Sky Blue Pictures

Honolulu, HI

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About this pro

How does your service stand out?

Every photographer and videographer has their own unique style. The most important to consider when selecting a partner is to find someone who has a style and taste that fits your own.

What do you enjoy about the work you do?

It's such a pleasure to meet new people from all over the world! People come to Hawaii for it's beauty, and I love seeing everyone truly enjoy themselves while they're here. Local and visitors alike, there's so much learn from meeting truly wonderful people.

Location

Honolulu, HI 96803

Background check

Complete

Years in business

4

Number of employees

2

Times hired on Thumbtack

52

Reviews

44 Reviews
  • Liz N. Feb 27, 2017
    Highly Recommend Sky Blue and Jon!
    Working with Jon was a great experience, which says a lot, considering we arranged this from another island with very short notice. I had him film my daughter at her swim meet and put together a video for recruiting purposes. He battled horrific downpours and made it happen. The end result, his video combined with footage I had taken of a previous meet, melded together perfectly and I feel (as did our recruiter) confident that this is a quality product, something we are comfortable sending out to potential college coaches. I could not have done this myself, and I am so thankful I found him, especially since I had never even heard of Thumbtack! He was a fabulous communicator, both by text and email, responding immediately and communicating clearly, clarifying anything that needed clarifying, and he was very patient with my several rounds of edits as I tried to finalize what the best end product would be. I plan to utilize Jon and Sky Blue Pictures again in the fall when my daughter is back on Oahu for another swim meet and is hopefully swimming even faster and needs an updated recruiting video done!
  • Kalei P. Jan 31, 2017
    5 Stars for Sky Blue Pictures!
    We hired Jon to photograph some of our projects on a very tight schedule, and he delivered tremendous work in that short amount of time. Jon is very easy to work with and takes the time to understand what your vision is. I would highly recommend Jon and the Sky Blue Pictures team to anyone looking for a diligent and outstanding photographer.
  • Mark E. Aug 30, 2016
    Aerial Photography
    Verified Review
    Jon did great work for us. His aerial photos from a helicopter were exactly what we needed! Professional - fast - at the right price.
  • Dan L. Aug 1, 2016
    Corporate Videography
    Verified Review
    Jon went above and beyond to get us great footage and coordinate shooting for us on the ground in Honolulu. I recommend highly.
  • Kira K. Jul 21, 2016
    Corporate Videography
    Verified Review
    Jon was the perfect choice for our company's video project!! Responsive, super accommodating and has a great ear and eye for uncovering a good narrative. We had a lot of on camera interviews, and Jon really helped put everyone at ease so they could be natural and speak from the heart. He is highly recommended.
  • CarolAnn B. Jul 5, 2016
    Video Production
    Verified Review
    It was a pure pleasure working with Jon, the owner of Sky Blue Pictures! He is highly skilled, flexible, patient and creative. I highly recommend him.
  • Nancy U. Jul 4, 2016
    Architectural Photography
    Verified Review
    Jon was an absolute pleasure to work with and his photos turned out amazing. I have worked with a lot of photographers in my career as a PR consultant for hotels and restaurants and he is a gem. I have often times had to wait weeks for the edited images and he had them for us in no time. Five stars all the way!
  • Ethan W. May 18, 2016
    Corporate Videography
    Verified Review
    Jon with Sky Blue Pictures was hired to produce a campus tour marketing video for Chaminade University of Honolulu. His creative vision and passion for his work made it not only a pleasure but a privilege to work with him on this project. From the planning stages involving the creative brief to the filming and finally the post-production edits Jon put forth the effort to ensure that the final product was uniquely catered towards our needs. I highly recommend him for any and all of your video production needs, he has the high quality equipment and the work ethic that combine to make amazing results.
  • Aaron S. Apr 8, 2016
    Jon Keao and Blue Sky Pictures did a fantastic job shooting a video interview for us that will become part of a museum interactive experience. He coordinated the shoot for us in Hawaii, got useful content from our interviewee, and shot excellent footage. Everything went very smoothly and he was incredibly helpful in making sure we achieved our goals and got the product we needed. First rate vendor.
  • Casey R. Mar 15, 2016
    John is a great talent and really fun guy to be around. Even though a photo shoot with a 2 year old is tough, John is patient and has good ideas on what kind of shots work best with a grumpy child. I'd highly recommend John. He does great drone work too.
  • Kamal A. Mar 10, 2016
    Film Production
    Verified Review
    Though thousand miles apart between Kuala Lumpur and Hawaii, Jon makes us feel like he is just close by. He always make it a point to reply pronto. Jon's communication is clear, precise and reassuring. We admire his attitude and approach towards an assignment even though the dotted line haven't been signed yet. Passionate and ever helpful, he is THE guy!
  • Anna T. Mar 7, 2016
    Wedding Photography
    Verified Review
    Jonathan is extremely professional. He makes you comfortable when taking the wedding photos. I highly recommend Sky Blue Pictures
  • Lori N. Jan 31, 2016
    Event Photography
    Verified Review
    My husband's special 60th Kanreki birthday party will be forever documented through wonderful photos taken by Jon. Jon also produced two awesome collages for the party. He was terrific to work with, and I can't wait to see all the photos!
  • Tiffany S. Jan 25, 2016
    Family Portrait Photography
    Verified Review
    The absolute, hands down, most beautiful pictures ever! Jon was amazing to work with and we had a blast. He was professional, knowledgeable and easy to talk to. He waited for the lighting to be perfect and took amazing sunset pictures. We will recommend Jon to all our friends and we will be booking him when we come back year after year. Jon, you are outstanding!!!!!!!!!
  • Jason N. Jan 10, 2016
    I work in a very competitive industry where one needs to stand out in order to acquire more sales. So I had an idea to create a promotional video for my business to try and achieve this, but had no idea where to start. After trying to do things on my own, I quickly realized I needed some professional help. Enter Sky Blue Pictures (SBP). I contacted SBP and let them know what I wanted done, my vision for the finished product, and my timeline. I can honestly say that from first contact to delivery of the finished product, they made the process enjoyable and easy. I am VERY pleased with my finished product and am already noticing the positive affect it is having on my pre-sales. I directly attribute this upward trend to the promo video SBP help me create. I am excited for the day my business reaches a new plateau and is in need of more video work because SBP will be the one I contact. Mahalo to Jon and his crew!
  • Maddie B. Dec 29, 2015
    Our company hired Jon for a four- day project running around from site to site for long hours. His positive attitude, timeliness (even with 4am call times!) and professionalism made him an absolute pleasure to work with. He turned around the work quickly and was very cognizant of the type of shots we were searching for. Looking forward to the opportunity to work with him again.
  • Amy M. Nov 29, 2015
    It was a great experience working with Jon on our family Christmas photo shoot! He put us all at ease and definitely knew what he was doing. The results were fabulous! Thank you Jon!
  • Shanelle N. Nov 23, 2015
    Jon was fantastic to work with. Not only were his photos great, but his professionalism and communication were top notch. From coordination to delivery of photos, he was continuously courteous and great to work with. Our shoot took place in the field while volunteers worked, we got great action shots; Jon's eye captured some really special moments that helped to tell the story of our project site and work. We highly recommend Jon and are so very grateful for having an opportunity to work with him! Mahalo nui Jon!
  • Dana A. Nov 4, 2015
    We have worked with Jon on several commercial construction project photo shoots and video collaborations that captured a case study based upon an innovative solar powered A/C product coming online. I would gladly recommend his services as working with him was a pleasure. Jon's attention to detail and ability to tell a story was evident and testified to his commitment to his craft.
  • Mary P. Oct 26, 2015
    I can't say enough about Jon's integrity, professionalism, and raw talent. I've had the honor of working with him several times and he's always full of humility and work ethic, while being exceptionally skilled at what he does. He's a true Renaissance man: I don't know where you'll find someone with such a versatile collection of equipment and technical know-how who can ALSO bring the level of artistry and emotion that he does to storytelling. I've never seen someone with this combination and it really shows in his work. Plus, I promise you're not going to find a nicer guy to work with.
  • Amanda P. Oct 23, 2015
    Family Portrait Photography
    Verified Review
    We had the most amazing experience with Jonathan. He had a huge task ahead of him taking pictures of my family including 6 adults and 2 kids (6 and 4), and 18 month old!! He some how managed to capture absolutely stunning pictures of our family that we will be able to cherish forever. He was very patient with the 3 kids, especially when they were hot and completely over the idea of taking any more pictures! He was open to any ideas we had and had plenty of his own. He knows the island well and the best places to go for breathtaking pictures. We received our pictures incredibly quickly (overnight!!!). We are so thankful for Jonathan and the memories he helped us capture that will last a lifetime.
  • Skye F. Oct 20, 2015
    Family Portrait Photography
    Verified Review
    I recently had the pleasure of meeting Jon and having him take photos of my family... I booked my portraits in advance and when working out location and times, he was open to what worked for us and provided some options and working in with what was convenient for us, which is important when taking photos of a 22 month old! The photos were taken, edited and and returned to me view within a couple of days i.e before our vacation had ended. Jon offered to meet again if we didn't get enough good shots of my 22 month old girl, who was more interested in the ocean than of having her photo taken (it was not necessary in the end, as the photos were beautiful). I would highly recommend Jon to take photos of your special moments!
    Jonathan K. Oct 20, 2015

    One thing very important to me is to treat our island guests as friends. Skye and her family came a long way to spend well earned vacation time in our islands. To me, that says a lot. I am so happy to have met them and there really is no other way to show it than through respect, friendship, and aloha. There really is no other way. Skye... it was my pleasure to meet all of you. I hope to see you again next year! Aloha! Jon

  • Ed Y. Oct 9, 2015
    Real Estate and Architectural Photography
    Verified Review
    Very professional service, prompt, and high quality images.
    Jonathan K. Oct 20, 2015

    Walked a few streets in the beautiful Nuuanu area, took a bunch of photos for record's sake, got in some exercise.... how can that be a bad day? Thanks, Ed!

  • Bonnie M. Sep 24, 2015
    Family Portrait Photography
    Verified Review
    Jon did some family photos for me and my 8 month old daughter, including recreating some maternity photos I had done while I was pregnant with her. The pictures turned out great, and he was so patient with my sick, cranky baby! I would definitely hire Jon again and highly recommend him.
    Jonathan K. Oct 20, 2015

    No such thing as a sick, cranky baby! You ladies were wonderful and I had fun! Despite the heat and the bugs, standing in that stream under the canopy of rain drenched trees made for a wonderful morning and just a picture perfect backdrop. I'd do it all again in a heartbeat! Thank you, Bonnie!

  • Monique G. Sep 11, 2015
    Portrait Photography
    Verified Review
    Jon was great! He showed up on time and ready to work! I was particularly impressed with how well he handled photographing my 6-year-old nephew. My nephew is at that stage where he has that strange smile that kids do. Jon was able to get really great and natural photos of him. I am extremely happy with the photos we received, and I am grateful for the memories made in Hawaii. The photos will be treasured for years to come! I would definitely recommend him!
    Jonathan K. Sep 11, 2015

    A fun family portrait session at a beach house! Even though the location was just perfect, Monique and her family were down-to-earth and just genuinely nice people... and that's what really made it so enjoyable. The posed family shots with the ocean and Mokoli`i island, the candid walking shots on the shore, and the sand writing photos were all so fun to do! The conversation, though, now that was my favorite. Turning clients into friends is one of the joys of my work and I have Monique to thank for that. Aloha Monique! Thank you, again!

  • Steve C. Sep 4, 2015
    Video Production
    Verified Review
    Jon is a consummate professional and extremely accommodating. The quality of the video we received from him was very good, and I wouldn't hesitate hiring him again.
    Jonathan K. Sep 11, 2015

    Another fun video and Steve gave me a chance to experience something I probably never would have had the opportunity to see! Thanks, Steve. I hope to get more maritime and ocean related videos (and maybe photos) for you in the future!

  • Dawn E. Aug 25, 2015
    Portrait Photography
    Verified Review
    Jon took photos of our family of 6 as part of our 25th wedding anniversary celebration in Hawaii. He spent almost 2 hours with us at Ko Olina taking many different types of photos - staged and candids using the beautiful sunset as our backdrop. He provided us with a portfolio of over 150 photos mostly color but some black and white as well. They were all wonderful and many made us laugh. He caught many of the small moments from that night. He was extremely easy to work with. Everything that was stated upfront was true - there were no surprises. I would highly recommend Jon! Well done.
    Jonathan K. Aug 25, 2015

    Dawn and her family were easy-going, fun, and just wonderful people! I'm so glad to have met them! I asked Dawn not to wait another 25 years to come back! Thank you! Jon

  • Rainbow U. Aug 5, 2015
    Commercial Photography
    Verified Review
    Jonathan was a breeze to work with! He knows Oahu well and provided for us our photography needs with ease and aplomb. We would definitely work with him again.
    Jonathan K. Aug 5, 2015

    Commercial photography work can be tough, but with a name like Rainbow and a bright attitude and demeanor to match, Rainbow was just wonderful. Mahalo, Anuenue (Rainbow)!

  • Lea P. Jul 23, 2015
    Photo Booth Rental
    Verified Review
    We are very satisfied with overall services provided by Jon and his crew. We hosted graduation party at Hotel in Waikiki; everyone enjoyed photo station and loved photo props. I was having very difficult time trying to get quotes and information about photo booth with other companies. I’m very glad that we came across Jon’s company because he was professional, prompt and friendly. It really added more excitement and fun to our party. I’ll definitely use his service again in the future and recommend to family and friends.
    Jonathan K. Aug 5, 2015

    It was definitely our pleasure! Thank you, Lea!

  • Gloria S. Jun 15, 2015
    Photo Booth Rental
    Verified Review
    Jonathan was courteous, accommodating and professional. His price was reasonable and the product was as promised. Jonathan worked hard to provide us with what we requested and I'd recommend him to anyone. G. Simon
    Jonathan K. Jun 15, 2015

    This was a great big outdoor party and I'm always thankful to be able to work in such a fun atmosphere! As always, the photo booth provided a lot of laughs and good memories for the party-goers and Gloria helped make it all happen! Mahalo, Gloria!

  • Kelly S. Jun 8, 2015
    Event Videography
    Verified Review
    GREAT to work with, would highly recommend to anyone looking for a sports video. We really liked the final product. I feel like his video quality is so much better than a lot of the sports videos we have watched.
    Jonathan K. Jun 8, 2015

    Hanging out at the softball field with a couple of HD and 4K cameras and an awesome softball player (go Jordan!) is not a bad day at all! I have to thank Kelly for this, and working with her was a great pleasure. Mahalo Kelly and Jordan!

  • Kasi P. May 29, 2015
    Portrait Photography
    Verified Review
    Jonathan was very nice and very patient and he came back another day and took some of my daughters family because her son wouldn't cooperate the first time, so I thought that was outstanding!
    Jonathan K. May 29, 2015

    Kasi and her family were fun, relaxed and just a joy! Going back again for the little guy was my pleasure. I just wanted to make sure they left Hawaii knowing that they'd have the photos they wanted. After all, it isn't every day that you get your photos taken at some of the best lagoons on Oahu! Thank you, Kasi!

  • Michele A. May 28, 2015
    Event Photography
    Verified Review
    Jon is absolutely FANTASTIC! He photographed a week long international company event for us. Our attendees traveled from all over the globe to Hawaii and we tasked him to capture various images including business, social events and island activities. Jon’s skills are excellent and were appropriate for each of our events. He beautifully captured the expressions, emotions and engagement of our attendees. His photography portrayed the story lines of each event during the week. Jon is well rounded and his attention to detail is impeccable. He is very versatile in the types of images he captured, including individuals, groups and surrounding environment all done beautifully in candid detail. He was extremely informative, in addition to photography services, he also made wonderful recommendations, for entertainment, advised us on traffic for our afternoon of activities and was responsive to calls/emails/texts. He was very timely and professional, working from early morning until after our late night events. His courteous, respectful, and passionate demeanor made it a pleasure to work with him. More importantly, he understands the importance of not disrupting an event with his photographs. He blended in and was part of our global team. We would recommend him time and time again!
    Jonathan K. May 28, 2015

    Long hours and lots of work... and I wouldn't have it any other way. Michele and her colleagues were just remarkable. They treated me as a member of their group, and truly helped me succeed. Their kindness and professionalism is unrivaled, and should serve as an example of how people work together in order to get things done. To put it simply, I honestly gained friendships here. Beyond working with such awesome people again, I truly hope to see them on their next personal visit to Hawaii. Aloha and Mahalo, Michele!

  • Kathleen D. Apr 22, 2015
    Headshot Photography
    Verified Review
    I needed a professional head shot and used thumbtack for the first time to find a photographer. Jonathan was outstanding in every way. His bid was reasonable, he agreed to come to the North Shore where I live, and arrived on time. The photo shot was a pleasure! He is a remarkable person and a skilled photographer. I'll certainly use him for all future events and was grateful to have found him.
    Jonathan K. May 28, 2015

    Kathleen is a presence. Her kindness matches her professional success, and I was honored to take her portraits. Truly a wonderful meeting, and I hope to see her in my hometown again. Mahalo, Kathleen!

  • Jessie L. Mar 3, 2015
    Wedding Photography
    Verified Review
    Jon photographed our wedding at Waimea Valley and was absolutely fabulous! He came to our house early to take pre-wedding photos. He brought a second photographer to the ceremony and reception to be able to get multiple angles of all of the important stuff. For the portrait portions Jon had a great balance of suggesting photos for us to take and letting us decide what we wanted. After about three weeks we got a link to the full batch of edited photos. They are completely amazing! Jon edited many more than we originally agreed on, we were blown away by the quality of his work. The unedited photos were really great too and we were so happy to be able to go back and relive our wedding day. We highly recommend Jon for wedding or any other photography needs. He is on time and professional and so great to work with.
    Jonathan K. May 28, 2015

    Jessie and Andy put together the perfect North Shore wedding. Two beautiful people that I'm so glad to have met. Moving between the homes and the wedding site was like being on a tour... just exquisite beauty everywhere. All of Jessie and Andy's friends and family treated me like a friend, and it really helped me connect to all of them. I know you have wonderful memories of that day, and thanks to both of you, so do I. Aloha, Jessie and Andy!

  • Cheryl C. Mar 3, 2015
    Commercial Photography
    Verified Review
    I had so much fun doing this shoot!!! Jonathan did a great job!!!
    Jonathan K. May 28, 2015

    Cheryl belongs in front of the lens and I belong behind it! A walk along the beach at sunrise and smiles and laughter to share! Only in Hawaii! Thank you, Cheryl!

  • Paul T. Feb 23, 2015
    Event Videography
    Verified Review
    Although he hasn't done the job yet, so far he has been prompt, professional, very enthusiastic and committed, and he's had many excellent ideas to help make the project as successful and entertaining as possible. He is very polite and articulate.
    Jonathan K. May 28, 2015

    This was absolutely fantastic. A three-day tennis tournament with a top-10 video in the end. Fun to film, fun to edit, and met a lot of wonderful people. Paul is a top-notch guy with a huge heart, and I am glad to have met him under such enjoyable circumstances. Mahalo, Paul!

  • Jennifer D. Feb 12, 2015
    Headshot Photography
    Verified Review
    Jon was great to work with. He was very professional and was accomidating to our schedule. He had the finished product to us very quickly which was GREAT! We will definitely be using him for future photography needs.
  • Bridgett F. Jan 4, 2015
    Portrait Photography
    Verified Review
    Jonathan was a true professional and someone worth your time to work with. Highly recommended.
  • Carrie T. Dec 22, 2014
    Wedding Photography
    Verified Review
    Jon was outstanding, awesome and amazing! Can't say enough great things about the service he provided. We got married on top of the Diamond Head Crater and without hesitation Jon agreed and exceed our expectations in capturing every moment . He went beyond and above to get many creative shots for the amazing memories of our special day and we can't thank him enough.
    Jonathan K. May 28, 2015

    A wedding at the top of Diamond Head! This was fun, fun, fun! Gotta love a couple who dares to do something like this... and yes, in a tux and wedding gown! Chris and Carrie... Thank you!

  • Kristin R. Dec 3, 2014
    Wedding Photography
    Verified Review
    I would give Sky Blue Pictures 10 stars if I could.... Jon was fantastic!!! The pictures he took of our wedding were far beyond our expectations. Absolutely beautiful. Jon was such a pleasure to work with. He was professional and responsive throughout the entire process. AMAZING!!!
    Jonathan K. May 28, 2015

    Kristin and Bob were gracious, relaxed, and just beautiful. I loved following them on the beach and giving them the memories to start their lives together! Aloha Kristin and Bob!

  • Eric N. Nov 19, 2014
    Event Videography
    Verified Review
    JONATHAN KEAO is the most professional videographer that I've encountered. Not only was he punctual for the shoot but he had a very pleasant, laid back, and accommodating attitude. During the 3 hour shoot you really could see that he put in the extra effort to the get best of camera angles and audio even if it meant crouching, bending and contorting his body in the most uncomfortable of positions! The scope of work that we did was a building of a Powered Hangar Glider Wing from scratch that will be flow on Oahu, HI. Every step and angle of the build with live audio instruction was crucial for future reference. Jon provided several camera angles and wireless mics that captured this important and intricate project flawlessly. It seemed that he had State-of-the-Art equipment and video editing software. Very high tech! The finished product was perfect and his editing skills are unmatched. If you need an unforgettable event in your life captured and want to see it come to life again and again, Jon Keao will not let you down! What makes him standout is that he has the touch of Aloha! Mahalo Jon Keao, Eric Nakamoto Pilot & Aerial Photographer
    Jonathan K. May 28, 2015

    Eric is a trendsetter. He leads where others would follow. A true feel good story about someone who makes their own business dreams a reality. I was so happy to have met Eric and hope to work with him a lot more! Aloha, Eric!

  • Rose M. Nov 18, 2014
    Commercial Photography
    Verified Review
    Jon helped me with shooting my product photos for RAFAHIA, a premium 100% organic Moroccan Beauty Oils and skin care line of products. From the very beginning, he was both cordial and professional and so easy to work with. Jon asked me questions before he quoted the cost so he could fully understand what my needs were and the vision that I needed to accomplish for my luxury brand. As I was going over the products with him I realized I needed two additional photos and his additional pricing was very reasonable and I appreciated the fact that he was flexible and responsive to my feedback as we worked on the project together. It was great rapport and he is a very kind person which I truly appreciated. Jon goes the extra mile and doesn't nickel and dime either ----which I feel gave me a sense that he wanted to establish a long term relationship with my company and he was sensitive to the budget constraints we were working under. I highly recommend him to anyone who is looking for an extremely talented professional photographer who has excellent insight and discernment for the needs of a client. On top of that--- just a very high integrity, kind person. The President of my company also reviewed the photos and was very impressed with his work. Jon is truly a "FIVE Diamond" level photographer and I will refer him to any friends or businesses who need the very best! I'm honored and grateful to have worked with him on this very important product photo shoot!
    Jonathan K. May 28, 2015

    Rose's attention to detail is second to none. We collaborated on style, and came up with something to which we were both happy. It was great working with Rose, and I thank her immensely for her patience with highly detailed artistic work. Mahalo, Rose!

  • Julie K. Aug 15, 2014
    Event Videography
    Verified Review
    Jonathan K. May 28, 2015

    A wonderful local sporting event that I had the pleasure of attending! Thank you, Julie!

Q&A

What is your typical process for working with a new customer?
I always start with a clear introduction delivered with genuine aloha. There's no better way to start any relationship... not at all.
What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?
Read, read, read... watch, watch, watch. I love seeing the work of my peers, and learning how they've incorporated their creativity into their work. Most people in my field are very happy to share their "secrets."
How did you get started doing this type of work?
I don't think I decided it... it's just alway been a part of me. :)
What types of customers have you worked with?
It varies so much. I don't think there's anything common about the type of photos or videos I create. Variety is good!
Describe a recent project you are fond of. How long did it take?
A family video album. The joy it created was just amazing. Family and friends in far away places could see just how things were for them on one particularly beautiful Hawaii day.
What advice would you give a customer looking to hire a provider in your area of work?
There's a story on both sides on the camera. Finding the right fit and style can only happen after a great conversation.
What questions should customers think through before talking to professionals about their project?
How creativity really drives the work. The equipment really is just the tool by which we express ourselves. It's really just an amazing profession.