Michael Schultz - Hawke's Bay Photographer & Videographer

Hello and welcome! I'm Michael, a Hawke's Bay Wedding Photographer. I'm also a Hawke's Bay Videographer now, having filmed several weddings, countless projects and with many more wedding films to come.

I'd describe myself as a big hearted, relaxed, fun, joke telling, quip making, artistic photographer and videographer capturing honest, real, natural, emotion filled, imperfect yet beautiful memories for people.

I specialise in Weddings, Engagements, Couples, Families, Lifestyle and Portraits. I love getting real emails, so don't be afraid to reach out.


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Say hello!

I'm more than happy to answer any questions you might have. As a Hawke's Bay Wedding Photographer with over a decade of experience shooting weddings, I have lots of knowledge and skills to ensure you get amazing imagery from your wedding, photo or video. I'd love to grab a coffee with you if you're in Napier or Hawke's Bay, or we could video chat if you're out of town.

Michael Schultz // Wedding Photographer, Hawkes Bay // Hawkes Bay Videographer // T: +64211829257 // A: McDonald Street, Napier South, Napier, Hawke's Bay, New Zealand 4110 // E: michael@michaelschultz.co.nz 

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Frequently Asked Questions

Where are you based?

I'm a Hawke's Bay Photographer and a Napier Photographer, and have been full time here since 2014. I live in Napier, Hawke's Bay, Aotearoa, New Zealand.

How long have you been shooting weddings? How many weddings have you photographed?

I shot my first wedding in November, 2010. I have probably shot over 150 weddings, at this stage I'm not sure of the exact number.

How long have you been a Wedding Videographer?

Although I am experienced in photography, I am much newer as a Hawke's Bay Videographer. I've already shot a number of wedding films and have several more booked. You can view my Wedding Films under the "Wedding Videography" section of my site. I have set expectations with my brides that I am new to videography to be completely transparent and set realistic expectations, and I charge according to my experience (I'm cheap for now, in other words). However my video gear is of professional grade, with professional level video body, professional audio, and latest generation lenses.

What do you charge?

My pricing starts from $750 per hour with two hour minimum for elopement and intimate weddings. However for key dates I reserve the right to keep the date open for Options One, Two and Three as I'm a full time photographer, solo father and the sole breadwinner in my house. Contact me for pricing of my main wedding options. For details on my Wedding Options, see "Wedding Package Options" under the Weddings Section of my site.

How do I book? Is there a deposit?

Enquire now to secure your date (the button below takes you to my contact form). There is a booking fee of $800 to secure the date, 40% of the balance is due 6 months before the wedding and the remaining balance is due before the wedding.

How much do you charge for travel?

I charge a set travel fee per region for simplicity. My price guide details charges for travel for various parts of New Zealand. Travel is itemised in your invoice up front before you book or pay for anything so there are no hidden or unknown costs.

Can I pencil in our date with you?

Of course! Use the contact form below and lets work together. However the date isn't secured until you pay the booking fee and I will always let you know if someone else enquires for your date if you are still deciding or haven't paid the booking fee.

How long do you take to deliver the final images after the wedding?

For each wedding I deliver a sneak peek of 50-100 images within 7 days. If your date is in peak wedding season (November to April) the final online gallery delivery usually takes 6-12 weeks.

Do you use second photographers?

Generally I shoot by myself. I have been shooting weddings for 13 years and have confidence in shooting alone and getting great coverage. You still may book a second photographer, the cost for this is in my price guide.

Do you use associate photographers?

If I am not free on your date I will offer you a particular associate to shoot your wedding for me, and I will edit the images. You will always know if you have booked me or an associate, or you will always get a chance to view the associate's work before you book, up front. If you book me I never pull out of your wedding to shoot another. All my associates are experienced wedding photographers in their own right and have their own websites and portfolios you are able to view before you commit to anything.

Can we meet before the wedding?

Yes, of course I think it is a great idea. It's important that you feel comfortable and relaxed around me, and that you believe I am the right person to entrust to photograph your wedding.

Who owns copyright of the images?

All photographs are copyright of Michael Schultz, though you have licence to store your imges digitally, upload to all social media outlets, store the images, email and print as many as you like for personal use.

Can I print my images through you?

You sure can! You can order prints directly from your online gallery, select the print size, at any time, 24 hours a day. The order is fulfilled by a professional photo lab. With most of my wedding options, you get 25 5x7" prints included which I personally print on my own in-house Canon Pro-1000 professional photo printer, presented in an heirloom keepsake box. You don't have to print with me - you can print were you like - but I can't vouch for the quality of the printing unless we print for you.

How long do you need for wedding couple portraits on my wedding day?

Generally set aside 1h15m, excluding travel, for bridal portraits. Some of that with your bridal party, and some without for about the last half an hour. Also I usually like to do sunset or post sunset (blue hour) couple photos, weather permitting, for about 10 minutes as this is my favourite light of the day. You will often see this light on my website and Instagram. It's a purple/pink/dusky/glowy/soft/romantic light you get after then sun goes behind a hill or horizon, that I find lovely.

Are the final images at high resolution?

Yes they are, my gallery gives you the option to download images at full resolution or web resolution for social media use for your convenience. My camera is a late generation high megapixel camera, even printing very large the images will look great.

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73 McDonald Street, Napier South, Napier

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