Auckland Wedding Photographers - the Complete Guide
— By Raashka Mannie
29 July 2019
Without a doubt, the most precious keepsake from any wedding (besides your partner, of course) is the photography.
Photography immortalises the love of the day, as there are few mementoes more permanent, detail-rich and valuable as images of you and your loved ones on your wedding day. For this reason, choosing a wedding photographer can be one of the most crucial decisions you make.
There is a ton to unpack when deciding on a wedding photographer: think about their style, about yours, and the venue you’ve selected. Meeting your photographer to chat with them is absolutely essential, even if it’s just over Facetime, and remember to have a prepared list of questions to discuss with them. Fortunately for us all, some of the best photographers in the world are right here in Auckland, award-winning and globetrotting. We took the time to speak to each and every one of them, gathering up necessary quotes on styling and price guidelines to compile a handy list for you to peruse through as you make those all-important wedding photographer decisions.
Image by Zahn
"Weddings are supposed to be a celebration – an event to honour something wonderful. The photographs I’m most proud of are honest, authentic and raw. Not perfect, but perfectly communicating the complexities and intricacies of personalities and relationships. Couples that ask me to shoot their wedding value photos that capture the real deal, flaws and all. I prefer to shoot the full celebration, whatever that means for your wedding. Coverage typically costs around $5,000."
Perspectives Photo + Cinema
"We’re wedding addicts. We love the pressure of knowing we have to get it right every time, and the creative buzz of telling every story in a unique way. We want your day to reflect exactly who you are – through photos and video that will go beyond the ordinary. This isn’t a wedding factory, which is why we approach every wedding with 100% enthusiasm, knowing this day is one of the most important days of your lives and we are completely there with you. We will be your location scouters, cheerleaders, buttonhole pinners, people wranglers, and your staunchest advocates to make sure you have the best day ever. Packages begin at $3,990 onwards."
Hollow & Co. - Photo & Video
"Storytelling is at the heart of Hollow & Co. We are a collection of photographers with a keen eye for the authentic. Led by Tom Hollow, a fine art photographer and filmmaker, our goal is to capture your wedding day in the most honest shades possible, showing genuine emotions and human connections. We chase the simplest of moments – cups of coffee before the walk down the aisle and little laughs as the bridal party pins up their hair – to shine through in all our work. We’re a worldwide collective that travels not just all over New Zealand, but the globe. Our services begin from $5,000 onwards."
Art of Moment
"I have a passion for capturing emotions and weddings award me just that, which is why I run Art of Moment. My photography is based on exploring through the lens of my camera, challenging what I know and discovering new horizons. My style is largely candid, but with teaspoons of guidance here and there for good measure. Art of Moment’s goal is to relax couples on their wedding day, because that’s when I can find true emotion to capture. Detail-oriented work is my forte, as it adds to the story of a wedding day and gives everything all the more feeling. My services begin anywhere from $1,000 onwards."
Perry Trotter Photography
"Since 2003, I have endeavoured to create timeless wedding imagery. I have always loved timeless, classic images – and that’s what I strive to deliver to my clients. Capturing those precious interactions throughout the day while remaining unobtrusive as possible is an important value for me. Though I have photographed hundreds of weddings, I have never lost the special sense that I am being invited to share a couple’s most important day – and entrusted with the awesome task of capturing the moments they will cherish. My packages begin at $3,200 onwards."
Fay Carey Photography
"My style is joyful, relaxed and candid, capturing the day how it really looked and, most of all, how it really felt. My approach is super hands-off, allowing you to be you and documenting the emotions of the people you hold close to your heart. The day will fly, so breathe it all in. If this was the last moment you had with this person, would you both just stand there and look at the camera, or would you reach out and hold them as tight as you can instead? My engagement packages begin at a cosy $400, whereas wedding packages begin at $2,800 onwards."
Kenny Chick Photography
"From wandering around doing landscapes, astrophotography, street photography and portraits, I’ve been able to combine facets of what I learnt in those fields and apply it to wedding photography whilst maintaining a mindset of capturing authentic moments throughout the day. I have a vision of creating a story, a vision full of emotions, and a vision of capturing their own personalities. Seeing through the viewfinder is my canvas, the camera is my creative hand, and the lenses are my paint brushes, I don’t consider myself as a photographer but an artist. My packages are affordable and customisable, ranging from $1,400 onwards."
Kate Little Photography
"I love all things that make us starry-eyed: soulful connections and wild love stories. My style has been described as dreamy, unique and intuitive. Stolen giggles and free-spirited moments without forced posing. Weddings truly are a crazy, emotional celebration of life and I love to be apart of them. What's most important to me is to connect and create authentic images that are a reflection of all you've dreamt of. Thats what its all about: love, family and friends. My mission is to be your one-of-a-kind storyteller whilst you have the party of a lifetime. I have 4 packages, starting at $2,900 onwards."
Ralph Bella Photography
"We cater to couples who dare to shy away from the traditional ways of being photographed. Our work depicts mood, intimacy and emotion, alongside capturing the honest moments that happen naturally as your wedding day progresses. We have a fine art style, which means we prefer to be spontaneous and free-flowing in our work. Our style is laidback, with our signature edging of a unique and unorthodox approach to wedding photography that is sure to make your day stand out. Our packages begin at $2,200 onwards, with a duo of photographers being the standard for our style."
Ivana & Milan Photography
"We’re partners in photography and partners in life. As the romantics we are, photography has always been a passion for us. It’s a dream come true to be able to capture all wedding days we do. We travel all over the world for our work, with our main influences being our own sense of endless dreaming and artistic souls. We’re inspired by the love we see, and consider it a great advantage that we work as a couple to celebrate the love of so many other couples. With 3 packages to choose from, our pricing starts at $2,500."
Grey Area Productions
"My aim is to make you and your day look effortless. Lighthearted, elegant, natural, modern. I like to work as simply as possible with a hands-off approach to allow the rawness of the day to surface. It’s true that being 'natural' can actually be one of the hardest things to do on the day, so I lead and instruct when necessary so it's not just all up to you. I offer three packages for wedding photography so there is an option that suits most days, with pricing starting at $3,000 onwards."
Adam Popovic Photography
"It goes without saying that we aim to produce beautiful images. However, above everything, your wedding photos should tell a story of memories that capture the essence of you as a couple. You should look back at your photos and think ‘that is so us.’ Simply natural, candid and high quality photography is our main aim. The magic of your day is in the connection between each other and with your loved ones. We won't miss a moment of realness. Our pricing starts at $2,700, with 3 set packages and the option to tailor to your wedding day needs."
Trilby and Lace
"When taking photographs, I feel alive. There’s so much excitement and expectation at the prospect of taking wedding photos each and every time. Weddings give me endless opportunities for creating image; they are a tapestry of emotion, beauty, love, fun and connection all woven together in a single day. I capture my weddings with my film and digital cameras for extra special images. My full-day package is around $5,000, with both digital and traditional roll film options, but I do offer digital-only and half-day packages for your wedding day."
"As the photographer behind Fluro Grey, I’m all about capturing real people in the places they love, wherever that may be. There’s nothing more important to me than my friends, family and creating something meaningful for others. I love shooting weddings, documenting the perfectly imperfect. The moments you’re there for and the ones you miss. The big moments and the little ones. You're about to embark on your biggest adventure and I would be stoked to be there to capture your love story. My packages begin at $3,500 onwards."
"My goal is to tell your story honestly and document your day as naturally as possible. When you’re looking back at your wedding photos, I want to transport you back to the exact moment. To me, wedding photography is not simply about capturing the day as naturally as I can, but about creating beautiful images that tell your story in the best and most honest way. It’s a fine art. I love working with natural light and the atmosphere of each wedding to bring out the best in everyone, with bright smiles and joyful tears. My pricing starts from $2,500 onwards."
As Sweet As Images
"Your wedding day will be a celebration! It’s going to be fun, full of laughs and love. It’s the day you say, “Heck yes!” to the person that you want to live your life with. My intention is to not only give you beautiful photos, but to help you have the relaxed, happy, and fun experience that you dream of. I look to create moments that you're proud to share, photos that take you right back to your wedding day so that when you look at them, you feel all of the same emotions you felt on the day! That’s what wedding photography is about: remembering the day and how it felt. All my packages are bespoke, tailored to your needs, so please get in touch for pricing."
Alex de Freitas
"I’m not your typical wedding photographer. In fact, your friends and family probably won't even realise I am the photographer! I’ll blend into the celebrations and get to know everyone. A veteran of 10 years photographing weddings in NZ and across the globe, I’ll party with you till the end and, most importantly, focus on capturing the raw and unexpected moments throughout the day. My passion and strength is not making a big fuss, or worrying about timelines or schedules. You'll all feel comfortable, relaxed and at ease and we can capture the real, honest and candid moments throughout your wedding day. I don’t offer packages, time restrictions or limit the number of images I deliver, with pricing starting at $4,999 onwards."
"We love many different styles of photography, and bring a wide range of ideas to our weddings. We love to take our time on artistic detail shots, capture candid emotional expressions, and carefully posed formal portraits. We are always looking to try something new, and to have fun and experiment, rather than always doing the same things, and we love hearing your ideas to work into the day, too. Our standard package is $2,900 for 2 photographers, without a time limit, as we value the safety and greater range possible with 2 photographers – and always prefer to take our time to make sure everything is done to the best of our abilities."
Jodie C Photography
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"I'm a romantic, a connoisseur of all things chill and relaxed, a lover of vast fields of golden windswept grass. I'm not the kind of photographer that will shoot stuffy images of you holding your head stiff and saying cheese to the camera – I want you to enjoy your experience and have fun, and I'll help you do that. My style of shooting is relaxed and fun, I like to have a few laughs with my couples and to make the photography process a fun experience rather than a nerve wracking one! Then I tend to send your wedding party away so I can get some more cozy romantic photos of just the 2 of you. My packages start at $3,000."