Luxury Vacation Rental Trends in Hawaii – High Quality Photography Will Set Your listing Apart

There have been some interesting trends in tourism in Hawaii and the Big Island since the number of hotel rooms has not increased and largely plateaued, but the number of visitors has increased. As a result of demand and trends, the increase in Vacation Rental Properties has grown to account for 25% of visitors according to the State of Hawaii’s Department of Business, Economic Development & Tourism.

This has been great for the owners and the visitors to our islands as it provides additional sources of income to the owners offsetting the high cost of living in the islands, but also provides unique experiences for our island visitors allowing them to stay in properties that are larger and can accommodate larger families instead of booking two hotel rooms, but also come with many amenities such as resort access, pools, tennis, spa’s, golf etc.

If you are interested in listing your luxury property for a vacation rental there are many sources to help you get your property ready for listing on VRBO/Homeaway. My specialty is providing photography for luxury property vacation rentals. Just take a look at the quality of images on VRBO/Homeaway and you will quickly see that there is a gap in quality photography for most listings. Search VRBO  Lets talk about quality of images, you have about 6 seconds on a listing to grab the attention of the potential vacationer, if your images are dark, crooked and ugly they will just move on to the next listing. For the sophisticated and discerning luxury vacation rental customer your listing will need to stand out amongst the crowd.  With my professional photography your property will exude a professional and trustworthy impression showing that you are a dedicated owner who invests in the best, these customers will appreciate quality work.

If you are out of town you will hire a vacation property management company and in turn they hire the photographer, this is fine, but most of the images I see being used are of inferior quality. Take control of your listing and go directly to the photographer who does the highest quality photography!  You benefit in two ways, first, by hiring the photographer yourself  you can choose the best photographer, second you own the images, thus if you decide to change your vacation property management company you can continue to use your images with the new management company etc.

The cost we charge for most luxury properties we photograph averages between $1500 and $2500 per property. We will spend 12 hours on location photographing your home in the best light from early morning to evening using the best equipment available.  This investment into the photography is about the same cost for one night rental at your property, this is a terrific investment that will last at least for many years.

The highest quality images will equal more bookings, more bookings means a higher demand, hight demand command higher nightly rates.  This all means higher cash flow from a better quality guest!

You can reach me at 808-938-4665 or to get a detailed quote for your property.



Here are some images from my last two luxury vacation rental property photoshoots here on the Big Island, Hawaii


Parker Ranch After The Storm

For several days in row thunderstorms built up in the high country of Waimea reaching heights far above towering Mauna Kea dropping precious rain on the pastures and snow on the summit.  The Parker Ranch horses seemed to be happy grazing on the green Kikuyu grass seemingly unaffected by the thunder and lighting just 30 minutes before this was taken.  

I hope you enjoy.





The Super Blue Blood Moon Hawaii

The Super Blue Blood Moon!!! As seen from Waimea on the Big Island. The skies were super clear!! We also saw a ton of shooting stars, Mars and Jupiter! Aloha!

Ethan Tweedie Photography specializes in Luxury Real Estate Photography, Luxury Hotel and Resort Photography, Luxury Vacation Rental Photography, Aerial Photography and Architectural Photography

Contact Ethan at 808-938-4665

Mauna Kea Snow at First Light

After an all day rain yesterday January 27th 2018 both Mauna Kea and Mauna Loa received a few inches of snow on, this shot was taken at 7am here in the town of Waimea on the Big Island

Ethan Tweedie Photography is a Big Island, Hawaii Based Professional Photographer Specializing in Architectural, Interiors, Luxury Hotel and Resort, Aerial Photography and Vacation Rental Photography
Call Ethan at 808-938-4665

Kukui’ula Architectural Photography

We recently completed this photoshoot on Kauai for our clients Pu’uwai Design & Construction and Island Stone  located at Kukui’ula on the South Shore.  

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

Recent Architectural Photoshoot for Rhoady Lee Architecture + Design


Sky & Telescope May 2016 Publication

The May 2016 Sky & Telescope has featured one of my images of W.M. Keck Observatory’s twin ten meter telescopes as they point their dual world-class Adaptive Optics system lasers at the super black hole at the center of the Milky Way.   EthanTweediePhotographyThis image documents the first time Keck Observatory used both Keck 1 and Keck 2 simultaneously aimed at the same object in space.

To read more about how observatories around the world use Adaptive Optics to correct for the Earth’s turbulent atmosphere please get a copy of the article here.

Rob Roy House, Austin Texas

I had the pleasure of photographing this beautifully designed home here in Austin Texas, no detail was spared in the design and build of this home.  The home is elegant yet organic and feels like a private spa. This private residence is located in the Rob Roy neighborhood in Westlake

Architectural Photography by Ethan Tweedie Photography, LLC

Architects –Miró Rivera Architect and Shiflet Group Architects

Designer- Fern Santini 

Construction –Dalgleish Construction Co.

If you have a project that needs architectural photography please give me a call or email.




Ethan Tweedie Photography

Austin City Skyline

Taken from the walkway of the First Street Bridge looking across the waters Ladybird Lake towards the Congress Avenue Bridge the Austin City Skyline rises above at Twilight on the evening of April 22nd 2016.  Barely noticeable is the packed crowd of bat watchers on the Ann W. Richards Congress Avenue Bridge where up to 1.5 million bats emerge each evening from March to November.   The tallest building in Austin, The Austonian, rises left of center of the picture and on the far right is the Hotel Van Zandt one of Austin’s newest Hotels located on Rainey Street.  For image and print inquiries please contact me at 512-701-0985 or by email at