Event Photography - The Complete Guide

by Raashka Mannie | 04 Feb 2022

Go beyond the moment with event photography, designed to capture and preserve the sheer beauty of your function. Be it for the sake of memories and nostalgia, or because you know that good event photography is the cornerstone of a well-represented brand, imagery can speak volumes on your behalf. New Zealand has no shortage of talented photographers, with several of the best specialising in commercial and event photography. From private to corporate, they’re here to blend into the crowd and tell the story of your function frame by frame. Here’s our guide to the most outstanding event photographers across the nation.

Smoke Event Photography

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Unparalleled and unmatched imagery - that’s the very core of  Smoke Event Photography’s work. A committed and adaptable team of creators and editors, these event photographers travel high and low to bring you stunning imagery. From conferences and seminars to gala dinners and cocktail nights, they guarantee that your event photography will be as otherworldly as can be. With an eye for detail and a passion for perfection, Smoke Event Photography has cultivated a reputation for unwavering excellence. Not only do they provide gorgeous event photography, but they specialise in creating videos, too. Their team is collaborative, attentive and flexible, bringing you a level of professionalism that none can rival.


White Door Event Photography

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Boasting over 15 years of experience in the world of event photography, White Door Event Photography was founded by Nigel King, an event photographer with two decades of photography under his belt. With some of his work featured in New Zealand publications such as Fashion Quarterly, Metro, M2 and Trends, it’s no wonder that his expertise has been in such high demand for events across the country. White Door Event Photography has cemented itself as the ‘go-to’ event photographer for brands such as AUT, ASB and Mercedes-Benz New Zealand, bringing you elegant, streamlined imagery that reflects the tone of your event and embraces the moment.


Woolf Photography

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Woolf Photography is a Wellington-based event photographer that has covered everything from office events and conferences to gala dinners and exhibitions. A family-run and -owned business, they have been around for 60 years. Their specialities run far and wide, including event photography, portraits, graduation, weddings, fine art, tuition, workshops, corporate, vouches, framing and even restoration. With so many talents up their sleeves, it’s no mystery as to why Woolf Photography is Wellington’s most trusted event photographer. Their team has won a host of awards and was invited to prestigious events, such as the Commonwealth Heads of Government Conference in Auckland and State Visit of Nelson Mandela to New Zealand.


Neil Mackenzie

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Natural, easygoing and experienced, Neil Mackenzie is a Wellington events photographer that photographs events, conferences, awards, balls, PR, media, food, corporate, 360 virtual tours and products. In his words, there’s no job too big or too small. He’s been in the business since 1991, having worked with brands such as Woman’s Weekly, Lime & Soda, TVNZ, Pride in Print Awards, Wellington City Council and more. With his extensive and diverse background, he’s grown to be one of the city’s most reliable event photographers, delivering event imagery full of personality. Neil Mackenzie also supplies photo booths for your function, adding a dash of fun for your guests to take home with them as keepsakes.


Cactus Photography

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Breathtaking event photography is about ideas and emotions through the lens for Cactus Photography. Auckland-based and award-winning, these event photographers specialise in corporate event photos, editorial, commercial photos, corporate group and team photos, headshots, school ball photography and graduations. Both NZIPP Qualified and NZIPP Accredited, they are available in Auckland and throughout the country, travelling to whether your event might take them. They have worked with brands such as Fisher & Paykel, The Warehouse Group, Auckland City Council, Tag Heuer, Nestlé, Canon, Master Builders, Deloitte and more.


Freestyle Event Photography

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Freestyle Event Photography is Auckland event photography at its finest, with a dynamic team specialising in corporate event photography and portrait photography. With years of experience in photography for social media, PR and marketing, their team knows the angles and the shots that will highlight your brand at its best. They believe that your event is about the guests, not the equipment or the posing. It’s about candidly capturing real people, making your function shine through clarity and expression. Freestyle Event Photography loves to form connections with their clients for a personable experience, which is precisely why they’re so popular. On top of event photography, they provide photo walls for that extra step in marketing, making your event stand out all the more.


Siaosi Photography

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For commercial, editorial and event photography, Siaosi Photography is the answer. Big on social impact, this event photographer loves to create and collaborate with clients, preserving the vibrancy and emotions of events in their imagery. Siaosi Photography works with plenty of NGOs, non-profit organisations and small businesses, helping to give them a boost into professional commercial and event photography that sets them apart and shares their stories. The owner behind Siaosi Photography, Jenny Siaosi, has been photographing people (professionally) for around 15 years and is an accredited Master Photographer with the NZIPP.  


Digital Ninja Photography & Design

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A Wellington-based company created by Shannon Doyle and Mel Keith, Digital Ninja Photography & Design brings you professional event photography. Mel is the studio manager, while Shannon is the creative director and shoots the majority of their projects. Their journey began a decade ago when they started as designers and filmmakers. This quickly grew into photographing events such as conferences, conventions, product launches, trade shows, exhibitions and more - any function you host, Digital Ninja Photography & Design can be the dedicated event photographer for. With their added talent, they’re also happy to help you out in the areas of design, bringing elegance and personality to your graphics.


Vision Photography

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If you have a vision, Vision Photography can capture it. Event photography located in Wellington, they specialise in framing the nature of your function just right, prioritising your brand and image to maximise results. It’s all about being understated with Vision Photography, capturing your event as honestly as possible while remaining unobtrusive in the heart of your function. Quality imagery is the icing of every event, which is what they seek to provide through their tried and trusted methods of event photography. On top of event photography, they also supply video work, studio images and landscape photography. 


Jo Moore Photographer

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Boasting more than 15 years of experience in the business, Jo Moore Photographer knows photography’s ins and outs, from weddings and portraits to pets and events. Diverse, personable and stylistic, she is a jack of all trades that lends her talents to event photography in Wellington and beyond. On top of delivering amazing event photography to her clients, she dedicates a lot of her free time to animal welfare, working with closely with SPCA New Zealand (especially Wellington Centre) and HUHA (Helping You Help Animals). As a result of her commitment, Jo Moore Photographer has photographed the awe-inspiring HUHA response to the Nelson Fires in 2019, as well as significant historical events such as the royal visit by the Duchess of Cornwall to Wellington SPCA in 2015.

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