I love to shoot weddings as both a documentarian, a portrait and a fashion photographer. It is about the people, the moments.... and of course the dress. I shoot in a very relaxed style. I believe that having fun is one of the most important aspects of the day. A relaxed bride is a happy bride and happiness makes for great images! I shoot in both a contemporary and traditional style. While producing stylish, stylised photographs... the collection also contains images of enduring quality for generations to come.
Your wedding day is the most glorious and special day of your life. After the lights are out, the guests have gone home and the cake has been eaten..... all that remains are memories and photographs.
I am a fully qualified professional photographer graduating from the 4 year Bachelor of Design at Massey University along with a 3 year Bachelor of Business. I am a qualified member of the New Zealand Institute of professional Photography. In 2013 I was awarded the title of 'Grand Master of the NZIPP'. An accomplishment I'm very proud to share with only 11 other photographers in New Zealand. I was awarded in 2011, 2014 and 2017 the title of New Zealand Professional Photographer of the Year and have also been a finalist for the last 7 years.
I encourage you to make this the area you do not take short cuts. Be sure to hire a qualified professional. Hawke's Bay has a handful of photographers who have passed the tough review and inspection process provided by the New Zealand Institute of Professional Photographers. Make sure you book one. The industry is now wide open to anyone to claim the title of photographer. The NZIPP has been set up to keep both the industry and consumers safe. We follow strict professional guide lines and codes of ethics. Meanwhile our work goes under the spotlight of examiners. Around 50% of potential professional photographers fail to produce up to standard work and remain unqualified within the NZIPP.
A list of NZIPP qualified photographers can be found at www.nzipp.org.nz.
"I cannot convey how thankful I am to have chosen Richard as photographer for our wedding. His easy-going, amenable nature was a blessing on our big day and the amazing collection of memories he collated for us is more than I ever could have wished for. My satisfaction led me to request a very daring Trash the Dress shoot- he made me feel so comfortable, his enthusiasm and accommodating professionalism made it an experience I will never forget- the photographs bought tears to my eyes and further illustrate Richards incredible talent as a photographer." HS.