T: 021 182 9257 // A: 73 McDonald Street, Napier South, Napier // E: [email protected] // I’d love to hear from you!
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I’m Michael, a Hawke’s Bay Photographer. My work takes me all over New Zealand and I love seeing and photographing people and places. I love wedding photography and that’s mainly what I do. When I’m not working I’m all about family, music, film, art, tech and design.
From when I was a little boy singing along to songs in the back seat of my parents car, to when I created a music fanzine with a photocopier, printer and scissors, to being a DJ on public radio late at night, to playing and writing music in rock’n’roll bands, to my semi-encyclopaedic knowledge of film, to my photography – art is what I have always come back to.
My photography style could be described as modern with an analogue, intimate, warm, film feel. I also incorporate some documentary style photography in my images to give the images an authenticity and ‘realness’. I’ve been told that one of the hallmarks of my photography is that it is indentifiable as mine, and is unique. I will more tend to try and “see” and wait for those special moments to happen and capture them, rather than manufacture them. I tend to try and capture genuine interaction between people, rather than have people focus on me, the camera and lens and try to foster an environment of trust, ease and spontaneity. I’ve found this helps even people who aren’t normally comfortable in front of a camera relax, and believe me I know what it’s like to be awkward in front of a camera. I believe that wedding photography should tell a story of your day, but I don’t need to tell it for you – most of the time I am just present, watching, observant and present and I tell the story that happens before me with as much beauty as I can for each image. At other times we create the story together, I might tell you to stand in different spots or talk about you holding hands or eye contact but really I’m trying to create an environment where I capture your own unique energy and connection with eachother.
I’m a full time Wedding Photographer and have been since December 2014, after relocating with my family from Auckland to Napier, Hawke’s Bay. I usually book 25-35 weddings a season, and at this point don’t really know how many weddings I’ve shot.