About David Schoonover Photography


Dave Schoonover is an award-winning photographer based in Maui, specializing in capturing the colors, textures, and light in nature. His portfolio is primarily landscape and nature photography from Hawaii, California, and the National Parks of the West. Professionally, he has also done commercial, real estate, sports, portrait, and portfolio photography.

Born in Honolulu, he comes from a family background in photography. He has lived full-time on Maui since 2009, where he began developing his photography into fine art. On island, he prints his own pictures and canvases. To ensure the finest quality, he uses a Canon iPF8300 printer, with LuciaEX inks rated for 125 years. Most large format canvases or photographs can be printed and shipped from Maui.

At PhotoMaui 2011, he was juried as Best In Show and 1st Place in Professional Digitally Enhanced, as well as winning the People’s Choice Award. He has won 1st and 2nd place at the Maui County Fair and the Maui Photo Festival. His work has been published in a coffee-table photo book about Maui, and he has been a finalist in the Hawai’i Magazine Reader Photo Contest.

Graduating from his Kodak Brownie camera, he began taking pictures and winning awards for his high school paper and yearbook, continued through college, and went on to complete degrees in journalism and sociology. After working several years in publishing and public relations, he changed career paths and became a firefighter, while continuing photography part-time. He eventually retired as a Deputy Fire Chief after a 29-year career. During that period, he served as Director of Training and as the Fire Marshal in San Jose, California, and was named the California State Fire Instructor of the Year in 2003.

An avid hiker and snorkeler, Dave also enjoys time with his “three perfect kids and two adorable grandkids.” He also serves on the Board of Directors for the International Public Safety Leadership and Ethics Institute, and volunteers as a photographer for the Maui Humane Society.

Professional Services offered in Hawai'i: Prints from his Portfolio in Custom Sizes / Custom Printing Services for select clients / Photography Tours / One-on-one and classroom training in photography, photo software, and HDR / Photo Restoration and Digital Scanning (slides and negatives).