I'm Michael. Thanks for visiting x

Hey! I’m Michael, a Hawke’s Bay Photographer. I live in Napier, it's a cool town. My work takes me all over New Zealand and I love seeing and photographing people and places. I love wedding photography and that’s mainly what I do but I also do engagement shoots, couple shoots, proposal sessions, maternity shoots and lifestyle newborn shoots. When I’m not working I’m all about family, friends, hiking, music, film, art, tech and design. Of late I've been a bit of an audiophile geek and love vinyl, CD as well as high res streaming, so we could argue about the merits and pitfalls of MQA and other formats if you know what that kind of stuff is and want to fight me, haha x

From when I was a little boy singing along to songs in the back seat of my parents car, to when I created a music fanzine with a photocopier, printer and scissors, to being a DJ on public radio late at night, to playing and writing music in rock’n’roll bands, to my semi-encyclopaedic knowledge of film, to my photography – art is what I have always come back to and what has really lit my fire, so to speak.

My photography could be described as modern and romantic with an analogue, intimate, warm, film feel. I am pretty obsessed with helping to create an environment that helps me make humanistic, connected, real, authentic and natural photos for people. I’ve been told that one of the hallmarks of my photography is that it has it's own unique style and people can spot it a mile off. I'm quite proud of that, and take it as a compliment. My way is to try and “see” and wait for those special moments to happen and capture them, rather than manufacture them. I tend to try and capture genuine interaction between people rather than have people focus on me, the camera and lens. I strive to foster an environment of trust, ease and spontaneity so that people can express themselves and their intimacy with each other. I tell a lot of dad jokes. I’ve found this helps even people who aren’t normally comfortable in front of a camera, relax, and believe me I know what it’s like to be awkward in front of a camera. I believe that wedding photography should tell a story of your day, but I don’t need to tell it for you – most of the time I am just present, watching, observant and I tell the story that happens before me with as much beauty as my eye and my camera let me. I mean it's your wedding and it's my job to make it so. Also people all through my portfolio are unretouched and not photoshopped.

I’m a full time wedding photographer and have been since December 2015, after quitting my day job working in an office in Auckland and relocating with my family to Napier, Hawke’s Bay. I usually book 25-35 weddings a season, COVID permitting, and at this point don’t really know how many weddings I’ve shot but it's gotta be over 100.

My diversity statement

It shouldn’t have to be said, but here it goes: I am happy to work with all races, religions, sexual orientations, genders, and people who originate from any country. If you look at my work you can see that I celebrate and welcome diversity. The diversity I show is intentional. If you book me, and there is something that I need to know to show respect for you or your family and friends, please just let me know. Peace and love x

If you want to know about my videographer Robin, click here.

Michael Schultz, Portrait, Hawkes Bay Photographer, Napier Photographer, Mahia Beach, Cliff, Sunset


Michael Schultz // Wedding Photographer Hawke's Bay // T: 021 182 9257 // A: Napier South, Napier, Hawke's Bay // E: michael@michaelschultz.co.nz // I'd love to hear from you!