The Photographer- Jonelle Littleton
Aloha, I am Jonelle Littleton, the owner photographer of Wailea Photography. I followed my heart to Maui in 2006 and quickly discovered photography as a way to combine my passion for the technical with my passion for art. My life and artistic style also strive to achieve balance. I combine an artistic eye with a deep understanding of lighting to capture stunning portraits amid the breathtaking beauty of Maui. My passion shows in my positive, outgoing sessions that aren’t shy about giving direction to achieve a vision, while maintaining distance, at times, to capture the candid moments as well.
In 2006, I received a Bachelor’s of Science in Biochemistry from Texas A&M University Corpus Christi and moved to Maui 10 days later. BioChemistry didn’t make a lot of sense to my family (a long line of talented artists, each with a different medium), but they supported my decision. My mom paints life-like wildlife on saws. My brother creates intricate welding art. My Grandfather does amazing pen- and-inks and my Grandmother painted wall-sized murals (one resembling the Sistine Chapel). My vision and creativity was always strong, but when I tried my hand at each of these mediums, I became frustrated with not being able to get my vision to the surface quickly enough. In other words, I lacked the patience. So, I decided to pursue my other passion: figuring out “how things work”. The thing that interested me the most was LIFE itself so I pursued a degree in BioChemistry. It wasn’t until I moved to Maui in 2006 and met another photographer, that I realized photography encompassed everything that I was passionate about. It combined my love of people with my love of the technical, the creativity, and the instant results. I just knew it was what I wanted to do for the rest of my life. I worked under that photographer for 4 years as her assistant, learning and absorbing before starting my own business in 2010. With technology improving constantly, my passion for balance keeps me forever a student, constantly perfecting my art.