Dawn Thomson Photography self portrait in black and white

Photographer for creative, romantic and intimate weddings in the wild.


A bit about me.

I have always been an observer. I have always sought beauty in the ordinary and noticed the unnoticed. I delight at that moment when someone lets their guard down, when we truly connect with another.

A wedding, an engagement or an elopement is the ultimate moment of connection. And there is no better situation to see all these magical moments play out. To me, this doesn’t feel like work. I am humbled to share raw moments of love, laughter and tears.


Glenorchy, at the bottom of the South Island of New Zealand has been my home since 2005. I share this place of outstanding natural beauty with my husband, our beautiful daughter and super-friendly Staffy, Quinn. As a local, I am awestruck by the majesty of the landscapes that surround me. As a photographer, I am compelled to put people amongst those wild landscapes and capture the result. When a wedding is set amongst such natural beauty, you unlock the full range of emotions. Sometimes we find stillness, sometimes we find exhilaration, but mostly we find something that words can’t describe.


My photographic experience covers editorial, portrait and fine art photography. But my passion is wedding photography. Especially the non-conforming kind. Destination weddings, creative weddings, small weddings, elopements and engagements allow us to throw convention to the wind and focus on what really matters.

My studies in photography and art in Australia and New Zealand have provided a formal education that shaped my informal eye. I draw on my fine art background to create your wedding story. With a stylised approach to composition, lighting and emotion, I aim to create a subtle blend of creative and documentary style photography. I am an avid consumer of books, music and art. Talk to me about the classic painters and the nostalgia and emotion of their work and we could talk all day. This genre has been a significant influence on my style.

I do adventurous wedding photography in Glenorchy, Queenstown and travel to weddings throughout New Zealand and Australia. I work with clients looking for unique destination weddings and elopements or something special like helicopters, teepees or cosy backyard weddings.