My name is John Parker and I live in Te Awamutu, in the beautiful Waikato with my wife Rebecca and our children.

Along with my photography I'm a professional firefighter in Hamilton. We have three children, however we sadly lost our second child Maddox to mitochondrial disease in 2015.

Maddox is the inspiration behind my photography, he taught me you can never have too many photos;  family is precious and life can be too short. Capture the moment of what makes your family special and unique.

In my days off I love spending time with my family, fishing in the Coromandel, playing golf, or just getting out and about in our beautiful great outdoors.


Te Awamutu Photography

I'm a Te Awamutu based photographer with a passion for creating beautiful images and capturing the real beauty of New Zealand. My love for photography started while travelling the world many years ago with my now wife Rebecca; seeing the wonders of the world along with experiencing so many different cultures and being able to capture these moments as memories is priceless. 

My style is very natural, using the great outdoors as the backdrop to your photos; capturing you and your family in a location that's special and unique to you and your photos. I specialise in on-location family photography.


Why book me as your Waikato Family photographer?    

I believe that our family photos should represent who we are, what we love and be individual to us. There's something very special about capturing families in their natural environment; children at play, families together, pets included, all in the home or garden. These priceless memories can be looked back on and shared for years to come. For this reason I travel to your home or a location that's special to your family. I shoot on-location in a natural non-staged and relaxed environment and take pride in producing incredible images that you and your family will treasure.                                                           


Landscape/Bird Photography                                                                                                                                                        

I have a passion for landscape and nature photography, especially birds. I recently won Bronze awards at the NZIPP Iris Awards. I love the serenity of being alone armed with just my camera, viewing some of the most beautiful locations and New Zealand native birds through my lens. Each picture tells a story as I try to capture the real New Zealand; I live in the most beautiful country in the world and I try to convey this into every image.


Wedding Photography

If you're looking for an enthusiastic photographer to capture your special day please contact me for a personalised quote.  My wedding package starts from $2900 up to 7hrs shooting.

Fire Photography  

Being an operational firefighter I get to see some pretty incredible things, like the inside of a burning building. Internal fire photography has got to be the hardest environment I have ever tried to shoot; absolutely everything is against you. This environment is extremely harsh and temperamental but I'm sure you'll agree worth it for these unique images. I use a separate camera purely for fire photography and all shots are taken during live fire training exercises.



Family photography package: $500

This includes: 

  • Pre-photo shoot consultation to discuss your families needs, choice of location and answer any questions you may have. This is usually done by phone.

  • My travel to your location within 30 minutes drive of Te Awamutu area, includes Kihikihi, Te Pahu, Pirongia, Ohaupo, Cambridge, Otorohanga, central Hamilton. I am more than happy to travel throughout the Waikato and New Zealand, please contact me for a quote outside this area.

  • On site photo shoot at your location , 1-2 hours. Contact me to discuss longer photo shoots.

  • This package is based on one family unit; for larger family groups of more than 6 please contact me for price.

  • Professional post editing of your images.

  • You will receive 20-25 beautiful digital high quality images presented on USB in a gift box.

  • Sitting fee is $150 (included in price).

  • Contact me to make a booking and discuss your families photography needs.

Landscape / Bird Prints

Photos are printed on ILFORD prestige smooth pearl 310gsm paper, this produces outstanding image quality with superb clarity, high sharpness and excellent colour. Mounted on a 5mm foam backing with mat border this is ideal for sending to family and friends for them to frame. The print, mat board and mount are all included in this deal. All images are hand signed.

Size                                                                                              Price 

“11x14” Print mounted     (unframed)                         $95

“16x20” Print mounted (unframed) $265

“16x20” Print mounted Framed       $485

“20X30” Print framed A1 $1200                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 

 Prices exclude postage and packaging.


Fire Canvases

All canvases are printed in New Zealand on high quality 450gsm canvas, with a 35mm deep pine frame and fine art satin print varnish. This offers great UV protection, enhances colour/depth and increases resistance to scuffing, abrasions, and image fading over time. Please contact me with your choice of canvas and size or any questions.

Size                                                                                           Price

508mm x 762mm                                                                    $280

660mm x 1016mm                                                                   $840

Sizes may vary slightly due to crop factor. Prices include postage and packaging within New Zealand.