2015 & 2016 Auckland Photographer of the Year

Why

The Photographer

“The real work of making photographs is not exposing and focusing your image well. That stuff is the price of admission. It is assumed. That’s just learning to use a camera and it’s not mastery, just a necessary first step. High school photography students nail that in one semester.

The real work, the labour of years, is in learning to tell a story, learning to cram a heart-full of emotion or a brain full ideas into our impossibly limited little frames. It’s in learning not to focus a lens but to focus attention. Learning to expose our souls, not just a negative. Learning composition, and how to play with balance, tension, line, shape, colour, selection of moment and gesture.

Add to that the ability to create a body of work, to make a great print, to wrestle with your creative process daily, and having the humility and determination to do it over and over again. It is learning to speak with a very specific kind of language to the people that read our images, and say things that matter.

It is connecting and engaging and worrying more about inspiring than being inspired. It is in understanding emotional range more than dynamic range. It is being open and receptive and patient. It’s not about the camera or the settings; it’s about the photographer.” – David duChemin

Why Photography?

In one word: passion. In three words: passion, love, excitement. The bigger picture is made of three components: me, you and humanity. I wish to leave a legacy behind me and the best way is to move touch and inspire you with capturing immortal moments that will stay with you and your family for ever. I’d like to make a difference in people’s life, for you and for generations to come. I put my heart and soul into your photographs to create art that is well worth cherishing.

Why Portraits?

Creating portraits gives me great opportunity to connect with people. I enjoy getting to know people and to capture these precious memories. I love connecting to people. Creating stunning photos enables me not only to genuinely connect with you in a very special way but also to understand what’s really important to you. All my actions are aimed at providing outstanding service and a fresh ‘Wow’ reaction. My set of values and beliefs enable me to establish authentic trust and create good rapport. I am very passionate about photography and it becomes quite obvious in the way I create portraits: I get everyone excited during the photo shoot and it clearly shows in your body language. I also get a tremendous fulfillment from the impact which my photographs crate; often evoking deep emotions. It’s my great honour and privilege to be able to share this experience with you and I am really grateful for that.

I believe that we can change the world we live in and make it a better place. My humble contribution is in creating unique portraits that will be proudly displayed on your walls for years to come. A beautiful portrait becomes a precious memory that connects us to who we are and reminds us of the most important people in our lives: our loved ones. A prominent family portrait is proven to lift the positive energy in our homes. It enhances family values by reminding us the good times thus giving us strength and courage to overcome challenging periods in our lives. Your portraits are very special and become part of your family legacy: your heirloom. These wall displays are a gift that keeps giving and I truly appreciate the opportunity to share this experience, capturing very special moments. My goal is to work with people who have similar belief system, people who share my passion for beautiful photographs and the value it brings to our lives.

Creating photos also enables me to combine creativity with technique, art and science. I feel energized when entering my images into competitions and thrilled when being awarded for my work. Operating Wow Photography exposed me to the complex aspects of running a business and expanded my world. Having a B.Sc and MBA degrees I previously contributed to large corporations as an employee. However, my photography career gives me tremendous opportunity not only to be creative, but also to be directly impacting many families, bringing overwhelming joy to many homes. It drives me every day to be my best and gives me the energy to continue pursuing my passion.  Time virtually stops when I am in the flow of taking pictures, when I am in the zone. I keep learning and developing so enjoy innovating and stretching my boundaries beyond my comfort zone.  I also make mistakes and recognize that these failures are important lessons for my growth. I am so excited and fortunate to have a meaningful purpose, inspiring people whom I get to photograph and getting inspired by people around me – standing on the shoulders of giants.

Why choose me?

  • I am proud to offer a unique 100% money back guarantee.
  • Your photo session is very personal. I tailor the photo shoot to best suit your specific needs, portraying your true character and personality.
  • International award-winning photographer
  • NZIPP accredited and qualified portrait photographer.
  • My commitment is to capture your very precious moments while guiding you through your portrait session, making sure that you feel perfectly at ease and relaxed in front of the camera. Portrait photography is all about people: our emotions, who we are and the people who are most important to us. I take this responsibility seriously, creating a unique and amazing experience for everyone while having lots of fun.
  • I pride myself at being a leader in the field of portrait photography, creating fresh and exciting portraits: combining the highest professional standards with an engaging experience, matching my photography style to the occasion: creative editorial, formal/classic portrait, photo journalistic or candid photography.
  • I will manually retouch each and every image to carefully turn your portraits into timeless photographic Art that will bring joy to your home for years to come.
  • You have the choice of matt or glossy prints, artistic desaturated or monochrome: B&W or sepia on Luster photographic paper or on canvas. Choose from a variety of products designed to suit the style of your home and your budget, including art-mount and classic, custom hand-made albums.
  • You may have the opportunity to choose the location for your photo shoot around Auckland and The North Shore with great photography locations to consider:
  • A home study is an exclusive portrait session created in the privacy and comfort of your own home.
  • Wow Photography studio on The North Shore is professionally equipped and child friendly.
  • A favourite park or beach will provide natural and beautiful background where you and your family are most relaxed and looking at your best.

Some great locations include:

  • Castor Bay Beach
  • Kennedy Park
  • Centennial Park
  • North Head
  • Auckland Domain
  • One Tree Hill
  • Cornwall Park