Aloha, my name is Kristin Hoshino, and I am a Kauai Photographer who specializes in family portraits, weddings, events and architecture. I am passionate about partnering with you to create images that genuinely reflect who you are and how you want to be seen. When you look at my work and see the smiling faces in my portraits, I hope it makes you smile too. Those were truly happy moments that I was fortunate to share with some wonderful people.


I studied photography and majored in graphic design at Savannah College of Art & Design. After graduating college, I worked as a graphic designer and in-house photographer for architecture firms in Atlanta and New York City. There, I designed marketing materials and travelled the country to photograph people, events and architecture for my employers. My training as a graphic designer is evident in the striking composition and color balance displayed in my Kauai photography.

In December 2010, I traded my job on Park Avenue for a life where I could spend more time in real parks. My Boston terrier, Rascal, and I moved from Manhattan to Kauai, where I fell in love with the island. Today, I am lending my photography skill to local Kauai residents and visitors alike.

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Professional Equipment

I use professional grade Nikon cameras and lenses as well as multiple flashes and other lighting modifiers. After the photos are taken, I “develop” them in Adobe Lightroom and do my retouching in Adobe Photoshop.

Swell Studio & Gallery in Kapa`a

The location features contemporary fine art photography by Kristin Hoshino of Swell Photography, as well as serves as a flexible workspace and photography studio for headshots, product photography and fashion photography.

The gallery will be a curated space which will feature fine art photography that is available in custom sizes, on canvas or metal, that ships for free from the mainland within one week of purchase. Quantity discounts will also be available for corporate and hospitality accounts. Having worked with some of the world’s top interior designers and architects in NYC to present their ideas as a visual communication specialist, Kristin can easily mock up visuals for her clients to have a better idea of how the artwork will look in their space before purchase.

Daily rental of the studio space and equipment are available for other professional photographers, creatives and business people on Sunday – Monday, and hourly in the evenings and early mornings. The space is multi-purpose to provide entrepreneurs with a studio or office space to host client meetings, presentations or classes.

Swell Gallery + Studio will also be planning to host events to coincide with Art Walk nights starting later this spring and aims to create an atmosphere where other artists, professionals, and friends old and new will come by, have an espresso and enjoy the ocean view on their colorful lanai with wifi access.

Liability Insurance

Swell Photography is insured and can provide proof of coverage upon request.


To schedule a consultation with me in person or by phone, please call 808.647.4082 or email