About Michael Darden

Michael Darden Photography specializes in commercial, advertising, editorial, sports, wedding and portrait photography and videography/cinematography.
Darden has numerous editorial, news, sports and commercial photography awards to his credit throughout his more than 40 year career. Most recently 2016 Best of Hawaii – West / Best Photographer.

Darden’s editorial photography has been published by leading print and digital news organizations and magazines worldwide. His commercial photography and videography work has been featured by numerous companies and corporations.
“My father and grandfather were both advanced amateur photographers who hand developed color and black & white film and printed pictures in their home makeshift darkrooms.”

“At age 8, I got my first box camera but, my photographic career began in earnest in San Diego, CA. as the photo editor for my high school newspaper in the mid 1970’s. After high school I became a U.S. Navy photographer, where I continued to develop my passion, photographic skills and photographic education before leaving the Navy with an Honorable Discharge after 7 years. After my military service I became a photojournalist, working 17 years as a daily newspaper photographer covering news, features and sports including prep, college and NFL football, prep, collage and Major League Baseball, prep, college and NBA basketball, NHL hockey, professional golf, professional motocross and the Ironman Triathlon World Championship for newspapers in both San Diego, California and most recently in Kailua Kona, Hawaii.”

Darden was considered by his peers to be one of the best photographer / videographer’s in Hawaii.

The scope of his work ranges from high end architectural and advertising photography and videography to portrait, wedding, landscape and aerial drone photography and videography.

With Hawaiian roots that extend for generations, Kailua Kona Hawaii was my home for nearly 30 years before moving to Fernandina Beach, Florida and settling in 2021.

Michael Darden specializes in Commercial, Advertising, Sports, Wedding, Portrait Photography & Video.

What My Clients Say

As marketing communications director for Hilton Waikoloa Village, I had the distinct privilege of working with Mike on numerous photography projects to help showcase the resort. Given the diversity of the types of images, from scenic to rooms and suites to restaurants to culinary, Mike’s professionalism, extensive experience, and flexible schedule proved to be invaluable in building the resort image library. Not to mention, Mike’s photography work in capturing marine life is another excellent example of his creative talent. It’s been a pleasure to partner with Mike over the years!
Leanne Pletcher
Director of Public Relations & Marketing Maui Visitors Bureau
“I have worked with Michael for more than 20 years; first at Hilton Waikoloa Village, then with a variety of clients I represented when at Current Events [public relations agency], and most recently during my tenure at Mauna Kea Resort. Over that time the array of photography I have requested has ranged from sporting events to food shots, gala affairs to executives’ headshots, interior photos to grand opening blessings. Mike comes early, prepared, and open to whatever the shoot may bring”.

Vicky Kometani
PR Executive
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