We absolutely love our wedding photos and can't recommend Patina enough.

They captured the emotion and the atmosphere of the day beautifully and made everyone feel at ease. Not only are Michelle and James incredibly talented photographers, they also have the kindest souls and are a joy to work with. It really felt like they were just part of the party! Thank you, Michelle and Hemi for the beautiful memories (from the photos but also from the time spent with you. Running around an overgrown greenhouse is one of my favourite moments from the day)

Tina + Liam

What makes us different

10 things you should know before booking us.

01. It's all about being present with the people you love.

There is no other time in your life when all your favourite people will travel from anywhere on earth to celebrate with you. We can tell you from experience that nothing beats the feeling of walking into the room, looking around and realising that every person you see is someone you love and who loves you back.

We don’t want you to miss a beat; everything we do is help you be present for the best party you’ve ever thrown, and have tonnes of great photos that bring you right back to your day for years to come.

02. We will help you feel comfortable in front of the camera (in case you feel nervous).

Feeling nervous or camera shy is totally normal and something many couples feel. This is why we work really hard to make the whole experience as fun and un-awkward as possible, by getting to know you in the lead up to the day, keeping a relaxed and casual vibe during the shoot, while  giving helpful prompts so you look and feel like your best selves.

After more than 10 years in the wedding game, we’ve got lots of tips and tricks to make you look and feel comfortable and confident on the day.

03. We'll get the shot, no matter the weather!

Rain, wind or shine —we have created epic photos in every situation. Over a decade of all-weather wedding photography has made us masters of seeing and shaping light to either flatter or play up the mood on the day.

We may not be able to control the weather, but you can trust us to have a plan no matter the forecast. Check out some of our favourite rainy-day weddings here.

04. We won't steal you away from the party.

It's a request we've heard a thousand times; 'Please don't drag us away from our guests for a 2-hour photoshoot’ and our answer is - ‘we won’t!’ We always want you to be present as much as possible and have a strict ‘no-FOMO’ policy for our couples on their wedding day.  We’ll be there (often in the background) to capture candid magic as you make memories with your loved ones.

05. We believe in great experiences over beautiful things.

These photos will become some of your favourite memories ever. And as much as we love things that look good, we always encourage investing your time and moolah into creating the kind of experiences that leave you crying-laughing.

One thing all couples tell us after their wedding is how fast the day went. While you’re busy having the time of your life we’re there to capture all the moments you might just miss, from the look on your sister's face as you walk down the aisle to your nana’s reactions to *that* naughty speech. If you’d rather have real moments captured over a carefully crafted image of perfume bottles, we’re the photographers for you.

06. We help you plan your day, and make time for the things that matter.

Ensuring you have those precious moments with your friends and family AND get that epic couple shot takes a little experience and planning, which is why we offer a FREE planning consultation to all of our couples.

Take advantage of our experience to help craft a timeline that has space for the people and moments that are most important to you, so you don’t miss a thing. We’ll help you work through the timing of key moments as well as share all our best tips and tricks for making your day go off without a hitch.

07. Yes, we still get excited!

Seriously! After almost 10 years of shooting weddings, we're still just as obsessed and excited to be photographing your wedding. Your day isn't just another wedding to us.  We understand that it's a day that's often months in the making and we're honoured each and every time we get to be a part of it.

08. We love less staged line-ups and more candid moments.

We know you want wedding photos that are unique to you, so you won’t find any cheesy,  super staged shots here! We love capturing the day as it actually happens, so we'll encourage only a handful of posed group shots so you can join the party

We've found the moments 'in-between' is where the magic happens.

09. With Patina it's personal.

Your guests will probably ask you how long we have known each other. Why? Because with us it’s personal! We learn your bridal party’s names, how to say ‘smile!’ in your language and we’ll jump on the dance floor to get those hilarious party shots. We pride ourselves on bringing a personal touch to everything we do.

10. We'll be your biggest cheerleaders and strongest advocates.

For us, this is not just a job —we really want you to the greatest day, and are not afraid to advocate for you or help out behind the scenes to ensure the day runs smoothly.

And if things don't go 100% to plan (as they occasionally can), we’ve got the experience to roll with the punches while keeping you out of the fray.

Frequently asked questions

  • Do you do Wedding Videos?

    We have teamed up with Josiah Nevell Films to bring you one of the greatest collabs of all time!

    Book a wedding film and photography team that you trust to work well together, and give yourself one less thing to worry about for your beautiful day. Learn more about our collab.

  • Do you travel?

    Yes, all over the North and South Islands of New Zealand and the East Coast of Australia. Please get in touch for other locations.

  • How many photos do we get?

    We typically deliver between 600–800 images from a full-day wedding, each one graded and edited in our unique style.

  • How long until we see our photos?

    We deliver a preview within two weeks of the wedding, and complete set within 10 weeks.

  • Do you use photoshop?

    We individually correct white balance and exposure for each image before applying a colour grade in our unique style. Photoshop work (adding/removing elements and similar levels of image manipulation) is not our standard practice —if this is something you think you might need, we can provide a quote; however it is generally not required for most people. Almost all the images shown on this site are examples of our standard level of editing.

  • What gear do you shoot with?

    We shoot with Fujifilm mirrorless cameras and lenses.

  • How do we pay you? What types of payments do you accept?

    You can pay via bank transfer or with a credit card. All our wedding collections have three payments; the first is due on booking; the second, 6 months before the wedding; and third, 1 month before the wedding.

  • How do we book you?

    We like to meet all our couples before booking —after all, you definitely want a photographer that gets you! We then gather the booking details and set you up with your own client dashboard. From your dashboard, you can sign the contract and make the first payment to secure your date.


Say hello

If the way we see the world is something that resonates with you, then we’d love to catch up and chat more about your plans. Reach out so we can arrange a time to meet and send you our pricing guide.