Meet the Photographer


         Tyler James has been photographing the Hawaiian archipelago since 2008. His images of Maui and the region as a whole are beautiful reflections of island life, capturing the purity of light & intensity of colour so typical of Hawai'i. His inspiration derives from Maui's spectacular natural features, such as mysterious 'Iao Valley, Haleakalā Crater, road to Hana and its many beautiful bays and beaches. The Cane fields and plantation houses also feature as well as the luxuriant tropical fauna and flora that abound.      

         10% of every print sold will be donated to Hawai'i Wildlife Fund ( HWF ) to help ensure a healthier ocean for future generations. HWF's efforts were integral to Maui becoming the first island to pass a polystyrene food container ban. When we think of pollution we often think of trash. But chemicals also hurt reefs and coral reefs are dying at an alarming rate. We are witnessing that firsthand here in Hawai'i and it is a topic Tyler is very passionate about. These donations will help persuade our elected officials to pass a ban on sunscreens that are hurting our reefs and educate people about enacting laws to protect our island environment.

         Born in Southern California, Tyler traveled to the islands throughout Hawai'i & Fiji for 10 years as a freelance surf photographer. He soon found himself immersed with the Polynesian culture, surreal landscapes and kindhearted locals before taking up permanent residence in Maui and fulfilling his life-long dream of selling his art full-time. His latest photography travels have recently taken him to remote locations in Tahiti, Bali, México & Australia.    


Canon USA Instagram Feature | April 2019

AirVuz United By Drone: Namotu  | September 2018

Surfline Spot Check: San Onofre, CA | September 2018 

Surfline West Coast and Hawaii Fall Outlook | May 2017

Floetry a California non-profit surf film created by Tyler Rooke | May 2017

Dream Homes Orange County Vol. 190 cover | May 2016

MNN | 8 heart-shaped islands to inspire your next getaway | February 2017


Surfline Photo Challenge Finalist | August 2016

The Inertia | Science Explains Why Humans Love the Ocean so Much | July 2016

Hippy Tree | Blog: Hunting Tubes | June 2016

Surfline Tripline Winner | Maui No Ka Oi | April 2016

Surfline Photo Challenge Finalist | December 2015

The Inertia | 7 Life-Changing Ways To Maintain Your Vacation Buzz | November 2015

Surfline Photo Challenge Finalist | November 2015

Surfline Photo Challenge Finalist | August 2015

The Inertia | Lowers Hurley Pro | September 2015

Surfline | Being There : San Clemente | May 2015

The Inertia Spot Check | Honolua Bay | January 2015

The Inertia | 12 Bitchin’ Photos of Tavarua | January 2015

The Inertia | California to Fiji | November 2014

Surfline Photo Challenge Finalist | November 2014


Travel + Leisure Magazine, Surfrider Foundation, Getty Images,  Shutterstock, Air Vuz, Toes on the Nose, Riviera Paddlesurf, Hippy Tree, Log Rap, Surfline, Dream Homes Orange County, Christian Wach Realty, Moffett Properties, Berkshire Hathaway, Maui Boutique Weddings, Weather Channel Inc, The Inertia, Scott Kidd & Associates.

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