Who is behind Kohalafoto ?

About Us -- Chris & John (husband and wife team)


Our 15 + years experience and over 2000 photo assignments has shaped our style and professional approach to almost any type of shoot.  


Our goal is to create unique, timeless films, capturing the real beauty, the true emotions and substance of each project.


We’re driven by the possibility of capturing authentic experiences. 

We’d love to tell your story. Get in touch and tell us where and when your dream will unfold !!

KOHALAFOTO Photography is a professional photography company with 15 + years experience in wedding, editorial, portrait, and commercial work. Over 2000 photo assignments and over hundreds of weddings . . . we stopped counting :)

Our goal has not changed ! We strive to create unique, timeless photos + films, capturing the real beauty, the true spontaneous emotions and substance of each wedding.

Based in Englewood FL, with servicing destinations around the globe. We’re a small team with a large passion to document love and creating love-stories.


We’re driven by the possibility of capturing authentic experiences. 

We’d love to tell your story. Get in touch and tell us where and when your dream will unfold !

Wedding + Commercial Photographers,

a fun and loving  husband-wife team !

Christina Brandt-Lonie

  Lead Photographer 


Hi! I’m Chris. Destination Wedding photographer (based in Englewood, FL)...and that funny guy next to me, giving you a "shaka", is my best friend, soulmate and husband, John.


Together we founded KOHALAFOTO over a decade ago. We relocated to Florida from Hawaii to be closer to my family in Europe. Although we consider Florida our home base now, it will not stop us from traveling back to the Islands, or anywhere in the world for that matter :)


Since I was a little kid. . . photography has been my life :-)  After graduating from Loyola Marymount in Los Angeles with a photography / film production degree, various opportunities have given me access to bigger productions / larger scale projects and led me to enjoy a fantastic career in the Hollywood Film  and Fashion photography world.  

My journey has taken me to heights i didn't think were possible...i create stories with my vision using state of the art cameras + lenses, but the most important tool I own, is the one straight from the Heart !

where there is a story to be told, you will find me...and I would be honored to tell yours !

John Lonie


Licensed Drone Operator)

Englewood FL Drone Operator

John has had an incredible successful career in Los Angeles film business since 1997 where he started out working as Camera Operator for CNN News, and moved up to leading positions in the Los Angeles movie industry. 

From there, he moved to Hawaii and co-founded KOHALAFOTO with me, wife Christina, that happy smiley girl sitting on the lava rock :) 

John specializes in cinematography and aerial photography. He was one of the first professionals flying a drone when they first made appearance, and obtained his FAA pilot license years ago.


John will amaze you with a bird's eye perspective that you didn't imagine was possible to capture.


John lives for adventure. Exploration is his middle name (well actually it’s Asher but please don’t tell anyone  :-)


Growing up in Montana and California, he instilled a drive to overcome any challenge and accomplish any task.


That drive and curiosity, are what helps him tell stories through the lens of his camera. 

Together we make a pretty good team in life and at work. We see life as art and we want to capture moments in a way that inspires joy. We use our experience and expertise in photography to create images that are unique, beautiful and something that will last forever.