te Papa National Museum of New Zealand, Oahu's Queen's Medical Center, and Kaiser Permanente Maui. My fine art photographs can be viewed at www.thevisualspa.com
Portrait photographs published in the Faces of Hawaii book 2009, 2010, 2011 for HI Art Magazine
PPA Photographic Craftsman (Cr.Photog.), Certified Professional Photographer (CPP) and CPP Liaison based in Hawaii. Active member of the Professional Photographers of America (PPA), American Society of Photographers (ASP) and Wedding and Portrait Photographers International (WPPI). Member of the American Society of Media Photographers (ASMP) in the state of Hawaii.
As the principal photographer for the Maui Arts and Cultural Center, I have had the honor to capture musical icons including musical legends and celebrities from Hawaii and around the globe including:
Aerosmith Bruno Mars Dave Mason James Taylor Journey Matisyahu Mick Fleetwood REO Speedwagon Steel Pulse The Four Tops The Temptations Billy Currington War Diana Ross Justin Moore Santana
America Chicago Elton John Jimmy Buffet Julio Igelesias Melissa Etheridge Ozomatli Sammy Hagar The Beach Boys The Steve Miller Band Rodney Atkins Three Dog Night Yo-Yo Ma Chaka Khan Willie Nelson UB40
Boz Scaggs Damian Marley Lee Brice Jack Johnson John Legend Jake Shimabukuro Kenny Loggins Michael McDonald Peter Frampton Sheryl Crow The Doobie Brothers Bob Dylan Tower of Power John Fogerty Earth, Wind and Fire Natalie Cole
Maui Photographer Aubrey Hord - Behind the Camera PPA Video
Interview with Maui Photographer Aubrey Hord by the Professional Photographers of America on how being a Certified Professional Photographer helped distinguish her business as a photographer on Maui.