The Best Queenstown Wedding Photographers
— By Gabrielle Maloy
11 September 2020
It's a pretty widespread opinion that photography is the most essential part of a wedding day. That is, second to your newly-wedded partner.
Photography isn't just a snap in time; it's the capturing of the love experienced together by family, friends, and all those between. It is your day made immortal, for the decades and generations to come. Because of this, choosing your Queenstown wedding photographer can be a major decision leading up to the big day.
There's a lot to think about when choosing your photographer, starting with their style. Begin to add in your vision, venue, the time of year, and what all this means for your photos, and it becomes easy to feel like a deer in headlights. Plus, there's no doubting that Queenstown's beautiful landscapes are a big part of your vision for your photography, so, no pressure.
Fortunately, the deep South offers some incredible photographers to choose from to complement your Queenstown wedding. Read through our comprehensive guide to help steer your decision in the right direction.
Image by Dan Childs
Dan Childs of 222 Photographic Studios brings over 15 years of professional photography experience to the table. This has meant that Dan has photographed Queenstown weddings and corporate events in pretty much every venue the area has to offer. This bodes well for your wedding photography, as he has mastered the different lighting and spatial challenges of venues. Not to mention, he knows all those one-of-a-kind locations. In Dan's words, "there aren't many places around here that he hasn't helicoptered or hiked".
Known for being easy-going, it takes a lot to ruffle Dan's feathers. Dan can connect with couples, bringing out natural moments of love and laughter - his photographs prove it. These very moments make for the standout images that will burn into your memories. Simply put, Dan is passionate about photographing the day's handmade memories and experiences.
Image by Andy Brown
Photographing weddings since 2008, Andy Brown loves what he does. His enthusiasm for wedding photography translates into a unique mix of fine art and landscape-driven images, with real story-driven moments. Andy is all about authentic and beautiful documentation, perfect for your Queenstown wedding photographs. He captures newlyweds and their love while still incorporating his moody style. Combine this with the support of a small team behind him, and you're blessed with a bountiful album of wedding photographs.
Andy ensures to seamlessly join in with your day to create images with soul and purpose. He believes it helps you relive your wedding day for years to come. A dedication to capturing the feeling of your day is what creates his stunning photography. The atmosphere, the energy, the connection - they're all able to be beautifully harnessed by Andy.
Pollard We Are
Image by Pollard We Are
Pollard We Are is a wedding photographer based in Queenstown. With over 8 years of experience in the industry, 279 weddings captured (both large and small), 12 countries they’ve travelled to for romantics and 23 international awards for their wedding photography, you can guess that they know what they’re doing. Pollard We Are is a wedding photography duo, a fun-loving husband and wife that bring passion, energy and authenticity to their work.
Using their cumulative knowledge of light, weather and landscapes, they bring you wedding photography that is as stunning as it is genuine. They know that wedding photography can be the most selective and vital part of the process, which is why they endeavour to bring you only the best with their straightforward and creative attitudes, creating unique experiences for their couples.
James Hirata Wedding Photo + Video
Image by James Hirata Wedding Photo + Video
James Hirata Wedding Photo + Video brings incredible wedding photography and videography to Queenstown and beyond. Featuring elopement packages, wedding photography packages, videography packages and pre-wedding shoots, you can be sure that he covers it all. He’s been in the business since 2013.
In that short time, he’s already grown to be an award-winning wedding photographer, named as one of the Best In The World by Lookslikefilm in 2019 and One Of The Top Wedding Photographers In Australia And New Zealand Combined by SLR Lounge in 2020. James Hirata Wedding Photo + Video has been featured in multiple publications in Japan and is a growing name in Queenstown wedding photography, delivering dynamic, organic work that will touch your heart. Inventive, authentic and artistic are just some of his mainstays, leaving you with imagery that you’ll treasure forever.
Image by Emily Adamson
A Queenstown and Wanaka wedding photographer with a passion for genuine laughter, tiny details and old film portraits, Emily Adamson is as effervescent as they come. She’s a wedding photographer that loves both elopements and traditional weddings - anywhere there’s a good time that’s full of love, pretty much. Believing that the best things about wedding days are the unscripted, organic moments, Emily Adamson wants your photography to be an experience that you savour, with real feelings of uninhibited joy and romance.
Award-winning with good reason, this Queenstown wedding photographer centres her work on human connection and honest emotions. Over the years, she has won the NZIPP (New Zealand Institute of Professional Photography) Silver and Bronze awards 2012, AIPP (Australian Institute of Professional Photography) Silver with distinction and Silver Awards 2000, Gold Award NZIPP Wedding in Camera Artistry 2019 and more.
Image by Up&Up
Up&Up Photography & Film live and breathe the extraordinary when it comes to capturing your Queenstown wedding day. Chris, Up&Up's founder, blends his love for both photography and technology to offer premium drone photography and videography. Although based in Auckland, Up&Up are more than happy to travel and piece together a package tailored to your Queenstown wedding photography needs. Whether you want drone photography and videography to complement your primary photographer, or to follow your day from beginning to end, you're in good hands.
With a creative and detailed eye, Up&Up manages to capture from where others can't. Shooting from the ground and air with extensive photographic equipment, they're able to capture shots worthy of hanging in the homes of many. They're always keen to hear about ambitious ideas, so if you've got sky-high visions for capturing your wedding day, get in touch.
Image by Charlotte Christian
Charlotte has almost a decade of experience in weddings and photography in New Zealand. With a documentary photography style, this makes for a relaxed atmosphere. Moments are captured with a candid feel. If you're feeling apprehensive about being in front of the camera for hours on end, this feeling will quickly fade with Charlotte. Her main aim is to have you feeling as comfortable as possible, to capture photos that are 'truly you'.
Beyond her unwavering desire to make sure you're comfortable, Charlotte has a thoughtful and meticulous approach to her photography - an approach perfect for documenting your perfect Queenstown wedding. She has a love for good light and landscape, two of her essentials of a great photograph. Her photographs have an exceptional richness that will help lock in memories for years to come. No matter your wedding size or style, Charlotte Christian Photography offers flexible packages to suit all. Charlotte is Auckland-based and happy to travel wherever you may need her.
Alpine Image Company
Image by Alpine Image Company
Alpine Image Company is a boutique photography studio based in Wanaka. They may be small, but they're mighty. Alpine Image Company has held its position as the most awarded wedding and portrait studio in Wanaka and Queenstown for the last ten years. A talented team of six combine decades of experience across many photography and wedding disciplines, so no vision for your Queenstown wedding photography is out of the question.
The team shoots beautiful, contemporary wedding images across the region, and have experience at dozens of venues. Their ethos is all about capturing natural, timeless photographs in stunning Otago landscapes. They're masters of this style. Alpine heavily encourages meeting with couples, proving their dedication to their craft. Hearing your unique love story inspires their work and ensures they tailor their services to capture your day perfectly.
Carla Mitchell Photography
Image by Carla Mitchell Photography
Carla's photographs steal hearts, so much so, her work has featured in magazines from Together Journal to New Zealand Weddings. Carla has a widely praised ability for capturing every single moment with endless passion. Inspired by the backdrop of surrounding landscapes, she creates breathtaking and ethereal photographs to document the Queenstown wedding story of any couple.
Carla sets herself apart from the crowd by striving to be as non-intrusive as possible. She hunts to capture genuinely candid images, born out of the in-between moments of your wedding day. Not only does Carla produce beautiful work, but she also enjoys helping with wedding day timelines, photo locations, and local suggestions. A guided tour of the area along the way is one small part of what makes her shoots so unique. People like Carla are the ones to make sure you have on your wedding team. Get in touch with Carla to discuss a personal photography package suited to you and your Queenstown wedding day.
Image by Holly Wallace
A unique background in journalism means Holly Wallace is all about capturing the beating heart of a moment, and what moment is more precious than your own Queenstown wedding? Seeing herself as more of a "guest with a camera, rather than the official photographer", Holly approaches each wedding with a fresh perspective. The result? Your story is told as a close friend would tell it, and you've got a beautiful set of photographs to show for it.
A true lover of stories, Holly loves getting to know her clients before capturing their big day. With her career scoping many avenues of story-telling, and her camera always at the ready, your Queenstown wedding photographs are set to be captured in a new and dynamic way. Holly offers both photography and filmmaking services, prepared for anything you have in mind.
Image by Williams Photography
Love, adventure, and family. It's what gets Warren and Steph of Williams Photography out of bed in the morning. And with no surprise, it makes for the perfect recipe for stunning Queenstown wedding photography. The photographer behind Williams Photography, Warren has been travelling the world, capturing weddings since 2005. He lives and breathes photography, with a camera always in tow.
Warren and Steph see being a part of and capturing your day as being super special. They're excited by a calendar full of days with unrestricted joy and love. Yes, even after all their experience. Scoping out breathtaking landscapes, staying calm amongst figurative and literal storms, plus putting couples at ease, is just the start of what makes Williams Photography exceptional. The proof is in their photographic pudding.
Charlotte Kiri Photography
Image by Charlotte Kiri Photography
Charlotte Kiri captures fleeting moments which may otherwise go unnoticed, all beneath the mountains of Wanaka and Queenstown. Dedicated to "moment-inspired" photography and highlight films for lovers of adventure, Charlotte's work is a fitting choice for couples with an upcoming Queenstown wedding. Her loving, contagious spirit allows anyone to open up to the lens of the camera on their wedding day.
As seen in many magazines and wedding photography awards, Charlotte is all about capturing fun, epic couples. Her background in journalism and photography, plus her well-trained eye, means she's ready to capture things as they happen. Authentic emotion is her main muse for her day's worth of photographs. Although it may seem like an understatement, Charlotte creates, by eye and hand, genuinely unique photographs. Her editorial, pastel-toned style is a cut above. For those wanting a highlight film of their wedding day, Charlotte's husband Bruno is on hand to document the details and emotions of the day. Charlotte Kiri Photography manages to tick every box you may have for your very own Queenstown wedding photographer.
Image by Larsson Weddings
Fredrik of Larsson Weddings is a no-nonsense wedding photographer dedicated to the task of capturing your Queenstown wedding day. He strives for perfection in every shot and believes in combining candid moments and creative shots. Named #2 in the World's Top 10 Wedding Photographers by One Eye Land, and having shot over 1000 weddings, you are in safe hands. He creates classic and timeless images that will stand the test of time, both on walls and in hearts.
From the small natural moments as they happen to the signature sweeping landscape shots, Fredrik captures it all. Couple this with his attention to detail, and his ability to adapt to anything on your wedding day... and you've got yourself an excellent Queenstown wedding photographer in Fredrik.
Image by Mickey Ross
Based in Wanaka, Mickey is passionate about creating photos that capture the day's mood and backdrop in a relaxed style. He takes couples to breathtaking locations, and seeks out unnoticed moments, capturing more than you'd think possible. Mickey brings varied experience and training to his craft, resulting in a unique body of work.
It's not hard to notice his distinct style; Mickey achieves bold composition through his attraction to symmetry and white space. Combine this detail with his love of human moments, whether small or spectacular, and you've got a recipe for beautiful Queenstown wedding photographs. Not to mention, Mickey uses clean editing to make your investment even more timeless. He truly leaves no stone unturned. Mickey is available to travel further afield and to cater to you with the perfect package for your needs.