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Our approach to photography at select is that we believe in capturing a feeling. Because all photos capture a moment, but only a great photograph can evoke a feeling in the viewer, so that is always the goal. We create current, modern imagery for a variety of purposes, including event photography, brand photography, portrait photography, and fine art photography. If you have a story you’d like captured, feel free to reach out.

Sunset peak

Te Mata Peak, Hawkes Bay

This is a record of an accidental adventure- we were trying to scope out an astrophotography spot on the eastern side of Te Mata Peak, and from where we parked it looked like an easy 20-minute jaunt; little did we know it would take over 2 hours to walk there and back, over steep hills and as darkness was falling. We got to witness this special moment of light spilling over the ranges as the sun went down though, from an angle many people would never see. It's an image I never wanted to forget, so I took this picture to remember.

Hands up

The Cabana, Napier

Concerts are fleeting moments by design, made to suck you into the experience; with the crowd, flashing lights and blaring music, it's all supposed to be immersive. That's why taking a step back to really observe can be so rewarding- you get to hear the music, watch the crowd and enjoy the moment from a calmer place, and this can help to really appreciate the moment you are in.

Listening man

The Cabana, Napier

This man stood out in the crowd. He was stood right up the front but wasn’t moving with the rest; Instead, he was calmly watching the performance, listening intently. The way the light spilled off the stage, combined with his focus on the performance, created a fantastic moment that when I saw I had to capture.

Layback

Orewa Skatepark, North Auckland

This photo was taken in on the way up to Kerikeri. Davon and I stopped to stretch our legs, and I met this guy who was doing this odd rock-to-fakie; he brought such style to the trick I had to photograph it. He was very gracious and let me take his photo, and I managed to capture the relaxed approach that he brought to the trick.

Looking back

Sixtus lodge, Manawatu

This photo was taken on a vintage lens that I had bought the week before for $20 and really proves to be the fact that it's not about the gear you use to take the shot, but rather the stories you choose to tell with that gear. Despite its obvious drawbacks, those being a lack of autofocus and soft focus when the aperture is opened to max-width, it is still very capable of creating breathtaking images.

Over rippled mountains

Te Paki, Northland

When Davon and I traveled North to his sister's wedding in Kerikeri, I was adamant that we go right up to Cape Reinga since we were already halfway there. Davon grew up in Northland, but I’d never been past Auckland so I felt a strong obligation to see it. I am so glad we did, it was a great trip and we got to explore these huge sand dunes at the North end of 90 Mile Beach. The far north has to be my favorite part of the island- the consistent untouched beauty of its landscape is truly something special.

Light

Napier CBD

This photo is the result of pure curiosity- I was driving through Napier central, and saw a grouping of people. My curiosity led me to turn around and find out what was happening, and I found out that the Napier Arts Festival was having an opening with a light show. I ended up taking this photo as kids danced in the streets, and its turned out to be one of my favorite photos to date.

Domestic flights

Bay Skate Skatepark, Napier

This was a surprisingly easy photo to capture. All it took was an observing eye, a question, and then a few moments to find my angle. This little dude was skateboarding so fast and airing so high into the air that capturing that moment he was hanging in the air was surprisingly easy since that moment was lasting so much longer than usual. In other words, the fact that he was doing his thing so well, made it shockingly easy for me to do mine.

Starry peak

Te Mata Peak, Hawkes Bay

I almost died trying to take this photo. It was about 5 degrees celsius with a strong southerly, and I was using my phone torch to find the right spot. It was going to be 5 minutes up the hill, then back into the car. Unfortunately, halfway up the hill, my phone died while I was swapping to the correct lens. I found my way to the spot in the dark, before realizing that my keys were gone. Luckily after about half an hour, someone turned up in the car park and I borrowed a torch off of them and found them in the grass. The moral of the story, always bring a real torch.

Confused sheep

Gentle Annie Highway, Hawkes Bay

Traveling over the Gentle Annie Highway from a weekend in Ohakune, Bruce and I came over the hill to be greeted by snow-capped hills. Initially, we stopped with the purpose of photographing the mountains, but my attention was slowly attracted to a flock of confused looking sheep. This was likely because of their apparent confusion at our presence, which was becoming more and more amusing as I continued shooting photos. Although it was extremely cold up there, I managed to get this shot of one of them singled out before the cold claimed my fingers.

Curiosity

Cairns, Australia

You can see chameleons thinking- their eyes moving this way and that, they are so odd yet fascinating; I could have sat and watched this little guy all day long.

Splayed branches

Cairns, Australia

Up in Cairns, Australia, high tide slowly erodes the beach. The base of this tree had been washed away, exposing the roots as the sea slowly fills from rising seas. This creates an interesting image- a tree that has fallen, not because of a storm, or from deforestation, but because the ground beneath it has been removed from it. This is happening more and more, faster and faster, as the seas warm and the poles melt.

How we got here

Ocean Beach, Hawkes Bay

Adventures with friends are something worth treasuring- driving along the beach at 3 in the afternoon, not knowing why or where you're going but just being along for the ride is something worth treasuring and remembering. Enjoy it while you're there, and maybe snap a photo to remember it by- this moment may mean more than you at first realize.