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Auckland boy in Napier, Hawke's Bay // Photographer // Dad // Caffeineaholic // Beardy // Fake Ray Bans wearer
I am Michael, a Hawke’s Bay Photograher that travels all over New Zealand photographing wonderful events. I love people, portrait and wedding photography. I am also interested in music, design, web design, film, art and family. I also love cafe cappucinos, maybe a bit too much. I have had a lifelong fascination with art and creativity, from singing along to songs in the back seat of my parents car as a child, to when I created a New Zealand music fanzine with a photocopier, printer and scissors in the 90s, 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.
My photographic style could be described as modern with an analogue, intimate, warm, film feel. I also incorporate some reportage/documentary style of photography in my images to give the images an authenticity and ‘realness’. I tend to shy away from “posed” shots, but will more tend to try and “see” and wait for those special moments to happen and capture them. I will also tend to try and capture genuine interaction between people, rather than have people focus on the camera and lens. This helps even people who aren’t normally comfortable in front of a camera relax, and the photographs look unposed and natural as a result. I believe that wedding photography should tell the story of your day, so all of my wedding options offer full day coverage of around 10-15 hours of coverage. I mainly photograph weddings, events and portraits, but really I love photography in general.
I officially became a Hawke’s Bay Photographer in December 2014, after relocating from Auckland. I’m now lucky enough to be a photographer as my profession.
I am married to Jenny, a freelance journalist and writer, and we have a son named Otis and a daughter Evie who are probably among the most photographed little children alive. I have an office in Auckland but am based in Napier, Hawke’s Bay and work between the two centres, and around the North Island. Feel free to drop me a line!