Real estate photography in Hawaii

As a Realtor, you don’t just want great photos …

When you’re trying to get more sellers here in Hawaii then you need images and marketing that match your pricing and your brand.

Some Realtors try and justify the use of cheaper photography because they say that it’s not worth spending too much.

The problem with this is that those images and videos are damaging the reputation of that Realtor for as long as they are online. If the photos and other visual marketing elements are not making those potential clients say, “Wow, I’d love to have that Realtor sell my house!” then those images shouldn’t be used.

In fact, they may even be causing that Realtor to lose clients.

You want the photos of your listings to be doing these three things:

Match Your Brand

If your business is trying to be seen as high-quality seller representation, then your photos need to match that level of quality or potential sellers will see a disconnect. It’s all about branding, and ensuring continuity between all that you do, including the photos that you use.

Maximize Your Value

Regardless of your price positioning in your market here in Hawaii, when you use the right photos then they can make it seem as though you should be charging more for what you do because your level of service and visual branding look incredible.


Home buyers are attracted to home listings that look amazing online or in print material. If the photos don’t look appealing, then they’ll move on to the next listing that shows up in a Google search, or turn to the next page in a magazine.

Those customers of yours usually don’t see the property first, but it’s the photos and videos of your listing that they see online, and so that’s where you need to invest in quality photography because if you don’t then they won’t contact you. Instead, they’ll move on to one of your competitors listings that looks better.

If you’re looking for a photography company that will help you meet those three targets then that’s where we can help …

Spaces808: the secret weapon behind Hawaii’s most successful Realtors

If you’re looking for a real estate photographer in Hawaii then consider Spaces808.

We specialize in the photography of real estate across The Big Island and throughout the state of Hawaii. Owner and lead photographer Jonathan Davis consistently delivers exceptional photography, amazing videos, prompt and efficient service and professional insight to help his clients grow bigger and better businesses.

At Spaces808 we work with our partners to deliver a superior result in the following ways:

  • Excellent photographic knowledge

    Spaces808 and our team of photo experts know how to shoot a property listing. Our focus is on delivering crystal clear images that both buyers and sellers will love. Our photos are informative and aim to emphasize the best of the property’s selling points and get those buyers to pick up the phone.

  • Exceptional communication

    With a business built around professionalism and high standards of communication, we focus on keeping our partners fully informed on what’s happening every step of the way. If there is any deviation from our plan, you will know about it immediately so you can adequately respond. We value your time and make sure we don’t waste it.

What do our clients say about Spaces808?

  • 5 star review  We couldn't be happier with the beautiful photo shoot that Jonathan did of our home. His passion for photography definitely shows in his work. He was timely, professional and I would highly recommend him to anyone looking for a photographer!!

    thumb Taryn Johnson

    5 star review  Jonathan is a true professional and intuitive. He sees beauty in angles and lines of a home that captures the property at its best. He can do it all, from aerials, daytime and sunset shots. I highly recommend him.

    thumb Carrie Nicholson
  • 5 star review  When I start the listing & marketing process of a home I have only one vendor I go to - Jonathan Davis @ Photo Kona. He will capture the home at its best architecturally in its unique light, angle and placement upon the land. This is coupled with a keen business acumen on how to market property visually to Buyers, which translates into SOLD! homes, leaving everyone satisfied! If you’re looking for the best - look no further - five stars to Jonathan Davis.

    thumb Kevin Walmsley

    5 star review  Amazing work done by this photographer! Jon is outstanding. Used every photo possible on my website.

    thumb Nook Will DuBose
  • 5 star review  Jonathan is a skilled genius in his field. I highly recommend his 5 star services.

    thumb Darlene McNulty

    5 star review  When I looked at the photography Jonathan produced on the first property he shot for me I was ashamed of my stale old graphics. The photos he gave me were just too good to for my existing branding, it had to be improved and modernized. As a result my website, flyers, cards and advertisements were all updated. I bought single property websites and domain names to showcase Jonathan's photos. Just today I showed off my marketing with his photographs and Matterport tour at a listing appointment today. Guess what???? I'll be seeing Jonathan again real soon....

    thumb Joyce Murphy
  • 5 star review  excellent eye for detail and photographs that sell by themselves...very impressed!

    thumb Pym Avery

    5 star review  As a professional Home Stager and Realtor one of the most important things that I emphasize to my clients is that the photographs of that property really need to grab viewers and make them want to see it. Having great photos on MLS after I've finished a stage is a crucial piece of the puzzle. Fortunately I discovered a very talented and capable photographer in Jonathan and we've worked together on many properties as my staging business grew. I always look forward to the photos that he takes as he has a keen perspective and understands what I am looking for in these photos. He's also a great guy to work with and someone I consider a friend. I feel fortunate to have him as a resource! Mahalo.

    thumb Sharly G Ward
  • 5 star review  Jonathan is both fun to work with & had a great eye for showcasing the classic resort home we represent at the Mauna Lani Resort....With both our daytime and evening shots, Jonathan brought such positive energy & enthusiasm for the shoot. He brings superb tech tools & the package of images for our online & print material was second to none. 5 Big Stars -- Forrest Arnold (RB) Elite Pacific Properties at 808-987-2365

    thumb Forrest Arnold

    5 star review  I've lost count of how many photoshoots Jonathan has done for my vacation rental inventory. He is an efficient and affordable photographer who always comes prepared to deliver his best on each shoot. He takes direction well and delivers against my requirements and shot lists. He also gives direction which I am always open to hearing given his vast experience behind the lens. When reviewing final photography, I am often quite surprised that he has managed to capture vantage points that I have not seen before. I'm stoked to work with Jonathan and even more so, that we have become friends! Mahalo Jonathan!

    thumb Mark LeRoy

Our 100% satisfaction guarantee

Spaces808 offers a 100%, no questions asked, totally unbeatable guarantee with absolutely no risk to you.

If you are not satisfied with the photographs we will either come back and shoot again, or you can hand the photos back and pay nothing.

All the risk is laid on my shoulders – I shoot the photos, and you be the judge. The decision is completely up to you or the home owners.

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Our Services:

At Spaces808 we provide a range of visual marketing services for Realtors on The Big Island and throughout the Hawaiian islands, including Maui, Oahu and Kaua’i:


Spaces808 deliver real estate photography to Realtors  throughout Hawaii. We are based in Kailua-Kona, on The Big Island and we travel throughout the Hawaiian islands and beyond to photograph homes and resorts.

At Spaces808 we work hard to deliver exceptional images that bring you the results you are looking for, whether that be interior, exterior, aerial, daytime or twilight photos.


Interior photography:

The photographs of the interior of a home require the right lighting, the perfect composition, with the end goal being not just a record of a space but an image that invites the viewer into the story that you want to share.

Exterior photography:

The exterior photos of a property might seem simple, but there is a big difference between a snapshot, and a carefully crafted image taken at just the right time of day.

At Spaces808 we assess each property we shoot, carefully arranging the timing so that lighting is in an optimal position for each shot and for the angle you want to show.


Twilight photography:

A daytime shoot can work well for homes with ocean views or strong exterior colors that look great when the sun is hitting them.

However, a lot of listings can benefit from a twilight photo shoot when the glow of the lights inside, the absence of shadows from the sun, and a stunning sunset combine to create a strong and visually appealing image. 

Advanced photo retouching:

Every image we produce is carefully and professionally edited to deliver the most impressive results. However sometimes some design elements may be overlooked, weather may be less than perfect on the day of the shoot, the lawn hasn’t perfectly grown in or needed repairs have not yet been performed.

In most cases our dedicated photo editors can swap out a cloudy sky with a beautiful clear blue sky, fill in a patchy or discolored lawn, add fire to a fireplace, hide appliance wires, and even completely furnish a vacant room using virtual staging. If you’re not sure, just ask, it can probably be done!


Aerial Photography:

Sometimes, you need a different perspective to show otherwise invisible features of your listing, such as that new roof or PV system, large acreage, proximity to landmarks and other attractions. Or, how a building is situated on the land. 

By using drones, helicopters and airplanes, we are able to capture these features and create striking images that pack a lot of valuable information for the potential customer.

Using current and advanced aerial technologies also allow us to create satellite quality, distortion free orthomosaic maps of very large areas of land while still conforming to the FAA’s strict flight altitude limitations (great for coffee farm surveys and other AG projects). We can also produce digital 3D models of large areas of land, including structures and topography.


Video Production for Real Estate:

Here at Spaces808 we love telling a story about a property. Video has proven to be the perfect tool to tell that story, allowing us to show not only how a space looks, but more importantly, how a space feels. Video evokes that sense of connection that will make the potential customer pick up the phone wanting to experience the space themselves. Along with a well selected sound track, a well produced video is guaranteed to get your listing that extra attention.

Video services:

Property Walkthrough Video:

This is our entry level video, designed to show the flow of a house from a first person point of view. Typically starting at the entrance and making way thorough the important areas of the house using minimal cuts and transitions. These videos tend to get quite long and are not recommended for homes larger than 2500 square feet. For larger homes we recommend opting for a Matterport 3D virtual tour.

Cinematic Property Video:

Just as it sounds, this is basically a movie-quality video, utilizing many short and thought-out video sequences telling a story about the house and what it feels like to be there.

These videos typically take a full day to produce and may involve the use of drones, stabilizing equipment, and other various equipment typically used on larger productions.

Depending on your goals and budget, we can include everything from models, staging, luxury lifestyle clips, narration and anything else you could imagine!

Lifestyle / Community Video:

When you’re marketing a community, or neighborhood that affords a certain lifestyle, this can be a strong tool in the ongoing marketing of properties in that community.

The video would focus on community amenities and perceived lifestyle rather than focusing on an individual property. These videos are perfect for agents who like to “farm” properties a certain area and can benefit from using this video to market multiple listings.

Bio Video:

Introduce yourself to the world! After a quick on camera interview we will spend a day with you and film “a day in your life”, both as a “civilian” and as a real estate professional. Showing both your human qualities as well as your abilities as a realtor and what differentiates you from the rest.

A video like this really helps gain the trust of a potential client, even before you meet them. Which really puts you ahead of the game when selecting an agent. These videos are a great investment and can be put to use year after year.

Matterport 3D and Virtual Reality:

Matterport 3D virtual tours are a cutting edge, immersive way of showcasing a space in the highest level of detail possible today.

Through the use of a sophisticated camera, we can capture a very accurate 3D representation of your property, which is fully navigable. Just swipe through the home on your tablet, computer or smartphone. Or mail out branded cardboard virtual reality headsets to potential buyers and have them walk through the house as if they were actually there.

The dollhouse view shows an expanded view of the house with the walls removed, showing incredible detail and providing otherwise overlooked information about how the house was designed and constructed. Insurance companies also love Matterport 3D virtual tours as it provides them with extra assurance as to the nature of the house they are underwriting.

How could a Matterport 3D tour of your listing help you?

  • Provide Information:

    Matterport 3D virtual tours provide indispensable information about a home, it’s layout and functionality. It saves people time and money when searching online, and provides further disclosure as to the condition of a property, as details cannot be easily manipulated or “photoshopped”.

  • Give Control:

    Matterport 3D Virtual tours put the power in the viewers hands. Unlike in video where you’re only showing the best features of the room and understating the less desirable aspects, Matterport allows the viewer to decide where to go, and what to look at with practically no restrictions.

  • Show Professionalism:

    The consistent use of Matterport positions you as a professional who evaluates the most current marketing tools and knows when to apply them. Showing that you are one step ahead in providing your customers with the absolute best marketing money can buy.

Staging Services:

A room will only present itself as well as it is prepared. We strongly recommend hiring a stager whenever possible, as even small changes, such as moving around some furniture and adding accents of color, will make a huge difference in the way a space looks in the final photos.

Staging services are a must-have and pretty much expected in the luxury market. Spaces808 has teamed up with a few of the best stagers on the island, providing any type of staging your listing needs. From quick editing of an existing decor, through to the addition of color and style, to a full furnishing and styling project. We have you covered whatever your styling needs!


Virtual Staging:

While we would always first recommend hiring a stager, good stagers are BUSY! Sometimes you need a quicker turnaround or only want a few spaces staged.

We can digitally add furniture and decor to any photo from a huge library of options, catering for most of the styles and decor you would expect in Hawaii. If you have an empty space then this could be the most cost and time effective way to make a “hero” shot out of an otherwise empty room.

  • It's fast

    Provides a quicker and more cost effective way of staging a property when time is of the essence or a professional stager for a full furnish staging is out of budget.

  • It makes you look good

    Virtual staging positions you as a professional who can find creative solutions to challenging situations.

  • Every space will look incredible

    Makes sure that even spaces with little to no decor look amazing, and that’s good for you and your quality brand.

Virtual Tours:

Presentation is everything. While the Hawaii MLS services are upgrading their image quality, there is still much to be desired and there are little to no customization options when it comes to how your listings are presented on MLS.

We’re using a virtual tour system which beautifully presents properties in a smooth, interactive interface. Showing all the listing information in one place and providing you with full control over the appearance of your listing. We have multiple styles to choose from and we can even custom build a tour to match your brand colors and appearance.

Our tour system is also search engine optimized making sure that your tours are properly indexed with search engines.

Our virtual tours are INCLUDED with every shoot, at no extra charge.

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