Who is Kohalafoto Films and what exactly do we do ?

KOHALAFOTO FILMS IS A PREMIUM PHOTOGRAPHY AND CINEMATOGRAPHY COMPANY, ( RELOCATED FROM BIG ISLAND OF HAWAII )

LOCATED IN VENICE, FL.

 

WITH A WEALTH OF EXPERIENCE IN CREATING BEAUTIFUL

CINEMATIC FILMS + STUNNING PHOTOGRAPHY.

We provide, commercial and event coverage throughout Florida. We dedicate a lot of time and effort into our films from the actual filming on the day to getting the perfect sound, cuts and color correction. 

 

Let’s be honest, simply turning on a camera, pressing record and handing over hours of footage simply does not cut it anymore! But we know that it’s not all about the techy stuff, it’s about the heart of the story. And we would love to tell your story! Trust us when we say…we are really fun to work with too ! :-)

Who is behind Kohalafoto ?

We are Chris and John, husband + wife team and co-founders of KohalaFoto Films.  Our goal is to create unique, timeless films, capturing the real beauty, the true emotions and substance of each project.

We're a small team of international cinematographers + photographers, with a love of story-telling and a total disregard for formula :-)

 

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 

+ Cinematographer

Hi! I’m Chris. Architectural and Wedding photographer (Local Venice, FL)...and that funny guy next to me, giving you a "shaka", is my best friend and husband, John.

 

Together we founded KOHALAFOTO over a decade ago. We relocated to Venice FL from Hawaii to be closer to family. Although we consider Venice our home base now, it will not stop us from traveling back to the Islands or beyond for that matter for work too. 

 

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.  

 

From camera assisting to operating for major advertising production companies, large scale weddings, and elopements, where there is a story to be told, you will find me :-)

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 !

John Lonie

Producer

Videographer  / FAA Licensed 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 marketing positions at places such as Hollywood Panavision. 

From there, he moved to Hawaii and co-founded KOHALAFOTO with wife Christina. 

John specializes in cinematography and aerial photography. He was one of the first professionals flying a drone 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 a camera. After developing his interest in photography during his college years, the decision to pursue a creative career blossomed into his role here at Kohalafoto.

Based in Venice, Florida  / available for bookings world-wide

kohalafotofilms@gmail.com     Tel: 941 460 3479