Interiors Photoshoot With HGTV Designer Bridgid Coulter

It was a pleasure collaborating with HGTV Designer Bridgid Coulter on this home at Kohanaiki, a private residential club on the Kona Coast of the Big Island.  This home was recently featured in the Robb Report and Dujour Magazine

Master Suite Detail

Guest Bedroom and sliding doors

Outdoor living at its best on this lanai 

 Master Suite

Lanai at Sunset 

 Entry detail

 Modern Kitchen

Guest Bedroom Ensuite

 Master Suite Lanai

 Master Suite View at Kohanaiki

Kahiau Auction & Dinner Gala Event Photography

What a wonderful event this past Saturday!  As an Alumnus I was happy to provide the event photography for the 11th Annual Kahiau Action & Dinner Gala Event.

To see and download the images please visit this link: Kahiau 2016Kahiau 2016 Social Media-140



Architectural Digest July 2015 Issue, On The Market

July 2015 Achitectural Digest

July 2015 Achitectural Digest

Architectural Digest Editors selected five extraordinary homes for sale around the world for their July 2015 issue and one of the homes chosen was this Mauna Kea Resort home. I photographed this property for Harold Clarke, owner of Luxury Big Island a Real Estate Brokerage here on the Big Island.

The home overlooks the Pacific Ocean within the residential community of the Mauna Kea Resort; it boasts 5 Bedrooms, 5 Baths at 8,100 SQ. FT and is currently listed for $13.9 Million.

Ethan Tweedie Photography specializes in Luxury Real Estate Photography, Commercial and Residential 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.




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.


Model Home Photography for Kamilo at Mauna Lani Resort


Model Homes at Kamilo at the Mauna Lani Resort

Recently I was asked by the leadership of Brookfield Residential to photograph two of their new luxury model homes that were just completed at their Kamilo Community at the Mauna Lani Resort here on the Big Island. Brookfield Homes Corporation, the parent company of Brookfield Residential, is the fifth largest residential developer by land and housing assets in North America. Here in Hawaii they have a total of three communities, two on Kauai and Kamilo on the Big Island.

Kamilo’s homes are completed with luxury finishes throughout and are turn-key ready, ideal for a second home or a primary residence. KaMilo offers a gated community of 137 single family and paired new homes on the sun soaked Kohala Coast on Hawaii’s Big Island. This private community provides a resort within a resort with views of the Mauna Lani golf course, a neighborhood pavilion with fitness center, two pools, and outdoor entertainment area.

Several times over the last few years I have had the privilege of photographing for Brookfield Residential capturing images of the Mauna Lani golf course, pools, fitness center and as new model homes are completed. For more information on this great community please visit their website!

Ethan Tweedie Photography, LLC specializes in photography for Architects, Interior Designers, Builders, Developers, Hotels and Resorts. If you have a project that needs high quality imagery please contact me, as I would be happy to discuss your needs.


Interior Design Photography by Ethan Tweedie

Recently, I had the opportunity to shoot for highly acclaimed designer Eric Cohler of NYC. Eric is known for his distinguishing ability to fuse classical and contemporary elements, and is dubbed “The Mixmaster.”  This private home at Hualalai Resort here on the Big Island is a classic example of his ability to mix traditional design elements in a tropical setting.

If you are interested in having me photograph one of your projects for interior design, luxury real estate, architectural or luxury vacation rental please contact me for a quote.

Warmest Aloha,


Award Winning Photographer Ethan Tweedie Featured on CNN

My image of Kilauea Volcano was featured as the  lead image in CNN Travel’s article on “10 of the World’s Most Photogenic Volcanoes”!

Here is the full article at CNN


Kilauea Volcano

Kilauea Volcano

Living at Hualalai Cover Shot

My image is featured on the cover of the latest Living at Hualalai!  If you are down at the resort or staying at the Four Seasons Hualalai pick up a copy!



“Moonbow Waimea” Featured in Hana Hou Magazine


“Moonbow Waimea” by Ethan Tweedie Photography featured in Hana Hou Magazine

If you are flying Hawaiian Airlines in the next two months check out the article on Moonbows featuring my image “Moonbow Waimea ” in Hana Hou Magazine’s August/September 2014 Issue on page 30!!   (The Magazine of Hawaiian Airlines)

Prints of the image are available at Wishard Gallery in Waimea and Harbor Gallery in Kawaihae or call me for custom orders!

To read more about capturing this amazing sight read my blog post!!!





















Check out the article on Moonbows featuring my image “Waimea Moonbow ” in Hana Hou Magazine’s August/September 2014 Issue on page 30!!   (The Magazine of Hawaiian Airlines)

Prints of the image are available at Wishard Gallery in Waimea and Harbor Gallery in Kawaihae.

To read more about capturing this amazing sight read my blog post!!!



700 Million Dollars in Real Estate Photographed


Ethan Tweedie Photography reaches a milestone of photographing over 700 Million Dollars in real estate, property and vacation rentals.

In June 2010 I moved back to the Big Island to pursue my creative passion as a professional photographer.  After purchasing a home here in Hawaii my good friend and real estate agent Stacy Disney asked if I photographed real estate, having some experience on the mainland, my answer was yes!

Inspired by Hawaii’s beautiful homes and surrounding landscapes, I wanted to elevate my photography to be recognized by my peers.  I studied everything I could about architectural photography and real estate photography spending countless hours learning and honing my skills.  My hard work paid off and I rose quickly to become one of the top photographers on the Big Island in my specialty.   In December 2013, my hard work was nationally recognized and I was awarded the Photography for Real Estate Blog Photographer of the year for 2013! 

See my interview on KGMB

If you are in the need of professional photography with consistent results for your luxury real estate listing, vacation rental or architectural project, please give me a call.





2013 Real Estate Photographer of the Year Shares Photos on Sunrise

Hawaii News Now – KGMB and KHNL

Ethan Tweedie, 2013 Real Estate Photographer of the Year, stopped by to share his beautiful works of art on ‘Sunrise’.

Big Island Photographer Goes National

Ethan Tweedie Named 2013 Photographer of the Year for Real Estate

Recognized for his extraordinary work in capturing the beautiful picturesque land and homes across the state of Hawaii, Ethan’s work was put up against the top photographers in the business. Ethan was named the 2013 Real Estate Photographer of the Year.

After Ethan won photo of the month in June, he advanced to the second round with eight other contestants. Photography for Real Estate stated, “The jury had a very challenging job judging these eleven images. All eleven images are top notch! But Ethan came out the clear winner.” Judged by a panel and voted by his peers, Ethan’s award-winning photo stole the show.

“Shooting real estate and architecture is a challenging art and I work each day to refine my skills and seek new canvasses to test those limits,” Ethan said. “It’s truly an honor to be recognized as the winner among these amazing, world renowned, photographers.”

View the Press Release on PitchEngine

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.






The Winter Side of the Milky Way, Mauna Kea Summit Hawaii

The Dark Side of the Milky Way as seen from close to 14,000 feet on snow covered dormant volcano Mauna Kea on the island of Hawaii

The Snowman Time-lapse – Big Island, Hawaii

What an amazing day!! Went up to 11,000 feet on the World’s largest active volcano Mauna Loa here on the island of Hawaii and played in the snow! Decided to build a snowman and what do photographers do? We shoot time-lapse of the whole process. Had a few quest visitors along the way!! Shot with my Canon 1Ds Mark III on a Canon 16-35L II and took shots every 2 seconds. Mahalo to Anna Pacheco, Jon Hanley and Mother Nature for an awesome day!

Using Time-Lapse Photography to Market Luxury Real Estate

Anekona Estates Lot 2.5 Acres from Ethan Tweedie Photography on Vimeo.

Ethan Tweedie Photography specializes in capturing images for marketing purposes of all types of luxury real estate, vacation rentals, hotels and resorts.

Sometimes property doesn’t have a home to photograph, as is the case of this beautiful lot in Anekona Estates, MLS# 269504 A novel way to help market a property is to capture a sunset via time-lapse. Time-lapse photography compresses time and is visually stunning. This is a great way to catch a potential buyer’s interest, Time-lapse photography offers a little bit of magic, conveying a sense of place ~ alluring to the property’s target market.

This 2.5-acre lot is located in the highly desirable neighborhood of Anekona Estates where many of Waimea’s finest luxury homes are located. Nature’s magical beauty unfolds on this dramatic lot nestled into the hill. It is the perfect location to watch the beautiful Hawaiian Sunsets, but the lot also boasts tremendous views of Kohala Mountain, Mauna Kea, Mauna Loa and Hualalai. Just 10 minutes to Waimea Town (Home of Parker School and Hawaii Preparatory Academy) and 10 minutes to the Ocean and the Kohala Coast. The Kohala Coast is home of Luxury Resorts such as the Mauna Kea Beach Resort, Mauna Lani Beach Resort, Fairmont Orchid at Mauna Lani, Hapuna Beach Resort, Waikoloa Beach Resort, Four Seasons Resort Hawaii at Hualalai and Kūkiʻo Golf and Beach Club. Whether you are retired or looking for the perfect location for work, play and be close to educational opportunities for your children, this location is just perfect for proximity to all of the great amenities and wonderful lifestyle that the Big Island has to offer!

Contact Karen Ferrara of Hawaii Life Real Estate

Luxury Vacation Rental Photography at Kohala Ranch, Hawaii Island

Ethan Tweedie Photography was contacted by the owner of this Kohala Ranch property to showcase the home as a luxury vacation rental here on Hawaii Island (The Big Island). The owners recognize the value of high-end photography to properly capture the true essence of a home and to compete for high quality vacationers looking for a luxury home to enjoy all that Hawaii has to offer.

As with many luxury homes here in Hawaii the outdoor living spaces are a highlight and the spacious partially covered lanai at this home is a grand element.  Featuring a large outdoor dining table and lounge chairs the lanai features a 180 degree view of the Pacific Ocean and the pool/spa just below.  The lanai is a great space to dine, socialize with friends, watch the sunset or watch the Humpback Whales during whale season.

This home is featured on Hawaii Life’s Vacation Rental Page 

It was a pleasure photographing this home for the owners over the two days I spent on location and wish to thank them for entrusting me with the opportunity to photograph their wonderful property.

Ethan Tweedie Photography provides luxury vacation rental photography on Hawaii Island (The Big Island), Maui, Kauai, Oahu and most locations in the South Pacific.

Call today for a quote 808-938-4665

2013 Photography For Real Estate’s Photographer of the Year

In a contest amongst my peers, I was honored to find out today that I was the winner of the 2013 Photography For Real Estate’s Photographer of the Year!  The yearly winner is chosen amongst the winners of the monthly contests and voted on by a jury of peers.

To win the PFRE contest is something I am very proud of, originally I had gone to the Photography For Real Estate website/blog to learn more and improve my skills,  and to win is really exciting!

Thank you to all of the photographers who have helped me along the way, thank you to Larry Lohrman for providing the PFRE blog, it is such an excellent way to share information and learn.

Mahalo Nui Loa,



Huge Waves Hit Hawaii Island

Big Waves on the Kohala Coast December 2013 from Ethan Tweedie Photography on Vimeo.

Fiji 10-Acre Luxury Island Estate on the Private Island of Wakaya

Lawedua: Wakaya Island, Fiji

At the end of November I was hired by Concierge Auctions to photograph a 10-acre luxury island estate on the private island of Wakaya in Fiji.  Our travels would take us from our home on the Big Island of Hawaii to Honolulu and then on to Fiji with a quick stop on Christmas Island.

Once we landed on the main island of Fiji at Nadi (Pronounced Nandi) we caught a small private charter flight to the island of Wakaya.  As we flew across the Koro Sea, the water below us was just so stunning, words do not adequately describe the turquoise water and pristine beaches.

After our 40-minute flight we landed on the island of Wakaya.  Wakaya is five square miles, has one private landing strip and is owned by David Gilmore who bought the island in 1973.  Mr. Gilmore is the owner of the worlds largest gold mining company and started a bottled water company called Fiji Water!  In 1994, he built a very exclusive resort on the island called the Wakaya Club & Spa, which is extremely private.  It is one of those places that if you have to ask about how much it will cost it probably isn’t the right place for you!  Mr. Gilmore spends a few months out of the year on the island and has a large home there. Only guests at one of the resorts ten bures, or cottages, and the island’s four property owners and their guests are allowed to access the island by private jet or boat.

At the private landing strip our trusty guide and property manager, Rusi, picked us up and took us to the property called Lawedua (Pronounced La-wen-doo-ah after the white tropic bird that nests below the cliff at the property and could be seen each morning soaring over the sea below).  After getting all of our photography gear stowed at our cottage we then met Rusi’s wife Kelera.  She had waiting for us two cold coconuts for us to drink, one with a blue straw and one with a pink straw for my assistant Anna.  Talk about refreshing!!  After our cool drink Rusi gave us a tour of the property and it was then that I knew it would take the entire four days on the island to properly capture the essence of this place!

Staying true to Balinese style, the property is configured as a compound with series of houses. Lawedua consists of a main house, master guest cottage, master bedroom cottage and then 3 other cottages all for family or guests.  I say the word cottage, here in Hawaii we would call a cottage a Hale, in Fiji they called them Bure or Vale.  A family in California owns this property now, but it is also rented out to guests of the Wakaya Club & Spa.  Notable guests of Lawedua include the Vice President of the United States, Bill and Melinda Gates, Michelle Pfeiffer and Jim Carrey.  The home has been featured on the cover of Architectural Digest and is a high-end sanctuary offering the utmost in luxury possible in the South Pacific and is considered one of the most exclusive places in the world.

Sitting atop a volcanic peninsula overlooking Marau Bay, the property is perched along a 150-foot ridge with stunning views of the turquoise water and coral reefs below which are all part of a protected marine reserve.  The main house faces directly West for stunning views of the sunset over the adjacent island of Ovalau.

Over the next few days we would methodically photograph Lawedua, working long hours getting much accomplished each day.   Because of the scope of the property we didn’t have much time to take a break, but one late afternoon before photographing in the evening, we took a quick swim at the beach below the property.  Without fins or a mask we swam out to the reef, it was so amazing seeing the coral and fish and even these blue starfish called LokeLoke.  The water was very refreshing, it was hard to leave, but we still had some important shots to capture in the evening.

I will never forget the stunning landscape, water and the property itself on Wakaya, but the one thing about Fiji that stands out is the people there are just so friendly.  Everywhere you go you are greeted with “Bula” (Similar to how we use the word Aloha in Hawaii), at the airport, walking around the island etc.  I really look forward to going back to Fiji someday!

I want to thank a few people for making the trip happen, Rita, Krystal and Laura of Concierge Auctions, Rusi and Kelera who were our tireless hosts at the property, Anna Pacheco my fearless assistant who I think goes through a survivor show each time we work, the owners of Lawedua who allowed us to stay at the property and lastly Fiji Airways and their flight crew who made flying really fun!!

Warmest Aloha and Bula!




Porsche and Perseids, Ethan Tweedie Photography Show

October 16, 2013 PRESS RELEASE

Harbor Gallery announces an exciting show with Big Island Photographer and Parker School Graduate Ethan Tweedie on Friday, November 1st, from 6 to 8 PM. Light pupus and refreshments will be served.

This special show is titled “Porsche and Perseids” and features a number of Ethan’s celestial masterpieces as well as some photos taken atop Mauna Kea this past July when Ethan joined Gallery Owner Gunner Mench in driving his 50 year old Porsche to the summit for sunset and the stars.

Ethan says this was among the best sunsets he has ever witnessed, and what happened that night was almost unbelievable! The 1963 Porsche will also be on display for the show, bearing its Mauna Kea Benchmark Badge on the rear grill.

The Perseid Meteor Showers happen every year in early August, and Ethan was invited by park rangers at Pu’ukohola to photograph the shower together with the Heiau, achieving mind boggling results after taking over 160 exposures of 30 seconds in a single night. More photos were taken along with Halemaumau’s eruption, capturing meteors, the moon, and ghostly surroundings, achieving a view that the naked eye cannot see in the dim light, but is captured brilliantly with his high quality Canon cameras and special equipment. Most of the prints are offered being printed on metal, with the most superb color rendition and crisp clarity available with today’s printing technology.

Harbor Gallery is located in Kawaihae, just north of the Kohala resorts and next to Café Pesto. The gallery is open daily from 11:30 until 8:30. Phone 808-882-1510 to reach Gunner & Elli Mench, or visit their website at


Hawaii Time-Lapse Photography

What is time-lapse photography? Images are taken at regular intervals and then combined to create a video revealing interesting patterns normally just too slow for the human eye to see. When used appropriately time-lapse can help you market your business or real estate listing.

If you have a real estate listing or business that could benefit from time-lapse photography give me a call.

Kukio Resort Lot 29 Luxury Real Estate Video

If you are interested in video for property marketing give me a call!



Kukio 29 V2 from Ethan Tweedie Photography on Vimeo.

Award Winning Image From Kukio Resort

Photography For Real Estate Blog (PFRE) puts on a contest each month with different themes.  The theme for the month of June was Large Interior Adjoined Space.  I submitted a shot I took for Kukio Realty of a private residence at the Resort.  It was an especially difficult shot as it was taken outside looking into the interior which is challenging with the bright sky etc.  You can read more about how the shot was captured by visiting this link:

PFRE Judges are from around the world  and are some of the best photographers in our field! What greater honor is there than being simply recognized by your peers?

If you have a Luxury Property, Vacation Rental or New Construction you would like to have photographed, give me a call.




Kukio Resort-Cottage 31

If you are interested in having a luxury listing or vacation rental photographed, custom tours and videos can be created to enhance the experience potential buyers and guests will have when choosing a property.  By creating videos of the tours you can also embed into your blog and post to your company youtube/vimeo account etc.  This will greatly increase your SEO for your business and listing.

Please send me an email for a quote!







Kukio Resort Cottage 31 from Ethan Tweedie Photography on Vimeo.

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!

Here is the Mauna Kea Beach Resort property I photographed

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

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.

You may reach me at:


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.

You may reach me at


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



Big Island Lava Ocean Entry

6AM, 6:30AM and 7AM


What a morning!

After almost a year without lava entering the ocean, Kilauea ramped up her activity just in time for the 30th Anniversary of the current eruptive phase!!

My day started out at 1:15 AM in order to make it to Pohoiki Boat Ramp (Puna) by 4:30AM.  We all boarded the Lava Ocean Adventures tour boat and took the 45 minute boat ride out to the where the lava was entering the ocean.  It was great seeing all the stars and even the Southern Cross on the way, but most of us were pretty tentative on whether we were going to see lava or not as there is no way of knowing till you get there.

About a mile out from the site we could see the lava and lots of it!!  There were two distinct lava entries as we approached and Captain Shane Turpin slowed the boat down to creep.   We were still a good football field away and you can feel the radiant heat from the lava!  As we got closer it was still pitch dark and the photography wouldn’t be super good so I spent some time just in awe of the amazing spectacle before my eyes.  The first picture was from that time frame.

Captain Turpin kept the boat moving in between the two ocean entries and made sure both sides got equal amounts of viewing although I wish we could move side to side, but trust me one thing you don’t want to do is rock the boat!  As the light got brighter towards sunrise the photo ops got really good with the twilight sky and eventually the sun came up to reveal the scene in daylight!  The whole time out there you could see, smell and hear the lava as it hissed and sputtered into the water.  WOW!

If you are on the Big Island and there is lava entering the ocean this is a must see and do tour.



Mele Kalikimaka 2012!

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


Happy Halloween From Hawaii!

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

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.




Streamside in Sandalwood at Waimea

Some real estate I photograph is really difficult.  The “problem” with this home here in Waimea on the Big Island is it had so many interesting angles, vistas and views.  Located in the Sandalwood development, the home has views of The Pu’u (Hills) of Kohala Mountain, stunning views of Mauna Kea (13,796 feet), Mauna Loa and Hualalai. For this shot, I chose to cross the stream and shoot the house from Parker Ranch with Pu’u Hoku’ula in the distance in order to give some perspective on the location of the home here in Waimea.

If you’d like to see more images of this home you can see pictures in Clark Realty’s Luxury Portfolio

If you need a luxury property photographed for Real Estate, Vacation Rental or Commercial give me a call.



Gorgeous Sunset at the Mauna Kea Resort

Gorgeous sunset at the Mauna Kea Resort this past Monday.  I love it when all the elements of my fine art photography come together when shooting real estate/architecture!

Call me if you need a property photographed!



Sunset at the Eva Parker Woods Cottage

The Eva Parker Woods Cottage was built by Frank Woods and Eva, the descendants of John Palmer Parker, who founded Parker Ranch. The Cottage is located at the Mauna Lani Resort here on the Big Island.

Over half a century ago, the late Francis H. I’i Brown, a sportsman and socialite with royal Hawaiian lineage, acquired the fishponds and surrounding lands from the family of Eva Parker Woods. A man equally at home in the worlds of black tie and fast cars, Brown treasured Kalahuipua’a as a retreat from the demands of urban life: a place to fish, talk story; a place where he could reach back to the simpler lifestyle of his royal Hawaiian ancestors.  He spent the most time here with his sweetheart, Winona Love, the acclaimed Hawaiian hula dancer.

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Diamond Head and Waikiki

This 760-foot tuff crater is one of Hawaii’s most famous landmarks and one of my favorite places to hike.  I didn’t get a chance to hike it this trip, but if you are on Oahu you need to put that on your list of things to do!  Go early in the day as it gets hot climbing the 175 steps and zig zagging trail.  If you are afraid of the dark I would bring a flashlight too.  You will be rewarded with one of the best views on the island.

Known as Leahi (brow of the tuna) in Hawaiian, the crater was named Diamond Head by 19th century British sailors who thought they discovered diamonds on the crater’s slopes. These “diamonds” were actually shiny calcite crystals that had no value.   Another story I have heard is there used to be a Chinese Produce store nearby and they used to sell cabbage for “dime a head!!”  Ok, I know that is cheesy, but it is still funny.

Diamond Head Crater was formed during the Honolulu Volcanic Series or post erosional phase of volcanism.   Diamond Head was built by hydromagmatic explosions that ripped through 200,000 year old coral reefs and Ko‘olau basalt. As a result, you can see pieces of coral mixed in the tuff of the cone! The eruption most likely occurred in a very short period of time from days to perhaps a month.

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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.