Patina Photo: New Zealand Wedding Photographer of the Year
 New Zealand Wedding Photographer

Info + Services


Approx $3500 - $5000

Your wedding is the party of a lifetime, so our photo coverage is all about letting you focus on having the best time with the people you care most about, knowing that you will have these amazing photos to re-live every kick-ass moment. All images are individually edited and can be delivered digitally anywhere in the world. We have a few different coverage options for shorter and longer weddings - please contact us for our full pricing guide.


Visit our wedding video site for pricing

Our wedding films are different. Where most wedding videos feel like they are stuck in the ‘90s; slow-motion close-ups of the rings, billowy curtains, cheesy music, and awkward voice-over. We want to create a wedding film that is as cool as you are. Our goal is to capture the vibe and feel of your wedding, so you have an amazing little video that you will want to watch over and over. Fast cuts, great music, no cheese. Simply all the feels from the greatest party you’ll ever throw.


Approx $1000 - $2000

An Adventure Session is the perfect excuse to celebrate your engagement or anniversary. Because we don't have the time-constraints of a wedding day; we have the chance to really explore somewhere awesome and make truly epic photographs over this time together. Adventure Sessions include one photographer and our travel within New Zealand. All images are individually edited and can be delivered digitally anywhere in the world.

Prints + Albums

All our photography packages include high-resolution digital downloads, and you have full rights to copy, share and print your images as often as you choose. However, we are also huge fans of getting things made. To make this whole process easier; your online gallery comes with built-in access to some of the best labs in this corner of the world.


We travel and photograph weddings and couples all over New Zealand. During the mid-week, we are based out of our home town, Wellington —but come the weekend, more often than not, you will find us on the road, anywhere from Queenstown to Paihia. This means depending on where we are, travel costs may be less than you think. When we meet, ask us for our travel schedule and we will be able to give you a quote for your date and location.


Testimonials + Kind Words

Patina Photography was easily the best decision we made for our wedding! I can not imagine a better duo to have follow us around on our wedding day with their beautiful infectious energy and thoughtfulness for 12 hours straight. I’ve had so many friends and family comment on how lovely and engaged Michelle and Hemi were with them on the day and it truly shows in the stunning candid photos they captured of our guests. We could not be happier with our photos, they will be cherished for a lifetime.
— Stina + Max
 Adventure Together |

We are in love with our photos! Michelle and James captured the day perfectly and made us feel so relaxed. Our photos are spectacular and unique. They combined landscape and documentary style photos so creatively. Would highly recommend James and Michelle.

—Emma + Mike

Patina Photography are absolutely amazing and we highly recommend them. Our photo’s turned out amazingly and we had such a fun day exploring and taking our pics. Both Michelle and James are fun, professional and of course amazing photographers.

We were a little nervous, having never done a photo shoot before but meeting Michelle and James was like catching up with long lost friends who just happen to take spectacular photo’s. The weather played havoc on the day of our shoot but they still managed to make our photography dreams come true and we couldn’t be more pleased.

Thanks guys for helping us capture these amazing moments, they mean so much to us.
— Dorothy + Ed
 Adventure Together |

Michelle & James, there are no words to describe how grateful we are that you photographed and joined in on our big day. You captured it absolutely perfectly and you were such a dream to work with - we've been sitting here in tears of joy with the most ridiculous grins on our faces looking back at the photos and remembering all the moments and quirks of the day (happy drowned rats!). Every shot is impeccable and so incredibly beautiful, we are going to cherish them forever. Thank you, thank you, thank you.

—Georgina + Dylan

Michelle & James, thank you so much for being part of our wedding day. Not only are the photos absolutely AMAZING, but you two were so much fun to be around and made us feel relaxed and supported throughout the day. We loved the photos and how you’ve captured the atmosphere, the little details and the range of emotions. You were both great to work throughout the whole process - from meeting us through skype sessions so you can get to know us and understand our vision, to scouting out the locations the day before, to helping us with planning our timeline so we can squeeze in those golden hour photos - thank you for your dedication and professionalism. We also really appreciate the fast turnaround of the photos.

Thank you for making our day so special. It was such a pleasure to work with you and look forward to working with you on capturing our future family milestones.
— Althea + Scott
 Adventure Together |

We can't speak highly enough of Michelle and Hemi! Their photographs are obviously beautiful, and they are clearly talented photographers however they are also the most incredibly friendly, relaxed and accommodating people we have ever met. The whole day it just felt like we were hanging out with friends and we didn't even notice the cameras! Favourite memory was sharing a picnic just the four of us on our Adventure shoot 🍡🍇 The made us feel so comfortable and knew the exact things to suggest so that we made the most of our day. I can hands down say that booking Patina was the best choice we made for our wedding 💐✨💥🌈

—Rach + Cam

After our very first meeting over apple pie-flavoured milkshakes, we knew Michelle and James were the wedding photographers for us. And how right our instincts were. These two are a super-friendly, super-organised team with a contagious energy and a knack for keeping you relaxed as they take you on an adventure to discover your inner cover girl/boy.

We’ve never been a very kiss-for-the-camera kinda couple, but they were in tune with that. From engagement shoot to wedding, they observed what made us tick, then captured it with a click, gently guiding us into adorable and creative photos. They documented the whole story of our wedding day, from dawn till dusk, and went beyond their call of duty as photographers to help us keep everything running smoothly.

Our photos were a fantastic blend of the ‘au naturel’, guests having fun, family and friend portraits, and of us, as Michelle put it, “Prenticing about” in the wilderness. We’ll be forever grateful to them for capturing so many interesting, beautiful and hilarious moments for us to look back on, many of which we didn’t even realise were happening at the time!
— Sujeong + Richard
 Adventure Together |

Obviously, Michelle and James produce beautiful works of art. You need only to look at their website/Instagram to see that. My husband and I agree that our pictures look more amazing than things actually were on the day. We also really appreciate how quickly we received the final product!

But nothing beats the fact that they made our wedding day so much more enjoyable. Rain disrupted many plans but because of their smiles, energy and positivity, we could not help but have fun and make the most out of every moment. You simply cannot pick better photographers to shadow and support you on your big day.

—Jess + Jordon

Michelle and James are not only wonderful people but also super talented photographers! They are very easy to work with and go above and beyond to help with wedding advice, preparation and planning. They really listen to what you’re looking for in a photographer and produce high quality, stunning photos that take you back to the moment captured. Couldn’t recommend them any higher!
— Tessa + Josiah
These guys are absolutely amazing, as people and photographers!! They went above and beyond and captured our day so beautifully. We’re SO happy with the images. And so quick to get them back to us!! Definitely 100% recommend. Thanks so much again guys.
— Alyssia + Sam

One of the most important decisions you have to make when planning your wedding is choosing the right wedding photographers. We wanted to share our day with photographers who made us feel comfortable, who we could trust completely to capture the real and candid moments of the day and who we thought could create art for us to keep for years to come. Michelle & James delivered all of this and so much more. From the moment we met them to talk about our day, we felt at ease and instantly confident choosing them for our wedding. Their enthusiasm for their work is unmatched and these guys are total pros. They took the time to understand our plans and ideas and helped so much with suggestions about the flow of events, as well as helped us to prioritise what would be the key moments of our day.

These two genuinely love love, they love a good story, capturing the little unexpected moments and they love a good party! We had the most fun sharing the day with them, they were relaxed and present, super efficient and smiled and joked their way through the day with us. They were also f*****g ghosts (forget obnoxious photographers with noisy clicky cameras - these guys are stealthy and captured so many different moments!

They took time to understand what was important to us and it shows in the thousands of photos we received from them. They delivered a preview slideshow of our photos shortly after the wedding and we were blown away at all the things they had captured and how artfully they had done it. We’ve had SO MANY people tell us how incredible our photos are and we couldn’t agree more. Investing in the work of Patina for our wedding was one of the best decisions we made. If you’re looking for wedding photographers who can handle your crazy families, roll with whatever the day or the weather might throw at you, produce thousands of gorgeous photographs and who will probably be your new best friends afterwards, look no further.

—Hannah + Alex

Have you ever been having a great time with your significant other and hoped someone was there to capture those candid moments? Well, Patina photo did just that! Michelle and James were so easy to get along with and we didn’t even realize when and what they were capturing until we got our photos back and they turned out amazing! Every picture is genuine and we had a great time meeting them and getting our photos taken. Our session was so lovely and relaxed, didn’t feel like an awkward photo session at all! I would highly recommend them!
— Hardeep + Sumeet
 Adventure Together |

We had such an amazing experience with Michelle and James of Patina Photography - we highly recommend them! They took time to meet with us to make sure we were confident that their style was a good fit for what we had in mind for our wedding photos, and the end result was an absolutely stunning job capturing all the aspects of our wedding day. So many of our guests commented on how awesome they both were on the day - their friendliness, patience and subtlety was appreciated by all.

—Michelle + Tim