About Rei Mooney Photography



E ko mo mai,

Thank you for visiting www.reimooneyphotography.com

I am a portrait, wedding, and commercial photographer based on the island of Oahu, Hawaii.

My passion for photography began at a young age. Having always been a right brained girl (and a lefty at that!) I was always drawn to art and expression. I got A's in Fine Art, Theatre and English, but don't ask what I got in Physics class!  I was lucky to have gone to a school that put just as much, if not more focus on fine arts, theatre, and music rather than emphasizing school sports. With my talented and enthusiastic classmates and influential mentors by my side, I somehow survived and graduated high school with an IB Diploma with a concentration in English, fine art, and theatre arts. Having attended an international school in Japan, I also graduated with a bilingual diploma in Japanese, which I am now so grateful for when connecting with my international clients.

While I have a creative mind, I was always aware (especially next to such talented classmates) that my painting, drawing, and sculpting skills could not compare. As hard as I tried, I knew I would never know the patience nor have the skill to create masterpieces like my fellow students. This is when I began to create art with what already is, and when I realized photography would be my strongest forte. The fact that I could show the world what I see through my eyes without setting pen to paper was a miracle, and I fell in love with my camera.

While I was attending college at the University of Hawaii in Manoa, I lived in the darkroom with my former classmates. Despite the rumors of ghosts, I even slept in the art building a few times too tired to return to my dorm after nights of printing in the dark room. 
I fell in love with the process of making prints, the creative intention in the first click of the shutter, all the way to the moment you dodge and burn your prints for the perfect exposure. What was once a daunting process, putting the negative on a spool in the dark, all the way to agitating and mixing chemicals, I grew fond of this meditational process. The reward after the struggle was a magical moment when you saw your image come to being as if by a spell under the red safe light in the dark room. This is where I learned the quote, "You don't take a photograph, you make it." Ansel Adams couldn't have said it better. I grew to appreciate that like other art forms, photography had a process. It began with nothing, a blank negative, to a wonderful window exposing a precise moment in time, with a precise blanket of light. 

While one may think a photograph begins and ends with the pressing of a finger, it is much more than that. There is first the object you are photographing, which may or may not have a mind of it's own. Then there is your camera which becomes an extention of your eye and perception. Then there are your hands that hold the camera and tilt and angle and shift the perspective to present the object in a particular way. Then there is the precise moment when the image is made, often less than 1/40th of a second. Finally, there is the post processing in which you emphasize on the focal points in the picture and to enhance the image as art to create a new moment based on the moment you photographed. In a day and age where everyone, including inquisitive 3 year olds can take magnificent high resolution images on an iPhone, a photo is just often a documentation rather than a creation. In my photography, I strive to create images that reflect the ambiance or feeling of my subjects, using in camera and post processing techniques to bring out the "magic" that cannot be seen, only felt.

My journey with professional photography truly only began 3 years ago, when I left my wonderful mentor and friend to set foot on my own. When I was too afraid to follow my dreams, my parents and brother encouraged me to pursue my passion. I am so thankful to my family who believed in me before I had the confidence to believe in myself. I can't forget to mention my wonderful clients without whom I would not be writing this today!

I am grateful to live and work in this Paradise called Hawaii, photographing a multitude of subjects and projects from, high end weddings, fine art, family portraits, to 1st birthday parties, trash the dress sessions, couples, modeling portfolios, fashion, art, and more and I hope to continue for years to come.

I can't wait to make you a part of this wonderful journey, and I am so looking forward to hearing from you! 

Me ke Aloha,




To note before your photography session:

What happens if I need to reschedule?

Don't stress! We're so excited to work with you. We do our best to accommodate you in the case of an emergency, illness, or other unexpected circumstance. Please understand we cannot guarantee the possibility of a rescheduled session as this will be based on availability. Sessions rescheduled before 72 hours of the scheduled session may be eligible for a refund. The refund would not include the security deposit made to acquire your session. Security deposits are made to ensure a time slot just for you. Unless Rei Mooney Photography LLC is unable to provide services for a session for which you have already paid a security deposit, no security deposit can ever be refunded. In the case that Rei Mooney Photography must break a contract with you, your security deposit will be refunded in it's entirety.

What happens if I'm running late, or don't show up?

We realize things happen. Especially with Hawaii traffic! In the case that you are running late to your session, please call the number provided to you at the time of scheduling to let Rei or her associates know. Please do NOT email about lateness. Always call, and leave a message if you can't reach us. There is a 15 minute grace period if you run late to your photography session. In the case that you are more than 15 minutes late, the photographic coverage will continue until the agreed end time of the photo session. In the case you are more than 30 minutes late,  Rei or her colleages will complete photographic coverage until the scheduled session end-time but will not be able to cover the full time as agreed in the contract. In the case that you are more than 30 minutes late, you will be considered a "no-show" and there can be no refund of the security deposit or payment. Rei and her colleagues will always guarantee at least 30 minutes for your arrival (did I already mention we're excited to see you?) but cannot guarantee waiting any longer than this time period. If you can, just keep in contact with us so we can be informed and we will do our best to work with you. In the case that you are more than 30 minutes late to your session and I am not able to produce images for your pre-purchased prints, products, or editing, your rights to these products will be forfeited. Please try to be on time, and definitely do show up! We want you to deck your walls with the images we create together.

 In the instance of a medical emergency, a letter from your medical provider of your condition written within 72 hours of the scheduled session time will make you eligible for a partial refund of your payment. Refunds requests can only be made within 31 days of your scheduled photo session date.

What happens after your photo session:

How long will it take to receive my photos?

We know you are oh-so-excited to see your proofs and receive your final edits and photography products. Rei Mooney Photography has a new "Are We There Yet?" policy in place to ensure you will be able to view your images within 5 business days of your photo session via this website. Please note federal and state holidays, as well as vacation dates do not count as business days. If your project or deadline is time-sensitive, please be sure to confirm with Rei or her associates about the "Are We There Yet?" policy for the date you have scheduled your hawaii photography session.

Depending on the number of clients and types of projects and orders, your order may take 3+ weeks to process from the date of the session or date of order. It is our utmost priority to complete your orders as soon as possible. If you have specific time-sensitive projects or deadlines, please let us know at the time of scheduling and we will do our best to accommodate you.

How long will my images be on file?

Your images will only be guaranteed to be on our servers for up to one year from the session date. If you had a session longer than a year ago but wish to make an order, please contact Rei at the contact page or email rei@reimooneyphotography.com directly to request a search in our archives. Depending on the number of clients acquired per year, we may still have your  images on file.

I have purchased a package that includes editing, prints, or other products. How long do I have to make my order?

Since your files will only be kept in archive for 1 year from your session date, please be sure to make your order within 11 months of your hawaii photography session date. This ensures Rei and her colleagues will have time to process your order before your images will expire. If you have a special circumstance, please just let us know so we can do our best to help you.

Have more questions about our Hawaii photography services? Feel free to call the number provided to you, or email us at the contact page. We'd love to hear from you!