Professional Photographer. Hawke's Bay, New Zealand


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The ‘Fine Art Portrait’ is a very carefully lit studio portrait where every element is carefully adjusted as though painting a picture in fine detail with light. The editing process is then treated the same. A painterly look is often achieved as I refine every element of the portrait taking on old dark room techniques in a digital format to ‘lighten and darken’ skin tones, clothing, hair and all the details to create a sense of portrait perfection.

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I have a range of different lighting and backdrop setups available in the studio. We can customise these to create an atmosphere and ‘place’ that suits who you are and the space you wish to hang your heirlooms. I am one of the few photographers in Hawke’s Bay still able light and provide more than exceptional studio portraits. I take great pride in professional lighting as I feel true professional craft as a photographer comes from understanding and manipulating light. A c raft which is sadly falling away in our point and shoot society.



If outdoors is you thing or you have a location special to you. I can bring the studio with me or arrange a timely portrait sitting at your location that will deliver theist results.


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Phone Consultation

This is where we can discuss your requirements from how you and your family wish to look and feel in your portraits, through to what will suit your walls in theme and size.



You will arrive at the studio or we meet at a location. If required, hair and makeup can work their magic. Shoot times vary depending on who, and how we are shooting, but my aim is to provide a range of options for you to choose your final art pieces from.



This is the extra fun part. You will be invited to come back to my viewing theatre where you can see your portraits up large in all their detail. From here we can discuss again sizes and product options. You will be blown away.



Studio Sitting Fee               $195.00 (credited towards prints)

12x8 inches & under            SMALL WALL                 $395.00

 18x12 inches                      HALLWAY WALL                $695.00

 24x18 inches                        LOUNGE WALL               $999.00

 30x20 inches                      FEATURE WALL               $1,200.00

 45x30 canvas                      LARGE FEATURE             $1,350.00

 Full Resolution Digital Files    (per image)                   $995.00

Small web sized, watermarked digital files (900 pixels longest side) come with every print ordered (not suitable for printing)

Convenient time payment options available on request.

(note: Printing taken place outside of Richard Wood, voids any printed responsibility of image quality as within the studio.
Studio images are put through a refined craft process. They are then printed on high quality museum fine art stock papers with high quality inks. This ensures detail and longevity of the prints.)


Photo files… you must save them to a floppy disk they said.
And so we did…. but then they stopped making floppy disks
Now you must save them to a CD or a DVD they said.
So we did… And then they stopped making CD drives
You must now save them to a USB or a Hard Drive they said.
So we did… then hard drives failed to open and the USB drive read empty
You must now upload them to the cloud they said.
So we have………………….

Meanwhile the framed heirloom print over the fireplace looks down and smiles
on us and the old albums on the bookshelf nudge each other and giggle.

I am not really into the business of selling files. But don’t stress as you’ll be provided with small web versions for your Facebook.
Here at the studio I create beautiful final end products that I sign my name to.
At Richard Wood Photography it’s about LONGEVITY | QUALITY | SUPERIOR PRODUCT