ABOUT MICHELE


I have been working as a professional photographer for 18 years.  I have a Diploma in Freelance Photography gained with Distinction.  My career has had amazing opportunities such as working for the Southland Times as a photojournalist, Tourism Dunedin, NBC television, Val Morgan Cinema advertisers, Jan McLean Designs etc.  I have featured in numerous magazines like The Cut magazine, NZ Outside, NZ Womens Weekly, The Best of the Best, NZ Bride to name but a few.  


I am self employed working from my studio in beautiful Brighton along the South Coast of Dunedin.  My studio is a converted shearing shed so its rustic but a magical place to work.  I have a full framing studio set up so can frame just about anything along with my large format printer so am in full control of the quality of my work.  All of my equipment is Canon - top of the line.


My photography business is split into two - Newman Photography where I specialise in weddings, graduations and commercial work.  Then there is Starfish Photos Art Photography - specialising in fine art prints, landscapes etc.  These two businesses compliment each other and shows the range in my photography skills.

I am a beach and country person so pretty relaxed, no stress nature.  

I can offer my clients my extensive professional knowledge and experience in working in just about any situation and any lighting.  I have worked from  helicopters, out on the ocean to inside burning buildings for my professional work.  I have a good knowledge of Otago having photographed over 200 weddings.   My reputation is my guarantee.  I work hard to make every client session designed especially for the individual clients needs.  I absolutely love my work.

On a personal level - I have two teenage daughters that I am very proud of.  Both attained the highest spot in their respective years at NCEA Level 2 and 3 for both Photography and Art. Guess something rubbed off on them - they are incredibly talented young women and will go on to do exciting things.  I am also married to my handsome hubby for over 26 years who has supported all of my crazy ideas.

Useless but fun facts about me:


I do love a little wine with my girlfriends - I might just have the best girlfriends in the world


I love the ocean and the beach - I just wish it was summer year round and I could wear jandals forever.  


I love to watch my daughter surf - it is the most relaxing thing - to sit on the beach or rocks and watch the waves


I am in love with my mini cooper s - there is not a cooler car in the world


My star sign is an Aries so I am always making new stuff and ideas enter my head that I never really ever finish.


I love to laugh - laughter really is the best remedy for everything


I am maybe a little bit crazy



Michele Newman Photographer | Dunedin Wedding |Graduation photographer