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!!!
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.
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.”
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 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
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!
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 Karen@HawaiiLife.com
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.
Call today for a quote 808-938-4665
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,
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!
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.
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!
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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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:
“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
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.