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Maile Lani Photography

New Orleans , LA
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New Orleans, LA 70118 US (map)

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504-383-5379

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ABOUT US

One common thread looping all of photographer Maile Lani's clients together is their wish for wedding photographs that are far from the run-of-the-mill, prototypical images they've seen... Read more
One common thread looping all of photographer Maile Lani's clients together is their wish for wedding photographs that are far from the run-of-the-mill, prototypical images they've seen all too many times. While this free-spirited artist produces timeless, romantic photos, she without a doubt brings her creative and imaginative voice to every shoot, guaranteeing uniqueness to every shot. Maile's warm, engaging personality is comforting in those pre-ceremony moments and essential to her pursuit in delivering the true images you've always wanted. For less posed, more natural wedding photos with a dreamy, vintage feel -- Maile's your gal. Available in New Orleans and worldwide. Read less
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INFO FOR PHOTOGRAPHY

What primary photographic style do you identify with?
Photojournalism, Portraiture
What photography services do you offer?
High-Res, Liability Insurance
What photography items do you offer?
Albums, Digital Files, Flush Mount, Prints, Proofs

REVIEWS

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Anonymous
Wedding:
[Private]
5.0/5.0
Beautiful photography, great artist!
Beautiful photography, great artist!
Beautiful photography, great artist! Read less
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Rachel
Wedding:
2/20/2016
4.7/5.0
I loved her! My friends and family loved her! My now husband (who is not a picture person) loved her! Maile was a joy to work with during our engagements, my bridals, and especially our wedding. She was great a making everyone feel comfortable in front of her lens and was amazing at getting our pictures to us in a very timely manner! (like within the next week fast!!) I would also like to point out that I had many people tell me they loved how she got such AMAZING shots of the wedding but it never felt like she was in your way! She does travel a lot and so it was a bit difficult to set dates for some of our sessions because we were often out of town as well, but in the end it all worked out really well with the weather so I'm not complaining! :D Overall Maile was amazing to work with and her work is TO. DIE. FOR!! If you want someone to capture the big and little moments of your love shes the girl to get it done!
I loved her! My friends and family loved her! My now husband (who is not a picture person) loved her! Maile was a joy to Read more...
I loved her! My friends and family loved her! My now husband (who is not a picture person) loved her! Maile was a joy to work with during our engagements, my bridals, and especially our wedding. She was great a making everyone feel comfortable in front of her lens and was amazing at getting our pictures to us in a very timely manner! (like within the next week fast!!) I would also like to point out that I had many people tell me they loved how she got such AMAZING shots of the wedding but it never felt like she was in your way! She does travel a lot and so it was a bit difficult to set dates for some of our sessions because we were often out of town as well, but in the end it all worked out really well with the weather so I'm not complaining! :D Overall Maile was amazing to work with and her work is TO. DIE. FOR!! If you want someone to capture the big and little moments of your love shes the girl to get it done! Read less
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Aoife
Wedding:
12/4/2015
5.0/5.0
Maile was fun, energetic and completely on top of things. She was neither intrusive nor did she miss a single moment. On the morning, she even helped get me into my dress, side stepping a stressful moment caused by a lace up bodice! Her photos are spectacular!
Maile was fun, energetic and completely on top of things. She was neither intrusive nor did she miss a single moment. On Read more...
Maile was fun, energetic and completely on top of things. She was neither intrusive nor did she miss a single moment. On the morning, she even helped get me into my dress, side stepping a stressful moment caused by a lace up bodice! Her photos are spectacular! Read less
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Megan
Wedding:
4/25/2015
4.8/5.0
I met Maile at the Knot Wedding and instantly fell in love with the soft, vintage look of her photos. We met with and booked a short time later. I had a bridal shoot a couple months before the wedding, and the day of she spent 7 hours with us. She was fun, energetic and a dream to work with. She captured our day perfectly and we have the most beautiful photos! Thank you Maile!!
I met Maile at the Knot Wedding and instantly fell in love with the soft, vintage look of her photos. We met with and Read more...
I met Maile at the Knot Wedding and instantly fell in love with the soft, vintage look of her photos. We met with and booked a short time later. I had a bridal shoot a couple months before the wedding, and the day of she spent 7 hours with us. She was fun, energetic and a dream to work with. She captured our day perfectly and we have the most beautiful photos! Thank you Maile!! Read less
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Cassi
Wedding:
6/11/2014
5.0/5.0
This woman knows her stuff!!! Highly recommend Maile for any type of photography needed. She made our experience the most previous we have ever had, completely turned it into an adventure we will never forget. Her creativity is brilliant and her personality is top notch. There is no way she will not make you smile!!
This woman knows her stuff!!! Highly recommend Maile for any type of photography needed. She made our experience the most Read more...
This woman knows her stuff!!! Highly recommend Maile for any type of photography needed. She made our experience the most previous we have ever had, completely turned it into an adventure we will never forget. Her creativity is brilliant and her personality is top notch. There is no way she will not make you smile!! Read less
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Sarah
Wedding:
5/26/2014
5.0/5.0
Working with Maile for our elopement photos was such a joy!

My husband and I traveled from Cleveland to New Orleans to elope on memorial day weekend and after VERY much research, we chose Maile as our photographer. She was absolutely fantastic through the entire process, from our first contact through the planning and especially on our elopement day. We both really enjoyed working with her.

Our pictures came out breathtaking. I was very worried after browsing the internet for wedding photographers that we would end up with the same old posed, wedding-y pictures that you see everywhere and, thanks to Maile, they were exactly the "different" feel we were looking for. She made the whole experience so comfortable (much more comfortable than I had anticipated).

To anyone who might be considering Maile for any kind of photos, take my advice that you will not be disappointed in your experience.
Working with Maile for our elopement photos was such a joy!

My husband and I traveled from Cleveland to New Read more...
Working with Maile for our elopement photos was such a joy!

My husband and I traveled from Cleveland to New Orleans to elope on memorial day weekend and after VERY much research, we chose Maile as our photographer. She was absolutely fantastic through the entire process, from our first contact through the planning and especially on our elopement day. We both really enjoyed working with her.

Our pictures came out breathtaking. I was very worried after browsing the internet for wedding photographers that we would end up with the same old posed, wedding-y pictures that you see everywhere and, thanks to Maile, they were exactly the "different" feel we were looking for. She made the whole experience so comfortable (much more comfortable than I had anticipated).

To anyone who might be considering Maile for any kind of photos, take my advice that you will not be disappointed in your experience. Read less
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Ashley
Wedding:
4/13/2014
4.0/5.0
Maile was lovely to work with - she was energetic, engaging, and easy to talk to. We loved her energy, and the quality of her images - they're beautiful. She had everything we were looking for in a wedding photographer stylistically, and she was a pleasure to work with. Maile provided us with invaluable tips for taking great photos. My husband has never felt comfortable in front of a camera, and she made him feel at ease and helped him understand the best ways to stand and hold himself.

There were times when it would take her a couple days to get back to us via email; having friends who are wedding photographers, I understand how quickly their days get wrapped up in shooting and editing images for clients, as well as responding to inquiries.

The only thing I would change: I wish there had been more photos of the reception. My partner and I had lots of beautiful photos of us, but only a fraction of our guests! I should have discussed this with her prior, so that we could have had a better balance of the two types of images.

I would happily recommend using Maile Lani Photography for your wedding - as well as any other needs! I'd absolutely work with her again to get beautiful shots of my now husband and I for our anniversaries.
Maile was lovely to work with - she was energetic, engaging, and easy to talk to. We loved her energy, and the quality of Read more...
Maile was lovely to work with - she was energetic, engaging, and easy to talk to. We loved her energy, and the quality of her images - they're beautiful. She had everything we were looking for in a wedding photographer stylistically, and she was a pleasure to work with. Maile provided us with invaluable tips for taking great photos. My husband has never felt comfortable in front of a camera, and she made him feel at ease and helped him understand the best ways to stand and hold himself.

There were times when it would take her a couple days to get back to us via email; having friends who are wedding photographers, I understand how quickly their days get wrapped up in shooting and editing images for clients, as well as responding to inquiries.

The only thing I would change: I wish there had been more photos of the reception. My partner and I had lots of beautiful photos of us, but only a fraction of our guests! I should have discussed this with her prior, so that we could have had a better balance of the two types of images.

I would happily recommend using Maile Lani Photography for your wedding - as well as any other needs! I'd absolutely work with her again to get beautiful shots of my now husband and I for our anniversaries. Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
2+ years ago
0.8/5.0
I strongly advise against using Maile Lani as your wedding photographer—working with her has been an extremely frustrating and unenjoyable experience. Her mid-range prices may be enticing, as well as her display of past work on her blog, however I would have rather paid a bit more to work with someone more responsive, and if you notice until the last week of February, her most recent post is from October ’13 and the last full blog was from July '13. I rarely write reviews, but feel very strongly that no one else should have to experience the frustration I have, uninformed that is. My primary concerns have been 1) her lack of professionalism, 2) lack of communication, 3) not following through with promises made, and 4) extreme delay in being able to view or receive photos. The process of wedding planning is stressful enough without having to deal with issues such as this. Working with her has been so frustrating, the pure joy of seeing our photos was compromised and the memories of the frustration will always be tied to these images. It appears to me that she is either not really interested in or unable to handle the demands of wedding photography, so do yourself a favor and choose a photographer who is.
After paying the deposit, Maile's appeal diminished steadily throughout the process. While planning, she would forget discussed details from one conversation to the next. She did not capture specific pictures I asked for, disappeared during the wedding, and acted put out by guests who asked for posed shots. I did not see the first picture until 10 weeks after wedding, or the USB of digital images until after 16 weeks (contract states 8 weeks). It took multiple attempts to get responses from Maile after the wedding, and her responses were not helpful or accommodating.
I could go on and on; these are a few examples. You will likely not get what you ask for or what she promises. Though you may receive some decent photos but they will not be worth it.
I strongly advise against using Maile Lani as your wedding photographer—working with her has been an extremely frustrating Read more...
I strongly advise against using Maile Lani as your wedding photographer—working with her has been an extremely frustrating and unenjoyable experience. Her mid-range prices may be enticing, as well as her display of past work on her blog, however I would have rather paid a bit more to work with someone more responsive, and if you notice until the last week of February, her most recent post is from October ’13 and the last full blog was from July '13. I rarely write reviews, but feel very strongly that no one else should have to experience the frustration I have, uninformed that is. My primary concerns have been 1) her lack of professionalism, 2) lack of communication, 3) not following through with promises made, and 4) extreme delay in being able to view or receive photos. The process of wedding planning is stressful enough without having to deal with issues such as this. Working with her has been so frustrating, the pure joy of seeing our photos was compromised and the memories of the frustration will always be tied to these images. It appears to me that she is either not really interested in or unable to handle the demands of wedding photography, so do yourself a favor and choose a photographer who is.
After paying the deposit, Maile's appeal diminished steadily throughout the process. While planning, she would forget discussed details from one conversation to the next. She did not capture specific pictures I asked for, disappeared during the wedding, and acted put out by guests who asked for posed shots. I did not see the first picture until 10 weeks after wedding, or the USB of digital images until after 16 weeks (contract states 8 weeks). It took multiple attempts to get responses from Maile after the wedding, and her responses were not helpful or accommodating.
I could go on and on; these are a few examples. You will likely not get what you ask for or what she promises. Though you may receive some decent photos but they will not be worth it. Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
2+ years ago
2.7/5.0
Maile takes beautiful images for first looks and ceremonies but I have not had a good experience with her otherwise.
Maile takes beautiful images for first looks and ceremonies but I have not had a good experience with her otherwise.
Maile takes beautiful images for first looks and ceremonies but I have not had a good experience with her otherwise. Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
2+ years ago
3.0/5.0
Maile was the first vendor I booked. I loved her pictures and was very excited to work with her. I was a little disappointed because I felt like I needed to follow up with her in order to get my pictures. My contract stated 6-8 weeks and when it got to 9 or 10 weeks I had to send her an email asking her to please at least give me an update. Now we are at about 3 months after and I haven't received the cd in the mail.. Some of the pictures I really liked. One of my guests commented that they saw her standing around watching her dress swoosh from side to side... The point is she takes good pictures but maybe not the most professional vendor.
Maile was the first vendor I booked. I loved her pictures and was very excited to work with her. I was a little Read more...
Maile was the first vendor I booked. I loved her pictures and was very excited to work with her. I was a little disappointed because I felt like I needed to follow up with her in order to get my pictures. My contract stated 6-8 weeks and when it got to 9 or 10 weeks I had to send her an email asking her to please at least give me an update. Now we are at about 3 months after and I haven't received the cd in the mail.. Some of the pictures I really liked. One of my guests commented that they saw her standing around watching her dress swoosh from side to side... The point is she takes good pictures but maybe not the most professional vendor. Read less
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