Hana Hou Magazine Cover Dec/Jan 2015

I am super excited to be on the cover of Hana Hou Magazine (The Magazine of Hawaiian Airlines) and have my images featured over 10 pages in the magazine about the snow in Hawaii! If you are flying Hawaiian Airlines be sure to get your copy!

Latest Luxury Real Estate Photoshoot


My team and I recently photographed Cottage 5 at the Kukio Golf and Beach Club, a private, residential equity club located adjacent to the Four Seasons Hotel on the Kona-Kohala coast on the Big Island of Hawaii.

The cottages are some of my favorite residences to photograph here on the Big Island. Each Cottage I have photographed at Kukio boasts exposed timber framing giving a rustic yet elegant feeling. Cottage 5 consists of 3 detached pods or hales, two private master bedroom hales and one main hale with kitchen and living room fronting the pool/spa and Anchialine fish pond. Cottage 5 incorporates all the elements needed for that Hawaiian indoor-outdoor living experience.

Cottage 5’s location within Kukio is in a prime location as it is discreetly tucked away on the Fish Ponds yet a very short walking distance to the main dining pavilion, beach bar fitness facility, concierge, ocean sports, beach and swimming pools. Cottage 5 comes with its own Golf Cart parking garage so you are never more than 2 minutes away from getting around the Club or playing the two golf courses, Tom Fazio’s 18 hole course and the 10 hole course.

To see more images of this property at Kukio Golf and Beach Club please got to listing agent Harold Clarke’s website Luxury Big Island.

Ethan Tweedie Photography specializes in Luxury Real Estate Photography, Architectural Photography, Interiors Photography, Luxury Vacation Rental Photography. If you have a property that needs high-end photography please give me a call or contact me here.


Interior Design Photography

Recently I had the pleasure of photographing this beautiful private residence at the Hualalai Resort at Historic Ka’upulehu for Hualalai Realty.  The exceptional interior of this 5 bedroom home was designed by Willman Interiors based here in my hometown of Waimea (Kamuela) on the Big Island of Hawaii.

Gina Willman’s team is adept at creating living spaces that reflect what the homeowner visualizes, but it also has a warm and inviting appeal that anyone could appreciate.

If you are looking for photography for an interior design project, luxury vacation rental, luxury real estate or resort please contact me for a quote.







7 Reasons Why High End Photography Saves You Money

Recently, I was hired to photograph a very nice property at the Mauna Kea Beach Resort on the Big Island of Hawaii that had been photographed already by another photographer. Once Concierge Auctions was hired to sell the home via auction they needed to take on the extra expense of rephotographing the home because the images were  poor quality and did not live up to the standards of their marketing team etc. Concierge Auctions knows the power of high quality images, it is what sets them apart from other companies even though the costs are seemingly higher upfront.  Concierge Auctions’ cutting edge marketing and technology garners the highest average sales price in the industry having sold $2 Billion dollars of real estate in the $2.5 to $20 Million range.

After searching the Internet for another photographer they found my website and thus hired me to photograph the Mauna Kea Resort property.

Here are 7 Reasons Why High End Photography Saves You Money:

1. “Silent” costs, potential customers may not list their property with you if the imagery used in your prior listings are poor. Take a look at Concierge Auctions Website!  The images they use to showcase the properties they represent is second to none! http://www.conciergeauctions.com

Here is the Mauna Kea Beach Resort property I photographed http://web2.conciergeauctions.com/62-3459-aloalii-place-kamuela-hawaii

2. Potential buyers will ignore poorly photographed properties. In recent months my images have led to several offers on properties sight unseen. Why allow a qualified buyer to miss your listing?

3. Having to reshoot a home because the photography was not of high enough quality for luxury real estate publications. Having to reshoot a home cost more in marketing dollars and time, both of which are limited, and in this case included contact with Mauna Kea Resort for permission to photograph the golf course, tennis courts and world famous Mauna Kea Beach, restaging of the home and coordination with the house manager.

4. The photographer does not have General Liability insurance and something breaks during a shoot. One agent told me about a $100,000 Italian hand blow glass decoration that a photographer broke during a photo shoot. I have up to $2,000,000 in General Liability insurance. Why take that risk?

5. Efficiency and getting the job done in a timely matter or making promised deadlines. What good are your images if you do not get them in time for printing of the marketing materials for your listing and posting on MLS? Concierge Auctions needed the images in 48 hours. My assistant and I photographed the home for 13 hours and provided the images on time.  Payment was taken via a major credit card and the high resolution images were provided via the internet.

6. Having contracts and other paperwork in place so everyone is in agreement about the execution of the imagery including types of licenses, agreed upon shoot list, photography checklist etc.  Businesses and individuals these days have slightly lower budgets for marketing etc, my aim is to produce the best images backed by the best pricing and service available. Knowing up front the different types of image usage such as a full buyout, exclusive vs. non exclusive etc. can potentially save the client money and all of these things can be spelled out and negotiated prior to contracting.

7. Lower the costs of photography by suggesting and putting together shared contracts for multiple parties. Read My Blog post on sharing costs http://www.ethantweedie.com/quality-photography-reflects-your-business/

If you are looking for a professional photographer to provide excellent luxury real estate/architectural resort/hotel and vacation rental photography that will set you apart from your competitors please give me a call. I would be happy to provide a site visit and estimate.

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If you live outside the Hawaiian Islands you can find other professional photographers by searching this site.



Quality Photography Reflects Your Business

Quality Photography Makes A Difference

Quality photography is very important as it represents your company’s values and how the marketplace perceives your business. There will always be a photographer who will be willing to capture images at a lower price, however bargains can quickly turn into a nightmare if the images do not meet the expectations of your company and the project needs to be re photographed costing time and more money. Hiring a professional from the beginning is a great way to save headaches and allow you to position your company in the best light.

Share The Costs With Others

One way to benefit from quality photography and still keep your budget in check is to share the cost with other interested parties. If you are a contractor you may want to contact the architect, interior designer, landscape architects, consultants, product manufacturers and even the home owner or business owner. The home above was photographed initially for the architect and after speaking with him regarding the licensing of the images it turned out that there was several other parties involved who would be interested in receiving images. The final image costs were shared among three parties thus saving money and time for everyone. A win win as I like to say!

If you are looking for photography for a new project whether you are an architect, contractor, home or business owner give me a call to discuss your project. Upon initial consultation I can do an on site visit and provide you with an estimate.

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If you live outside the Hawaiian Islands you can find other professional photographers by searching this site.




Cottage 1 at Kukio


Kukio Cottage 1

Kukio is private beachfront community and golf club located here on the Big Island of Hawaii. The project has an 18-hole championship golf course and a 10-hole short course both designed by Tom Fazio, a private beach club, and 375 custom estate residences and cottages on over 1,400 acres of prime Kona Coast land. Lot prices at Kukio range from $1M to over $15M+

Nicole Vincent, Top-producing Realtor at Island Land Company, hired me to photograph her listing, Cottage 1 at Kukio. I was really looking forward to photographing this luxury property for Nicole because Kukio is such a beautiful setting.

To photograph this unique property we planned on shooting at two different times, in the morning to capture the views of the ocean, pool and blue sky and in the evening to photograph the peaceful ambiance of the home during sunset and twilight.

It is hard to convey this property with just several images, but this composite highlights a few aspects of this finely appointed property.  Below is Nicole’s listing description of the property:

Offered at $5,995,000 Furnished

“One of the few, front row cottages at Kukio, this elegant three-bedroom pod-style cottage is conveniently located in the heart of Kukio Resort providing walking distance to the Club for use of the spa & fitness center, dining and ocean pursuits activities.  Magnificent views from this property sweep from the white sandy beach of Uluweuweu Bay to the serenity of ancient Hawaiian anchialine fishponds.

Recently renovated with a fresh, modern Hawaii feel, this cottage is a must see if considering Kukio.”

If you are in need of images of your Luxury Listing/Vacation Rental here in Hawaii please give me a call.  I would be happy to provide a site visit/estimate or your upcoming listing.


Ethan Tweedie Photography – Hawaii Luxury Architectural – Vacation Rental – Real Estate Photography




Kona Sunset House

The Kona Sunset house is a new listing by Karen Ferrara of Hawaii Life.   I call this house the Sunset House because it faces directly at the sunset as well as awesome views of  the Ocean and Kailua-Kona.  It is tough to see in the image of the ocean but you can see the Ironman Triathletes swimming in the Bay from the home!  In fact the race goes right by the house!  Link to the virtual tour http://www.tourbuzz.net/public/vtour/display/81841?idx=1

If you are in need of Luxury Real Estate or Vacation Rental Photography give me a call!





Virtual Tours in Hawaiian Islands


Hualalai Resort Luxury Property, Hale Ku Mana

Hale Ku Mana is a private residence at the Hualalai Resort here on the Big Island and is currently listed at $16,500,000.  The home has over 10,000 square feet of high-end living space on 1.3 acres and the home features 5 bedrooms and 5 and half baths.  It features a stone tiled salt water infinity edge pool, stunning ocean/sunset views and is surrounded on three sides by the members only Keolu Golf Course.

Photographing this house would be a real challenge as it is such a beautiful place and one could spend a week getting images of this resort-sized property.  In total, I spent eleven hours capturing this property, from sunset on the first night then returning at 4:45 AM the next morning to capture the colors of the sunrise, I took over 2000 images!

If you are in need of photography for a luxury real estate listing, vacation rental or resort please give me a call.  I would be happy to meet with you for a site inspection and discuss your needs for high quality images.





House of a Lifetime

I was asked to photograph the most prestigous property at the Four Seasons Hualalai. It is an amazing house with stunning views of the ocean, golf course and beach!

Here is a image tour of the property.





God was out with his paintbrush last night!!

I was moved last night to grab my camera gear and go find some light.  It was around 4:30PM when the light just seemed nice and there was cool high clouds.  In my mind I was drawn to this one area in Waimea and I was going to climb a cinder cone that I had never been up.  When I got there it didn’t feel right so I turned around and headed down the Upper road towards Kona (190).  I pulled into the Waimea Airport and saw our beloved Kohala Mountain lit up like a painting.  The second photograph.  This image was taken with my Canon 1D Mark IV with a 70-200mm lens and was compiled by taking a total of 10 images and then stitched together.  The final image was over 2 gigabytes of data!!!  I can see one of my friend’s cars in the image at the soccer field.  The image on here is way too small to see that, but on the big screen it is really cool!!

After taking the Kohala shot I headed towards wet Waimea for some Mauna Kea shots but when I got there it was too cloudy so I turned around and headed back to town.  I took the new cut off road behind Parker Ranch Center and pulled off the road.  I waited for the sun to set and then all the color just disappeared.   Some little “voice” said just wait and be patient.  So I sat in my car.  I checked my email and after several minutes I looked up and there she was, Mauna Kea was surrounded by high clouds that were glowing!  This shot was taken with my Canon 1Ds Mark III and was two images stitched together.

I hope you enjoy!!  Let me know what you think!!!!!


Our Little Church Survived the Tsunami

One of my favorite places in Kona, St. Peter’s By The Sea Catholic Church. Here is some more info:

A popular photographic subject on postcards, picturesque St. Peter’s by the Sea Church was built in 1880 across from La‘aloa Beach Park and named after Peter Kahulamu. Noah Kanewa allowed the church to use that initial property. The tiny church was relocated in 1912 to its current location at Kahalu‘u’s Ku‘emanu Heiau, a Hawaiian surfing temple in Keauhou.

Josephine Kaomea Aiu donated “use” of the Kahalu‘u church site. Catholic families in Kahalu‘u “worked together” to erect the church, moving it more than a mile to its present location on donkeys.

Located on the makai side of Ali’i Drive, the church was pushed off its foundation twice by hurricanes. Father Benno Evers added the church’s belfry and porch in 1938. In 2007, St. Peter’s got new flooring, paint and the walls were reinforced. The rock walls outside the church were neatly restacked and fortified with concrete. The street fronting the church is the annual location of Aid Station Run #5 for the Ford Ironman World Championship—a popular spot with spectators.