Portrait Photographer

Michelle Moir

Having your family portrait photographs taken is something very special that you will only do now and again. You will know when the time is right, and I will create a work of art you will enjoy for a lifetime.

Every time I pick up my camera, my challenge is to create a portrait that truly represents the person I am photographing.

There is no secret formula in my approach to portrait photography, it is different for every shoot. I must simply remain open and receptive. It is often the moments ‘in between’ that turn out to be special. I photograph in a very easy and relaxed manner, to allow those moments to unfold.

Over the years, I have learned to walk into a situation and sense what makes someone unique. It’s an intuitive kind of knowing, one that develops from looking and also feeling through the camera lens. Being able to translate the essence of a person into a portrait that captures irreplaceable memories, is the most wonderful feeling.

I have always been a portrait photographer. Even at art school, portrait photographs were my strength. I studied photography for six years, beginning with a Diploma in Graphic Design from AUT, followed by a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the Elam School of Fine Arts at the University of Auckland. I graduated from Elam in 1992 as Senior Scholar.

It is a privilege to get to know each individual and family, and it brings me such pleasure to create portrait photographs I know will be treasured for years to come.

My photography studio is in the heart of Matakana, a country village just 40 minutes north of Auckland, New Zealand. I live in a farmhouse just a few minutes from the village, with my husband Gavin, our daughter Loula, and Rosie, our Labraspoodle.

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Portrait Photographer Auckland

“Where, oh where was Michelle Moir when I had to have my photograph taken? She’s one of the few photographers who can be artistic and still capture people with dignity and honesty.”
Lena Erakovich, Sunday News

“Her concise portraits have a naturalness and resonance which enable them to convey a way of life at a glance.”
North and South Magazine