Hi I'm Christopher Moore – Horowhenua & Manawatu Photographer

Born and raised in the Wellington region, my love of photography began thanks to my Dad. He loved taking photos and developing them in any small dark room he could find and turn into his own darkroom! I’d watch with amazement as the developer would start to show the image on the paper, like some sort of magic trick. I was hooked! I began to learn how to use the camera controls and develop 35mm film by exposing the paper to light with the enlarger.

Sadly though, I initially chose to follow a career in banking instead of photography. I quickly discovered that at age 24, it wasn’t making me happy. So, I stepped out of my comfort zone, followed my passion and enrolled in a photography course on the Kapiti Coast. After graduating, I opened a studio in Wellington and completed a lot of fashion and commercial client work. From here I did some photography work overseas, as well as working for large brands within the Wellington and Palmerston North areas.

The years flew by and since I began work as a professional photographer in 2005, I can say I’ve never been happier! I'm based in the Horowhenua/Manawatu regions of New Zealand with my partner Rebecca and kids Ruby and Taylor. We live on a small lifestyle block, where we wait for gum trees to grow and seek out the new hiding spots for our chicken’s eggs!

A fan of the great outdoors, I love running mountain biking and exploring the beach with my family. There’s nothing quite like relaxing and enjoying some of my home brewed beer or spirits. I’m also a pretty mean cook, and my favourite dish to cook of all time is slow cooked American style pork ribs.

Photography Qualifications, Skills & Experience

As a perfectionist, I won’t rest until I capture the perfect image. I’m a real people person, someone who enjoys capturing the performance, essence and emotions of others, along with the environment in my work. Great at putting people at ease with my laid back personality, even the most reluctant of photography subjects enjoys their photoshoot! My superb studio and on location lighting techniques, together with my advanced Photoshop retouching and compositing skills, ensure perfection in every image I take. Let’s make yours the next one I capture – contact me today!

I would say my photographic styles is a mixture of well lit, controlled dramatic emotion. Look at my project portfolio and tell me what you think! Like all great photographers, I’ve dedicated a lot of time to honing my skills both academically and experience wise. I’m proud of what I’ve achieved, including:

  • Practical Photography Certificate 2006 The Photo School

  • Advanced Photography Certificate 2006 The Photo School

  • Freelance Photographer 2007 -2008

  • Commercial Photographer Clearview Imaging Sydney 2008

  • Tutor Photography 2008 - 2009 The Photo School

  • Head Photographer for Mokopuna.com : Mountainbuggy.com :Philandteds.com 2010 - 2013

  • Head Photographer and colour specialist for Ezibuy 2013 - 2017

  • Self-employed Photographer @christophermoore.co.nz & hitchedweddings.co.nz NZ 2017 - 2018

  • 1st Place Image Wella Trend Hairdressing Awards

  • Covered photography for Mitre 10 Mega TV Show - Jack of All Trades

  • 1st Place Images Schwarzkopf Hair Comp

  • Runner up Image Schwarzkopf Hair Comp

  • Worldwide campaigns for Phil &Teds Mountain Buggy and Mokopuna

  • New Zealand & Australia catalogue photography for Ezibuy

Here’s what others have said about me:

  • I can thoroughly recommend Chris as a photographer. He's professional yet friendly, knows his stuff, and gets images back to you super-fast, plus they look great!

  • I really enjoyed my shoot and can't wait to work together again in the future.

  • Chris is an awesome guy to work with! Very friendly and images come out amazing! Very talented, creative Manawatu photographer! Truly one of a kind!

I welcome the opportunity to chat with you about your photography requirements. Give me, your local Horowhenua and Manawatu photographer, a call on 029 770 3949 or send me a message via my Contact page, and let’s chat!

Other Links:

Weddings - www.hitchedweddings.co.nz

Real Estate Photography 

The Advertising and Illustrative Photographers Association

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