~ About ~

Hi there, I assume since you’ve made it to this page you want to know more about me, well my name is Richard and photography and IT are my passion. I started my photography journey a number of years ago in the homeland of everything nerdy and geeky known as Armageddon Auckland. It was 2013 and I was totally in awe of the costumes and how well they were made, as expected I didn’t know how this would develop as I started to take photos of the amazing costumes. Over the years I got more and more dissatisfied with my camera phone’s capabilities. Finally in early 2015 I started my journey as an amateur photographer with the purchase of a Canon 1200D.

For all intents and purposes I was only thinking I would stay amateur. However after taking the camera out on a nature walk I finally fell completely and totally in love with photography and from then on I constantly strived to be better and better and make the most out of my basic kit. This has led me to where I am now, with the purchase of a high end camera, lenses and lighting equipment.

My specialty is in portrait photography and of course making the most out of my gear to get the very best shot of my subject. This has now begun to include more and more complex post processing such as background changing and removal, special effects and composite images. I am currently involved with a number of events as media coverage as well as providing images to support great charity causes such as Australia's National Sexual Assault, Domestic Family Violence Counselling Service. Thank you for taking the time to read all about me and I look forward to potentially meeting you!

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Who have you previously worked for and what did you do?
A:
Over the last couple of years I have had the pleasure of working with the following large events and their guests as a part of their media coverage or team:

  • Beyond Reality Media's Armageddon events: Auckland 2015, Manukau, Wellington and Auckland 2016, Tauranga and Wellington 2017
    Primarily as Independent Media Coverage, Guest Photographer, Commissioned Guest Photographer
  • New Zealand Akiba Con 2016: Co-head organizer of the Photography team
  • I also cover as many smaller events, like cosplay picnics, throughout the year!

Q: Who are some of the high profile cosplayers you've worked with?
A:
Since starting I have been incredibly fortunate to have worked with a number of well-known cosplayers, in no particular order, some of the cosplayers I have had the chance to work directly with over this time include:

Q: Where has your work been featured?
A:
Quite a number of my shots have been used by their respective cosplayers on their page as well as some being sold as prints by the cosplayer. Beyond Reality Media has also used images in their marketing and promotional material. Additionally I have also had a number of full-size pinup postisions in New Zealand's own 'NZ Cosplayer: Con Artist' magazine.

Q: Are you actually a professional Photographer?
A:
Not even close, at most I meet the 'definition' of Semi-Professional (One who receives payment for an activity but not relying entirely on it for a living.) however I think I fit more into the 'hobbyist' bracket as I tend not to charge for shoots.

Q: What social media are you on and how frequently do you post?
A:
I'm on most major social media platforms to varying degrees, I'll list my active profiles here with their current usage details:

  • Facebook this is the most commonly updated page. I post an image here every Monday and Thursday at 10am NZ time.
  • Instagram not as commonly updated as Facebook more prone to 'on location' type updates.
  • Twitter I tend to use Twitter mainly for 'Work in Progress' type updates or cross-posting images from the other 2 platforms.