Mao & Mark Coulbourne
Photographers Mark & Mao Coulbourne produce images that reflect a reverence for nature and the people who dwell within it. They are based in Hawaii and Virginia where they run their production company, ISLAND IMPRESSIONS. They work as a team to interpret environment and culture with exquisite images. In Hawaii, they met in the Spring of 1998 and have been collaborating with their unique photography style ever since. They were married in Hawaii at one of their favorite surf spots, among the majestic sea cliffs and blue pacific. While on commercial assignment, they produce a wide variety of imagery used for both print and the web. Some of their images are available for sale, either in print form or as licensed images.
Mao Coulbourne is a vibrant photographer from the island of Shikoku, Japan. A graduate from the University of Hawaii with a bachelors degree in both Environmental Studies & Art, she also studied photography at the University. Not your typical Japanese girl, Mao has a passion for exploring wild places. She has been dropped off by bush plane several times in remote regions of Alaska with her husband; left to fend for themselves in the wilderness during various explorations. She has been an avid surfer in Hawaii since 1998 and continues to surf powerful waves on the North Shore of Oahu. Mao is an accomplished snowboarder and a veteran of many epic, backcountry descents among the majestic summits of British Columbia. Her work has been in numerous publications and featured at the Honolulu Contemporary Art Museum. Photographer images by Mao are available for representation in collections worldwide. Her excellence in photography continues to inspire people and open eyes to a different world.
Mark Coulbourne is from the island of Chincoteague, Virginia. He is a photographer & filmmaker who loves photographing wild horses, people and the environment. Mark grew up surfing at Assateague Island as a child, then in 1990 at age 23, he moved to Hawaii to surf the extraordinary waves on the North Shore. Since 2001, he has traveled back to his native island to photograph wild horses & wildlife by boat along the barrier islands in Virginia. Over 300 wild horses roam on the island where Mark grew up. Mark's photography has been published in several magazines and he was featured on the “Good Morning America Show”. Mark continues to surf on the North Shore with his wife Mao and family. He loves to capture visual images of God's creation.
Learn more about Mark and Mao’s photo safaris to see wild horses and wildlife by boat or kayak: www.AssateagueExplorer.com